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An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Assessment and Implementation of Resilient and Flexible Water Supply Infrastructure under Changing or Instable Conditions

Walter, W.K.; Günthert, F.W.; (2015) An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Assessment and Implementation of Resilient and Flexible Water Supply Infrastructure under Changing or Instable Conditions. In: Dolan, T. and Collins, B., (eds.) International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Conference Proceedings: 30 September - 1 October 2014 International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),Schloss Laxenburg, Vienna, Austria. (pp. pp. 265-270). UCL STEaPP: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In case of demographic changes or emergencies pipeline bound infrastructure like gas or water is specifically challenged. Then, the advantages of decentralized infrastructure should be considered: Minimization of asset bound funds; flexibility; resilience; response capacity. A research project at the Federal Armed Forces University together with the Brazilian utility company COPASA, the process engineering company Grünbeck and the ICT company Phönix focused on: A procedure for successful decentralized water infrastructure implementation; a new operation scheme; related pilot tests. To describe the local situation the Open System of Boundaries is created comprising 13 interdisciplinary groups and 68 subgroups. To describe water supply systems the Open System of Attributes is created comprising 15 groups and 64 subgroups. An Attributes Profile which fits into the Boundaries Profile makes a resilient decentralized application more likely. For Minas Gerais, Brazil, i.e. for instable conditions the Boundaries Profile and the Attributes Profile of a decentralized SCADA equipped water treatment plant are compiled. Results of on-site tests are discussed. Recommendations for decentralized water supply under instable conditions are given. The application of standardized SCADA equipped treatment plants is suggested with remote supervision from one control centre.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Assessment and Implementation of Resilient and Flexible Water Supply Infrastructure under Changing or Instable Conditions
Event: International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure Conference (ISNGI 2014)
Location: International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Schloss Laxenburg, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 30 September - 1 October 2014
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/isngi/proceedings
Language: English
Keywords: Resilience, Decentralised Water Supply, Open System, SCADA
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469409
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