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Urban water systems management: A data analytics approach EP 105

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On 10 April 2018, BRE published Urban water systems management: A data analytics approach (EP 105), by Tom Beach, Shaun Howell and Yacine Rezgui.

The adoption of new information communication technology (ICT) to enable water network operators to intelligently monitor, analyse real-time information, and take appropriate actions, is seen as a key way of reducing the strain on urban water systems.

To this end, the water industry has begun a transformation through the use of smart systems. A big part of this is the increased adoption of sensors analytics software, and decision support tools. However, current smart systems technologies are severely lacking in integration between their different elements. Furthermore, they lack the ability to contextualise the large amount of data collected from urban water systems in a way that promotes scalability, portability and future adaptability.

This 44-page publication proposes an intelligent solution using the Internet of Things, AI, and the semantic web, to achieve an efficient and scaleable use of large scale data in urban water systems.

Its contents are:

  • Glossary.
  • Executive summary.
  • Introduction.
  • Background to urban water systems and semantics.
  • Data management in urban water systems.
  • Using managed data to deliver analytics.
  • A methodology for urban water analytic deployment.
  • Conclusions.
  • References.

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