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Original Published Date: 
Monday, January 14, 2019

A research team at The University of Adelaide led by Professor Martin Lambert is receiving $395,000 through the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme to significantly reduce the number of burst pipes in cities, by rapidly detecting the leaks from cracks as they develop.

New techniques will be developed in collaboration with the South Australian Water Corporation, for reliable and timely detection using an existing sensor network across Adelaide’s CBD. Specialised monitoring stations will be developed with adaptive noise-cancellation algorithms to detect small leak signals in noisy city environments.

Expected outcomes include an effective early warning system for pipes at risk of bursting, and the implementation of an active burst prevention and targeted pipe replacement strategy. This should significantly reduce the burst rates and associated interruptions, and save millions of dollars every year in pipe replacement programs.