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Sensor-enabled chem/bio contamination detection system dedicated to situational awareness of water distribution security status
Author(s): Mark D. Ginsberg; Eddy D. Smith; Vicki VanBlaricum; Vincent F. Hock; Dan Kroll; Kevin J. Russell
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Paper Abstract

Both real events and models have proven that drinking water systems are vulnerable to deliberate and/or accidental contamination. Additionally, homeland security initiatives and modeling efforts have determined that it is relatively easy to orchestrate the contamination of potable water supplies. Such contamination can be accomplished with classic and non-traditional chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), and/or toxic industrial materials (TIMs). Subsequent research and testing has developed a proven network for detection and response to these threats. The method uses offthe- shelf, broad-spectrum analytical instruments coupled with advanced interpretive algorithms. The system detects and characterizes any backflow events involving toxic contaminants by employing unique chemical signature (fingerprint) response data. This instrumentation has been certified by the Office of Homeland Security for detecting deliberate and/or accidental contamination of critical water infrastructure. The system involves integration of several mature technologies (sensors, SCADA, dynamic models, and the HACH HST Guardian Blue instrumentation) into a complete, real-time, management system that also can be used to address other water distribution concerns, such as corrosion. This paper summarizes the reasons and results for installing such a distribution-based detection and protection system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7665, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI, 76651Q (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848389
Show Author Affiliations
Mark D. Ginsberg, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (United States)
Eddy D. Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (United States)
Vicki VanBlaricum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (United States)
Vincent F. Hock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (United States)
Dan Kroll, Hach Homeland Security Technologies (United States)
Kevin J. Russell, Electrical Distribution Design (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7665:
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XI
Augustus Way Fountain; Patrick J. Gardner, Editor(s)

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