Micronics expertise help identify water usage at Paddington Station

Published:  10 February, 2008

Portable instrumentation from Micronics has been used to help identify water flow and usage at Paddington Station.

Faced with higher-than-expected water bills at Paddington Station, Network Rail opted for flow-measurement and analysis services offered by Micronics to establish how and where water is being used.

The water-supply network for Paddington Station is vast and complex and, to some degree, uncharted. The task of assessing water usage is further complicated by commercial office development and numerous retail outlets on site that draw their water from the station supply.

A range of instruments was used for the task. They included time-of-flight portable flow and logging instruments. Portable clamp-on ultrasonic flow measurement has clear advantages for survey work, and six Portaflo 300 instrument have been used in two surveys to gather 24-hour profiles of consumption and load for selected hot- and cold-water services, including supplies to public conveniences.

The project is the joint responsibility of building supervisor Peter Rogerson and M&E supervisor Terry St Ledger, who explains that the task of identifying what is flowing where in a site like Paddington is an on-going project. ‘The two Micronics surveys have provided useful information and an insight into what is flowing where. We have made a start, but we will need to continue with further investigations over a longer term to realise the benefits.’

This project has demonstrated the benefits of portable clamp-on ultrasonic flow measurement and that the option to hire or purchase a services with the necessary expertise for projects of this type is a viable alternative to product purchase.

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