Urban water distribution systems around the world are becoming older and hence more prone to failure. The failure of critical water pipes has become a global issue and it represents a major challenge for water authorities as it results in very high capital, social and environmental costs. This project is a research collaboration between a number of industry, international and research partners that aims to address the problems in critical pipes by identifying the following:
- Activity 1: How, when and where will pipes fail within the entire network?
- Activity 2: How do we assess the condition of the pipe cost effectively?
- Activity 3: How do we calculate pipe deterioration rates accurately with respect to the pipe environment?
- Activity 4: Improving confidence in pipe failure prediction.
- Activity 5: Knowledge management and decision support.
CAS is currently overseeing Activity 2 and 3 of the 5 sub-activities in Activity 4.
- Dammika Vitanage and the Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project have won an award for engineering excellence from the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, NSW Chapter (IESL NSW); Read more here
- ABC Radio Morning Program: Leaks and breaks project, 28 Oct 2014
- Sydney Morning Herald: "Stopping the leaks", 21 Oct 2014
- UTS Newsroom: "Stopping the leaks", 21 Oct 2014
- Utility Magazine: "Failure prediction of critical pipes and pipe leak management", 20 July 2014
- Channel 9: Story on Sydney Water leaks and breaks technology, 28 Jun 2014
- The Conversation: "New research helps ID weak water mains before they burst", 02 Oct 2013
- ABC 7.30 Report South Australia: Burst Main, 13 Dec 2012
- UTS Engage: Fixing Cities, 14 Mar 2012
- UTS Newsroom: "Keeping Sydney's water flowing, 02 Sep 2011
Paul Freeman, UTS Alumni and Chairman of the Committee of Management for the Critical Pipes Project, briefly speaks about the project from 2min 57sec.
Ulapane, N., Alempijevic, A., Vidal-Calleja, T., Miro, J.V., Rudd, J. & Roubal, M. 2014, 'Gaussian process for interpreting pulsed eddy current signals for ferromagnetic pipe profiling', Proceedings of the 2014 9th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, ICIEA 2014, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 1762-1767.
Vidal Calleja, T.A., Valls Miro, J., Martin, F., Lingnau, D. & Russell, D. 2014, 'Automatic Detection and Verification of Pipeline Construction Featureswith Multi-modal data', IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 3116-3122.
Wijerathna, B.S., Vidal Calleja, T.A., Kodagoda, S., Zhang, Q. & Valls Miro, J. 2013, 'Multiple defect interpretation based on Gaussian processes for MFL technology', Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering vol 8694 - Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2013, SPIE, USA, pp. 1-12.