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Stantec will be working with 30 agencies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore over the next 11 months to develop the framework. Up to 75 people will be involved in the project include Stantec’s research team and a technical advisory team.
Chandrasekeran said the idea to improve monitoring of water and wastewater pipes is similar to what the oil and gas industry is doing with pipelines. He said the project will also be taking into consideration the cost to install these technologies.
Chandrasekeran said this will also help utility customers in a number of ways including reducing interruptions to service.
“If you have to deal with a water main break, when it happens, it’s probably hundreds of thousands of dollars as oppose to fixing it before it fails,” he said. “That is a financial benefit for customers.”
The project is expected to be completed by spring 2021.