Last December, Bentley Systems announced the winners of the Going Digital Awards 2021 in infrastructure. Each year, the Bentley Awards recognize the extraordinary work of Bentley software users who advance the design, construction and operation of infrastructure around the world. The awards program includes two categories of water: water and wastewater treatment plants and water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Smart Water Magazine conducts interviews with winners and runners-up in these two categories.
In this first interview, we hear about the project Leduki Group of Villages Water Supply Scheme, by ATLC Infraconsultants Pvt. ltd. A finalist in the Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Networks category, the project is located in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, India, an area that spans 4,525 square kilometers. The Leduki Village Water Supply System provides a piped water supply system to supply treated water to 128 villages.
The project team needed comprehensive hydraulic modeling technology to determine optimal network alignment, plan district metering areas, ensure equipment safety, and provide digital deliverables to the client. They chose OpenFlows WaterGEMS to model and visualize the project location and the new pipe network. The software was used to analyze 125 kilometers of pumping pipeline, optimize the design scheme and reduce the costs of electricity, machinery and operating and maintenance costs associated with the pumping equipment. STAAD facilitated the structural design of the elevated service tank and treatment plant. Thanks to Bentley’s integrated technology solutions, the project was delivered nearly a month ahead of schedule.
Question: To what extent can digital tools help improve the design, construction and operation of water infrastructure projects?
Answer: A digital twin is a virtual representation of the physical world. The process of generating the digital twin of a water infrastructure begins with digitizing routinely collected data that is often found in paper records and unconnected spreadsheets. Generating the digital twin of a water system involves unifying reality models and GIS models with virtual engineering models. Additionally, the digital twins are continuously updated with real-time data from SCADA systems, sensors, meters and other measured sources. The result is a smart and connected digital infrastructure model that greatly supports the planning, design, construction and operation of smart water networks.
Q: What features of Bentley tools do you think were critical to the success of your project?
A: Bentley’s WaterGems and StaadPro are state-of-the-art software that helped us efficiently design the water supply system for the Leduki cluster of villages. Tools such as Model Builder helped in the rapid creation of a network from multiple sources such as GIS and/or Autocad files. The terrain extraction tool was also a great help in assigning ground elevation values to the network. The scenarios and alternatives resulted in the analysis and design of the various network components in a single model. All of these tools and many more enabled the rapid and successful completion of the project.
Q: Could you briefly explain what the social, economic and environmental impacts of your project have been?
A: The main socio-economic impact of this project is the uninterrupted supply of drinking water to the inhabitants of the villages. This project will provide the inhabitants of the villages with access to drinking water, thus improving their quality of life. Another positive impact of this project is the employment potential. This project will require a significant amount of labor in its execution phase, thus creating a huge opportunity for the employment of local residents.
Q: What benefits would you highlight from the use of digital tools in terms of collaboration between different teams and customers?
A: Integrating the Bing map into WaterGems has made it much easier to visualize the location of the project, increasing the graphical appeal of the project for the client.
Q: Can you comment on the overall cost effectiveness of using Bentley tools on the project?
A: Using Bentley’s tools, we were able to design the most cost effective water supply system 30 days ahead of schedule.. This resulted in a great cost reduction in terms of the labor required to complete the project.