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IFAT 2018, Hall A1 / Booth 439 - Water 4.0: New control center for Vienna Water
- Siemens completes one of the first digitalization projects for a municipal drinking water supply in Europe
- Focus on high reliability and efficiency
Vienna, Austria/Munich, Germany. The Magistrate Department 31 - Vienna Water uses over 103,000 connecting pipelines to supply the Austrian capital with drinking water via the First and Second Mountain Spring Pipelines to Vienna. At the end of 2017, after planning and construction phases lasting approximately two years, the new process controller produced by Siemens was put into operation in the control center. The process controller controls and monitors the 3,000 kilometers of the municipal water supply network as well as all the plants and power stations along the First and Second Mountain Spring Pipelines. The project also included an upgrade of the relevant network technology and telecontrols. All the measured data and information from the extensive pipeline network is collected at the Vienna Water operations center and processed as required. Commissioning the new control center is a significant step in the direction of a digitalized water supply.
Reliable supply for Vienna is the primary concern
“The town has a clear remit to provide a safe and controlled supply of foodstuffs to every household at any time of the day or night throughout the year,” emphasizes DI Dr. Wolfgang Zerobin, CEO of MD 31 - Vienna Water: “State-of-the-art technology makes the supply significantly safer than it was previously, and it allows our employees to gain a much clearer and more transparent picture of the processes involved in the drinking water distribution system. Digitalization is starting to breathe life into the processes and the associated detailed knowledge.” The new control technology has been designed and produced in line with these exacting requirements: All control and monitoring functions can be undertaken from various locations as required using the distributed control technology concept. The resulting network and the implementation of the ultra-modern contingency concepts, disaster-proof operation and a redundant server provide the safest possible drinking water supply for the metropolis of Vienna.
Digitalization as the building block for new infrastructure projects
The city of Vienna has taken a significant step in the direction of “Water 4.0” with its new process controller. The digitalization concept was implemented as part of the project together with EDS 4.0 GmbH (European Digital Services). All EMSR components were integrated at the planning and engineering phase with the aid of Comos life cycle engineering tools and the plant information was stored in the central database. This information is therefore available for other applications. Together with the Sinaut ST-7 telecontrol system and the proven Simatic S7-300 controls, the Scada system WinCC OA (Open Architecture) guarantees redundancy and high availability. Secure connections are provided by the Sinaut ST-7 telecontrol system over various channels. This allows data cables to be connected to the so-called sub-centers with redundancy and high availability. As part of the project implementation, comprehensive documentation, including consistent reverse documentation for the existing plants was produced based on Comos, ensuring that expert knowledge is retained and remains accessible at the same time. “This means that this database of network simulations and hydraulic analyses can be used in the future as a basis for further applications,” emphasizes Ing. Mag. Gottfried Blumauer, Head of Water/Wastewater Business at Siemens CEE.
Water 4.0: The new control center for MD 31 produced by Siemens controls and monitors the 3,000 kilometers of Vienna’s water supply network as well as all the plants and power stations along the First and Second Mountain Spring Pipelines.