Project overview: – New activities and project update
The Advanced Condition Assessment & Pipe Failure Prediction Project is a vibrant collaboration of researchers and water utilities from around the globe dedicated to solving a major problem – failures in ageing critical pipelines which deliver fresh water to the towns and cities of the world. Failures in “critical pipes”, those with diameter greater than 300 mm, present a major challenge to cost effective management of water pipe assets.
To address this issue, members of the world’s water industry concluded a Collaborative Research Agreement in July 2011. This Agreement provides for cash and in-kind funding of $13.4 million (including $5.9 million cash) over five years.
The partners in this research project include Sydney Water Corporation, UK Water Industry Research Ltd., Water Research Foundation of the USA, Water Corporation (WA), City West Water, Melbourne Water, South Australia Water Corporation, South East Water Ltd, and Hunter Water Corporation. Monash University leads the research supported by University of Technology Sydney and the University of Newcastle. Other collaborators include Dr Balvant Rajani of Canada.
The Project comprises five Activities. Work began on the first three in the second half of 2011 while work on Activities 4 and 5 began in early 2014.