Paddington calls in Micronics

06 May 2008

Network Rail has called in a flowmeter expert to help it get to the bottom of rising water bills at Paddington Station. Micronics was faced with the daunting task of surveying an old and complex system that has changed considerably due to development activity. Vast and intricate, the water system supplies commercial office developments and numerous on-site retail outlets.

Having considered various survey options the management team opted for flow measurement and analysis using Portaflo 300 – Time of Flight – portable flow and logging instruments.

Six Portaflo 300 instruments were utilised in two surveys to gather 24 hour consumption/load profiles for selected hot and cold water services including supplies to public conveniences.

The project is the joint responsibility of building supervisor, Peter Rogerson and M&E supervisor Terry St Ledger. St Ledger said the task of identifying 'what’s flowing where' in a site like Paddington is an ongoing project. The two Micronics surveys are claimed to have produced useful information and an insight into the problem.

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