Battle of water networks


Battle of Background Leakage Assessment for Water Networks  - BBLAWN

The four teams that were ranked best in the BBLAWN competition during the conference are: 

E. Creaco, S. Alvisi and M. Franchini; 

B.J. Eck, E. Arandia, J. Naoum-Sawaya and F. Wirth; 

M. Morley and C. Tricarico; 

B.A. Tolson and A. Khedr


Deadline for submission of full papers and results extended to May 15, 2014

Last update: December 4, 2013 

The Battle of Background Leakage Assessment for Water Networks is the fifth in a series of "Battle Competitions" dating back to the Battle of the Water Networks (BWN) in 1985 and more recently the Battle of the Water Sensor Networks (BWSN) in 2006; the Battle of the Water Calibration Networks (BWCN) in 2010 and the Battle of the Water Networks design (BWN-II) in 2012.

The BBLAWN calls for teams/individuals from academia, consulting firms, and utilities to propose a design methodology for reducing water losses due to background leakages and apply it to a real water distribution system.

The results of the BBLAWN will be presented at a special session of the WDSA 2014 Conference in Bari.

Outcomes and results of the competition will be summarized in a manuscript to be submitted to the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE.

Also, journal quality contributions taking part to the BBLAWN will be published on a Special Issue of the Journal of Water Resource Planning and Managements, ASCE.

The team providing the best solution will be awarded with an iPad mini.


How to participate and important dates

By December 15, 2013  January 31st, 2014 each participating team/individual must submit an abstract for the WDSA2014 conference that discusses briefly the proposed solution approach. When submitting the abstract the corresponding author must tick the box “Battle of Background Leakage Assessment for Water Networks” – this will identify your team of authors as participants in the BBLAWN.

By February 15, 2014: notifications of accepted/rejected abstracts.

By May 1, 2014  May 15, 2014: each accepted team/individual must summarize final results in a conference paper to be uploaded to the WDSA2014 website. Both paper and supporting material with detailed results should be sent also to

Instructions and supporting material are attached to this page.


BBLAWN Organizers

Orazio Giustolisi (Technical University of Bari)
Bruno Brunone (University of Perugia)
Dragan Savic (University of Exeter)
Tom Walski (Bentley Systems)


Questions & Answers

Explanation Material



For any question on the BBLAWN, please email to  
or contact:
Dr. Daniele Laucelli (
Dr. Luigi Berardi (
Dr. Silvia Meniconi (
All questions will be directed to appropriate Organizers.



281 abstracts submitted from 39 Countries.The Organizing Committee wish to thank all Authors and people who contributed to such an outstanding result.See the map of Nationalities of Corresponding Authors. 
We are attempting to organize some sessions in advance, inside the relevant topics of WDSA 2014.   Go to Abstract Submission page for further details.
Instructions for participants -  December 4, 2013
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