Northumbrian explores 'twinning' approach to incident response
Northumbrian Water and Newcastle University are coming together to progress an idea concerning incident response that emerged during the water company's 2018 Innovation Festival.
The organisations are exploring the potential of using ‘digital twin' technology – a virtual model of the real world – to help predict the impact of a burst pipe or heavy rainfall.
The ‘Twincident' idea would allow Northumbrian Water to run simulations of an area during an incident to show what could happen over a 24-hour period.
The simulations, expected to take just a couple of minutes, would be used to understand whether homes and businesses are in danger of being flooded, or environments being polluted, and prioritise the appropriate response actions.
Northumbrian Water research and development manager Chris Jones said: "During an incident, it's really important to identify problems early in order to make the best decisions and reduce the impact on our customers and the environment.
"Harnessing the power of digital twin technology to progress our ‘Twincident' idea would help us to have an even better insight and response to incidents, and we're really excited about working in partnership with Newcastle University to make it happen."
Newcastle University′s Chris Kilsby, professor of hydrology and climate change in the School of Engineering, said: "We're delighted that we will be able to put our research to good use working with Northumbrian Water.
"Twincident is an excellent way of bringing together our new computer models of flooding with real time monitoring data, to enable much better decisions and responses in an important real-world application."
The idea was developed further at Northumbrian Water Group's 'Day of Innovation', which took place at Hanningfield Reservoir in Essex on 18 September.
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