CSIRO’s Data61 has taken home the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science for its intelligent analysis tool that can predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst.
The annual Eureka Prizes are presented by the Australian Museum to recognise outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication, marking excellence in research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.
This year, CSIRO Data61’s Smart Infrastructure Team was honoured with the Excellence in Data Science Award for its analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures.
Although water pipes are essential infrastructure, the cost and disruptive nature of condition assessment means that approximately only one per cent of a water network is inspected each year.
Pipe bursts impact not only the quality of the service and water utility operation, but also cause inconvenience to residents, councils, commuters and businesses.
The new tool allows asset owners to better prioritise pipes for maintenance and in turn reduce costs and minimise disruption to water supplies.
So far, it has been validated worldwide through datasets provided by more than 27 utilities.
“Data is very powerful, and data science is building a smart brain for our society, for a better future,” said Data61 Research Group Leader Fang Chen on accepting the award.
For more information visit the CSIRO website.
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