The AWARE-P software suite is designed for infrastructure asset management and planning of urban water systems. It provides the tools for quantified, long-term impact assessment of capital investment projects and continuous O&M interventions in a defendable, repeatable and transparent way. AWARE-P supports service-oriented IAM planning, promoting key ISO 55000 requirements and full consideration of system behavior, for both linear and vertical assets of clean water or sewer systems.

The AWARE-P approach

Water networks are the most valuable part of the public lifeline infrastructure, and utilities are vested with the responsibility of keeping and expanding them for current and future generations. Both continuous O&M and CIP projects translate into a variety of impacts to the infrastructure, its sustainability and its value; to the service provided; to the risks incurred; to the financial management of the utility. These impacts are felt over the long term and in multiple dimensions (service, economics, social).

The IAM approach developed in the AWARE-P project is an award-winning water infrastructure management process that addresses the need for a fundamental plan-do-check-act cycle at the utility’s various decisional levels – strategic, tactical, operational. It is an innovative yet inclusive methodology that materializes 2 decades of leading-edge R&D, building upon simplicity and the integration of existing asset management practice.

The AWARE-P software suite 

The AWARE-P IAM software suite is a non-intrusive, web-based, collaborative environment where objectives and metrics drive IAM planning. It was designed for water supply and sewer systems, and is aimed at industry professionals and managers, as well as at the consultants and technical experts that support them.  

Using available data (asset registry, geo-databases, kPIs, financial, operational), the AWARE-P suite comprises a modular tool portfolio for AM planning, spatial analysis, and asset system diagnosis and prediction.

AM planning tools

Infrastructure planning in the short and long terms, and deciding where to act or which projects to prioritize, are the driving forces behind the AWARE-P methodology. At project, subsystem or entire system level, alignment between strategic, tactical and operational decisions is promoted through a coherent metrics/kPI development process. These make up the assessment system that quantifies the consequence of the prospective decisions on utility objectives in the short, medium and long term — a central framework for the continuous improvement principles of ISO 55000.

PLAN: Compare & decide

A decision-support environment where planning alternatives or competing projects are measured up, compared and prioritized through objectives-guided metrics.

Performance Indicators

A tool for selection and calculation of kPI based on organized libraries, including industry standards (IWA) and user-developed libraries.

Financial project

Assess the net present value (NPV) and the investment return rate (IRR) of any financial project from a long-term/ asset lifecycle perspective.
 

Spatial and water system tools

Water supply and wastewater systems are spatial infrastructures with a direct connection to geographical data and to network hydraulics behavior. Network analysis, spatial analysis and the ability to express results where they happen on a map are key to understanding a system and how it may evolve as a consequence of infrastructure strategies.  

EPANet Network Modelling

An efficient, Java-implemented Epanet simulation engine for full-range hydraulic and water quality network simulation, with advanced 2D/3D visualization and Google Earth integration.

SHAPE: Baseform GIS

Enables the inclusion of geo-referenced data in the analysis environment, with mapping facilities to help contextualize analysis results.
   

Asset system analytics & prediction tools

The biggest challenge in AM is to take advantage of the available data to reach the best tactical and strategic decisions. A range of modules that make available to everyday use the most effective methods for diagnosing current status and predicting future behavior are included in this category to complement standard AM software and aggregate even more value to their results.

Failure analysis

Using system component failure records, such as work orders, predict present and future probability of failure of pipes or sewers.

Component Importance

Simulate the failure of each individual pipe in a water supply network to measure its hydraulic impact on nodal consumption.

Unmet demand

Quantify water supply service interruption risk through the expected reduced service, calculated as the volume of unmet demand over a given period.

Inspection analysis

Using system condition assessment records, such as from CCTV inspections, predict present and future sewer condition, and intelligently guide the inspection effort. [currently under Beta testing]

Infrastructure Value Index

Analyse the ageing degree of an infrastructure as a ratio between the current and replacement values of its components, and project short- and long-term investment needs.

Performance Indices

Simulation-based, detailed technical performance assessment of capacity, water quality and energy system behaviour.
   

Where does it fit

AWARE-P forms a diagnosis, analysis and planning layer where data and processes related to AM may be integrated to converge in useful, defensible decision-making. 

One of the main challenges faced by asset managers in most utilities (and particularly in those with more diversified data) is integrating the several, often conflicting, sources of information available on the infrastructure, its condition, its performance, and the various predictive analyses that assist in prioritizing projects or interventions.

The software represents a leap forward in integration of:

  • Technology: uses data from any source (GIS, work orders/ maintenance, accounting, asset register, network models).
  • Processes: is able to incorporate results from existing AM processes to inform assessment.
  • Asset management decision-making: promotes alignment between operations, technical management and strategic governance.
  • All infrastructural assets: the software is applicable to linear assets (networks) as well as vertical assets (facilities), and supports both water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructures

Overview

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