Water Network Optimisation from Schneider Electric
Advanced water utilities monitor their distribution networks acquiring data from network critical points (production and storage points, inlets of distribution zone, etc.) and making them available in real-time to operators in a centralized SCADA. However, a SCADA control typically provides point data, and does not provide information about the rest of the network.
With a larger water distribution network, it is imperative for water utilities to have an overview of their entire network in real-time and in “future-time.” The Water Network Optimisation solution by Schneider Electric enables Operations Managers and Control Room Operators to manage their network in a more informed manner.
WATER NETWORK OPTIMISATION
Water Network Optimisation will trigger alarms associated to potential anomalies detected by simulations. This enables operators to be warned of current critical situations in the network so that immediate actions to prevent or mitigate service disruptions can be taken with enough lead time. This is achieved by:
– Incorporating virtual sensors allowing operators to know hydraulic and water quality parameters at any point of the distribution network, thus enhancing real-time supervision in SCADA
– Evaluating the evolution of water network behaviour and identifying potential issues regarding levels of service breaches (in terms of pressure, water quality, etc.) over the next hours and days
– Analysing the results of an alternative what-if scenario and comparing it with the business as usual scenario (without having to rely on hydraulic simulations run from other departments)
– Analysing a complete set of Key Performance Indicators on energy usage, network pressure conditions and water quality.
Water Network Optimisation provides users with transformation of their network management approach from reactive to proactive, with quicker and improved operational awareness, including early warning on deviations from expected levels of service. Prioritisation of intervention on network and pumping stations allows better operation and maintenance planning for risk reduction.
Operationally, the improved control room user experience with visualisation of contextualised operational data and enhanced alert management within a SCADA operator-friendly environment, ensure a single overview without having to switch between applications
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