By combining a detailed model based on the best available information with an extensive network of connected sensors measuring flow, pressure and quality, we are able to bring efficiency to the next level.
A smart model is a flexible tool that can be used in every step of the process from planning and designing all the way to maintenance. Registering asset information and history into the model allows us to identify pipes at high risk and pipes where the consequences of failure are great. This allows us to monitor and direct our client’s renewal efforts.
Being Energy Efficient
Another issue facing our clients is the energy efficiency of water production. Treating and pumping water accounts for nearly 10% of global energy production and 2.5% of CO2 today.
As cities become denser, they have to resort to energy-intensive processes like desalination to be able to provide a reliable supply. Here are steps that would help reduce this high consumption:
- Collecting Water network information:
In the future, collecting all information about the pipe network in a model and using hindcasting as a means of calibration will allow us to accurately predict future water use based on key factors like temperature, season and weather.
- Optimize energy usage:
By cooperating with energy suppliers whose energy mix contains an increasingly large component of variable energy from wind and solar power, we can optimize energy usage. This is done by pumping when electricity is cheap, reducing peak consumption while increasing the proportion of renewable energy used.
Constructing the models delivers strategic insight for our clients’ future work and proactively suggests new avenues of exploration.
- Relying on big data:
By turning big data into smart data we are not just keeping pace, we are learning how to stay one step ahead in delivering water.