In the past, Herning Vand has been dependent on employees knowing everything about the utility’s water distribution system. For example, how the system is built; why it is built this way; where valves are placed and whether they are opened or closed.
However, as the system has continued to grow over the years, this approach has challenged the utility, as it can be difficult to maintain a crystal-clear overview of a growing distribution system based on assumptions and know-how by certain employees. Sometimes the utility struggled with time-consuming efforts to track down information about specific assets in the system, because only few individuals knew the status and the exact location of the assets. But now Herning Vand has decided to become more system-based and has therefore started the process by sectioning the water distribution network in Herning. Part of this process is the digitalization and retrieval of data from critical points in the system.
Data from IoT devices paves the way for efficiency
Herning Vand has initiated a development and structural planning of the entire distribution system in Herning municipality. In the search for technological solutions for water systems, the utility has started a development project with AVK Smart Water. The project includes installation of position indicator devices on selected gate valves and smart hydrant caps with an alarm function on selected hydrants.
“Basically, the purpose is to obtain as much data as possible from the system and use it both for operational and planning purposes,” says Mads Riber Rasmussen, Project Manager at Herning Water. He adds: “We want to be able to see our entire distribution system and see the actual operational status of our most important assets. That is why we teamed up with AVK Smart Water.”
Facts about Herning utility network
18,000 consumer meters
Around 730 km water distribution system
6 people to operate and renovate the water distribution system and consumption meters
AVK Smart Water
AVK Smart Water develops digital solutions for valves and hydrants in order to register changes in the hydraulic setup and send the data to a cloud platform.
VIDI Positioner registers whether a valve is open, closed or something in between. It sends an alarm when the valve is being operated and sends continuously updated data of the valve and its open-closed position.
VIDI Cap registers open/closed status for a fire hydrant and sends an alarm every time the hydrant is being closed or opened.