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Visualisation of data for Danish water supply company

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Visualisation of data for Danish water supply company

How to obtain an overview of complex supply data

We have developed an interactive and animated visualisation of how a future wastewater treatment plant can reduce phosphorus emission in connection with sewage overflows due to excessive rainfall.

How can a supply company convey and visualise massive amounts of complex data in a simple way? The water supply company, Skanderborg Utility, was facing this challenge when they contacted the Alexandra Institute's experts in visualisation of large data amounts.

Skanderborg Utility treats annually millions of cubic metres of wastewater and, furthermore, they handle diversion of rainwater and road water of the entire municipality. In addition to a number of wastewater treatment plants, the company has more than hundred pumping stations.

Consequently, they have huge data volumes from the flow in their plants. These include data on pumping times as well as operating times.

Their desire was to communicate and visualise these data to engage citizens and other visitors with insights into the process and how water treatment can make a difference.

The utility company is at the forefront with wastewater treatment technology and has established AquaGlobe together with a number of actors from the water supply industry. AquaGlobe creates value for companies, customers and the community by acting as a hub for innovation and communication of knowledge about water and water technology.

As the first company in the world, AquaGlobe has established a so-called Densadeg plant. The aim is to facilitate state-of-the-art treatment technology to ensure a clean environment in and around a local lake in Skanderborg.

Our visualisation experts have developed an interactive and animated visualisation of how the future wastewater treatment plant will reduce the emission of phosphorus in connection with sewage overflows due to excessive rainfall.

Skanderborg Supply is very satisfied and regards the visualisation a valuable and informative tool both externally to visitors, but also internally. The company's technicians see the visualisation as an analysis tool, where citizens can quickly retrieve information about the flow.

See how the interactive visualization works here

The interactive visualisation gives an overview of historical data for overflow of phosphorus (date and quantity) and water level in the collection basins, but at the same time it shows what difference the coming Densadeg plant would have made.

The graph at the bottom shows the overflows. Blue line shows the amount of wastewater overflow and orange line shows how long the basins were full and for how long time. The size of the yellow bubbles illustrates the amount visually.

Each yellow bubble corresponds to a yellow block in each of the two beams at the top. The top bar shows how much phosphorus has run through Skanderborg Supply in the given period. The bottom bar shows how much would have run out if the Densadeg plant had been in operation.

This case is a collaboration between Skanderborg Utility and the Alexandra Institute's experts in web-based and interactive visualization of large amounts of data.

 

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