Hydroinformatics: Redefining What’s Possible for Water Utilities
As the water sector continues to scale smart water solutions, hydroinformatics is a powerful force helping utilities to transform how they manage water.
What is Hydroinformatics?
Hydroinformatics engineers combine multidisciplinary experience with optimization and hydraulic modeling skills, a deep understanding of the water cycle and a passion for using data to improve the urban watershed for local communities. They leverage expertise from traditional civil and environmental engineering disciplines, machine learning, control theory, and even sociotechnical systems, to maximize the potential of digital technologies and identify innovative approaches to solve age-old challenges.
Hydroinformatics engineers develop and implement algorithms and analytics that give water operators more visibility into system performance, to help prevent disruptions, identify efficiencies and make better decisions. They analyze challenges to devise custom, highly configured algorithmic solutions and help implement, test and refine them to create a real-time decision support system.
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By comparing the utility’s day-to-day performance against historical data, these engineers help water operators detect and even predict events, and discover new ways to deliver water, energy, and cost savings.
As climate change impacts and environmental issues escalate, hydroinformatics engineers play an even more critical role in redefining the possibilities for water.
To discover more about hydroinformatics, Water & Wastes Digest spoke to Bryant McDonnell, senior manager of Hydroinformatics and Process Control at Xylem to discuss how his team is moving the dial for utilities, empowering them to deliver remarkable cost savings and new levels of efficiency and control.