When water (sea, brackish, fresh) comes in contact with man-made solid surfaces, such as conduits and pipe work of an intake water system, surfaces are colonized by living organisms in standard patterns.
Generally two types of biofouling can be distinguished:
- Micro fouling, a slime layer consisting of different types of bacteria.(biofilm)
- Macro fouling, shell type organisms like oysters, mussels and barnacles.
To provide operators real time insight insight in the risk of biofouling settlement within the water system, H2O BFS developed Biovision service. This provides real time biofouling monitor system to achieve an early warning for biofouling build up in the system.