New research expected to help utility companies predict service life of pipelines

Jan 23, 2012

Regression models presented in the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Infrastructure Systems by researchers at Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science are expected to help utility companies predict the service life of wastewater pipeline infrastructure and take a proactive approach to pipeline replacements and maintenance.

Ossama (Sam) Salem, Yabroudi Chair of Sustainable Civil Infrastructures and professor of construction engineering and management at L.C. Smith, and his Ph.D. student Baris Salman, developed various statistical using data obtained from the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, to generate deterioration models that will help in the decision-making process regarding future .

"The models presented in this paper allow utility and wastewater management companies to develop a sound maintenance plan and predict potential failures," Salem says. "This has impact not only economically, but socially and environmentally as well."

As wastewater utilities seek to implement asset management strategies to help justify and optimize their expenditures, understanding the current and future behavior of wastewater lines may help utilities mitigate costly emergency repairs. The deterioration models developed by Salem and Salman are expected to assist utility officials in assessing risk and identifying pipes that have the highest probability and consequences of failure. Doing so will allow utilities to proactively prevent problems, rather than simply reacting to fix problems after they occur.

While the presented models are useful for the data set provided, their applicability to different sewer systems depends on the characteristics of those particular networks. Since , and construction methods vary among cities and among infrastructure systems, different deterioration patterns may be observed in different regions.

Explore further: Scotty project eyes uniqueness, sharing issues in 3D printing

More information: The published article is titled "Modeling Failure of Wastewater Collection Lines Using Various Section-Level Regression Models" and its abstract can be found online at ascelibrary.org/iso/resource/1… 5_s1?isAuthorized=no

Provided by Syracuse University

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

10 hours ago

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures ...

Invention slows water evaporation, generates energy

Jan 23, 2015

A new technology invented at the University of Arizona offers a positive environmental impact by slowing the evaporation of water from bodies of water such as mining tailings ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.