Smart Collaboration

Posted: Monday 10th November 2014

WRc, the UK based consultancy known for delivering innovation to the water, waste and gas sectors, has launched its latest collaboration to transform the management of water networks.

Together WRc, United Utilities, South West Water and the University of Manchester, with support from the Technology Strategy Board, are utilising distributed computing architecture to deliver true proactive water network management, with dynamic up to date models and scenarios run and decisions made in minutes, rather than hours or days In practice this rapid availability of information means that, for example in the time it takes a field operative to park and lift a valve cover the customer impact of their potential activity is known to the operations centre and the field operative themselves.

Over the next 18 months the technology, which is already being used at the University of Manchester, will be adapted and demonstrated through a large scale practical trial with the participating water companies. This will establish what can be achieved with this new approach when integrated with existing tools such as those currently used for network modelling. At the end of the project participating companies will have access to software tools which integrate with existing systems and allow a true step change in how they approach network management.

WRc is looking for other water companies to join this exciting collaboration and benefit from the shared learning and ability to implement truly innovative network management in AMP6. For more information on this project or to find out how you can get involved please contact Leo Carswell at WRc 01793865131.

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