AquaPea trail day announce

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) and Western Water are working together to trial some new innovative technology.

Western Water has purposely built an internal water main training facility that also has the ability to test and trial new technology.

A trial of the AquaPea will occur at Western Water’s Melton depot this Monday 22nd July at 10am. All learnings from the trial will be shared back within the water industry.

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PPPR to be presented at TAG Webinar on Thursday

Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) program lead Dean Barnett, Western Water and La Trobe University will be presenting the Pipe Probe Penetration Robot (PPPR) project at this Thursday’s TAG webinar at 11am AEST.

The PPPR is used for measuring corrosion and degradation within sewer mains far more reliably than conventional CCTV inspection. The extent of degradation within each pipe is measured via the amount of force the robot uses to probe it. This tool can minimize capital investment and service interruption by rehabilitating or replacing targeted sections of pipe.

This IWN project is designed to counter the problem of acidic hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) build up in concrete sewer mains, which softens concrete pipe walls and causes cracks and eventual collapse. The ability to accurately detect pipe deterioration early would minimise repair costs and service disruption.

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OzWater learnings from Dean Barnett

I can certainly understand how OzWater is Australia’s biggest international water conference and exhibition. OzWater ’19 lived up to all expectations and more.

For me it reminds me of what a collaborative industry we work in. We share learnings, technology and time with our industry peers, and that aligns perfectly with the work I do with the Intelligent Water Network (IWN) program.

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IWN at OzWater: Day One

The Intelligent Water Networks was well represented at day one of OzWater ’19. Dean Barnett presented findings from the SAPP2R project in the morning, while David Bergmann facilitated a Data and Analytics workshop in the afternoon.

Barnett’s collaboration with Dr. Robert Ross has been one of the recent highlights for the IWN program as the robot drew interest from around the conference.

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Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot trials started

The first prototype of the Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot was trialled this week out at Western Water region in Bacchus Marsh.

The device is designed to probe the inner wall of the sewer access point, while the information gathered will be used to prioritise remedial repair works and understand the condition of these assets.

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