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Digital Twins in Action in Water Utility Operations Author: Joel Johnson, Manager Product Success, Water Infrastructure, Bentley Systems

Digital Twin Technology for Smarter Water Networks

Are you ready for real-time water distribution insights? Combine SCADA, GIS, hydraulic modeling and customer information into a single, interoperable dashboard.

  • Monitor SCADA in context of historic operation – get intelligent alerts when your system is not operating within normal patterns.
  • Compute present, historic, and forecasted performance for every asset within the system – not just where you have measurements.
  • Confidently share detailed graphics of current system performance, as well as the expected results for operational and maintenance actions.
  • Virtually test and simulate response measures for emergency situations such as fires, pipe breaks, pump outages, or other time-critical events.

Check out this short video on the value of a digital twin for water network operations.

Watch these video shorts to learn more about the value of a digital twin in action for operations & maintenance.

Explore what's happening in your water system from a single dashboard view. And explore your sensor status, details, reporting and more.

Complement what you can do with SCADA by seeing all the assets in between the sensors. Remove some of your limitations by filling in those gaps! Now that you can look at your assets in the midst of your sensors - no abnormal data in sensors view, but you look closer at your hydraulic elements and get a better sense of how your system is operating.

Minimize or eliminate non-revenue water. Where are you wasting water? Look at your system during different timeframes and compute water balance (based on IWA methodology). Compare production and billing data. Look at specific zones and compare them. And look at these factors over time - all to help you make better decisions on systems changes.

Reduce energy costs related to pumping. Compare what's actually happening in your system to manufacturers specification. See whether each pump is operating as-designed and at or near best efficiency. Look at different combinations of pumps to operate to get better service levels and/or cost efficiency.

Compare tank levels over time. Explore historical data to see how your tanks are operating and the effect on the overall system.

Simulate what-if scenarios and make updates even in the field. In a typical day-in-the-life you have any number of things that can happen from pump shutdowns, fire events, operational events, pipe breaks and more. Watch as we simulate a pipe break event. Know what customers are affected and what valves to operate. And you can update the event location to be more precise to real-world conditions - which then gives you updated accuracy in terms of those affected, what systems components should change etc.

Now that you have a quick view of the improved efficiencies for both operators and maintenance workers with a digital twin environment, let's have a more detailed discussion on the capabilities and your specific needs to bring your digital twin to life.

Águas do Porto improved the entire urban water cycle in the city of Porto, Portugal, by commissioning a smart water management platform (digital twin) called H2Porto based on Bentley applications. By unifying the data produced by formerly siloed systems, AdP has improved the accuracy of the data produced from sensor readings to nearly 99%. Learn more

Learn what innovators are doing to create greater efficiencies, improve insights and decisions, and accelerate smart initiatives. Hear from two water utilities how digital twins can automate project planning and visualization, and support information-rich environments across engineering, operations and maintenance, and capital planning.