Utility distribution network

electric gridIn the year 1900, just 13% of the global population lived in urban areas. This percentage has been constantly rising, and by 2005, 49% of the global population lived in cities. It is expected that in 2030, this number will increase up to 60%. Local governments and private companies invest large amounts of money to provide public services (like water, electricity and gas) to the citizens. These utilities are usually supplied via complex distribution networks that cover the entire cities. The water distribution system of New York, for example, is made up of an extensive grid of pipes stretching approximately 10500 km. The design and the expansion of these distribution networks represent a difficult challenge due to all the considerations that must be taken into account. The networks must provide a reliable service to (most of) the urban area, must comply with local regulations, should be easy to extend and are required to implement several safety measures. This should be done, naturally, at the lowest possible cost.

Industrial partners

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Publications

  • A. De Corte and K. Sörensen, "An iterated local search algorithm for water distribution network design optimization," Networks, vol. to appear, 2016.
    [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{decorte2016iterated,
    title = {An iterated local search algorithm for water distribution network design optimization},
    journal = {Networks},
    volume = {to appear},
    number = {},
    pages = {},
    year = {2016},
    doi = {10.1002/net.21673},
    author = {De Corte, Annelies and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    keywords = {utility distribution networks},
    }
  • J. Janssens, L. Talarico, and K. Sörensen, "A metaheuristic for security budget allocation in utility networks," International transactions in operational research, vol. Submitted for publication, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{janssens2015metaheuristic,
    title = {A metaheuristic for security budget allocation in utility networks},
    journal = {International Transactions in Operational Research},
    volume = {Submitted for publication},
    year = {2015},
    author = {Janssens, Jochen and Talarico, Luca and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    keywords = {utility distribution networks, network security and reliability},
    }
  • J. Janssens, L. Talarico, and K. Sörensen, "A hybridised variable neighbourhood tabu search heuristic to increase security in a utility network," Reliability engineering & system safety, vol. 145, pp. 221-230, 2016.
    [PDF] [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{janssens2016hybridised,
    title = {A hybridised variable neighbourhood tabu search heuristic to increase security in a utility network},
    journal = {Reliability Engineering \& System Safety },
    volume = {145},
    pages = {221--230},
    year = {2016},
    author = {Janssens, Jochen and Talarico, Luca and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    doi = {10.1016/j.ress.2015.08.008},
    keywords = {utility distribution networks, network security and reliability},
    }
  • A. De Corte and K. Sörensen, "Hydrogen: an artificial water distribution network generator," Water resources management, vol. 28, iss. 2, pp. 333-350, 2014.
    [PDF] [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{decorte2014hydrogen,
    title = {HydroGen: an artificial water distribution network generator},
    author = {De Corte, Annelies and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {Water resources management},
    volume = {28},
    number = {2},
    pages = {333--350},
    year = {2014},
    publisher = {Springer},
    doi = {10.1007/s11269-013-0485-y},
    keywords = {utility distribution networks},
    }
  • A. De Corte and K. Sörensen, "Optimisation of gravity-fed water distribution network design: a critical review," European journal of operational research, vol. 228, iss. 1, pp. 1-10, 2013.
    [PDF] [DOI] [Bibtex]
    @article{decorte2013optimisation,
    title = {Optimisation of gravity-fed water distribution network design: A critical review},
    author = {De Corte, Annelies and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {European Journal of Operational Research},
    volume = {228},
    number = {1},
    pages = {1--10},
    year = {2013},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    doi = {10.1016/j.ejor.2012.11.046},
    keywords = {utility distribution networks},
    }