The main strengths of the network reconstruction tool are the availability of a multi-criteria analysis and an appropriate use of the available technical parameters such as the age, material, failure rate and water loss of the pipes. The flexibility of the software enables our client to change the criteria definition at any moment to create a new planning scenario. They are also able to add new criteria and parameters when new information becomes available (measurement campaigns and hydraulic model results, for example).
An important highlight of the ongoing reconstruction planning is that our client has the option to coordinate the network reconstruction plan with other investments in the area while working within the needs of network development.
They now also have the flexibility to manually mark the pipe segments that are to be reconstructed without taking into account the simulation results. In the first year of simulation, Szeged went ahead to use this flexible method even when the investment has been already prepared independently based on simulation results. The reconstruction types and costs were defined in terms of material and pipe diameter, but many other conditions can be taken in account, including the setting of individual cost for each pipe. The cost is then input into the software, and this figure is the main parameter used in the calculation of the necessary investments per year.