Rezatec and Isoil Industria win contract to provide innovative satellite data analytics to Italian multi-utility, HERA Group

Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, 3rd February 2020 Rezatec, leading provider of satellite data analytics, has won a contract for a pipeline risk assessment deployment with leading utility HERA Group, through its Italian partners, Isoil Industria SPA.

HERA Group is a multi-utility, populated with 11 local utilities, in the north of Italy. Last year HERA Group accepted membership into the Leading Utilities of the World network and received a ‘Golden Tap’ award for performance.

HERA Group commissioned Isoil, to help further understand network dynamics and sensitivities, as well as reduce non-revenue water by using new, innovative technologies to interact with existing technologies.

Isoil, in turn, partnered with Rezatec, to deploy its pipeline risk assessment solution, combining satellite data with machine learning techniques, to produce likelihood and consequence of failure risk maps, identifying parts of the network at higher risk of failure.

“We’re delighted to have won the contract with HERA Group to implement Rezatec’s satellite technology to look at the likelihood and criticality of failure. HERA Group are one of the world’s leading utilities and are always at the front of innovation,” commented Luca Scansetti, Isoil.

By using Rezatec’s technology, HERA Group will benefit from an advanced and data-driven approach to focus field crews on target areas, and for prioritising upgrades in areas of the network with the highest risk.

“We already have an advanced suite of technologies helping us to manage our water networks. We hope that Rezatec’s innovative satellite technology will bring further value to the HERA Group,” commented Galloni Emanuele, HERA Group.

Rezatec’s analytics has helped water companies to optimise leak detection activities to be up to 5x more efficient. From finding a single leak to finding 5 in the same period using recommendations of highest risk locations. Utilities can then target higher risk locations more accurately when deploying ground teams and sensors.

“Through expanding our technology footprint into Italy working with Isoil and HERA Group, we continue to demonstrate our excellence in providing satellite solutions for network operators,” stated Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer at Rezatec. “Our mission is to help our clients make data informed asset management decisions to reduce leaks, improve margins, and optimise their overall asset management”.

You can learn more about Rezatec’s water management solutions here.

Rezatec and MeterSYS partner to provide cutting edge technology to US water utilities to enhance asset management performance

Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, 21 January 2020 – Rezatec, leading provider of satellite data analytics, has partnered with MeterSYS, a smart cities solutions provider in the water market, to provide utilities with advanced, hi-tech solutions, including Rezatec’s pipeline risk assessment, across the United States.

MeterSYS provides best-in-class smart technology solutions for utilities of all sizes, aiming to help utility decision makers access critical information and insights to improve operations, reduce infrastructure risks, and enhance customer service quality. MeterSYS brings solutions that leverage intelligent sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as geo analytics, so utilities have a better understanding of the real-time condition of their aging water infrastructure, and tools to help them improve their repair and replacement programs.

Rezatec’s pipeline risk assessment solution, combines satellite data with machine learning techniques, to produce likelihood and consequence of failure risk maps, identifying areas of the network at the highest risk of critical failure.

By implementing Rezatec’s pipeline risk assessment analytics, utilities have a complete view of the risk across entire networks to be able to make fast, accurate and affordable data driven asset management decisions. These deeper insights will provide more advanced data for utilities, enabling them to optimise sensor deployment and more quickly identify areas of network that need to be proactively maintained.

Roger Brook, Smart Cities Manager at MeterSYS comments “We already have a strong suite of technologies, by adding Rezatec’s satellite analytics we will continue to provide our clients with leading technology solutions to optimize asset management. We are so far very impressed with Rezatec’s capabilities and look forward to working with them.”

Not only does the partnership help to save on the cost sensors (due to not blindly blanketing the network), but also to optimise the use of those installed. With over 250,000 mains breaks per year in the US alone the partnership will continue helping utilities to reduce the amount of non-revenue water and optimise leak detection. The break data from the sensors can then be fed back in the model, which then continues getting smarter at predicting which pipes are most likely to fail.

“We are excited to be working with MeterSYS, continuing to demonstrate our excellence providing satellite technology to water utility network operators,” stated Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer at Rezatec. “We look forward to expanding into new areas within the United States by helping utilities to ultimately reduce non-revenue water and optimise their asset management.”

The applications for satellite data and machine learning within the water industry are not restricted to pipeline risk assessment, Rezatec also provide solutions for watershed management and monitoring dams for signs of potential weakness.

Case Study – Retrospective pipeline risk assessment for Utilities Kingston

Utilities Kingston is a multi-utility provider of water, wastewater, gas, electrical, and broadband services to the residents of Kingston, Ontario.

