Vitens implemented a pilot project to see how pressure transient monitoring could impact an optimised response to asset failure
The water industry in the Netherlands is seeing that SMART systems are becoming much more important for the way that working practices need to adapt.
An aging workforce sees local knowledge diminish, but a new workforce brings with it a new mindset and the requirement of faster ‘on the job’ learning.
This is an important trigger for smart systems and a new more fluid way of working. The Netherlands is seeing an increasing number of failures on aging infrastructure and customers are more aware and want better services.
Vitens, the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands, implemented a pilot project with the objective to discover how pressure transient monitoring could be used to localise network events, enabling an optimised response to asset failure.
Different sizes of burst events were simulated on the network using a modified standpipe, at multiple locations across the DMA.
The captured event data from PIPEMINDER-S and PIPEMINDER-C sensors was used to validate the detectability of the events and confirm how far the pressure wave would travel around the network.
Syrinix analysts used the captured data and GIS to successfully calculate the source of the burst event.
These simulations were repeated in different locations to similar degrees of success.
“These first experiments provided useful insight in the network behaviour in case of burst events. It’s another step on the path towards a more smart network, and we’re exited to see where it will lead us.
Together with Syrinix, Vitens are looking for the next step to ensure we will get there."