Mondragón Sistemas de Información Sociedad Cooperativa

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Partner's brief description
MSI is an Automation, Industrial Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering SME (100 employees) offering different turnkey solutions to several industries such as: water treatment, metal transformation, iron and steel industry, paper, air, etc. and systems concerning energy efficiency and Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
MSI's technological capacity and know-how is supported by its extensive experience, acquired over many years of developing more than 3.000 engineering and control industrial projects, both nationally and internationally. As a system integrator, MSI offers complete and integrated solutions which are mainly based on PLCs, Drives, SCADA systems and Communications, including Medium Voltage and Low Voltage distribution, installation and cabling, commissioning and after sales services.
As a member of the Mondragon Corporation (83.500 employees, 15.000 million Euros turnover and present in 5 continents), through its national delegations it accompanies customers in their international operations.
With more than 20 years experience, it is comprised of a parent cooperative society and three participating companies of different legal standing, through which it pursues permanent expansion, sustainable growth and a philosophy based on human and social values. This is why we wish do distinguish ourselves with the following values:
Professionalism, solutions leadership, customer closeness and business competence.
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Partner's interests in the project
The water treatment sector is one of the most important activities for MSI. Regarding Waste Water Treatment plants, since 1996 MSI has developed crucial R&D projects making them a very well known world-wide as a control and MES solutions engineering company with high added-value.
The interest of MSI in DIAMOND is the design, development, implementation and validation of a new advanced data management platform, called Advanced DAta Management Tool or ADAM Tool, which will allow the optimization of the operation of wastewater systems by adequately managing and using all the information available in the plant. This platform will allow:

  • Centralising and processing all the heterogeneous, incomplete and frequently inconsistent data of WWTPs
  • Extracting valuable and validated information about the status of the entire plant
  • Monitoring the status of the plant thanks to plant-wide Key Performance Indicators of its Advanced Monitoring System.

Partner's interests in the project
MSI will be in charge of the Coordination of this project (WP1). In addition MSI will lead the validation activities (WP7) and exploitation tasks (WP8) of the project, collaborating in other work packages.



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CAG's brief description
CAG is a private company with public capital created in 1992 for the integral management and exploitation of the whole water cycle for member towns and cities of Gipuzkoa, in the North of Spain. With around 200 employees and an annual budget of 30 million Euros, CAG manages the water for 300.000 people, treating 118.000 m3 per day between all its plants. CAG's facilities include 7 water dams, 6 water treatment plants and 12 waste water treatment plants
CAG has always inspired saving and a rationale use of water. In this sense, CAG has been involved in innovative projects that can make more efficient and greener its processes (i.e. reduction of mud through ozone; optimization of design and operation biomass systems, optimization of waste water treatment…).
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CAG's interests in the project
CAG is interested in data management technologies which allow optimising its plants, improving the operation and effluent quality, and reducing the energy consumption and treatment costs. Therefore, the main objective of CAG in this project is the implementation and validation of the ADAM tool and the Advanced Monitoring System in one of its facilities, the Mekolalde WWTPs.

Partner's role in the project
The involvement of an agency that manages wastewater treatment plants seems crucial for the project as all results developed in this project needs to be tested in urban wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). In this sense, the main role of CAG in the project is the collaboration during the definition of the DIAMOND requirements (WP2) and the validation of the project results installed in the Mekolalde WWTP (WP7).


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The objective of Cerlic is to contribute globally to minimize pollution to lakes, rivers and seas by developing, manufacturing and implementing measuring and control instrumentation that makes industrial and municipal processes more efficient.
Our instruments for on-line measurement and control are characterized by high degrees of quality, functionality and user-friendliness to provide reliable information of significant process parameters. We develop our products according to ISO9001 standards.

In developing more intelligent and precise instruments to meet the need of the market, Cerlic contributes to improve process control, reduced production costs and increased productivity in the water and waste water treatment process, pulp and paper, as well as other industries.

The role of Cerlic in the Diamond project is to deliver measuring data from the process and also to further develop diagnostics of the on-line sensors.






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General description of the company
SVVAAB produces and supplies 143 million m3 high-quality drinking water/year to more than 1.2 million persons in Stockholm and its vicinity. They are operating two water treatment plants located in Norsborg and Lovö, and two wastewater treatment plants located in Henriksdal and Bromma. The company treats 136 million m3 wastewater/year from the Stockholm area from 1.08 million persons of which 316200 are connected to the Bromma WWTP. The company also operates 2241 km of drinking water network, 3027 km sewage water network, 11 water reservoirs, 70 water pumping stations, and 231 sewage pumping stations. 73000 tonnes of sewage sludge/year are produced of which 15700 tonnes/year are produced in the Bromma WWTP. 15.3 million Nm3 biogas/year are produced of which 4.1 million Nm3/year are produced in Bromma. Part of the sewage water network is combined and part of it is separated from the storm water. The company's responsibilities also include water pollution and lake restoration.

