Integrated High Resolution Imaging Ground Penetrating Radar and Decision Support
- Many EU cities are experiencing increasing problems with their water
pipeline infrastructure. The cost of replacing these old, worn-out systems,
if left to deteriorate beyond repair, is astronomical and clearly beyond the
resources of many communities. Replacement, however, is not the only choice
as many of these systems can be rehabilitated at 30 to 70 percent of the
cost of replacement.
- Accordingly, resources are now increasingly being allocated to address pipeline rehabilitation management issues. Due to the emphasis on sustainable management, risk-based approaches for the rehabilitation management of the water supply network need to be developed. Rehabilitation decisions should be based, inter alia, on inspection and evaluation of the pipeline conditions. Yet, utilities cannot locate a number of their old pipes and current inspection technologies typically do not provide the needed detailed information on pipeline damage.
|Subject(s)||HYDRAULICS - HYDROLOGY , METHTODOLOGY - STATISTICS - DECISION AID , POLICY-WATER POLICY AND WATER MANAGEMENT|
|Geographical coverage||Greece, Italy, Romania, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Turkey|
|Budget (in €)||3337717|
|Programme||INCO MED (FP6)|
|Objectives||The objectives of this work are:
1. To develop a novel, high resolution imaging ground penetrating radar for the detection of pipes, leaks and damages and the imaging of the damaged region and evaluate it at a test site.
2. To produce an integrated system that will contain the equipment in ‘1’ and a Decision-Support-System (DSS) for the rehabilitation management of
the underground water pipelines that will use input from the inspections to assess, probabilistically, the time-dependent leakage and structural reliability of the pipelines and a risk-based methodology for rehabilitation decisions that considers the overall risk, including financial, social and environmental criteria.
3. To field test the equipment and the DSS.
|Period||[01/01/2006 - 01/01/2009]|