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1. AU2009321416 - Water distribution systems

Office
Australia
Application Number 2009321416
Application Date 19.05.2009
Publication Number 2009321416
Publication Date 13.01.2011
Publication Kind A1
IPC
E03B 7/07
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
BINSTALLATIONS OR METHODS FOR OBTAINING, COLLECTING, OR DISTRIBUTING WATER
7Water main or service pipe systems
07Arrangement of devices, e.g. filters, flow controls, measuring devices, siphons, valves, in the pipe systems
G05D 7/06
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
7Control of flow
06characterised by the use of electric means
G06Q 50/06
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
50Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism
06Electricity, gas or water supply
E03B 1/02
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
BINSTALLATIONS OR METHODS FOR OBTAINING, COLLECTING, OR DISTRIBUTING WATER
1Methods or layout of installations for water supply
02for public or like main supply
CPC
E03B 7/02
EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
03WATER SUPPLY; SEWERAGE
BINSTALLATIONS OR METHODS FOR OBTAINING, COLLECTING, OR DISTRIBUTING WATER
7Water main or service pipe systems
02Public or like main pipe systems
G06Q 50/06
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
50Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism
06Electricity, gas or water supply
Y02A 20/00
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
ATECHNOLOGIES FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
20Water conservation; Efficient water supply; Efficient water use
Applicants The University of Exeter
Inventors Awad, Haytham
Bicik, Josef
Kapelan, Zoran
Morley, Mark
Savic, Dragan
Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Lydia
Agents FPA Patent Attorneys Pty Ltd
Priority Data 0808985.6 19.05.2008 GB
Title
(EN) Water distribution systems
Abstract
(EN)
A method is disclosed for use in the design of a water distribution by determining whether to locate a pressure reducing valve (PRV) in a given location comprising the steps of: (a) determining the benefit arising from reduced water leakage achieved by locating a PRV in that location; (b) determining the benefit arising from reduced pipe burst frequency achieved by locating a PRV in that location; (c) determining the benefit arising from at least one other parameter achieved by locating a PRV in that location; (d) determining the cost associated with locating a PRV at that location; (e) calculating a net benefit value using the benefits and costs determined in steps (a) to (d); and (f) locating a PRV in that location if the calculated net benefit value exceeds a predetermined value. Also disclosed is a control method for use in the evaluation of faults, the method comprising the steps of: (a) receiving a fault notification; (b) determining from the fault notification a series of potential causes of the notified fault; (c) determining, for each potential cause, an impact evaluation; (d) aggregating the impact evaluations for each potential cause to derive an importance indication for the notified fault.