By: Derceto  05-Apr-2012

Implementation approach

Derceto's Aquadapt software is customized for every client, taking in their specific systems, pumping and storage abilities and unique operating procedures. 

The process of implementing an Aquadapt system is split into four phases enabling clients to establish how much Aquadapt software could save their system in electricity costs; how it would work within their current systems and then implementation. Post implementation, Derceto also offers ongoing support via an annual Support and Maintenance Agreement.


It's not just the Aquadapt software that's adaptable. The phases outlined below can contractually be amalgamated to best suit the needs to our clients. The process is flexible, giving our clients the option of doing a Feasibility Study and then going straight into a combined design and implementation. Conversely the feasibility and design process can be done simultaneously.

Phase One: Feasibility Study

The Feasibility Study includes a wealth of information and analysis for managers and engineers including projected savings, cost benefit analysis, while also looking for any show stoppers of Aquadapt software. We also provide high-level information on how Aquadapt software interfaces with your SCADA and telemetry systems and recommendations for instrumentation, system configuration and processes that could further save electricity costs or improve operations.

Our staff analyze data from nominated pumping plants from both summer and winter and the client's operational constraints and, using the Aquadapt system, work out a more effective pumping schedule, moving the same amount of water but at lower tariff times. We then calculate how much money a client would save if the Aquadapt system's pumping schedules were used.

Phase Two: Detailed Design Study

In the Detailed Design Study we take the findings from the Feasibility Study and delve further into a client's system. For this report we analyze a client's entire system and develop a calibrated hydraulic model to test various strategies, incorporating tariff changes, different seasons and operational constraints. This information is used to redefine savings across the client's entire system.

The report also includes a detailed design which extensively analyzes the client's operational constraints such as high and low levels, pressure constraints, high/low flow and maintenance. We analyze current field hardware and instrumentation and recommend if any need to be replaced, recalibrated or upgraded. The report also includes how Aquadapt software will interface with the client's system, particularly SCADA systems; which parts of the system would be automated under the Aquadapt system's control and recommendations for upgrades that would improve both operational efficiency and the Aquadapt software's ability to further save on electricity costs.

Phase Three: Implementation

This is where it all happens. The Derceto team puts all the information derived from the previous two analysis reports and builds a customized software package. We work closely with our clients throughout the customization process to make sure all client interfaces and functionality incorporates current operational processes, and operators and engineers are comfortable with how the software works and how it will improve operations.

Other products and services from Derceto


Derceto Aquadapt

Dramatically escalating energy costs, environmental pressures, rigorous water quality standards and an aging workforce all have a major impact – yet you still have to constantly deliver safe, reliable water at a reasonable cost. Since its first implementation in 1999, the software has been continuously improved, taking in the learnings and varying operational requirements of water utilities in North America, the UK, Korea and Australia.


Introducing Derceto Aquadapt

The Aquadapt system schedules pumps and flows into lower cost energy periods while still satisfying storage and pressure requirements. Aquadapt software takes full advantage of this characteristic to minimize energy costs by optimizing valve and pump schedules. This can be achieved through the careful interaction between pumping and water storage. Energy companies typically charge more for energy consumption when demand is high.


Latest features

Valve Control from Characteristic Curve – using valve characteristic curves the Aquadapt Solver can use its own calculations of predicted upstream and downstream pressures to set valve position and produce an expected flow. Pump Station Control by Pressure – functionality to control individual pumps and valves to a pressure setpoint has been expanded to control a pump station by a single pressure set point.


Support & maintenance

This support covers reconfiguration of your Aquadapt system to cover normal growth and general modifications to your system, so your Aquadapt system expands as you do. Training manuals are always available through your online account, but we can also arrange for an experienced Derceto staff member to come onsite.