Integration of SCADA Data in Model Calibration
Westernport Water provides water, wastewater, recycled water, and gas
services to approximately 15,600 properties on Phillip Island and an area on
the mainland in southern Victoria, Australia. Westernport Water integrated
WaterGEMS using its SCADAConnect module into an existing SCADA system
to realize the full potential of an accurate and calibrated water model and
better serve customers. The investment produced markedly better performance
knowledge of its assets and reliable decision-support tools.
Understanding the performance of Westernport Water’s assets is critical
to support capital improvements and preventative maintenance programs.
The high-performing automated system will also contribute to the effective
operation and management of over $43 million in water assets. The integration
of these systems provides unprecedented scope for managers, engineers, and
operational and maintenance personnel to assess water network performance
in real time.
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The WaterGEMS water distribution model is constantly updated, providing
optimal and accurate information for decision making. It eliminates the need for
manual calibrations, which saves about $75,000. Westernport Water expects
to save about $85,000 by measuring and identifying nonrevenue water. These
efficiencies will reduce carbon emissions, as less water will be unnecessarily
pumped to customers while maintaining appropriate service levels.