Black & Veatch and Inflowmatix Join Forces to Meet Leakage Challenge

Partnership’s leading-edge, digitally-enabled approach to water
network management offers path to compliance with stringent new leakage
reduction targets

REDHILL, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Against a challenging backdrop of increased water scarcity and service
resilience, water companies in England and Wales have been tasked with
achieving on average a 15 percent reduction in leakage by 2025. The
result is the most ambitious leakage programme in 20 years. Success will
require leading-edge, digitally-enabled network management of the kind
pioneered by a new partnership between Black & Veatch and Inflowmatix.

The partnership will help UK water companies develop ‘healthy,’
resilient water networks, and reduce losses, by combining Black &
Veatch’s programme management, logistics, delivery and analytics
expertise with Inflowmatix’s unique analytics, patented technologies and
dynamic (near time) pressure sensing devices. The first result of this
collaboration is SERENE, a service offering for the UK water markets
that will provide network insights through a district metered area (DMA)
Health Index assessment.

“By assessing where the network is most at risk and exposing its dynamic
pressure variability our technologies provide a network behaviour
narrative,” according to Inflowmatix’s Dr. Mike Williams, CEO, “This can
be used to inform and implement proactive control strategies while
expediting the location and resolution of leakage within the network.”

The DMA Health Index provides water companies with the foundation for a
data and insight driven strategy to understand how and where investment
to reduce leakage can be targeted most effectively.

“New technologies are a key enabler to helping water companies weather a
perfect storm of increasing demand, falling revenues and climate change.
We partner with companies, like Inflowmatix, who offer the most
promising technologies; and help them achieve utility scale and
interoperability,” according to Mark Kaney, Asset Management Director,
Black & Veatch Europe. “In this way we are helping water companies
better understand the risks and potential benefits of trialing and
deploying new, innovative technologies.”

The Inflowmatix partnership is the latest example of Black & Veatch’s
drive to help clients deliver predictive performance insights, and
resilience across their assets – by using leading-edge digitally-enabled
real-time decision making, artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine
learning.

In February 2019 the company announced a tie-up with AI and machine
learning experts EMAGIN. In March 2019 Black & Veatch launched a Smart
Maintenance business combining technology-driven maintenance
methodologies and automation with hands-on utility engineering expertise
– to create digitally enabled maintenance teams.

Black & Veatch has also created ECO-X, a cloud-based digital ecosystem,
to enable integration with partners like Inflowmatix – facilitating the
deployment of digitally enabled solutions across the lifecycle of
clients’ assets.

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Editor’s Notes:

  • Ofwat, the water industry’s economic regulator for England and Wales,
    is challenging companies to reduce leakage by 15 per cent as part of
    their 2020 – 2025 asset management programmes.
  • Black & Veatch Water Europe and Inflowmatix have signed a memorandum
    of understanding for a strategic partnership.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical
human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government
Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of
people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering,
construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018
were $3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com
and in social media.

About Inflowmatix

Founded in 2015 as a spin out from Imperial College London, Inflowmatix
works closely with water industry specialists, engineering experts, and
world-class academics to bring cutting edge research and technology to
water utilities around the world. By mapping where the customer’s
network is most at risk and exposing dynamic pressure variability,
Inflowmatix is committed to helping water network operators control
pressures and optimise their services including resilience, asset
management, leakage and water quality in order to keep their customers
supplied.

Contacts

Black & Veatch
MALCOLM HALLSWORTH | +44 1737 856594 p |
+44 7920 701764 m | [email protected]
24-HOUR
MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149

Inflowmatix
SHARON FINNEY | +447789 390331 | [email protected]

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