The system uses predictive analytics to help in the decision-making process of a real-time pump and valve operational plan
IBI Group has introduced a software solution that uses predictive analytics to determine the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way for urban water utilities to operate their water distribution systems.
The smart cities global design and technology firm claims BlueIQ helps water utilities to conserve energy and reduce operating costs, with an associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, while assuring the level of water quality and service to customers
BlueIQ aims to optimise pump and valve operations resulting in reduced energy consumption while providing the required level of service. This outcome is achieved through the application of predictive analytics which assist in the decision-making process with the provision of a real-time pump and valve operational plan.
According to IBI Group, the realised cost savings can support innovative financing arrangements to cover implementation and system maintenance.
Implemented for Toronto Water – the largest water utility in Canada, and one of the largest in North America – in 2015, IBI Group’s water optimisation solution is reportedly saving the utility more than 10 per cent in energy costs annually.
“This is a completely new technology package that provided a customised solution for Toronto,” said Gary Thompson, area supervisor process, operations and maintenance, Toronto Water.
“BlueIQ by IBI Group helps water utilities answer the question of how to most efficiently operate their available assets within the required level of service"
“Combining all the real-time inputs, with an accurate calibrated hydraulic model, and generating a proven and effective advanced pump schedule has significantly reduced Toronto Water’s operating costs.”
“BlueIQ by IBI Group helps water utilities answer the question of how to most efficiently operate their available assets within the required level of service. It integrates with SCADA to assist in identifying the optimal pump and valve schedule in real time to reduce overall operational costs,” added Sanjay Patel, product lead, water optimisation solutions, IBI.
“Using various real-time input data feeds, BlueIQ is a system-wide, non-linear formulated solution with hybrid automation, optimising quickly enough to be used immediately, while still giving the overseeing operator decision-making control.”
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