Winning hearts and minds at Unitywater

The Derceto Aquadapt implementation for Unitywater on Australia’s Sunshine Coast goes back to 2004, when Unitywater’s forerunner, Maroochy Water Services, was wrestling with the problem of how to smooth demand on two water treatment plants and maximize network asset utilization.

The operators of the Landers Shute and Image Flat water treatment plants were insistent that smoothened flow profiles were essential to improve the operability, efficiency and water quality of their respective plants.

Unitywater’s Engineering Operations Manager, Michael Doherty, says the challenge was to remove the diurnal demand peaks from the water treatment plant supply and to achieve linear flow requirements across the 24-hour day, while maintaining water pressure standards of service and minimum storage levels throughout Maroochy Shire’s reticulation system.

With two treatment plants, 22 reservoirs, four pump stations and 13 flow control valve sites of significant demand and supply, the challenge was beyond the ability of the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system's automatic control, Michael Doherty recalls.

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Q: I suppose Aquadapt software needs to run on some pretty impressive hardware?

Oct 13 2010

A: Actually we run the software on rather ordinary office PCs ranging from 1 GHz to 3.2 GHz. The faster the better of course. We would recommend hyper-threaded computers running Windows Server 2008 Web Edition as this gives a good base for supporting multiple concurrent users when running our Intranet interface. Not a standard office PC maybe, but usually good value for money.

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