A heuristic method for measurement site selection in sewer systems

Tanja Vonach, Franz Tscheikner-Gratl, Wolfgang Rauch, Manfred Kleidorfer

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Although calibration of a hydrodynamic model depends on the availability of measurement data representing the system behavior, advice for the planning of necessary measurement campaigns for model calibration is scarce. This work tries to address this question of efficient measurement site selection on a network scale for the objective of calibrating a hydrodynamic model case study in Austria. For this, a model-based approach is chosen, as the method should be able to be used before measurement data is available. An existing model is assumed to represent the real system behavior. Based on this extended availability of “measurement data” in every point of the system, different approaches are established to heuristically assess the suitability of one or more pipes in combination as calibration point(s). These approaches intend to find suitable answers to the question of measurement site selection for this specific case study within a relatively short time and with a reasonable computational effort. As a result, the relevance of the spatial distribution of calibration points is highlighted. Furthermore, particular efficient calibration points are identified and further measurement sites in the underlying network are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018


  • Automatic calibration
  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Sensor placement
  • Storm Water Management Model (SWMM)
  • Uncertainties


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