ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Asset Management: Why It Matters To The Water Industry
    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
    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: 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
    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
    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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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Aclara’s PLATINUM_<I>services™</i>

Aclara’s PLATINUM_services™

As part of its STAR_select™ solution for water utilities, Aclara Technologies LLC, a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure technologies for water, gas and electric utilities, announces platinum level services for its network and system that make it easier to implement a successful AMI strategy.

VTScada Historian

VTScada Historian

Standard VTScada Component - No other software does more to protect your historical data and put it to work across your organization.

Security Solutions For Water And Wastewater Operations

Security Solutions For Water And Wastewater Operations

A secure facility ensures a secure community. Security solutions from Schneider Electric can help your plant comply with regulations, manage budget constraints, and eliminate the risk of contamination.  

Plantstruxure PES

Plantstruxure PES

PlantStruxure™ PES (Process Expert System) is the innovative process-automation system from Schneider Electric that provides the single global database design and diagnostic features of a Distributed Control System (DCS). The energy-aware architecture allows companies to rapidly design systems, reduce downtime, and increase process and energy efficiency.

N_SIGHT<sup>™</sup> Software Suite

N_SIGHT Software Suite

System health. Customer service. Revenue enhancement. These days, utilities must go far beyond basic meter reading to achieve the intelligent functionality they require. Neptune’s N_SIGHT software suite was designed to help get them there.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • A Beginner’s Guide To On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    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.

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