Siemens UK & Ireland and HR Wallingford have entered into a strategic technology partnership in a bid to increase productivity and safety of dam and flood defences.

Siemens UK & Ireland and HR Wallingford have entered into a strategic technology partnership in a bid to increase productivity and safety of dam and flood defences.

The move will see the firms work together to help the industry meet demands now and in the future, and includes the development and delivery of real-time solutions for dams and flood defence infrastructure. This will include monitoring for dams involving a detailed assessment of the issues affecting the dam site, followed by the design and specification of a bespoke system of third party sensors to monitor key properties.

Providing IT and monitoring expertise, Siemens will work alongside HR Wallingford in a variety of critical areas, including offering an enhanced level of information for asset investment decisions, improved emergency planning capabilities, as well as developing advanced preventative maintenance, helping to reduce more costly reactive maintenance.

"Through this strategic partnership, we’re able to combine the engineering expertise of Siemens and the 65 years of sector experience of HR Wallingford, ensuring we can equip the water industry with the right solutions to deliver optimum efficiency, meet future challenges and ultimately, ensure the safety of UK dam structures," commented Paul Hingley, business manager for Plant Data Services at Siemens UK.

"Through the development and delivery of our reservoir safety, asset reliability, breach and evacuation modeling software we strive to improve the surveillance, asset management and safety of dam infrastructure and we’re delighted to announce Siemens as a major partner in this work," added Craig Goff, Business Manager for dams and reservoirs at HR Wallingford. "At HR Wallingford, we are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions based on specific site needs and look forward to building on this to drive efficiencies for water companies through our technology partnership with Siemens."