The Bromma plant is a conventional activated sludge WWTP with screens (slot distance 3 mm), grit chambers, pre-aeration channels, primary sedimentation tanks, and biological treatment in aeration tanks and secondary sedimentation tanks. As a final process step in the plant, sand filters are installed. They reduce the suspended solids in the effluent to a concentration below 2 mg SS/l. The treated wastewater is discharged into the Baltic Sea.

Stockholm Vatten continuously works to reduce the impact that the organic substances, phosphates, and nitrogen will have on the environment. At least 95 % of the organic content, =98 % of the phosphor, and =50 % of the nitrogen are removed during the purification, thus satisfying the demands of the authorities.

Stockholm Vatten is financed by charges for water and sewage services in Stockholm and nearby Huddinge and is a leading customer and environmentally oriented water and wastewater company that meets the customers' need of water services on the basis of an integrated approach and high ecological standards. Since the hydrological cycle does not recognise any regional or national boundaries, the company is also engaged in cooperation projects with other municipalities.

Persons connected to the DIAMOND project
Lars-Gunnar Reinius, MSc Civil Engineering, Senior Adviser, has been working with wastewater treatment at SVVAAB for more than twenty five years. He has been involved in several research and development projects considering treatment processes, simulations, control systems, instrumentation, and data acquisition. He was earlier responsible for operation and investment at the treatment plants in Stockholm.

Stefan Remberger, Process Engineer at Bromma WWTP, has been working at SVVAAB for more than thirty years. He is responsible for the treatment processes at the plant. He is also the company's expert in on-line instrumentation, and has worked practical for many years with instrumentation.

Anders Pĺhlsson, Development Engineer at Bromma WWTP, has been working at SVVAAB for more than ten years with automation, data acquisition, control systems, and in the treatment process.

Lena Jonsson, MSc Chemical Engineering, Development Engineer at Bromma WWTP, has been working with wastewater treatment at SVVAAB for more than thirty years. She has a long experience from many different processes in wastewater treatment, instrumentation, and project management. She is the project manager for the DIAMOND project at SVVAAB.

Karin Lindh, MSc Biology, is head of the unit responsible for Development and Investment at the two WWTP at SVVAAB. She has been working at SVVAAB for fifteen years of which eight years with wastewater treatment. She holds the position as Lear for SVVAAB.

Jonas Grundestam, MSc Environmental and Aquatic Engineering, Strategic Process Developer at SVVAAB, has recently been employed at SVVAAB. He has more than five years of experience with wastewater treatment projects as a consultant. He has previously worked as a process operator at Bromma WWTP and most recently been involved, amongst other projects, as a consultant regarding the future development of Bromma WWTP.


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Mipro is a Finnish safety expert and system supplier specialising in total solutions for

- railway interlocking and traffic control
- industry safety automation
- water and energy management.

With over 30 years in the business we have the knowledge and expertise to provide solutions that fulfil the most demanding customer needs and the highest safety requirements. Our innovative approach in product development is based on close co-operation with end users, use of the best technologies available, and appropriate safety standards. Our goal is to create genuine partnerships with our customers and provide solutions to meet their needs today and in the future.
We are an independent company based in Mikkeli, Finland with activities in other locations in Finland, and in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. As a well-established growth company we focus on developing and expanding our business activities while also seeking applicable ways to gain ground in new market areas.





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CEIT Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas

Partner description

CEIT is a private multidisciplinary non-profit research centre located in San Sebastian, Spain, with more than 300 employees and an annual budget of 15M€. CEIT consists of six departments covering the activities of Materials, Applied Mechanics, Electronics and Communications, Environmental Engineering, Microelectronics and Microsystems and Biomedical Engineering. In the DIAMOND project, the Department of Environmental Engineering will be involved, whose scientific and technological work is focused on research of wastewater treatment technologies and, particularly, in two major topics: mathematical modelling and real-time control. Lately, CEIT has been involved in 17 FP6 projects, being Coordinator in 3 of them, and 10 FP7projects, Coordinating also 3 of them.

Partner interest in the project

CEIT has a long trajectory in the mathematical modelling of waste and wastewater treatment systems. CEIT is one of the research institutions that, in the last years, has been working more on and is promoting the integrated modelling of these systems. In fact, CEIT is the scientific support centre in Spain of the well known WEST® simulation platform. In addition, in the area of software applications, CEIT has carried out several works in the design and development of customised model-based WWTP optimisation tools. Concerning data acquisition and data management research, CEIT and Spanish SME (MSI) have a close collaboration in the design and experimental validation of advanced data management and monitoring products for waste water treatment plants. As the DIAMOND project covers data management and process modelling of wastewater treatment plants, it matches perfectly with the research interests of CEIT.

Partner role in the project

In the DIAMOND project CEIT participates as an RTD performer and will be responsible for the tasks dealing with the development of some core results of the project: The ADAM Tool, that is, the data management system, and the Advanced Monitoring System. These results will be tested and validated at the WWTP of Mekolalde in Spain. Similarly, CEIT will support Spanish SME (MSI) and End-User (CAG) in the course of the project.


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Division of Systems and Control, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University (UU).

