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Engineers Find Leaky Pipes With Artificial Intelligence

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University of Exeter researchers are using artificial intelligence software to monitor water systems to identify leaky pipes and flood risks.

The software continuously receives and processes data coming from the flow and pressure sensors in the water system. The program searches for anomalies that indicate a leak and alerts the control room operator when one is found. The operator also receives information on the location and suggested courses of action. The software uses graphics processing units to assess and visualize flood risks much faster than older systems.

The researchers say that water companies and local authorities could use the technology to identify problems, reducing the risks and potential consequences. "We are using the latest artificial intelligence and computer gaming technologies to help them find ways of identifying leaks and other problems faster than ever before," says Exeter professor Zoran Kapelan.

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