Putting Photonics in Sewers

Project Overview


The aim of this project is to establish an innovative predictive tool that will enable asset managers to monitor concrete corrosion, reduce maintenance costs, and minimise man entry. This will be achieved through the combination of round-the-clock monitoring using novel optical fibre sensing technology and a new predictive model derived from the rigorous analysis of concrete corrosion rates.


Outcomes and Benefits


  • People enter sewers less often.

  • Enable real-time remote monitoring of wastewater pipes over long periods. 

  • Reduced costs and longer asset life. 

  • Enable improved predictive modelling.


Dr. Martin Ams (Research Fellow)

Prof. Michael Withford (Distinguished Professor (CORE))

Macquarie University 

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