Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. Looking Beyond Voice Modems in SCADA Systems
    7/19/2017

    When I first came to Trihedral, I was surprised to learn that voice modems were still widely used in the HMI and SCADA industries. Though the days of wedging your phone receiver into a foam cradle are long gone, the name still conjures up the sounds of chirps, bleeps, and bongs they make as they translate analog information into digital. As high-speed networks became our preferred method of web surfing, the use of this technology has steeply declined. 

  2. CloudSCADA Helps Prevent Spills In The Bakken
    7/14/2017

    The environmental and financial impacts of a saltwater spill can be significant.  Unfortunately, the Bakken region of western North Dakota and eastern Montana has seen its share of spills.  One particular produced water gathering system is leading the way with advanced technology that focuses on leak prevention and detection, as well as streamlining operation costs and efficiencies. 

  3. How WWTPs Can Get Greener Grass On The Other Side Of The IIoT
    7/6/2017

    The next big thing is here and it’s the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With pundits waxing philosophical on this big breakthrough, it’s hard to cut through the noise and understand what the IIoT actually is and how it applies to individual plants. I offer the following as a definition. The IIoT means collecting, interpreting, and applying data to actively improve processes or operations. To understand how the IIoT applies to a wastewater treatment plant, look no further than your front yard.

  4. Is Your Head In The Clouds?
    6/23/2017

    Every day you hear things like “push your data into the cloud” or the newest functions of “cloud computing”.  But what does this all mean? And what does it mean for utilities and facilities? Well, if you’re looking into Cloud SCADA, it can mean then difference between having to purchase and maintain software and hardware versus utilizing the internet and cloud computing platforms to serve as the framework for your SCADA system. That translates into time and money saved in the long run.  

  5. Tap Water To Traffic Monitoring
    6/22/2017

    Sevierville, Tennessee is the hometown of internationally known entertainer Dolly Parton and is a popular gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Located in Eastern Tennessee, the city has a population of 16,500 residents and is visited by 16 million tourists per year. 

  6. Monitoring Progress: Nailing Down Water Hammer And Its Implications
    6/7/2017

    If you don’t know what a water hammer is, well, that’s a big part of the problem. It’s an all-too-frequent issue for water systems everywhere, striking in pipelines that are growing more susceptible to failure as they age.

  7. AMI And The Zen Of Water Utility Management
    5/26/2017

    Drinking water utilities have a lot on their plates. Aside from the inherent technical difficulty of providing a vital service, they have to maintain positive customer relations, contend with increasingly strained budgets, and run operations with as little stress to employees as possible.

  8. Earthquake Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe, Valve, And Hydrant System
    5/22/2017

    Recently, ASCE released its Infrastructure Report Card, giving the nation’s drinking water infrastructure a D: in poor to fair condition and mostly below standard. Many water utilities and communities are doing the hard but necessary thing in finding the resources to upgrade their aging water infrastructure. And, for those in earthquake prone areas, hopefully considering an earthquake resistant system.

  9. NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Certification vs. Compliance
    5/18/2017

    Brentwood is committed to delivering high-quality products and services to our customers and the water industry. For this reason, we have invested, and continue to invest, in ensuring our products are certified to the NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for water treatment and distribution applications.

  10. Boston Harbor Overhaul: A Water Cleanup Success Story
    5/15/2017

    Boston Harbor used to be an icon of water pollution in the U.S. But a massive cleanup effort — one of the biggest restoration feats in the nation’s history — has revived the harbor in the last three decades.