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Binnies & Rezatec Launch A Satellite-based Dam Monitoring System
Water | 31 January 2021

Binnies and Rezatec launch an intelligent satellite-based dam monitoring system, with their combined partnership uniting Binnies’ reservoir expertise and digital ecosystem services with Rezatec’s Geospatial AI techniques to deliver strategic reservoir safety in addition to operational and commercial benefits.

The announcement came as soon as Binnies (previously Black & Veatch’s water businesses in Europe and Asia), allied with the RSK Group, which is an integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business, earlier in January 2021. 

IDMS, a remote monitoring service, which uses Geospatial data to pinpoint any movement in the dam’s structure, was down to a few millimeters of displacement. Satellite data manage precise movement as well as identifies indicators of problems with dam infrastructure, such as vegetation moisture and vigour, which signals water seepage. This technology provides a unique risk management tool that supports and increases existing reservoir safety best practices while being both scalable and cost-effective.  

The companies added that at weekly frequencies, the big data from long-term retrospective and ongoing satellite monitoring, along with data science and analytics, will permit the reservoir owners to optimize operational practices and assure the resilience of their long-term reservoir safety strategy.

Rachel Pether, All Reservoirs Panel Engineer at Binnies said “We are excited to be bringing a new perspective to reservoir owners’ ongoing efforts to improve reservoir safety”. He further added “IDMS will baseline a dam’s unique basal rhythm of movement, within millimetre accuracy alongside moisture content, providing valuable insights and enhanced resilience in dam safety for asset owners. The data will be used to provide a more detailed risk profile, prioritize future investment and enable focused operational activity to improve reservoir safety. This new data set brings a new science to monitoring reservoir asset health.” 

IDMS is a part of Binnies’ Digital ECO-X suite of products. Its cloud-based ecosystem equips the integration of multiple data and sets across multiple partners like Rezatec, providing them asset management tools with utility clients’ IT systems.

 

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