Advanced course on pressure management and pressure transients in water distribution systems

Pressure management is now recognized as the foundation for optimal management of water supply and distribution systems. The proven benefits of pressure management in distribution systems now include not only the water conservation benefits of reducing leak flow rates and some components of consumption, but also water utility and customer benefits arising from reduced numbers of bursts and leaks.

These include reduced repair and reinstatement costs, reduced public liability and adverse publicity, reduced costs of active leakage control, deferred infrastructure renewals and extended asset life of mains and service connections, and fewer problems on customer service connections and plumbing systems, all leading to fewer customer complaints. In addition, knowledge of flow behaviour, both steady and unsteady, is necessary for optimised control and safe use of water. The system parameters, for example the network elevation, hydraulic properties of pumps, PRVs and consumer taps and off-design conditions, such as maintenance operations, play an important role in the design and operational management of water supply and distribution systems.

Aim of the course

The general purpose of this 3-day intensive course is to explain and demonstrate the latest concepts and tools for optimal management of pressure in water distribution systems (including insights in analysis, prediction and validation methods for estimate of pressure
management benefits) and to give a deeper insight into pressure transients in pipeline systems. The course includes latest theory and methods for practitioners developed by Allan Lambert of Water Loss Research & Analysis Ltd and other leaders in developing and
disseminating best practice methods in pressure management, from IWA Water Loss Specialist Group; together with extended experience gained by instructors with international experience. It includes lessons from practice, modelling issues, risk management, transient
interaction of pumping station controls, PRVs and valve operations at large consumers.

Who should attend

This course is geared towards anyone who deals with operation of water distribution systems, as well as the design of such systems. This includes engineers, technical and project managers and controllers of water pipeline systems and process installations who want to upgrade their understanding of pressure management and pressure transients. A BSc degree in water engineering, engineering science, physics, or other scientific discipline is recommended (minimum requirement).

More information

This advanced course is organized by Deltares in collaboration with Marco Fantozzi of ISLE Utilities, and Allan Lambert of Water Loss Research & Analysis Ltd, leaders in developing latest best practice methods in pressure management.