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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Baranowski, Terranna May
Author's Email Address baranotm@hotmail.com
URN etd-04092007-151930
Title Development of Consequence Management Strategies for Water Distribution Systems
Degree PhD
Department Environmental Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eugene J. LeBoeuf Committee Chair
Keywords
  • GIS based information
  • genetic algorithm
  • Emergency management
  • Water utilities -- Security measures
  • Water -- Distribution
Date of Defense 2007-03-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This dissertation details the development of a consequence management system for water utilities, which determines the optimal operational response to a contamination event in a water distribution network. In order to develop an effective emergency response plan, water utilities need to explore different operational response actions for the most optimal strategy. By coupling an optimization methodology with a hydraulic and water-quality model, an optimal consequence management strategy can be identified for a specific contamination event. The set of consequence management strategies produced from this research identified protocols to best isolate an event and manage response measures. With the incorporation of spatial information, the concerns of critical customers can be addressed when determining an optimal consequence management strategy. The consequence management tool will be useful to water utilities for both planning emergency response scenarios and responding to an emergency in real-time. With this knowledge, water utility managers will be better prepared to mitigate attacks against water distribution networks.
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