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The Digital Enterprise portfolio for the water and waste water industry.
Water is the most valuable resource on our planet. That’s why efficiency and quality are top priorities for the water industry. These goals are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve as the expense of providing clean water grows in many regions, while at the same time operations have to be as efficient and economical as possible. The consistent, end-to-end digitalization of plants and processes helps the water and waste water industry meet these challenges.
Digitalization throughout the water cycleTo enable the water industry to get the most from digitalization, Siemens developed the Digital Enterprise, a comprehensive portfolio of software and automation solutions. Processing all available data in a comprehensive data model makes it possible to optimally exploit the full potential of all systems. The result is a digital twin – a precise, virtual model of the plant that’s always up-to-date.
Benefits for greenfield and brownfield plants
The intelligent linking of data from different sources like sensors, water meters, and weather data is creating new opportunities to use water more efficiently – and therefore more sustainably – in industry, agriculture, and municipal utilities. A precondition is the end-to-end networking of system engineering, from commissioning to operation, maintenance, and ongoing process optimization based on a data platform – a merging of the virtual and real worlds.
The improved data quality and availability reduce project execution time in the real world. At the same time, the possibilities offered by simulation and modeling in the virtual world reduce both incalculable costs during the construction phase and ongoing operating costs.
Reaching your goals faster and more effectively
When greenfield plants are being planned, the combination of data from plant engineering and automation planning enables parallel work processes and sequences. This reduces the duration of the project while at the same time improving its quality.
Thanks to the integration of planning, engineering, and operation, the data acquired during the operating phase can be reused for engineering and supplemented with the latest operating data. The automatic updates to planning data during plant operation make it possible to always keep the actual condition of plants and systems in view when performing service and modernizations and to implement projects efficiently and effectively.
Because their planning data is often unavailable in digital form or is incomplete or outdated, brownfield plants can benefit from digitalization. With the appropriate tools, even large and unstructured datasets can be read into a uniform database structure and verified. In addition, by integrating 2D and 3D data using appropriate tools, plants can be digitalized and linked to imported planning data in a database structure.
This is how the data can be verified and plant operators can obtain an up-to-date digital model of their plant.
The applications and digital services from the Siemens Industry Suite for water management provide higher transparency and therefore help identify optimization and savings potential for stronger security of supply. With the Siemens Water (SIWA) applications specifically developed for the water and waste water industry operators can optimize energy efficiency, avoid water loss, reduce contamination of water bodies and take predictive maintenance measures.
Leak detection in water transport pipelines
SIWA Leak is a system for detecting larger and creeping leaks in water transport pipelines. As a supplement to existing control and automation systems, SIWA Leak continuously provides operating personnel with information on the status of the water transport pipeline, which – in the event of a leak – gives them a precise decision-making starting point for taking the correct countermeasures.
Leak detection in water distribution networks
SIWA LeakPlus – powered by BuntPlanet*– is an innovative solution for leak detection in water distribution networks. With the support of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and hydraulic simulations, leaks can be detected easily and fully automatically and remedied at an early stage.
*Siemens cooperation partner
Cost-optimized pump operation in water supply systems
Centralized sewer network control system to prevent flooding as a contribution to sustainable water protection
SIWA Sewer is a powerful and innovative sewer network control application that calculates the need for control interventions in drainage systems using optimization algorithms. In this way SIWA Sewer ensures optimum utilization of the sewer network, thereby preventing waste water from being discharged into natural waters.
SIWA Sewer optimizes water treatment performance by stabilizing the inflow to the treatment plant so that the operator can run the facility more efficiently.
The SIWA Blockage Predictor, a Siemens MindSphere solution, evaluates combined sewer overflow behavior in real time, providing a better understanding of the system’s performance of any issues.
This solution helps to identify if a sewer is blocked, or is not operating correctly, or if a CSO is soon to have operational issues. The analytics are embedded within a web application, enabling remote access on mobile devices or PCs and notifying users in advance of any issues.
Whitepaper Industrial Security for the Water and Waste Water Industry
This whitepaper describes the threats and risks to which industrial automation and control systems in water and waste water treatment plants and networks are exposed, and introduces best practice concepts to minimize these risks and to achieve a level of protection to be implemented that is acceptable with regards to both the economic boundary conditions and the desired security level.
