Prin 2008 WDN - POLIBA
Project Abstract of POLIBA Research Unit PDF Print E-mail

The integrated management of water distribution systems has continued to become a research topic and focus of technological exchange of understandable and growing importance and study of innovative network simulation tools has attracted considerable interest for its potential contributions to applied research and infrastructure management. Pressure to achieve improved management of water supply infrastructure has arisen from a calculus of interrelated exigencies including financial, socio-economic, environmental and regulatory needs, which call for new paradigms of network administration that are supported by effective modeling instruments that go beyond standard consolidated packages (EPANET2 [16]). Optimal management of water distribution systems aims at realizing service quality via the well-conceived (efficient) application of a utility's financial, structural and human resources, all of which entail satisfaction of specific objectives such as the optimization of network pressure, service continuity (reliability), and maintenance of water quality. These in turn call for system monitoring, control, design and rehabilitation, necessitating a coherent planning strategy. Moreover, adopted planning schemes should be accompanied by indications of the risk associated with different decisions with respect to the variability of key parameters (roughness, demand, etc.), encouraging an approach that fixes confidence levels around such choices in a cost-benefit context.



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