The utility wanted to explore if satellite data analytics could be used to provide accurate and actionable insights for proactive risk monitoring and resource optimization across their water networks, with a view to reducing maintenance and upgrade costs and NRW (non-revenue water).

Rezatec was tasked with providing a retrospective assessment of the risk of leak/burst events across a pilot area of interest within the Utilities Kingston network. The area of interest was a mixture of urban and rural locations and consisted of 577 km (346 miles) of clean water pipelines across approximately 200 sq.km. (77 sq. miles).

To do this, Rezatec created a digital map of the network, using pipeline attributes and historic incident event data supplied by the Utilities Kingston. This was supplemented with geospatial data-sets collected from satellite imagery and ground data and combined to create a pipeline Likelihood of Failure risk map.

To learn more about the project and what the results were, read our case study.

Rezatec launches deployment to monitor water pollution around Lake Maumelle for Central Arkansas Water.

Central Arkansas Water, a metropolitan water utility system located in Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA has partnered with Rezatec, a world-leading data analytics company, to conduct a deployment to identify and monitor sources of contaminants entering one of its primary drinking water sources, Lake Maumelle.

Lake Maumelle is a 13.9 square mile man-made reservoir that provides approximately 65 percent of all drinking water to the Arkansas state capital city of Little Rock, and the surrounding area with a population of 450,000 people.

The reservoir’s watershed is comprised of a variety of different land uses, both agricultural and forestry related. Central Arkansas Water suspects that these activities may have been contributing to increased levels of sediment and in turn nitrogen and phosphorous entering the reservoir.

Rezatec’s watershed management tool uses satellite data, hydrological analysis, and machine learning to map land use and create soil erosion risk models to deliver a comprehensive watershed risk analysis – a solution already successfully deployed for several other utility companies in Europe and Asia.

The aim of the deployment is to provide a retrospective analysis that can be used in conjunction with more traditional methods of monitoring to help identify source locations where pollutants (derived from herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers, metals, etc.) are at risk of flowing into the reservoir.

This data can then be used by Central Arkansas Water to enable positive engagement with key landowners to target reduction in diffuse pollution levels in the catchment areas and manage the impact to water quality caused by farming practices and soil erosion associated with forestry operations.

By adopting a watershed-based approach to water quality and preventing pollution from entering into raw water sources, Central Arkansas Water hopes to protect the abundance and quality of drinking water for its customers and reduce water treatment costs.

Randy Easley, Water Resources Scientist, Central Arkansas Water commented: “It is increasingly important for water utility companies to explore new and innovative methods of watershed management to address the challenges of budgetary restraint, stricter regulatory compliance requirements, and increased environmental pressures.”

Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer, Rezatec stated “Water utilities are looking for more comprehensive and cost-effective ways to map and monitor land use/land cover to predict change across landscapes within watersheds, in order to better understand the relationship between land use and water quality. Satellite data can provide innovative and efficient solutions which are being adopted by an increasing number of organisations around the world”.

The applications for satellite data and machine learning within the water industry are not restricted to watershed management. Rezatec also provides solutions for assessing pipeline failure risk in water distribution networks and monitoring dams for signs of potential weakness.

Whaley Bridge: A dam expensive lack of monitoring?

By Martin Guthrie, Senior Partner Manager, Rezatec

If the Whaley Bridge / Toddbrook reservoir incident earlier this month in the North of England has taught us anything, it’s that it’s not just the catastrophic failure of a dam or reservoir that has high costs. Urgent, last-minute, remedial and/or preventative action does not come cheap either.

In the case of Whaley Bridge; 1,500 residents evacuated, an estimated 400 tons of aggregate used, an RAF Chinook helicopter working round the clock, 150 firefighters and 11 high-volume, 12-inch diameter pumps siphoning 7,000 litres of water a minute (later increased to 16 pumps), 40 soldiers from the Light Dragoons drafted in to help, and a promise from the new Prime Minister to do a “proper rebuild” of this “dodgy but stable” dam. Whatever the final tally of costs is deemed to be, it certainly seems inevitable that it will run to many, many millions.

Yet all this disruption and cost– or the risk of something much worse – might have been avoided.

Current legislation in the UK (covered in England by the Reservoirs Act 1975) specifies that each reservoir must be inspected every 10 years, or more often, where necessary. In practice this often means an annual inspection. These inspections are often visual – with accurate measurements only being done if there is a reason to think them necessary.

But these accurate measurements (whereby any movement of the surface of a dam wall or embankment can be measured to the millimetre) can spot underlying changes and/or possible weaknesses in the structure before they become visible – and potentially susceptible to severe weather.

