Deployment of a digital twin for the supply network at EMIMET

  • Client: Empresa Mixta Metropolitana, S.A. (EMIMET)
  • Project location: Valencia and its metropolitan area (Spain)
  • Solution applied: GoAigua Water Twin Ace

In 2009, this project kicked off a process that led to the implementation of a digital twin in the upstream water distribution network in the metropolitan area of Valencia, managed by EMIMET. The two main objectives, improving operational efficiency and extending the system’s useful life, were achieved thanks to the GoAigua Water Twin Ace solution for real-time simulation of the network’s behavior.

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The main challenge was to achieve a well-calibrated hydraulic model that represented the current state of the system in real time and enabled the simulation of operating scenarios considering the real conditions of the system at the time. First, a consultancy service was carried out to filter and choose the information required to build the model. Then, a digital twin was designed which was connected to the company’s operating systems, its customer system and to household consumption, in real time. Today, the GoAigua Water Twin Ace solution, which shapes the digital twin, supports decision-making for daily system operations and planning at EMIMET. In addition, Idrica continues to provide the necessary support and maintenance for this project.

Some of the benefits achieved include cost reductions in water production and system maintenance; an increase in the useful life of the infrastructure; and a significant decrease in system incidents and service disruptions. Thanks to GoAigua, the material and human resources required to provide a quality service were optimized.

Empresa Mixta Metropolitana S.A. (EMIMET) is a company created by the Entidad Metropolitana de Servicios Hidráulicos (EMSHI) and Global Omnium. It manages the upstream water supply from the drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) to the municipal distribution points in each of the municipalities that make up the Valencia Metropolitan Area, which has a total surface area of 620 km2 and supplies a population of 1.6 million inhabitants. The different subsystems that complete the distribution of drinking water to users are connected to this network, which is made up of large diameter pipes.