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Seminar on Real-time Failure Management of Water Distribution Systems

Date, time & venue 
2010-05-13;6:00pm for 6:30pm to 8:00pm;Room Y301, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Jointly Organised

Jointly organized with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Hong Kong and Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, PolyU


Programme Highlights

Pipe burst prediction models have been developed in the past to model the deterioration of underground assets. These models are more suitable for strategic planning and cannot be utilised to support operational decisions, e.g., to locate a pipe burst in the system in real-time.  With recent advances in sensor technologies, wireless pressure and flow sensors have been widely deployed to monitor the state of the Water Distribution Systems (WDS) in real-time. The collected data have been used in combination with model-based methodologies attempting to detect and locate leakage or pipe bursts within a WDS.  This seminar will address anomaly detection, diagnosis and mitigation methodologies for dealing with pipe burst failures in WDS and present a decision-support system (DSS) developed to help control room personnel to deal with these problems in real time.  Several examples of a risk-based methodology and its applications will be presented.


Professor Dragan Savic

Dipl. Ing. (Civil), MSc, PhD, CEng, FICE, MCIWEM


Professor Dragan Savic holds the Chair in Hydroinformatics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK. He is also Director of the Centre for Water Systems ( and Head of Informatics Research Institute. Professor Savic is leading international authority in water distribution system management.  His research activities continue in the development and application of risk based decision-support, modeling and optimization techniques to water engineering systems.  He is the author of 4 other books, 3 edited books, and has published over 200 papers.  Professor Savic has lectured extensively abroad and has given research presentations at many institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa and America.


Registration & Enquiries

The seminar is free of charge and 50 seats will be allocated to HKIE members on first-come-first-serve basis. For enquiries, please contact Ir Johnson Lee at 9053 6250.


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