A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors

Davide Sottara, Stefano Bragaglia, Dalila Pulcini, Paola Mello, Luca Luccarini

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Abstract

A Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) is a particular kind of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), where all treatment processes take place in a single reactor tank, according to a fixed temporal sequence. SBR offers several advantages in terms of reduced costs, minor impact and greater flexibility with respect to traditional WWTPs. However, an optimal cost/performance ratio can only be achieved if the treatment processes are continuously monitored and controlled. In this paper, we present a hybrid, distributed, knowledge-based (Intelligent) Environmental Decision Support System (IEDSS) specifically dedicated to the management of SBRs. The IEDSS is responsible for verifying, ensuring and enforcing the compliance of the processes with the optimal operation policies and the current regulations. The core of the IEDSS is composed by a hybrid, declarative knowledge base that encodes the knowledge and best practices for the management of the plant. It relies on OWL ontologies to describe the plant and its hardware equipment, business processes to model the plants treatment cycles, business rules to encode decision-making policies, an improved variant of Event Calculus (EC) to manage the temporal aspects and a compliance mechanism based on extended Event-Condition-Action rules (ECA rule) to monitor and check the compliance of its evaluations and decisions. The system as a whole has been implemented using open source technologies and has been tested on data coming from a pilot plant fed with real urban wastewater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages485-492
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 19 2014

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Other7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/15/146/19/14

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Batch reactors
Decision Support Systems
Decision support systems
Compliance
Reactor
Sequencing
Batch
Event Calculus
Business Rules
Wastewater Treatment
Waste Water
Best Practice
Costs
Knowledge-based
Pilot plants
Business Process
Knowledge Base
Wastewater treatment
Open Source
Computer hardware

Keywords

  • Business Processes
  • Event Calculus
  • IEDSS
  • Ontologies
  • SBR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Sottara, D., Bragaglia, S., Pulcini, D., Mello, P., & Luccarini, L. (2014). A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors. 485-492. Paper presented at 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014, San Diego, United States.

A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors. / Sottara, Davide; Bragaglia, Stefano; Pulcini, Dalila; Mello, Paola; Luccarini, Luca.

2014. 485-492 Paper presented at 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014, San Diego, United States.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Sottara, D, Bragaglia, S, Pulcini, D, Mello, P & Luccarini, L 2014, 'A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors' Paper presented at 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014, San Diego, United States, 6/15/14 - 6/19/14, pp. 485-492.
Sottara D, Bragaglia S, Pulcini D, Mello P, Luccarini L. A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors. 2014. Paper presented at 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014, San Diego, United States.
Sottara, Davide ; Bragaglia, Stefano ; Pulcini, Dalila ; Mello, Paola ; Luccarini, Luca. / A hybrid, integrated IEDDS for the management of Sequencing Batch Reactors. Paper presented at 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2014, San Diego, United States.8 p.
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