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Integrated Modelling Control and Supervision Techniques with Application to the Water Cycle, DPI2006-11944

Project Description

This project proposal deals with the contribution of advanced modelling, control and supervision techniques to improve the management of hydraulic systems involved in the urban water cycle. This cycle is comprised of the drinking water supply, delivery and distribution as well as the urban drainage system, which collects sewage and rainwater and renders it back to the receiving environment, in general, after an appropriate treatment. The proposal involves developing mathematical models of hydraulic dynamic systems in the urban water cycle by using new hybrid systems techniques, as well as the design and implementation of predictive controllers to compute, ahead in time, the control policies and strategies which contribute to optimize:

  • Allocation of limited water resources,
  • Quality of service to users,
  • Avoidance of flooding due to rainwater exceeding urban drainage capacity,
  • Avoidance of polluting discharges to the receiving waters in urban drainage, among many others.


The computation and implementation of the control strategies is associated to the use of telemetry and telecontrol systems. Demonstrators of the achievable benefits will be developed, based on real cases supplied by the collaborating companies.

Project Publications


  • C. Ocampo-Martínez and V. Puig. Fault-tolerant model predictive control within the hybrid systems framework: application to sewer networks. International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, 23(8): 757-787, 2009. <DOI: 10.1002/acs.1099>
  • C. Ocampo-Martínez, V. Puig, G. Cembrano, R. Creus and M. Minoves. Improving water management efficiency by using optimization-based control strategies: the Barcelona case study. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 9(5): 565-575, 2009. <doi:10.2166/ws.2009.524>
  • V. Puig, G. Cembrano, J. Romera, J. Quevedo, B. Aznar, G. Ramón and J. Cabot. Predictive optimal control of sewer networks using CORAL tool: application to Riera Blanca catchment in Barcelona. Water Science & Technology, 60(4): 869-878, 2009. <http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.424>
  • V. Puig, J. Romera, J. Quevedo, S. Cardona, A. Salterain, E. Ayesa, I. Irizar, A. Castro, M. Lujan, P. Charbonnaud, P. Chiron and J. Trouvat. Optimal predictive control of water transport systems: Arrêt-Darré/Arros case study. Water Science & Technology, 60(8): 2125-2133, 2009. <http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.525>
  • V. Puig, C. Ocampo-Martínez, G. Cembrano, R. Creus and M. Minoves. Improving water management efficiency by using optimal control strategies: the Barcelona case study, 10th IWA Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation, 2009, Cairns, Australia, pp. 1-9, IWA-ICA.
  • C. Ocampo-Martínez and V. Puig. On modelling approaches for receding-horizon control design applied to large-scale sewage systems, 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009, Shanghai, pp. 8052-8058, IEEE.
  • C. Ocampo-Martínez. Model predictive control of wastewater systems. Volume 30 of Advances in Industrial Control. Springer, 2011.