Well field optimisation

There is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient exploitation of the groundwater resources of the world in order to ensure high quality drinking water in the future.

Well field optimisation puts focus on optimising the operation of well fields to meet the following criteria:

  • High water supply liability
  • High water quality
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low environmental impact

Well field optimisation is a research project that introduces mathematical modelling of well fields and combines with information from sensor networks within a management system to optimise pump scheduling and water withdrawal.

The project includes the following developments:

  • Mathematical models for simulation of the well field from the groundwater aquifer through pumps and pipes to the waterworks
  • Water quality sensors for on-line detection of water quality in the well field
  • Hardware for pump control to regulate pumps according to the derived optimal controls from the well field modelling and optimisation system
  • A Well field management system that integrates the mathematical models of the well field with the SCADA system at the waterworks into a real-time control and decision support system

The developed tools will be tested and demonstrated at the Søndersø well field in Denmark.

An overview of the project in Danish can be found at Kildeplads optimering


Geochemical sensors in "Ingeniøren" (in Danish)

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