K-water develops AI-based system to detect pipe rupture

By Park Sae-jin Posted : November 12, 2020, 16:59 Updated : November 12, 2020, 16:59

[Courtesy of K-water]

SEOUL -- K-water, a state water resource development and management agency in South Korea, has finished the development of an artificial intelligence-based real-time disaster prevention system that can quickly detect and react to disaster situations such as a pipe rupture.

A wide waterworks system stretches over an underground area larger than 2.8 square kilometers (280 hectares). If a pipeline ruptures, it could flood the area and cause inconveniences to residents by cutting off the supply of water.

K-water said in a statement on November 12 that the agency has used AI and its deep learning ability to develop a waterworks management system that can monitor the flow of water in real-time and accurately detect the area where a problematic pipeline is located. The system will be applied to major waterworks in South Korea, covering about 5,500 kilometers (3,417 miles).

"Through aggressive digital transformation and digital innovation, we will continue to develop technologies that are optimized for water management," K-water CEO Park Jae-hyeon was quoted as saying. The agency said that the detection system can monitor excessive chlorine residue in tap water.
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