Insights into possible blockages in the water system
Can we optimise the use of the water system’s available historical and real-time data, so that faster action can be taken in the event of extreme weather conditions?
To answer this question Rivierenland Water Board initiated the Big Data Challenge for Climate Adaptive Water Management in early 2018. Working with Royal HaskoningDHV, we developed the winning solution: HydroTwin.
HydroTwin is a software solution developed by hydrologists, data scientists and water board level managers. The model provides decision support for operational water level management by detecting deviations and anomalies.
We integrated results from HydroTwin into a dashboard for employees in the central control room at Rivierenland, allowing administrators to quickly see whether deviations from predicted flowrates have been identified. Deviations could indicate the clogging of culverts, excessive vegetation in the waterway or a defective sensor.
Above you can see a geographical visualisation of the water courses where abnormalities have been identified (in red) in the Land van Heusden and Altena pilot area.
“With HydroTwin you are able to monitor real-time whether your water system is functioning optimally”
HydroTwin will have huge socio-economic impact, by providing early insight into possible blockages in the water system, action can be taken to minimise and prevent the risk of further problems developing.
The pilot offers an insight into the possibilities and added value of applying data science in operational water level management. We are currently working with Royal HaskoningDHV and various water boards to develop this demo into an efficient solution.