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Project Tasks


WP1) Water Supply Knowledge Base

This work package will create the generic basis that will enable a comprehensive water supply and usage knowledge base to be established, to support the WatERP open management platform and its functionalities. This water supply knowledge base will cover all of the previously separate operational processes, from initial water sources generation, to water regulation through infrastructure operations, followed by water capture and treatment, distribution and finally consumption. Output from each step will provide input data for the next step, but at the same time, will provide feedback to the previous one.

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WP2) External system integration

The overall objective of the WP2 is to perform the integration and open interfacing design with different services deployed in the water supply distribution chain, such as existing control and management systems (building blocks – DSS, DMSs and external systems) and provide interoperability with external smart water energy grids throughout an ICT architecture based on standards.

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WP3) Data management

To design methods, reference data models and prototypical tools which allow to (technically and semantically) integrating real-time, near real-time and static data from most heterogeneous sources covering the whole water supply distribution chain, into one global and consistent Water Data Warehouse (WDW). The WDW shall be designed such that it can serve efficiently complex queries and analyses of spatio-temporal data and data streams, and can offer efficient implementations of basic operations needed for the required data-mining algorithms. Semantic data integration and multiple views on the data will be supported by an ontology-based abstraction layer above the WDW core data structures which further enables i) Open Data provision of WDW content according to Semantic Web (W3C) standards and which allows ii) to apply ontology-based inference and rule-based reasoning for data-quality checking and for complex concept-based and geospatial queries. The ontology-enabled WDW shall offer service-based interfaces following OGC standards

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WP4) Decision Support System

The work package 4 "Decision Support System"(DSS) is tasked performing applied research into the design of a Water DSS to better support manager’s decisions in matching water supply and demand, optimizing energy efforts, minimizing storage and treatment while ensuring that consumer and environmental needs are met. In detail, the Water DSS main objective will be supported by the following sub-objectives:

  • Make recommendations to the global water supply distribution chain in order to manage an accurate supply which matches the demand with the minimum energy requirements
  • Reduce the economical impact associated with the mismanagement of water resources
  • Within WP7, design a set of real scenarios as a validation methodology to test the effectiveness of the different decisions taken

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WP5) Demand Management System

The overall objective of the WP5 is to provide models and tools to support demand management policies at different levels of the water supply distribution chain, thus contributing towards the long-term conservation of natural resources, including minimization of energy usage, and towards sustainable water management. Specific sub-objectives of the WP concern the:

  • Enhancement of the ability to compare data to historical trends and indicators, to analyse the socio-economic drivers behind water usage and technology uptake
  • Development of improved tools for designing, analyzing and evaluating policy instruments towards demand management, through the integration of already applied tools with the WP 3 Data Management System
  • Development of awareness raising and knowledge management tools to promote the engagement of water users towards water conservation, using social web approaches

Models and tools will exploit as fully as possible the capabilities of the WP3 Data Management, to achieve a high correlation with actual water consumption patterns. In addition to spatial and temporal variability, a disaggregation approach, encompassing end-use analysis and modelling will be used to expand beyond aggregate estimates for a consumer base and analyse the socio-economic drivers affecting water usage among different groups and water use sectors.

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WP6) WatERP Open Management Platform

The work package 6 "Open Management Platform" (OMP) aims to build a platform in which integrate all the other work packages outcomes, at the same time that enables third parties to reuse the information and to integrate their information on it. The intention is to offer a simple way to improve the current systems involved in the water supply distribution chain in terms of costs, efficiency, etc. making use of a collective knowledge collected (WP3) and new knowledge inferred, as well as recommendations from Water DSS, (WP4) thanks to global knowledge and global status share (WP5). With this intention, the platform will show information in different ways, allowing building dashboards specific for each field of application, resulting in a business intelligence solution. The main objectives to achieve on this work package are:

  • Integrate the Demand Management System and the Decision Support System
  • Offer data integration to third parties using web services
  • Assure data acquisition from extern systems using external linkages
  • Offer final users predefined dashboards and the possibility to build new ones
  • Offer Business Intelligence capabilities applied to the water supply distribution chain

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WP7) Pilots

WP7 aims to test and validate the feasibility of connecting the various components and monitoring systems involved in water distribution networks and technologies within the unified WatERP Open Management Platform. This WP will play an active role in the definition and development of the final platform since it will check that the previous WPs fit the requirements for the real-time implementation of the platform over the pilot areas. As a result the sub-specific objectives will be as follows:

  • Monitor the advancement of the different WPs to match pilot requirements (related to specific data availability, real-time operation, hardware architecture, etc.) and facilitate the implementation tasks
  • Keep a sustained interaction with the planned stakeholders in order to involve them in the definition of the platform, and the design and planning of the implementation tasks. This is an essential objective to ensure the viability and success of the proposal
  • Verify the performance of the system in the pilot areas once the system has been implemented. Generate a framework to enhance discussion and produce improvements together with the stakeholders. This is a fundamental part of the project since it will validate the general concept and should show those areas that require improvements (and that could affect any of the previous WP involved in the development of the platform)
  • A significant effort will be devoted together with the stakeholders to promote social awareness deploying an operational solution that will foster the availability of tools (specific public dashboards with GIS capabilities, social web approaches, etc.) to inform and engage all levels of water users and encourage water-saving activities.

Thus, WP7 will play an essential role not only in the exploitation and verification of the various technologies developed in the WPs but also in the validation of the general assumptions and objectives of the project.

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WP8) Dissemination & Exploitationt

The main aim of dissemination strategy is to promote and improve the announcement of the results within the project. This main goal can be disaggregated into different specific objectives related with the project consecution and scope of communication strategy to:

  • Enhance the awareness about the use of water services and needs of conserve the water resources
  • Facilitate a collaboration and information exchange between relevant stakeholders (public administrations, industries, users, researchers)
  • Promote the pilots results of the project on in a commercial context and in the research community
  • Encourage new water communities to expand the knowledge acquired in the project

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WP9) Project Management

In this WP, the activities required for the organization and the management of the project will take place. It will administratively support the technological and validation work throughout the project. The overall Objectives are:

  • Coordination of the partners’ activities according to time schedule and budget
  • Efficient legal, contractual, financial and administrative management of the project
  • Assuring high quality of the project work and project’s results

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the general coordination and management of the project and for the day-to-day communications with the EC.

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