Innovative technology that narrows the searching field for leak detection - Resulting in more leaks found, greater efficiencies, and reduction of water loss. This technology enables utilities to become good stewards of the environment and conserves water.
Water Matrix is pleased and excited to be partnering with Utilis. Their technology represents an incredible advancement in leak detection and will be a valuable solution for our customers.
Utilis Solution will help us maximize the value of our customers’ water products and services by optimizing water distribution system performance and reliability, minimizing delivery costs, and reducing the annual value of water lost leakage on a client’s transmission and distribution mains through active network leakage control measures.
Innovation is one of the key values in HERA Group, that it is constantly looking to become more efficient and to deliver the best service possible to our customers. With this goal in mind we run a pilot with Utilis in the city of Ferrara, the results were good and we’ve decided to engage in a multi annual service contract with Utilis for leak detection using satellite based technology.
Leak detection technologies have not changed much in 80 years. They continue to be costly and somewhat ineffective as companies around the world struggle to find leaks, save scarce resources and money. Despite the waste of water, utilities many times can’t make widespread use of current leak detection technologies as they are not economically viable.
Using technology that is used to look for water on other planets, Utilis analyzes satellite imagery to detect leaks and non-revenue-water. The result? Images that cover 3.500 square kilometers at once. The leaks are displayed in user friendly GIS reports including street locations, with great accuracy, saving significant labor associated with finding leaks with current methods.
Taken from satellite mounted sensors, the raw imagery is overlaid on GIS systems and then processed by Utilis’ unique algorithms. The Utilis’ algorithm detects treated water, by looking for a particular spectral “signature” typical to drinking water. The user is then presented with a leakage graphic report overlaid on a map with streets and pipes.
As satellites orbit the earth at a very high altitude they have the capacity to process 3.500 square kilometer images, therefore covering entire distribution systems. Also, our technology can be used independently of weather conditions and time of the day.
At the beginning of each period, Utilis presents a graphic and/or tabular Leakage Report containing the location of suspected leaks. The information is displayed on top of GIS maps.
Utilis periodic Leakage Reports benefits include: early leaks detection and repairs verification, that significantly contribute to NRW reduction.
Repetitive update of the leakage reports improve accuracy of findings, thus enabling composition of more efficient operational work-plans.
Image Facility, a remote sensing research laboratory. Prof. Blumberg is a member of the advisory committee through BGN Technologies.
Prof. Blumberg has published numerous papers in the field of remote sensing, image processing, and target detection.
Dr. Shimada is a Professor of Tokyo Denki University, school of science and engineering, an invited researcher of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and a guest Professor of Yamaguchi University.
He graduated from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Kyoto University in 1977, and received an M.Eng. from the university in 1979. In the same year, he joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now JAXA).
Since then, Dr. Shimada has performed the spaceborne microwave sensing researches, i.e., scatterometer and synthetic aperture radar at JAXA.