Predictive water pipes project wins top science award

CSIRO’s Data61 has won the Excellence in Data Science award at this year’s Eureka Prizes for an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures.
Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science
Bin Liang, Dr Jianjia Zhang, Dr Fang Chen, Zhidong Li, Dr Yang Wang, Smart Infrastructure Team, CSIRO’s Data61. Australian Museum Eureka Prizes © Photo by Salty Dingo.

CSIRO’s Data61 has won the Excellence in Data Science award at this year’s Eureka Prizes for an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures.

The tool, developed by Data 61’s Smart Infrastructure Team aims to help predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst.

According to CSIRO, the ability to predict these issues enables better prioritisation of pipes for maintenance and in turn reduces costs and minimise disruption to water supplies.

The tool has been validated worldwide through datasets coming from more than 27 utilities.

“Data is very powerful, and data science is building a smart brain for our society, for a better future,” said Fang Chen, Research Group Leader.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes recognise outstanding achievements in Australian science and science communication.


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