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Entwicklung eines Systems zur Inspektion von Abwasser- Kanalisationsnetzen – Analysephase

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  • Organizational unit

  • Category

    • Federal project
  • Funding source

    Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF,Fachhochschule Dortmund

  • Funding program

    BMBF FH Impuls 2016, own contribution FH

  • Duration

About the project

Development of a system for inspecting wastewater sewer networks Analysis phase

Environmentally friendly, safe and hygienic urban drainage is a basic requirement of modern civilization. Comprehensive inspection and maintenance of the relevant systems is therefore essential. Particularly after heavy rainfall events, the flow of water introduces foreign substances into the sewer system, making regular inspections up to 30 times a year necessary. Several thousand kilometers of sewer network are not uncommon in metropolitan regions. Maintenance work is usually carried out manually, e.g. by means of inspections or crawler cameras with a limited range.

In order to make this process more efficient, the iKannA project is carrying out preparatory work for the development of an innovative inspection system for storage sewers.

To this end, a project partner is developing a floating and submersible sensor data acquisition unit that can be fed into the sewer system as required using automated output devices. The floating bodies are able to pass through pumping stations and can be filtered out, also automatically, for reuse upstream or in sewage treatment plants. With the help of smart device controllers installed in sewer shafts, which act as gateways, the sensor data is fed to a downstream remote station using modern transmission paths. IDiAL is developing a software component for secure transmission from the gateways to a data platform, which is also being developed by IDiAL.

The task of the data platform is to receive measurement data from a variable number of sensors in an efficient manner. The data received is then persisted and processed individually for the corresponding use case. The data is provided in a dynamic manner so that the diverse requirements of the various data consumers are met. Due to the fact that critical infrastructure is to be digitally adapted, the project is also working intensively on bringing state-of-the-art cloud technologies into line with the strict requirements of infrastructure projects.

As part of the preparatory analysis phase, requirements for the software to be developed are defined in close cooperation with the Emschergenossenschaft in order to ensure compatibility with existing processes in the present while maximizing future-proofing. Based on the information obtained, appropriate interfaces and procedures will be developed together with the IDiAL project partner in order to transfer the measurement data between the hardware and the platform in an efficient and secure manner.

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Cooperation/project partners

  • Westphalian University of Applied Sciences
  • Emschergenossenschaft

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Photo credits

  • Funding body Federal Ministry of Education and Research | Funding body Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences | Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Matthias Kleinen
  • Fachhochschule Dortmund | Florian Freimuth

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