Dynamic behavioural modeling, simulation and analysis of household water consumption in an urban area: A hybrid approach

Muhammad Saad Qaisar Alvi, Imran Mahmood, Fahad Javed, Asad Waqar Malik, Hessam Sarjoughian

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Abstract

Pakistan is rapidly becoming a water stressed country, thus affecting people's well-being. Authorities are faced with making drastic water conservation policies toward achieving effective management of available water resources and efficient water supply delivery coupled with responsible demand side management. Due to the lack of modern water metering in Pakistan, water consumption is not being accurately monitored. To achieve this goal, we propose a hybrid modeling and simulation framework, consisting of: (i) Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) paradigm that deals with the behavior and characteristics of individuals and (ii) System Dynamics(SD) paradigm that accounts for water flow dynamics. Our approach provides dual-resolution expressiveness suitable for replicating real-world urban infrastructure scenarios. The key objective of the research is to assist authorities to understand and forecast short-term and long-term water consumption through examining varying patterns of water consumption in different climates and thus improving demand side water usage dynamically subject to water supply availability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSimulation for a Noble Cause
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2411-2422
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665725
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 31 2019
Event2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: Dec 9 2018Dec 12 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
Volume2018-December
ISSN (Print)0891-7736

Conference

Conference2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period12/9/1812/12/18

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications

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Alvi, M. S. Q., Mahmood, I., Javed, F., Malik, A. W., & Sarjoughian, H. (2019). Dynamic behavioural modeling, simulation and analysis of household water consumption in an urban area: A hybrid approach. In WSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference: Simulation for a Noble Cause (pp. 2411-2422). [8632309] (Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference; Vol. 2018-December). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WSC.2018.8632309