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Water Practice & Technology Vol 8 No 3-4 pp375–381 © IWA Publishing 2013  |  doi:10.2166/wpt.2013.037

Processing of DTS monitoring results: automated detection of illicit connections

Mats Vossea,*, Rémy Schilperoorta, Cornelis de Haana, Jaap Nienhuisa, Marcel Tirionb and Jeroen Langevelda,c

aRoyal HaskoningDHV, PO Box 151, NL-6500 AD, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
bMunicipality of The Hague, PO Box 12600, NL-2500 DJ, Den Haag, the Netherlands
cDelft University of Technology, PO Box 5048, NL-2600 GA, Delft, the Netherlands
*Corresponding author. E-mail: mats.vosse@rhdhv.com


Fibre-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) is a widely used technique. The technique measures temperature with a high resolution and high frequency along cables with lengths up to kilometers. This paper focuses on the application of DTS in sewer systems with the aim of locating illicit connections, and especially on an automated way to analyze the large amount of data.

The automated procedure scans the data for sudden temperature changes that are not caused by rainfall. These changes are marked as possible illicit connections when temperature changes are significantly larger than noise levels in the measurements. By adding artificial spills to field measurements it is concluded that the procedure works for the defined spills. Also when applied to field measurements it is concluded that the automated procedure produces good results.

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