DEL041 1230911 SALSA: Smart Engineering and Smart Logistics for Smart River Transport – connecting cities

Aanleiding van het project

Colombia shows increasing economic growth in which the cities of Bogotá, the capital, and Barranquilla, the main port, are corner stones for development in the Rio Magdalena Delta. Colombia has put in motion major investment plans for transport projects (US$ 25 billion in 2015). The Ministry of Transport has the ambition to develop and improve transport and transit in an integral and secure manner in order to establish accessibility to (remote) regions. Within these plans, the Rio Magdalena has been recognised as a major inland waterways corridor. It is recognised that inland water transport (IWT) has major advantages over other transport modes. In this project we aim to assess the feasibility of developing a management framework (toolbox) that helps the river manager to improve an inland waterway transport corridor to secure port-hinterland connectivity; connecting Barranquilla (port) to Bogotá (hinterland). The project is based on adaptive and integrated approaches of managing rivers, which offer an alternative to over-engineered infrastructure that is expensive and harmful to nature. The project is founded on two pillars, viz. smart engineering and smart logistics to develop concepts for smart river transport attractive for the beneficiaries, stakeholders, and the government.

Doel van het project

The project goal is to develop a management framework to improve the inland waterway transport corridor to secure port-hinterland connectivity, connecting Barranquilla (port) to Bogotá (hinterland) by combining smart engineering measures with smart logistics. For this framewrok, concepts will be developed by coupling and optimisation of multinmodal connection from supply chain perspective with smart river training works to establish the best sustainable river transport corridor.

Omschrijving van de activiteiten

Phase 1: Preparation (3 months)
The first phase, Preparation, consist of the kick-off, the inception report, and the detailed workplan. During this phase, the organization of the project and cooperation with the beneficiaries in Colombia will be discussed and established. The approach will be introduced during an open kick-off meeting and a detailed discussion with stakeholders will take place. One key component of this phase is to collect input that allows the project team to define success indicators for a feasible management toolbox.
Phase 2: Development of management framework and feasibility assessment (8 months):
The second phase, Management Framework, aims to develop a management framework for smart engineering and smart logistics. It includes the majority of the activities of the project. The management framework follows two main pillars as discussed earlier; the smart engineering and smart logistics, including their integration; and ends with an overall assessment of the feasibility of the management framework. It can be outlined as follows:
• Smart engineering comprises the following tasks:
• Smart logistics comprises the following:
• Feasibility assessment of the management toolbox
o Develop management framework comprising: guidelines, procedures, knowledge rules, models, and factsheets for alternative approaches to increase navigation
o Feasibility assessment of the management framewrok
Phase 3: Communication
The Communication phase runs parallel to the above-mentioned activities and will be treated as an integral part of the project. We aim to establish a successful feedback cycle between the stakeholders and the project team in order to create a sense of ownership for the project by the beneficiaries and key stakeholders which is the main objective if this phase.

Verwachte resultaten

• Assessment of the technical feasibility of • Assessment of the technical feasibility of smart engineering approaches, and its suitability for application in Colombia.
• Feasibility assessment of the smart river management framework which combines smart engineering and smart logistics.
• Integration between engineering and logistics for smart river transport
• Application of nature-based concepts and adaptive river engineering in Colombia
smart engineering approaches, and its suitability for application in Colombia.
• Feasibility assessment of the management framework which combines smart engineering and smart logistics.

Innovativiteit

• Cross over between economics, logistics and engineering for better utilisation of the Inland Water Transport and contribute to the development of sustainable delta cities
• Further development of Deltares newly developed tools viz. RATIS: Rapid Assessment Tool For Inland Shipping
• Application of building with nature based river engineering concepts, which has been initially developed for coastal environment in the riverine environment

Valorisatie

• The project is a matching with a Partners for Water project application, which has an important focus on up-scaling. Up-scaling has been discussed in great details in the proposal document (see attached)
• The project will lead to scientific publication jointly with counterparts from Colombia