The project focused on the development and validation of a model of excellence for the management of wastewater treatment systems

 diamond meeting


The DIAMOND project (advanceD data management and InformAtics for the optimuM operatiON anD control of WWTPs, Grant agreement no. 315145, www.diamond-eu.org) focused on the development and validation of a model of excellence for the management of wastewater treatment systems, an objective that has been achieved through the optimization of the overall performance of plant systems and the optimum use of all available information.

During the first year of the project, researchers tackled the design, development and implementation of new algorithms and tools for data management, monitoring and advanced control in order to facilitate the optimum operation of the wastewater treatment plants.

The tools were validated in three full-scale water treatment plants during the second year of the project, which helped establish the DIAMOND system as a leading solution for advanced data management.

The following characteristics allow the DIAMOND system to make efficient and intelligent use of all available information:

- Standard centralization of the heterogeneous data that is collected from different sources within a plant.

- Effective detection of faults in the data collected by sensors and through analytical measures.

- Fast extraction and synthesis of the information that workers need in order to determine a plant's current state.

- Simple and direct connection with other emerging tools that focus on plant operation optimization, such as advanced monitoring and control systems.

Various European professionals and internationally recognized experts in the fields of water and wastewater collaborated on the project.

The consortium that carried out the project was made up of three companies (CERLIC Controls AB, MIPRO OY and MSI-Mondragón Sistemas de Información, S. Coop.), two public entities (Consorcio de Aguas de Gipuzkoa, SA and Stockholm Vattten AB), two universities (AALTO-Korkeakoulusaatio and Uppsala Universitet) and two research centers (CEIT-IK4 and IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB).

CEIT-IK4's Environmental Engineering Area was one of the most active partners in the consortium, as it co-led the project along with the project coordinator and it was responsible for developing the core of the DIAMOND system: the Advanced Data Management tool and the Advanced Monitoring System.

Final face-to-face meeting

This event, which took place on 28-29 August, served as a platform for presenting the most significant results of the project and the final conclusions. In addition, issues related to exploitation and dissemination activities and plans for commercializing the tools developed during the project by the companies involved in the project were addressed.

The most relevant conclusions of the DIAMOND project will be presented by CEIT-IK4's Environmental Engineering Area at the prestigious biennial International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition, which will meet in Lisbon from 21-26 September 2014.