General Sewer Deterioration Model Using Random Forest

Bolette Dybkjær Hansen, David Getreuer Jensen, Søren Højmark Rasmussen, Jamshid Tamouk, Mads Uggerby, Thomas B. Moeslund

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Collapse of sewers can induce significant damage
to roads and buildings, resulting in large economical costs.
Therefore, utilities wish to repair or replace the sewers before
they collapse. In order to investigate if a sewer needs maintenance
or replacement it can be inspected with Closed Circuit Television
(CCTV), but as CCTV inspection is very expensive, and hence
only a small percentage of the sewers are inspected. This underlines
the importance of choosing the correct sewers for inspection
and have resulted in development of several deterioration models.
However, the best performing existing models are tailored to
individual cities and need to be calibrated in order to be
generalized to new areas. As the cost for collecting a data set
for calibration is high, the utilities could benefit from a sewer
deterioration model which generalizes across location.
This paper presents a deterioration model based on Random
Forest, which is trained on data from 35 utilities spread across
the country of Denmark. The model was able to predict the
sewer condition with a specificity at 0.80 and a sensitivity at 0.76,
which is comparable to the best existing models. This shows that
it is possible to make a deterioration model which generalizes
across data from different regions, sewers and utilities. This is a
significant improvement compared to the current situation where
models need to be learned for each new set of data.
TitelIEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Engineering Solutions (IEEE CIES)
Antal sider8
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-7281-2486-5
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-7281-2485-8
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Begivenhed2019 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) - , Kina
Varighed: 6 dec. 20199 dec. 2019


Konference2019 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence (SSCI)


  • sewers
  • deterioration
  • machine learning
  • maintenance
  • data science
  • ageing
  • infrastructure


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