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Asset Management: Why It Matters To The Water Industry
Aging infrastructure, increased water scarcity, and stricter environmental regulations are among just a few of the challenges water utilities are facing. In a recent assessment from the ASCE, U.S. infrastructure earned a D+ grade, with the water sector ranking lowest. While a slight improvement over the D grade received in 2009, it’s clear that delayed maintenance and underinvestment has put the nation’s infrastructure in a holding pattern, and the water sector can no longer afford to do business as usual. By Nick Pealy, CH2M HILL Senior Consultant, Asset Management and Reliability Services
Model Behavior: Evaluating Instrumentation And Control In The Coagulation Process
An electrical engineer does the math on coagulation process control, using computational modeling to determine best practices.
Asset Management: 12 Steps To Getting Started
Asset management is credited with helping utilities justify budget proposals,prioritize needs, manage risk, reduce costs, and make sound decisions on O&M. Once you adopt the plan in theory, however, you still need to put it into action. These 12 steps will help you get started.
Consultant’s Corner: How To Create The Business Case For Effective Utility Management
The use of business case evaluations (BCEs) to make choices between competing investment alternatives is one of the 14 leading asset management practices defined in the McGraw-Hill study of asset management practices. According to the study, only a small percentage of water utilities currently use BCEs to justify the need to adopt asset management as a way to more effectively manage operations and determine whether existing assets need repair/replacement, despite the fact that 90 percent of advanced practitioners of asset management utilize this practice. By Dan Pitzler and Nick Pealy, CH2M HILL
Getting Maintenance Work Done: In-House Or By Others
The main objective for any Public Works department is to cost-effectively optimize resources – these include employees, equipment, materials, contracts, and physical assets. By Victor Valdovinos, P.E. and Harry C. Lorick, P.E., PWLF
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A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation
Why buy, transport, and store chlorine when you can make your own? Here are nine questions to consider before adopting the practice.
8 Questions For Every Water Utility After The UCLA Water Main Break
The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country. Find out for yourself how vulnerable your home town’s water supply is to leaks and breaks with these eight questions. By Ed Osann, NRDC senior water policy analyst
Do You Know The Value Of Decentralized Infrastructure?
According to the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment systems are an important part of a country’s permanent wastewater infrastructure.
12 Monitoring Applications That Will Keep A Finger On The Pulse Of Your Water Distribution System
“You can’t manage what you don’t monitor”, an adage first attributed to Lord Kelvin applies to practically everything, including water distribution systems.
Tips On Integrating Packaged Equipment Into Plant SCADA Systems
Integrating controls from an equipment supplier successfully within a Plant SCADA or DCS system requires communication on multiple levels. These levels include process of design, mechanical fit up and installation, as well as the coordination to get the equipment to work in concert with the plant’s other control systems. Simply looking after mechanical/electrical details are not enough. To be successful, the plant’s System Integrator and the equipment supplier’s PLC programmer must work with each other throughout the entire project’s development. By Todd Nydam, JWC Environmental LLC & Graham Nasby, Eramosa Engineering Inc.
ASSET MANAGEMENT NEWS
United Water Signs 20-Year Agreement With Nassau County, NY To Provide Management And Operations Of Wastewater System
United Water, one of the leading providers of water and wastewater services in the nation, recently signed an agreement with officials of Nassau County for a 20-year contract to operate, manage and maintain the county’s wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers.
City Of Santa Cruz Selects CapPlan Water
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced that the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, California, has selected Innovyze CapPlan Water as its drinking water infrastructure management and risk assessment solution.
Trinity River Authority Of Texas To Implement Biosolids Improvements
The Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) has selected CDM Smith to design comprehensive biosolids improvements at its 162-million-gallon-per-day Central Regional Wastewater System in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Respond To Water Network Incidents And Outages, Faster And Smarter
As shown by the July 29th water main rupture which spewed millions of gallons of water onto Sunset Boulevard and the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, the problem of aging infrastructure that faces recently water utilities has reached a critical state.
Innovyze Ships DemandWatch v5.0 For Water Demand Forecast
Expanding the boundaries of smart water network innovation, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced the worldwide release of the v5.0 generation of its DemandWatch for accurate and reliable water demand forecasts.
Under Joint Venture CH2M HILL And VolkerStevin Awarded AMP6 Contract
United Utilities has appointed C2V+, a CH2M HILL and VolkerStevin joint venture, as one of four Construction Delivery Partners (CDP) for Asset Management Programme 6 (AMP6).
Upcoming 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater And Automatic Controls Symposium, To Be Held 5-7 August, Gathering Steam
The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that pre-registration activity for the 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk.
Consolidated Waterworks, LA Deploys Sedaru Software, Optimizes Its Water Network Operations
IDModeling, Inc., a leading global provider of smart water network software and services, announced recently that Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 of Terrebonne Parish, LA has deployed its flagship service, Sedaru to connect and optimize its water operations.
‘Making The Grade’ Group Calls For Six-Point Plan To Rebuild America’s Infrastructure And Revive The Country’s Competitiveness
Recently at the National Press Club, a new report was released that outlines innovative new ways that the federal government, industry and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure. Entitled "Making The Grade,” the report is the result of experts from 45 different organizations, including corporations, professional organizations, think tanks, financial advisors and academic institutions. It offers a six-point plan with fresh ideas to regain America's infrastructure leadership and revive the country’s global competitiveness.
Innovyze Releases IWLive Generation V5.0, Extending Real-Time Modeling, Operation And Security Capabilities For Smart Water Networks
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced the worldwide release of Generation V5.0 of IWLive, a major new version of its industry-leading real-time water network modeling solution.