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Hydraulic modeling of water supply network

Oct 5, 2021 12:47:47 PM

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Our hydraulic modeling projects always start with inspecting and improving network documentation quality. This is to ensure that the modeling results represent the real world as accurately as possible. You can learn more how to improve quality of documentation here. But what are the pros of modeling? What does it offer to our customers? Shortly, the answer is money and time.

With modeling you can get detailed behavioral data from the whole water supply network. Attributes like flows, flow directions and pressure can be inspected. You can pick any network object and look what the results look through the day. But modeling isn’t just raw data on ducts, it can be used for so much more.

Network modeling can be utilized for optimizing the power of pumps. So is it possible to decrease power and save money without affecting consumers? Origin of water, detention time and temporary water usage can also be modeled using modeling solution. It is possible also to see how closing valves changes flow directions in the network.

Modeling is also a great tool when planning totally new network or renovating old network. Before building new lines, you can see how different attributes of ducts affect existing network. Modeling how renovations affect the network is also easy and fast, just set new diameter and material for ducts in modeling tool and calculate. Results are visualized on the screen with different themes and specific details can be checked for each object individually.

We have created an hydraulic modeling integration together with company called Fluidit, where data is transferred automatically from KeyAqua GIS to Fluidit servers and back. I think that the best feature is that you can utilize existing data: Network documentation and all things are done in KeyAqua, only the calculations are processed by Fluidit servers. Everything happens automatically using KeyAqua - Fluidit interface.

Modeling itself is pretty simple, couple clicks, and the calculation starts. But what do those results even mean? How to utilize the data from modeling? In everyday work it is easy to check how closing valves or temporary water intake affects water network behaviour. But for more complex calculations it is good to ask help from modeling consultants. Those calculations can be used for zoning or network chloride sanitation plan for example.

Check out our hydraulic modeling website for further information.

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Topics: Water
Jaakko Aroheinä

Written by Jaakko Aroheinä

Jaakko is our water network specialist. His responsibilities include for example user trainings, various data projects and other specialist tasks and projects. Jaakko's approach is related to projects and their implementation.