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Combining recorded failures and expert opinion in the development of ANN pipe failure prediction models
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Buried pipes comprise a significant portion of assets of a water utility. With time, these pipes inevitably fail. Failure prediction enables infrastructure managers to estimate long-term failure trends for budgetary planning purposes and identify critical pipes for preventive intervention planning. For short-term prioritization, machine learning based algorithms appear to have superior predictive performance compared to traditional survival analysis based models. These models are typically stratified by material resulting in the exclusion of newer pipe materials such as polyethylene and corrosion-protected ductile iron, despite their prevalence in modern networks. In this paper, an application of an existing methodology is presented to estimate time to next failure using artificial neural networks (ANNs). The novelties of the approach are 1) including material as an input parameter instead of training several material-specialized models and, 2) addressing right-censored data by combining soft and hard deterioration data. The model is intended for use in short-term prioritization. Show more
Journal / seriesSustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
PublisherTaylor & Francis
SubjectArtificial neural networks (ANN); failure prediction; Water distribution networks
Organisational unit03859 - Adey, Bryan T. / Adey, Bryan T.
02655 - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft D-ARCH
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