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A novel technology for sewerage mapping, inspection and cleaning with integrated real-time self-audit capability

Objective

Sewage systems are crucial to reduce the risks of water borne diseases and avoid flooding of cities. Cleaning processes are thus highly important to avoid health risks and environmental, economic and societal impacts which can be caused by damaged or blocked sewerage. European sewage networks are operated by over 20,000 municipalities and public entities which spend over €6.5 billion annually to clean and maintain over 2.25 million km of pipes that are constantly deteriorating. Over 10,000 SMEs are employed by network operators to keep the sewerage clean and operable. Recent budget cuts and the implementation of the water framework directive (2000/60 EC) that requires new measures for more efficient use of water resources have put pressure on municipalities and therefore on the service providing SMEs in the cleaning business in order to save water resources and find cheaper ways of maintaining efficient sewage networks. Current systems for sewer cleaning are highly inefficient. During the cleaning process, high amounts of water are used to clean the pipes regardless of the real cleaning demands. Hence, there is a high need to develop a system integrating a reliable inspection tool which efficiently varies the cleaning process according to the real demand. The PIPEGUARD system will consist of an ultrasonic inspection system, which will detect the degree of pollution and damages. The data captured will be used to adjust the cleaning through algorithms. After cleaning, the system will keep a record that will provide a reliable cleaning audit trail. Further, PIPEGUARD will monitor with inertial sensors the system position in real-time in order to obtain reliable position mapping for the creation of network maps. The solution will not only cut costs for cities due to the use of an integrated system which will eliminate various inspection and cleaning steps, it will also save ca. 35% of cleaning costs due to reduced fresh water usage thanks to the on-demand cleaning.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 49 306
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (6)

ALSITEL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 193 205
Address
Calle Padre Felix Flores 3 Bajo
19002 Guadalajasra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Antonio Atienza Herrera (Mr.)
JT-ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 365 810
Address
Robert Bosch Strasse 26
88131 Lindau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonja Jöckel (Mr.)
WIEDEMANN & REICHHARDT MASCHINEN- UND FAHRZEUGBAU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 276,10
Address
Freiweg 4
86450 Altenmunster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Dammer (Mr.)
SINAPTEC
France
EU contribution
€ 328 612,90
Address
Avenue Pierre & Marie Curie 7
59260 Lezennes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Tierce (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 14 190
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 200
Address
Carretera D'esplugues 75 Local 1-2
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catalina Balseiro (Ms.)