Digital Water ideas will change the future management of water distribution networks.
The digital model of the system is the twin of the real system because the topological and hydraulic features of advanced hydraulic modelling allow reproducing the actual behavior of water supply networks and the integration with the GIS allows georeferencing any hydraulic system component.
Therefore, the digital twin is the basis of digital services.
We are developing Digital Water plugins using WDNetXL features.
Digital Water ideas can also change the design activities of water distribution networks.
The optimal design of District Metering Areas is a relevant issue for leakage management and the design of virtual DMAs is the first step for the design of hydraulic DMAs involving the decision about closing valves or installing flow meters and/or pressure control valves at the design positions for vaults at boundary of the districts.
The digital water plugin allowing the optimal design of virtual DMAs. A population-based optimization strategy and the WDN-oriented modularity index tailored from complex network theory are used.