Binnies and iVapps recently hosted an engagement event to introduce a solution to key customers that they believe is set to change the way the water industry monitors its pipelines and systems to identify leaks and other issues.
The mechanical and digital solution enables water system operators to monitor their assets via a remote dashboard, mitigating the need to travel to the location of the data loggers. The SMART cartridge that monitors the systems can also be removed and replaced with a VALVE cartridge to create control or isolation points when required, removing the need to install new gate valves.
The company are confident this solution provides cost-effective, scalable data monitoring capability, combined with integration into analytical tools that deliver dynamic insight into network behaviour and asset performance. The solution should enable the water sector to access the full potential of data gathered via the latest monitoring technology.
Binnies and iVapps are working collaboratively to deploy the solution across water networks and used the event, held at WRc (Water Research Centre) in Swindon, UK, to showcase the system’s functionality and ease of use.
The solution was created to enable water companies to manage their networks more proactively across a holistic suite of metrics, ensuring that they can optimise distribution of vital water supplies to their customers while reducing their carbon footprint.
Attendees included representatives from Welsh Water and Icosa Water, as well as industry leaders from the nanomaterials industry and financial institutions.
Welsh Water’s Research & Innovation Coordinator Janine Clarke said: “It was a very engaging day and very beneficial to go outside onto the training rig and actually see the product in demonstration, and then to see the dashboard in action and be able to get that real-time vision. To be able to see how we could use the product in different scenarios and talk with other water companies to see how they could utilise it is something we can take away with us and hopefully begin a trial.”
Binnies Head of Network Services (Asset Management) Stuart White led the day, alongside iVapps Chief Executive Officer Simon Humphreys. Stuart said: “It was fantastic to be able to demonstrate our solution to water company representatives and other key stakeholders. The group were really engaging, and I’m delighted with the positive feedback for our solution. We look forward to collaborating further and supporting clients in the digitalisation of their networks.”
Simon added: “It was encouraging to see how well received our partnership was, and how positive the audience was with regard to our collaborative approach and knowledge sharing. Combining first-class mechanical engineering with leading technology all supported by software that brings valuable information to life was perceived as a high-value proposition.”