Ensuring networks are healthy is a significant step towards cutting customer complaints and the risk of regulatory sanction. Recognising this, Black & Veatch and iVAPPS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the potential to make a material contribution to better network health.
Black & Veatch’s leading-edge data analytics and decision-making tools will be coupled, following the MoU, with iVAPPS’ Smart Cartridge Valves – which gather and transmit critical network performance data such as pressure, flow, turbidity and conductivity..
This approach negates the need for installing sensors across networks, critical data can now be harvested and analysed from any point where a valve is necessary. Healthy networks have steady flows, constant pressure and consistent turbidity. Unhealthy networks, with problems that may escalate into customer complaints, are likely to exhibit unsteady flows, transient pressure incidents, and fluctuating turbidity. Knowing when and where unhealthy characteristics are presenting in near real time, and understanding what the data means, allows utilities to respond swiftly, reducing significantly the likelihood of customer complaints or regulatory sanction. .
Under the MoU iVAPPS will act as valve supplier, and Black & Veatch will provide the data analytics tools and IT interoperability that converts data from the valves into actionable information. The easy-to-install sensor cartridges within the valves can measure single or multiple data streams, making it easy to start gathering information about what is happening at pain points within the network. Intelligent pressure sensors, for instance, can enable utilities to locate leaks and identify network issues that can cause bursts or service issues for customers.
Black & Veatch will utilise its industry leading ECO-X cloud-based digital and data ecosystem to gather sensor data and provide interoperability with clients’ IT systems and other Black & Veatch digital network management services such as Serene – which combines smart sensors, analytics and leakage expertise to provide dynamic DMA health insights that help reduce leakage and improve resilience.