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Black and Veatch teams up with Inflowmatix on leakage

Black & Veatch has announced that it has formed a new partnership with Inflowmatix to help water companies cut leakage through digitally enabled network management.

The technology is designed to help UK water companies develop healthy, resilient water networks and reduce lossesThe technology is designed to help UK water companies develop healthy, resilient water networks and reduce losses

With Ofwat challenging the sector to cut leakage by 15 per cent in AMP7, the partnership was set up with the aim of helping UK water companies develop healthy, resilient water networks, and reduce losses, by combining Black & Veatch’s programme management, logistics, delivery and analytics expertise with Inflowmatix’s analytics, patented technologies and dynamic (near time) pressure-sensing devices.

The first result of this collaboration is SERENE, a service offering for the UK water markets that will provide network insights through a district metered area (DMA) Health Index assessment.

“By assessing where the network is most at risk and exposing its dynamic pressure variability, our technologies provide a network behaviour narrative,” Inflowmatix CEO Dr Mike Williams said. “This can be used to inform and implement proactive control strategies while expediting the location and resolution of leakage within the network.”

The DMA Health Index was created to provide water companies with the foundation for a data- and insight-driven strategy to understand how and where investment to reduce leakage can be targeted most effectively.

“New technologies are a key enabler to helping water companies weather a perfect storm of increasing demand, falling revenues and climate change," Mark Kaney, asset management director at Black & Veatch Europe, said.

"We partner with companies like Inflowmatix who offer the most promising technologies, and help them achieve utility scale and interoperability. In this way we are helping water companies better understand the risks and potential benefits of trialling and deploying new, innovative technologies.”

The Inflowmatix partnership is the latest example of Black & Veatch’s drive to help clients deliver predictive performance insights and resilience across their assets by using digitally enabled real-time decision making, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In February, the company announced a tie-up with AI and machine learning experts EMAGIN. In March, Black & Veatch launched a Smart Maintenance business, combining technology-driven maintenance methodologies and automation with hands-on utility engineering expertise to create digitally enabled maintenance teams.

Black & Veatch has also created ECO-X, a cloud-based digital ecosystem, to enable integration with partners like Inflowmatix, facilitating the deployment of digitally enabled solutions across the lifecycle of clients’ assets.

To read about WWT's recent round table on smart asset management, held in association with Black & Veatch, click here.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Contractors , Innovation , Leaks & bursts
Tags: Black & Veatch , leakage , smart technology

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