A Network Learning Approach for Asset Management in Water Distribution Infrastructure
The combination of factors including the aging of water distribution infrastructure, growth in water demands, and limited operating budgets have created interest in more robust and rigorous methodologies to prioritize rehabilitation and renewal decisions for water distribution infrastructure. One such procedure, probabilistic network modeling, can be used to investigate issues of water infrastructure failure and to develop inclusive and dynamic analyses. Decomposable Markov networks (DMNs) and machine learning techniques in the domain of water distribution systems are developed herein. A framework is described that assesses causality or correlation between pipe breaks and relevant factors based on data from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The role of factors such as cement mortar lining (CML), soil type, pipe material and dimension are employed. The framework can be used to assist decision-making by estimating probabilities of future pipe breakage and identifying rehabilitation options to decrease breakage probabilities. The DMN-based machine learning approach provides an excellent way of combining engineering knowledge and available data in a robust and formal statistical manner.
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