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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FAQ

Q: What software comes with the Aquadapt system?

Oct 19 2010

A: Typically when you buy Aquadapt software you get the following:

  • Aquadapt realtime Solver running on its own computer(s) with interfaces to your SCADA system(s)
  • Aquadapt Historical Data Server with enough storage to last you decades
  • Operator interface screens, either embedded in the SCADA or in separate Windows
  • Manager interface screens running as an application or on Intranet pages
  • Offline version of Aquadapt Solver, useful for running "what-if" scenarios or looking at the impact changes may have, such as new pumps or changed electricity tariff structure, before they are installed or apply
  • Database server and front end tools for managing the Aquadapt system and its many files, for example the pump curve entry and modification tool
  • Data Cleaner - our proprietary data tool which makes sure telemetry data is verified and corrected before it is stored

And optionally the following:

  • Aquadapt Dashboard - our Intranet-based data visualization tool.
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