Digital Revolution in WaterDigital Revolution in Water   Utility Management   Utility Management
Paper‐based data is an industry norm        12/17/2010     copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   2
How to get from here to there?        12/17/2010     copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   3
How to get from here to there?        12/17/2010    copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   4
What about the device in the field?• Device costs (initial and replacement)?• Support and IT department involvement?• Mobi...
Important data is everywhere        12/17/2010    copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   6
• 20 Water plants• 10 Wastewater plants• 36 Lift stations• 67 Sample points (Chlorine Distribution Samples)         12/17/...
12/17/2010   copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   8
• Over 150 square miles.• 2 water and 3 wastewater treatment plants• 57 lift stations• 1 0 miles of water main and 150 mil...
"BirdNest made it easy for me graph                 the pump run hours versus kilowatt                 hours to demonstrat...
City of Pearland Texas•P Population 87 000     l ti   87,000• 13 water and 5 wastewater treatment plants• 90 lift stations...
The Pearland “New over Old”        12/17/2010   copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc.   12
What about the system in the office?  Get the data to those who need it and  provide them with the tools that they  need t...
Benefits of a digital system • Spot problems quickly • Improve accountability and reliability • Produce reports fast – sav...
Keith Frazier                                        713-868-2900                                        713 868 2900     ...
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2010 12-16 Digital Revolution in Water Utility Management, presented by Keith Frazier

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Digital Data Improves Water Utility Management,
Case studies and Best Practices to get from Paper to digital data, by Gary Lassin and Keith Frazier, BirdNest Services, Inc.

Most Water/Wastewater utility managers at municipalities and service companies feel confident they are doing a good job tracking and maintaining their systems and planning for capital projects. Even though technology has affected many facets of the industry, operators everywhere are still recording data on paper log sheets. Then someone has to transcribe that data onto computer spreadsheets, and then someone has to transcribe that data again for reports that must be generated to submit to authorities on a timely basis. This part of the job has not changed much in decades.

This presentation describes best practices for Water/Wastewater utility information management and evaluates the benefits of using digital data. With digital data there is far less opportunity for errors, since it reduces the inherent inefficiencies of paper logs and data transcription.

We cover the important questions to ask and things that need to be considered when evaluating digital solutions. We look at how data is collected and present three case studies to demonstrate how digital systems are being used successfully by utility managers:

 A hands-on manager at a contract operating company managing several Municipal Utility Districts uses a digital data system to monitor production, distribution, collection and treatment. The digital system gives him a better handle on daily operations and changed his month end reporting process from days to hours, delivering real time and money savings.

 A regional utility director, responsible for 3 water and wastewater systems uses digital data to run system-wide reports, graph results and monitor trends. Easy access to data enables him to document problems and illustrate solutions to his management, the regional board and other stakeholders.

 A city utility superintendent managing a rapidly expanding water and wastewater system uses digital data to provide easy access to historical data. Access to timely, useable and reliable data allows them to design sophisticated dynamic models to support their long-range capital improvement programs.

Digital data systems provide stakeholders with the information they need when they need it. Having data at hand equals less guess work and saves money. After this presentation, attendees will recognize areas for improvement at their water/wastewater operations and will take away a 4 step model they can use to evaluate the benefits of a digital data system.

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2010 12-16 Digital Revolution in Water Utility Management, presented by Keith Frazier

  1. 1. Digital Revolution in WaterDigital Revolution in Water Utility Management Utility Management
  2. 2. Paper‐based data is an industry norm 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 2
  3. 3. How to get from here to there? 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 3
  4. 4. How to get from here to there? 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 4
  5. 5. What about the device in the field?• Device costs (initial and replacement)?• Support and IT department involvement?• Mobile or stationary device?• Ease o use ase of use? 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 5
  6. 6. Important data is everywhere 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 6
  7. 7. • 20 Water plants• 10 Wastewater plants• 36 Lift stations• 67 Sample points (Chlorine Distribution Samples) 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 7
  8. 8. 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 8
  9. 9. • Over 150 square miles.• 2 water and 3 wastewater treatment plants• 57 lift stations• 1 0 miles of water main and 150 miles of collection pipes 170 il f i d 1 0 il f ll i i 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 9
  10. 10. "BirdNest made it easy for me graph  the pump run hours versus kilowatt  hours to demonstrate the need to  purchase new pump.  The data  showed that over time the savings in  electricity would easily cover the cost  of the pump. of the pump “ Greg Tatara, Utilities Director, Genoa Township, MI12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 10
  11. 11. City of Pearland Texas•P Population 87 000 l ti 87,000• 13 water and 5 wastewater treatment plants• 90 lift stations• Over 25,000 connections• 3 supervisors 22 operators supervisors, 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 11
  12. 12. The Pearland “New over Old” 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 12
  13. 13. What about the system in the office? Get the data to those who need it and provide them with the tools that they need to use it! 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 13
  14. 14. Benefits of a digital system • Spot problems quickly • Improve accountability and reliability • Produce reports fast – save time 12/17/2010 copyright 2010 © BirdNest Services Inc. 14
  15. 15. Keith Frazier 713-868-2900 713 868 2900 kfrazier@birdnest.comDigital data for the 21st century is available now!Digital data for the 21 century is available now!

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