Remote Control AQP

Among the largest aqueducts in Europe, the Apulian aqueduct is the main source of water and drinking water supply in the Puglia region and in some Campania’s municipalities. 

CUSTOMER:

Siemens S.p.A. - AQP

DATE:

2011 - IN PROGRESS

SERVICES:

Realization of SCADA systems, System engineering activities, Web Application Development

The Apulian aqueduct is one of the most impressive hydraulic engineering works ever made in the world.

Present since 1870, it currently conveys water to the 4 million people homes!

We’re talking about a mammoth system of water extraction plants, pipes and interconnections, which extends over a very large geographical area with a high population density.

Over 20.000 km² of surface between drinking water treatment plants, purifiers, sewage systems, tanks 13.000 km of pipes that bring water to the shells of various municipalities, from which the local networks come. 

In total, 330 municipalities are served, not only in Puglia territory.

Performed activities

In collaboration with Siemens S.p.A., for the development of the new remote control system of the Apulian aqueduct, we carried out the following activities: 

  • Remote stations installation;
  • SCADA system design and implementation for monitoring remote station activities;
  • Administration and maintenance of the entire AQP remote control network;
  • Development of the new SISMAP functions, a web application that allows users to observe, report and analyze to optimize water resources;
  • System activities at the CED;
  • 360° IT consultancy;

Results

The realization of the expansion and improvement of the company remote control system has allowed the definitive passage from an asynchronous manual management system to an automatic system interconnected in real time. 

The updated company information system has enabled the integration into its process of all aqueduct sections. Purification, adduction and distribution: the gaze of the remot control now embraces the entire infrastructure. 

The new remote control system is a perfect machine. The optimization of the operating and maintenance activities of the treatment plants is at the highest technological standards currently allowed. 

It’s possibile to check the system operating states at any time. Specific remote alarm systems provide daily information on any anomaly states. In addition, they also provide an accurate framework of energy consumption measures. 

But the big news consists also and above all in the alarm warning system. If at the first of our intervention the maintenance managers had access only to comulative alarm mobile messages, they now benefit from a mobile real-time monitoring

They are equipped with tablets through which it’s immediately possible for them to discriminate the alarm situations, identify the systems involved and evaluate the disservice severity in order to determine whether or not to intervene urgently. 

Updated water and energy reports complete the data framework offered to them.