Historically, making accurate measurements has been a specialised and sometimes manually difficult task. Also, annual inspections are fine – but extremes in the world’s weather are increasingly common – and certainly don’t wait for a year to pass before changing.

Rezatec, based near Harwell in Oxfordshire, is developing pioneering analysis techniques that can monitor dams and reservoirs for possible movement with millimetric accuracy using existing satellites in orbit with already-available data. The frequency of these measurements can be weekly, quarterly, or monthly as required – and can be done retrospectively as well, to see what movement has already happened over the last few years.

For example, you may recall the Brumadinho dam disaster in January this year in Brazil, where an iron-ore tailings dam failed catastrophically with the loss of at least 248 lives. The company that runs the dam, Vale SA, said at the time that it would take as much as 10% of its ore output offline in order to decommission 10 similar dams, costing it $1.3bn over 3 years. This in addition to the tragedy, the reputational cost and the consequential damages.

A preliminary retrospective analysis by Rezatec of the Brumadinho dam shows that its structure showed clear and measurable signs of movement for 9 or 10 months prior to its failure. In other words, it seems likely that its failure could have been prevented had remote monitoring been in place.

Rezatec will be carrying out a similar retrospective analysis of Whaley Dam in the coming weeks.

Watch this space…

Bristol Water renews annual subscription with Rezatec for access to the Rezatec Water Catchment Management geospatial portal

Rezatec, the leading provider of geospatial data analytics to the Infrastructure, Forestry and Agribusiness sectors, has renewed its annual supply contract with Bristol Water to provide agricultural land mapping and soil erosion risk modelling data products for the utility company’s water catchment management operations in South West England.

For the past three years, Rezatec has been supporting Bristol Water’s extensive water quality monitoring programme with its Water Catchment Management geospatial portal which delivers agricultural land use and soil erosion data products throughout the year. Rezatec algorithms measure and monitor the distribution of different crops across the wider catchment during the main growing season as well as the distribution of cover crops in winter. Bristol Water uses the data products derived from these algorithms to risk manage the prospective impact to water quality from diffuse pollution caused by nutrient applications and soil erosion risk associated with each crop type. These insights can then be used to enable positive engagement with key farmers to target reduction in diffuse pollution levels in the catchment areas.

Uniquely, Rezatec has extended the capability of its geospatial data products to offer in-season crop identification. This allows Bristol Water catchment managers to engage with farmers much earlier in the growing season than has been possible before so that risks can be mitigated earlier on in the agricultural cycle and advance warning given on any problems that might occur in the future.

Matthew Pitts, Catchment Strategy Manager at Bristol Water commented “We believe that catchment management is good environmental management. If we can identify problems before they occur, we may avoid the need for new energy-intensive water treatment techniques and reduce the amount of chemicals required for water treatment, as well as improving the overall environmental quality of our water sources. Rezatec’s portal helps us to identify at an early stage where interventions can deliver benefits on the ground.”

Philip Briscoe, COO at Rezatec added “We are delighted to have renewed our partnership with Bristol Water for the third year running. By working closely with our clients, we are able to identify the specific challenges they face and continually innovate to help support their business and vision.”

To learn more about this project or any of Rezatec’s services, please call +44 (0)1865 817 500.

The Evolution of Earth Observation’ – Featuring Rezatec

The Evolution of Earth Observation’ published in this month’s Ingenia magazine (by the Royal Academy of Engineering) is a feature article exploring how satellite images are used to monitor changes in Earth’s natural and built environments, with applications in areas as diverse as land use, natural disasters and climate change.

The author, Science writer Tereza Pultarova, spoke to three industry leaders, including our very own COO Philip Briscoe, on how artificial intelligence is helping innovative companies such as Rezatec using satellite data to solve problems on Earth.

The article focuses on how Rezatec helped one of our clients, Portsmouth Water, which had witnessed rising nitrate levels in groundwater to understand more about the sources of this pollution.

You can read the article here.

Pipeline Risk

Rezatec to provide new water leak risk analysis tool for Utilities Kingston, Canada

Rezatec, a provider of geospatial data analytics, has announced it will work with Utilities Kingston – a multi-utility company based in Kingston, Ontario – to optimize the company’s leak detection activities across a section of the municipal water distribution system.

Water pipeline leakage presents an opportunity for utility companies to significantly improve operating efficiency. The pilot project will see Rezatec provide Utilities Kingston with Artificial Intelligence and Geospatial Analytics. These insights will then allow the utility company to verify that the deployment of acoustic loggers and other ground resources, and repair and maintenance schedules could be significantly optimized by using this technology across the entire municipal system.

