Special Issue "Role of Intelligent Sensor Networks and Big Data Informatics for Enhanced Management of Urban Water and Energy Resources"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: digital engineering; building information modelling; digital information asset management; digital utility transformation; smart or intelligent water and energy metering; intelligent sensor networks; remote sensing
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The traditional delivery of urban water and energy resources has been a conservative process whereby utilities offered a relatively unsophisticated service to their customers. As expectations to provide a leaner, greener, and customer-focused utility rise, it has become clear that conventional means of water and energy provision are no longer adequate in the digital information age. As the momentum gathers, there is growing pressure on the utility sector to transition to the digital age.
An intelligent water or energy grid refers to the integration and remote communication of information via supporting technologies such as sensors, meters, and computerized controls that continuously and remotely monitor the water, electricity, or gas distribution system. The introduction and advancement of these advanced enabling technologies has allowed an expanded capacity to monitor many different parameters. For water distribution, this includes pressure, quality, flow rates, temperature, and leaks, to name a few. In energy distribution systems, losses and theft, peak load shifting, resource storage, and time of day demand are all key features of a smart energy grid.
Developing technologies and the accompanying big data informatics, once fully understood and exploited, are the truly “smart” components of a digital water, electricity, or gas grid, and these informatics can be used for a range of applications. Informatics applying statistical, mathematical, machine learning, and rule-based approaches can be used to provide important information on-demand from the available data provided at intervals of seconds, minutes, or hours. Such information is powerful for government, utility and customer planning and decision making.
Moreover, the acknowledgement of water–energy links is emerging as a key pathway for the integration of water and energy multi-utility services provision. Such integrated contemporaneous multi-utility information can be used by utilities and customers to explore a range of efficient technologies and demand management strategies that can be used to reduce household water and energy consumption.
The Guest Editor is seeking papers that demonstrate how intelligent sensor technologies and big data analytics can be used to enhance the current paradigm of management of urban water and energy grids. Works should demonstrate novel concepts and applications within one or more aspects of the entire network from generation/supply through to distribution and the end-user/customer. Operational, customer, economic, finance, social, engineering, science, forecasting, and asset management dimensions are encouraged. The use of advanced data mining and pattern recognition techniques for providing more efficient and effective ways to manage urban water and energy resources are solicited. Papers that explore and exploit the interaction between water–energy data for a range of applications are particularly encouraged. It is hoped that Special Issue papers will aid the water and energy utility sectors in seamlessly transitioning to the digital multi-utility era.
Prof. Dr. Rodney Stewart
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- smart metering
- energy and water demand management
- intelligent water networks
- smart grids
- intelligent energy networks
- digital utility transformation