The new tool, which focusses specifically on fast leak detection, has been designed to cut down time, effort and uncertainty in identifying leaks on the network. Separate algorithms have been developed with a focus on both District Metered and Trunk Main Areas (DMAs and TMAs). A leakage targeting dashboard, which is accessed via a web browser on desktops or mobiles, makes it easy for engineers and technicians to see areas where leakage is high, providing valuable information for deploying field resources. It improves teams’ response time to finding and therefore repairing leaks, lowering leakage levels, and saving time and money for water companies.
“We have been working with the water industry for many years, and it has become increasingly clear that there is a massive need for a tool such as Sim-OnTM Water,” explains HR Wallingford’s Technical Director Andy Ball. “All around the world the difficulties of meeting the water needs of an increasing population against a backdrop of climate change and efforts to reduce abstraction mean there is a focus on reducing leakage. Sim-OnTM Water is a very targeted tool, specifically designed to identify leaks quickly – the key requirement of operational teams.
“Some of the great features of Sim-OnTM Water are that it can produce alarms automatically, show informative maps and quickly display graphs referring to previous days’ data, so that a user can view performance across the catchment over time. The web browser interface makes Sim-OnTM Water extremely easy to use so that operators can access and interrogate the system with very limited training. It is also easy for IT teams to install and manage.”