The unique combination of Artificial Intelligence and satellite data, when combined with historic leak event data, provides a robust risk model to identify parts of the network at higher risk of failure. By focusing traditional leak detection activities on these high-risk areas, Rezatec’s leakage detection tool can help water companies reduce the time and cost of detecting leaks by more than 60 per cent.

“Utilities Kingston is dedicated to the responsible management of community infrastructure. We’re excited to pilot leading-edge tools to reduce system water loss, which have the potential to improve the water-efficiency of the system we operate,” said Jim Keech, president and CEO of Utilities Kingston.

“Our goal is to help our clients to make more informed critical asset management decisions to reduce leaks, improve margins, gain competitive advantage and optimize asset management for their customers,” commented Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer of Rezatec. “We are very pleased to add Utilities Kingston to our growing list of international water clients spanning Europe, United States, Australia, Philippines and now Canada.”

With the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and satellite data, Rezatec’s goal is to reduce pipeline leakage by detecting the risk of leaks before they happen and as a result stop them from occurring. Work with Utilities Kingston is set to begin in November 2018 and the pilot is expected to last for three months.

To learn more about this project or any of Rezatec’s services, please call +44 (0)1865 817 500.

Funding

Rezatec completes follow-on investment led by Harbert European Growth Capital to underpin continued global expansion

World-leading geospatial data analytics company Rezatec has announced a follow-on investment to its 2018 £2m Seed Round equity financing round, with Harbert European Growth Capital now providing a substantial growth debt facility to the Company.  This new facility will lend additional financial support to Rezatec as it continues its rapid rate of new customer acquisition across North America, Africa and Asia Pacific. Rezatec is seeing particularly strong demand for its geospatial data analytics in the Forestry, Infrastructure and Water sectors worldwide. This financing round follows on from a financial year that saw Rezatec subscription revenues grow by 7x from Q1 FY18 to Q4 FY18.

Rezatec plans to significantly expand its portfolio of proprietary geospatial technologies in the coming months. This expansion of Rezatec data science, machine learning and software tools will serve to meet new customer demand in existing vertical markets and beyond. The Company anticipates completing a substantial Series A transaction in the period ahead to finance this expansion of the business and its operations.

Patrick Newton, Chief Executive Officer at Rezatec stated, “We are very pleased to have secured the support of Harbert in building the Rezatec business. Their focus on high growth, innovative technology companies makes them an ideal fit for our business.”

Fahad Khan, Vice President at Harbert European Growth Capital said “We are delighted to partner with Rezatec’s strong management team and give them a global network in addition to capital to help support their growth ambitions. We are pleased to bring our close relationships within the European and American technology sector and welcome Rezatec to a portfolio of over 70 high growth companies”.

Rezatec delivers accurate, cost-efficient, highly valuable and scalable satellite data analytics to optimise the use of natural and man-made assets in the Forestry, Water, Agriculture and Infrastructure sectors.

Rezatec join forces with specialist pipeline inspection and water loss management contractor Detection Services in Australia and New Zealand

Industry-leading geospatial data analytics company Rezatec has announced it has partnered with Australian-based company Detection Services to bring its state-of-the-art satellite data driven asset risk monitoring solutions to Australia and New Zealand.

Detection Services is the largest specialised, technology-based water management services provider in Australasia focusing on developing, sourcing and delivering better ways of managing water resources in the region and offer a broad range of services including condition assessment, trunk main leak detection and monitoring solutions.

Together with Rezatec, the provision of these critical decision support tools will provide unparalleled insights for utility companies for remote asset monitoring to reduce the cost of managing pipeline networks and other assets. The partnership represents the latest stage in Rezatec’s international growth, following recent partnerships in Europe and North America.

Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer at Rezatec stated, “Detection Services is a natural partner for Rezatec in Australia and New Zealand. Their focus on bringing innovative technology solutions to the water industry and their reputation in the region makes them an ideal fit for our business.”

Steve Simmons, Director at Detection services “Adding Rezatec’s services to our portfolio is a great fit and we are confident that the demand in the region is strong for geospatial analytics to meet the increasing challenges of asset monitoring and management we’re currently facing”.

Rezatec and Detection Services will now continue to promote the accurate, cost-efficient, highly valuable and scalable nature of satellite data analytics when used to detect existing leaks, monitor infrastructure assets and predict asset failures.

To find out more visit www.rezatec.com/pipeline or contact Detection Services on +61 2 9651 5263.