The coordinator of the project along with the WP leaders are responsible for the implementation of the project, the organisation of project meetings, the completion of milestones and deliverables (see tables below) and the compilation of the mid-term and final report. The coordinator further setups and actualizes the project homepage and attends at least three WaterJPI meetings (kick-off, mid-term and final review meeting).
Integrated framework for assessing and managing MAR-associated risks and benefits
The evaluation of risks and uncertainties associated with MAR operation is fundamental for implementation and is vital for the compilation of a realistic CBA (WP7). The aim of WP2 is to identify and characterise the main risks and uncertainties associated with MAR implementation, including the impact on human health and environment. Examples of risks include unachieved water treatment objectives (e.g. microbial risks), poor recovery efficiency or clogging. For each associated risk, a set of evaluation criteria will be proposed including practical recommendations for prevention and control. The results will be published in guidelines and represents the basis for the initial risk assessment tool.
In-situ real-time observation system
The objective of WP3 is to develop and integrate the detailed concept of the real-time observation system including installation of monitoring and data transfer system, first at the pilot site (Pirna, Germany), to implement the necessary server infrastructure for data transfer and to develop the web-based observation platform including data storage, visualization and pre-processing. The observation tool will be based on real-time monitoring capabilities of UIT ́s SCADA software and the web-based INOWAS platform.
Development of web-based monitoring and modelling platform for real-time control and risk assessment
The development of the platform will offer real-time monitoring, control, modelling, and prediction functionalities. The system will include four modules of rising complexity that can be applied for risk assessment and management at a wide range of MAR sites under various stages of implementation:
- WP 4.1 Initial risk assessment tool (T1)
- WP 4.2 Automated Optimization and Control Algorithms (T2)
- WP 4.3 Model Update and Simulation (T3)
- WP 4.4 Prediction for Advanced Management (T4)
The main outcome of WP4 will be an enhanced version of the INOWAS platform that integrates real-time monitoring data and capabilities to control and optimize the operation of MAR facilities. The system will incorporate easy-to- use tools, control algorithms, real-time numerical modelling and prediction analysis.
Demonstration of approach and developed tools
The concept of the in-situ real-time observation system developed in WP3 will be transferred and adapted to the six MAR schemes. An inventory of the selected case studies will be conducted, including a detailed description of the environmental and operational conditions, as well as the present monitoring system. On a case-by-case basis, existing monitoring equipment will be connected to the web-based platform, extended or a new system will be installed. The RMCS will be setup at all case study sites (T2) and depending on site-specific demands, a set of various other modules will be applied (T1, T3, T4).
Training in the use of SMART-Control software
The main objective is to build capacity on the associated risks relevant for MAR facilities as well as the use of the web-based monitoring and modelling platform. Largetraining activities will be performed within the project partner’s countries. Training material (including a set of tutorials and datasets) and courses for end-users will be prepared to demonstrate the new platform capabilities.Webinars will be developed to facilitate internet learning and reduce application barriers. Especially in Brazil and Cyprus, SMART-Control will link to ongoing MAR plans and evaluate the feasibility of the inclusion of the RMCS which will set the basis for replication and the application of the technology transfer concept (WP7).
Strengthening the SMART-Control approach
The wide-spread dissemination and promotion of project results is guaranteed by using various media (homepage, Open Access articles, conferences and social media). Audience-specific communication channels will be used for specific target groups like regulators, stakeholders and existing or future MAR system operators. The dialog with stakeholders helps to raise awareness for the developed platform. The following stakeholders and end-users expressed interest in SMART-Control and will directly benefit: Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency (France), the Executive Agency or Water Management of the State of Paraiba (Brazil), Berlin Water Works (Germany), Water Development Department (Cyprus), IAH-MAR Commission (see attached letters). A technological transfer concept including adaptation requirements and gender- specific aspects will be developed based on the results of WP6 and applied to assess the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the improved operation of MAR systems. As monitoring and data collection are costly, the benefits associated with information acquisition will be quantified in a CBA. The analysis will compare various monitoring strategies and illustrate the advantages of SMART-Control.