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Successful TRUST / AWARE-P Workshop in Hamburg

On the way to sustainable urban water services of tomorrow, a fruitful Train4TRUST training event on the TRUST / AWARE-P software was successfully hosted by HAMBURG WASSER, on the 13th of February 2015. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Helena Alegre (LNEC) and Dr. Hans-Joachim Mälzer (IWW) asset managers from HAMBURG WASSER, WATERNET (Amsterdam) and VEOLIA APANOVA (Bucharest) had the opportunity to enjoy a well-appreciated workshop jointly organized by the TRUST partners STEP, IWW and KWR.

 

The software used in this workshop is a TRUST deployment developed and expanded within the TRUST project. It is based on the open-source AWARE-P software (including tools as the PI, PX, hydraulic simulation, Unmet demand and component importance) developed under the AWARE-P project. Besides extensive modifications in the platform itself, the specific improvements under TRUST consisted in the design and development of the TRUST PLAN tool (the “heart” of the software), the TRUSTfinancial project tool and the TRUST performance indicator (PI) library. The TRUST PI library has been organized according to the TRUST sustainability objectives and criteria. Furthermore, the data management features have been fully redesigned and reprogrammed. The results are a web-based application available to all TRUST partners called the AWARE-P Community Edition Suite, launched in September during the World Water Congress and support documentation that guide the users how to use the software. This includes an overview, a synthesis of references, “quickstarts” to every tool, examples and instructions about where to start.

 

Moderator Helena Alegre provided a general overview on the TRUST/AWARE-P tool and created a positive atmosphere that allowed an active participation. In the difficult context of ranking criteria, such as secure water supply, operating costs, ecological impacts as well as allocation of misfunctional behavior within urban water cycle systems (UWCS), she thoroughly explained the principles behind the elementary ideas of the TRUST/AWARE-P approach and then illustrated the “Oslo Case Study” with three different intervention alternatives based on a real case scenario of Oslo, followed by a short demonstration of theTRUST/AWARE-P software. Hans-Joachim Mälzer then introduced a strategy to monitor the implementation of the roadmap, using performance indicators (PI‘s), after which Helena Alegre showed how self-defined performance indicators could be evaluated and visualized in TRUST/AWARE-P.

 

The next 20-30 years will see a significant need for infrastructure interventions. Each initiative ideally balances maximum benefits with minimum costs. To achieve this, water infrastructure decisions need to be embedded into the long-term planning of water utilities and the cities they serve. Participants were positive that the integrated decision support tool of TRUST/AWARE-P is able to support in this tasks. A follow-up webinar on remaining Q&A’s of city utilities will take place in March.