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Aurecon partners with FiberSense to shine a light on water network disruptions

Aurecon partners with FiberSense to shine a light on water network disruptions.

FiberSense's world-leading distributed fibre sensing capability plus Aurecon’s significant industry expertise will focus on network-wide solutions to address the growing issue of non-revenue water.

10 May 2022 – International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with optical fibre technology business FiberSense to offer digitally based leak monitoring solutions to water utilities.

The combined offering allows utilities to detect disruptive events in their networks and manage these before they become major leaks.

Aurecon Associate Dr Mark Stephens, who previously led SA Water’s Smart Water Network Analytics program, is working with FiberSense to implement this leak monitoring solution.

“Using what we call ‘dark fibre’ or spare optical fibres, which run through underground telecommunications networks, we can detect changes in the water systems,” Dr Stephens said.

“This ‘dark fibre’ can be used to relay data on network performance. For example, a pipe leak can be detected due to changes in vibrations induced in the fibre network.”

Water utilities currently deploy fleets of acoustic sensors for leak detection which can be a time consuming and expensive exercise from a deployment and maintenance point of view. The ‘dark fibre’, which is already in place through the telecommunications network and not currently used, provides a ready-made and extensive distributed sensing system with much lower ongoing operational costs.

This innovative approach to network monitoring is possible through the combination of Aurecon’s pipeline water loss knowledge and planning capabilities and FiberSense’s advanced technology that allows utilities to understand events in a city without having to deploy sensors in the field.

FiberSense’s Raj Jayawardena said he was pleased to announce this strategic partnership with Aurecon to build on its capability in addressing the globally significant issue of pipeline water loss.

“Our innovative, scalable and cost-effective solutions for the water industry are already changing the way water utilities tackle water loss. Our capabilities will now be enhanced by collaborating with the Aurecon team,” Raj Jayawardena said.

“FiberSense's world-leading distributed fibre sensing capability plus Aurecon’s significant industry expertise will focus on network-wide solutions to address the growing issue of non-revenue water. ”

“By repurposing existing fibreoptic cables already in the network, our solutions provide enhanced awareness in city grids at massive scale.”

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