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Public Water Supply: Models, Data and Operational Management

By: Peter Lonsdale and Dusan Obradovic

480 pages, 462 line illus


Hardback | Dec 1998 | #121570 | ISBN: 0419232206
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About this book

Professionals in the water supply industry are faced with a mass of technical information about how best to use new technologies to improve the efficiency of their supply operations. This book will help explain practical problems and potential solutions clearly and comprehensively to readers who may not be familiar with the latest developments in IT and computing. Managers will find it useful in understanding the data requirements of these new systems and it will help them make the most of available resources. It will be of use to those planning and designing new systems and those working with existing ones.


Introduction. Acknowledgements. Notation. Important SI units. Basic conversion factors. Data management systems in water supply. Water supply at the millennium. Managing a water supply system. Data required for operational management. Data capturing system. Data management system. The dissemination of operational data. Analysis of operational data. The value of on-line data. Deciphering the message. The logic of data. Analysing the balance. The case for mathematical modelling. Modelling water supply system elements. Structure of a hydraulic model. Modelling real-life systems. Sources of water. Pipes and pipe networks. Service connections and public standpipes. Reservoirs. Pumping stations. Valves. Modelling of demand. Introduction. Definitions and terminology. Analysis of demand. Capturing, holding and converting data to information. Losses. Modelling demand. Mathematical methods applied in modelling. The principles of modelling. Computation of one steady state. Continuous stimulation. Initial state. Choosing adequate software. Making a model. The general approach to model making. Practical advice on model building. Solving difficulties and some common errors. Recognising typical solutions. First simulation runs. Calibration of the model. Modelling and real-life problems. Simulation models as tools for design. Modelling and operational management. The use of models in a water company. Modelling energy costs. Modernisation of control systems. Models and operational management - cases from real life. Leads for beginners. Appendices. References. Glossary. Index.

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