System and method for analyzing GIS data to improve operation and monitoring of water distribution networks
First Claim
1. A computerimplemented method for modeling a utility network, the method comprising:
 retrieving geographical information system (GIS) data and asset management data of one or more assets of the utility network, wherein the GIS data and asset management data do not indicate connections between the one or more assets and wherein the GIS data includes coordinate data associated with the one or more assets;
generating, via a processing device, one or more mathematical graph elements from the one or more assets;
creating, via the processing device, probable connections between the one or more mathematical graph elements based on the GIS and asset management data, wherein creating probable connections comprises snapping a plurality of junctions based on coordinate data;
generating, via the processing device, a mathematical graph based on the probable connections, the mathematical graph including one or more asset characteristics of the one or more assets;
analyzing, via the processing device, the determined junctions, wherein analyzing comprises determining if an analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions and merging the two other junctions if the analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions;
identifying, via the processing device and by analyzing the mathematical graph, one or more flow monitoring zones (FMZs) in the utility network, wherein identifying one or more FMZs is based upon analyzing junction locations; and
storing the mathematical graph data for use by one or more systems.
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Abstract
A computerized method for modeling a utility network. The method includes retrieving geographical information system (GIS) data, asset management data, and sensor archive data of one or more assets of the utility network. The method also includes generating one or more mathematical elements from the one or more assets and creating probable connections between the one or more mathematical graph elements based on the GIS and asset data. A mathematical graph is generated based on the probable connections, the mathematical graph including one or more asset characteristics of the one or more assets. Analysis is performed on the utility network using the mathematical graph and the mathematical graph data is stored for use by other systems within the utility network.
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1. A computerimplemented method for modeling a utility network, the method comprising:

retrieving geographical information system (GIS) data and asset management data of one or more assets of the utility network, wherein the GIS data and asset management data do not indicate connections between the one or more assets and wherein the GIS data includes coordinate data associated with the one or more assets; generating, via a processing device, one or more mathematical graph elements from the one or more assets; creating, via the processing device, probable connections between the one or more mathematical graph elements based on the GIS and asset management data, wherein creating probable connections comprises snapping a plurality of junctions based on coordinate data; generating, via the processing device, a mathematical graph based on the probable connections, the mathematical graph including one or more asset characteristics of the one or more assets; analyzing, via the processing device, the determined junctions, wherein analyzing comprises determining if an analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions and merging the two other junctions if the analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions; identifying, via the processing device and by analyzing the mathematical graph, one or more flow monitoring zones (FMZs) in the utility network, wherein identifying one or more FMZs is based upon analyzing junction locations; and storing the mathematical graph data for use by one or more systems.  View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)


16. A system for modeling a utility network, the system comprising:

a memory device having executable instructions stored therein; and a processing device, in response to the executable instructions, operative to; retrieve geographical information system (GIS) data and asset management data of one or more assets of the utility network, wherein the GIS data and asset management data do not indicate connections between the one or more assets and wherein the GIS data includes coordinate data associated with the one or more assets; generate, via the processing device, one or more mathematical graph elements from the one or more assets; create, via the processing device, probable connections between the one or more mathematical graph elements based on the GIS and asset management data, wherein creating probable connections comprises snapping a plurality of junctions based on coordinate data; generate, via the processing device, a mathematical graph based on the probable connections, the mathematical graph including one or more asset characteristics of the one or more assets; analyze the determined junctions, wherein analyzing comprises determining if an analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions and merging the two other junctions if the analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions; identify one or more characteristics of one or more flow monitoring zones (FMZs) in the utility network, wherein identifying one or more FMZs is based upon analyzing junction locations; and store the mathematical graph data for use by one or more systems.  View Dependent Claims (17, 18, 19, 20, 21)


22. Nontransitory computer readable media comprising program code that when executed by a programmable processor causes execution of a method for modeling a utility network, the computer readable media comprising:

computer program code for retrieving geographical information system (GIS) data and asset management data of one or more assets of the utility network, wherein the GIS data and asset management data do not indicate connections between the one or more assets and wherein the GIS data includes coordinate data associated with the one or more assets; computer program code for generating, via the processor, one or more mathematical graph elements from the one or more assets; computer program code for creating, via the processor, probable connections between the one or more mathematical graph elements based on the GIS and asset management data, wherein creating probable connections comprises snapping a plurality of junctions based on coordinate data; computer program code for generating, via the processor, a mathematical graph based on the probable connections, the mathematical graph including one or more asset characteristics of the one or more assets; computer program code for analyzing, via the processor, the determined junctions, wherein analyzing comprises determining if an analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions and merging the two other junctions if the analyzed junction appears between only two other junctions; computer program code for identifying, by analyzing the mathematical graph, one or more flow monitoring zones (FMZs) in the utility network, wherein identifying one or more FMZs is based upon analyzing junction locations; and computer program code for storing the mathematical graph data for use by one or more systems.  View Dependent Claims (23, 24, 25, 26, 27)

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