Teaming up for future water solutions

The second week of our Summer School 2019 has been kicked off, and students are now putting their new water skills to the test. 20-08-2019

Since Sunday, the students of our Advanced Water Cycle Management Course have been divided onto three theoretical tracks of Groundwater, Water Distribution and Wastewater. On each track, the students are presented with the task of delivering their solution to a real-life, current issue in managing water worldwide. This way, the students gain some semi-practical experience, and get to test their new knowledge.

As an example, the Water Distribution track, which consists of 14 students divided into three groups, was given the task of presenting water distribution of the future; one that is protected against drought, contamination and pipe bursts. The groups handled each their challenge, so all aspects of the task would be considered.

The only requirement to the students were to include at least one robot, one censor and one new technology that is not currently used in water distribution today.

The future of water distribution

The teams started brainstorming about which functionalities to implement in their ‘system of the future’. Firstly, all wrote down their individual inputs, and then discussed pros and cons to the results of each one. Afterwards, they started planning and designing, and choosing how to practically implement and uphold these functions.

“Our teamwork is very efficient, and even though we are a multicultural group, we immediately found common ground, and all were very excited to take part in suggesting and planning the functionalities of our future system.”, says Julie Liocouras, enrolee at the Summer School.

August 11, 46 enrolees arrived in Låsby, ready to join the first-ever Water Summer School offering valuable insights to how global water resources can be efficiently managed. The enrolees are a mix of representatives from ministries, companies and public institutions and of students on bachelor, master and ph.D. levels. They arrived to Låsby from Spain, Finland, Lithuania, Indonesia, the US, Slovakia, Malaysia, South Africa, Portugal, India, Italy, Norway and Germany.

Julie’s team developed a system with valves from AVK and with a water meter from Kamstrup. The system is designed so every customer has access to an ‘emergency’ pipeline, which is placed in the centre of the city, where customers can collect water without extra costs. The meters will be charged by means of water flow, and meters and pipes will have censors added to provide both customer and provider with necessary information. Additionally, a filter is installed with the ability of collecting waste and bacteria. Many new and innovative ideas were put forward, when the students presented their ideas at Låsby Kro, and we are excited to follow the course ahead.

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