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Dr Abdul Rahman Mosameem, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Abdul Rahman Mosameem - Water They Up To: CWS in the Spotlight

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Abdul Rahman Mosameem is next to feature in our 'Water they up to: CWS in the Spotlight' Series.

What is your research about?

My research assesses the influence of Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) on pipe bursts in various District Metered Areas (DMAs) within water distribution systems. The objective is to determine whether PRVs effectively reduce pipe bursts. This classification analysis categorises DMAs based on the role of PRVs in reducing pipe bursts. If PRVs are ineffective, other factors such as pipe age, materials, temperature, length, diameter, traffic, etc., are examined. Machine learning techniques may be employed to identify these factors. Additionally, calibrated hydraulic models are intended to assess the suitability of PRV locations, optimising their placement to minimise burst rates within DMAs. The research aims to contribute insights into the effectiveness of PRVs, factors influencing pipe bursts, and the optimisation of PRV locations, enhancing the efficiency and resilience of water distribution systems.

What is the most exciting part about your research?

The most exciting part about my research is the opportunity to contribute to the improvement and optimisation of water distribution systems through the evaluation of Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) and their impact on pipe bursts. By investigating the effectiveness of PRVs and identifying their role in reducing pipe bursts within District Metered Areas (DMAs), we can potentially enhance the reliability and performance of water distribution networks. Additionally, the utilisation of calibrated hydraulic models and the potential application of machine learning techniques add a cutting-edge aspect to the research, allowing for a deeper understanding of the factors influencing pipe bursts. This innovative approach holds the promise of optimising PRV locations, minimising burst rates, and ultimately facilitating the development of more resilient and efficient water distribution systems. The prospect of making a tangible impact on water management practices and contributing to the sustainability and reliability of water supply is what truly excites me about this research.

When thinking about water, what place comes to mind first and why?

When thinking about water, the first place that comes to mind is a vibrant beach with crashing waves and a lively atmosphere. This image evokes a sense of adventure, joy, and relaxation. The beach is a place where people can immerse themselves in the invigorating waters, build sandcastles, and enjoy a variety of water activities like swimming, surfing, or snorkelling. It represents the endless possibilities for fun and excitement that water offers. The sound of waves, the feel of the ocean breeze, and the warmth of the sun create a perfect setting for memorable experiences with friends and family. Whether it's playing beach volleyball, exploring tide pools, or simply enjoying a refreshing swim, the beach symbolises the carefree moments and the pure enjoyment that water brings to our lives.

Which movie or book character would you most associate with water?

When considering a movie character associated with water, one iconic figure that comes to mind is Moana from Disney's animated film "Moana." Moana is a courageous and determined young woman who embarks on a voyage across the vast ocean to save her people and restore the heart of Te Fiti, a powerful and mystical stone. Throughout her journey, Moana develops a deep connection with the ocean, which becomes her ally and guide. The water is portrayed as a living entity, responding to Moana's spirit and guiding her toward her destiny. The character of Moana symbolises the strength, resilience, and adventurous spirit that water embodies. Her story celebrates the beauty and wonder of the ocean while highlighting the importance of respect and harmony between humans and nature. Moana serves as a powerful representation of the deep bond between individuals and the awe-inspiring world of water.

Date: 3 July 2023

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