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Integrated high resolution imaging ground penetrating radar and decision support system for WATER PIPEline Rehabilitation

Objective

Many EU cities are experiencing increasing problems with their water pipeline infrastructure. The cost of replacing these old, worn-out systems, if left to deteriorate beyond repair, is astronomical and clearly beyond the resources of many communities. Re placement, however, is not the only choice as many of these systems can be rehabilitated at 30 to 70 percent of the cost of replacement. Accordingly, resources are now increasingly being allocated to address pipeline rehabilitation management issues.

Due to the emphasis on sustainable management, risk-based approaches for the rehabilitation management of the water supply network need to be developed. Rehabilitation decisions should be based, interalia, on inspection and evaluation of the pipeline conditions. Yet, utilities cannot locate a number of their old pipes and current inspection technologies typically do not provide the needed detailed information on pipeline damage.

The objectives of this work are:
1. To develop a novel, high-resolution imaging ground penetrating radar for the detection of pipes, leaks and damages and the imaging of the damaged region and evaluate it at a test site.
2. To produce an integrated system that will contain the equipment in "1" and a Decision-Support-System (DSS) for the rehabilitation management of the underground water pipelines that will use input from the inspections to assess, probabilistically, the time-dependent leakage and structural reliability of the pipelines and a risk-based methodology for rehabilitation decisions that considers the overall risk, including financial, social and environmental criteria.
3. To field test the equipment and the DSS.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Address
Patission Str. 42
Athens
Greece

Participants (10)

ADVANCED MICROWAVE SYSTEMS LTD
Greece
Address
2, 25Th Martiou St.
Athens
AZIENDA MEDITERRANEA GAS E ACQUA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Dei Santi Giacomo E Filippo 7
Genova
COMPANIA AQUASERV S.A.
Romania
Address
Kos Karoly 1
Tirgu Mures
HUBERG SAS - HUBER GUENTHER & C
Italy
Address
Via Copernico 18
Bolzano
HYDROSAVE UK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
4 Swallow Court
Kettering
IRIDE ACQUA GAS SPA
Italy
Address
V. Ss. Giacomo E Filippo, 7
Genoa
ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Address
Rektorluk Binasi, Ayazaga Kampusu, Maslak
Istanbul
PIPEHAWK PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Systems House, Mill Lane
Alton
RISA SICHERHEITSANALYSEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Krumme Strasse 55
Berlin
TECNIC - TECNICHE E CONSULENZE NELL' INGEGNERIA CIVILE SPA - CONSULTING ENGINEERS SPA
Italy
Address
Via Panama 86/A
Roma