At the Division of Systems and Control, methodological research is done in the areas of estimation, system identification, signal processing, spectral analysis, fault detection, and automatic control. More applied research areas are within wireless communications, radar and synthetic aperture radar, modelling and control of mechanical systems, process control, environment, and medicine. See for more details.
The division belongs to the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University which has 70 teachers, 30 professors, and approximately 100 PhD students.

The research work in modelling, control and simulation of wastewater treatment plants is lead by Professor Bengt Carlsson.
He has over 20 years of documented experience in modelling, simulation and control of wastewater treatment plants, process control and system identification. He has, for example, developed software sensors for finding critical process parameters for supervision and control, designed and evaluated novel control strategies for wastewater treatment plants, conducted benchmark studies for control of the activated sludge process, developed a control and supervision system for an activated sludge process pilot plant, and been active in developing a new web based simulation platform (JASS). Currently, he is the head of a large national research cluster in wastewater treatment: In 2011, Professor Carlsson was appointed to IWA fellow.






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IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd

Partner description

IVL is Sweden's largest organisation within environmental research, with about 200 employees. IVL is based on the idea that the government, through the Swedish EPA, together with the industry share the cost of environmental research within a particular framework. IVL is operated in the form of a limited non-profit organisation.
IVL receives support for research via grants from national and international grant-awarding agencies. IVL also provides consultation services in which the results of up to date research are effectively incorporated. The institute covers a broad range of environmental services. Several research projects have been performed with funding from the European Union, also with IVL as coordinator. IVL has a long experience in applied environmental technology and environmental effect evaluations.
The institute applies a holistic view based on life-cycle methods for assessment of techniques and processes. IVL has participated in the European standardisation of LCA work.

Partner interest in the project

IVL is deeply involved within research and development of new and innovative wastewater treatment techniques as well as data management techniques at wastewater treatment plants. IVL is, together with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), running a wastewater treatment pilot-plant research facility; Hammarby Sjöstadsverk (, where a number of on-going projects are testing and evaluating new innovative wastewater treatment techniques, such as removal of pharmaceutical elements, reuse of treated wastewater and increased biogas production. Involved in some of these projects are also CERLIC (the Swedish SME within DIAMOND).  IVL is also working with process modelling and data management within wastewater treatment plants, where a large focus is put on energy efficiency and life-cycle assessments of the new treatment techniques. Since the DIAMOND project is covering data management and process modelling at wastewater treatment plants this fits perfectly within the framework of interest for IVL.

Partner role in the project

Within DIAMOND, IVL is defined as an RTD organisation and will be responsible for the tasks dealing with the development of soft sensor models and sensor fault detection models. IVL will, within these tasks, both carry through a majority of the work with the measurement campaigns at the Swedish case study WWTP; that is Bromma WWTP in Stockholm, as well as the development of data process models. Alongside, IVL will also support the Swedish SME (CERLIC) and End-User (SVVAAB) within their respective tasks.



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Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö, operating as Aalto University (AALTO), is a Finnish multidisciplinary university in the fields of science and technology, economics, architecture, and art and design. Aalto University was founded in 2010 by merging three Finnish universities: 
The Helsinki School of Economics, The University of Art and Design Helsinki, and Helsinki University of Technology. The three schools are all leading and renowned institutions in their respective fields and in their own right. In particular, the formerly independent Helsinki University of Technology is the second-oldest university in Finland, and the leading Finnish university of technology and architecture. 
Helsinki University of Technology continues its activities in the form of four Aalto University Schools corresponding to its former
faculties: the School of Chemical Technology, the School of Electrical Engineering, the School of Engineering and the School of Science. 
Since 2012, Aalto University has participated to 128 EU FP7 project, acting as coordinator in 37 of them. Aalto University currently holds
12 ERC grants.

The research groups active in DIAMOND are the Water Engineering Group, which is part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Aalto School of Engineering, and the Environmental and Industrial Machine Learning Group from the Department of Information and Computer Science of Aalto School of Science. The Water Engineering Group focuses its research and teaching activities on wastewater treatment as well as wastewater collection systems (more information is available at: The Environmental and Industrial Machine Learning Group develops and validates methods for modelling, summarising and visualising complex industrial and environmental systems through the integration of Adaptive Informatics, Statistical Machine Learning and Information Visualization (more information is available at: .

By nature, the application of advanced process control to wastewater treatment process is interdisciplinary and involves expertise not only from process and environmental engineering, but also from chemistry, automation, control and signal processing. With this respect, the Water Engineering Group will focus its research activity on process control and optimization, whereas the Environmental and Industrial Machine Learning Group will focus on process data analysis and visualization for process control, in order to provide, within DIAMOND, a wide and comprehensive spectrum of advanced solutions for the automation of wastewater treatment plants.


Project acronym

Project title
 AdvanceD data management and InformAtics for the optimuM operatiON anD control of wastewater treatment plants

Project reference

Project coordinator
MSI (Mondragón Sistemas de Información Sociedad Cooperativa)

Start date: 01/09/2012
End date: 30/08/2014

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 This research has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency (FP7/2007_2013) under Grant Agreement N.315145

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