Standardization for an efficient digital workflowA modular system comprised of specifically selected components and extensive sample solutions for typical plants and processes is paving the way for greater efficiency, productivity, and availability as well as reliable operation – and guarantees a solid foundation for consistent, end-to-end digitalization.
Expert support from planning to engineering and operation.
The Water Portal provides an extensive and freely available collection of sample solutions and configurations, engineering standards, and tools for automation, process instrumentation, drive technology, and the electrotechnical equipment in water and waste water plants. Instructions for industrial security and communication are also available.
Proven expert tools for specialists
Expert support for engineering companies, system integrators, and plant construction companies for designing, configuring, and engineering water and waste water plants and systems, pump stations, and desalination plants. These future-proof sample solutions enable end customers to minimize their costs and risks throughout the lifecycle of their plant.
Standardized templates for engineering and operation of process control systems
Standardized engineering of the control system application pays off. It reduces costs and risks during planning, project engineering, commissioning, ongoing maintenance, and servicing and even for future modernizations of the plant. Smooth running and ergonomic operation and diagnostics are ensured for utility companies.
Integrated engineering and integrated operation
The Water Templates – available free of charge – are custom-made templates for system integrators, plant construction companies, and operators. They contain functions for open- and closed-loop control and ergonomic operation and diagnostics – including for distributed control rooms and external stations. Use of hardware components for automation systems, drive technology, and industrial communication, which includes telecontrol technology, is all fully prepared.
The Water Templates are optimally embedded in the integrated engineering and also encompass simulation, testing, and commissioning. Using the Water Templates also ensures a standardized database for end-to-end digitalization.
Provide drinking water at a sustainable rate
Intelligent solutions and services from Siemens for planning, engineering, operation, and maintenance are ensuring reliably and sustainably treated drinking water of the highest possible quality around the world. They include process control, automation, and drive technology as well as the power supply for water treatment plants, pipeline systems, and large-scale water networks.
Treating waste water efficiently and reliably
Siemens offers tailor-made hardware and software systems, comprehensive services, and in-depth, specialized expertise for the construction of new or the modernization of existing waste water systems. This ensures safe and reliable waste water disposal via sewer networks and waste water pump stations even in the event of heavy rainfall, as well as the energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and straightforward operations management of waste water treatment plants.
Desalinate seawater – preserve life
Seawater desalination is playing an increasingly important role worldwide, especially in regions suffering from growing water shortages. Today over 150 countries are already desalinating seawater. Our customers rely on the energy-efficient process of reverse osmosis. Software, energy supply, energy management, and end-to-end service from Siemens in the areas of design, operation, and maintenance support the energy-optimized operation of desalination plants around the world.
A comprehensive portfolio for the water industryDigitalization, automation, and electrification lay the foundation for efficient, reliable, and sustainable processes in the water industry. Discover custom-made products, systems, and solutions for a more sustainable water industry.
Components that work together perfectly
End-to-end, individually customized solutions for drinking water supply, waste water treatment, and desalination systems are commercially viable both today and tomorrow for maintaining a high security of supply and for the responsible use of water as a vital resource. All the components from Siemens’ comprehensive product portfolio are seamlessly coordinated in the company’s custom solutions for the water industry. These solutions combine the latest technologies with decades of industry expertise in all areas of water management.
Let’s team up and succeed
Siemens works closely with selected partners in the water industry around the world, including EPCs, system integrators, and wholesalers. Each of these partners is a proven expert in their field, with comprehensive product and system expertise in all areas of Siemens’ extensive portfolio for the water industry. This means that the comprehensive offering for digitalization and automation and drive technology can be optimally adapted to the specific requirements of customers on-site anywhere in the world.
In line with our pledge to be an agile and active market leader, we go beyond traditional distributorships and increasingly rely on collaboration in different areas. We’ve signed collaboration agreements with component manufacturers like Hach Analytics and with global players like Acciona (desalination) and young entrepreneurs like BuntPlanet (digital portfolio). This is how our company and our partners will be able to meet our customers’ requirements and offer them a comprehensive, innovative product and system portfolio, a local presence worldwide, and our usual high quality while also remaining cost-effective.