LABOR SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • The Future Is Here — Just Add Utility
    The Future Is Here — Just Add Utility

    Water utilities are responsible for one thing above all: supplying safe drinking water to their populations on a daily basis. In light of the recent public health crisis in Flint, MI, utilities have never been under more pressure from the public to perform this service.

  • Math Solutions: More Volume Calculations
    Math Solutions: More Volume Calculations

    Water Online contributor Dan Theobald provides a second round of “Math Solutions” devoted to volume calculations (see the initial installment here). Based on 24-plus years of experience in training and consultation, tutorials from “Wastewater Dan” are designed to help the operator both in the field and while sitting for certification exams.

  • 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.

  • 5 Tips For Efficient Plant Operations
    5 Tips For Efficient Plant Operations

    These days, efficiency is everything. So why not learn from a company that has been around for over a century and has continually fine-tuned its operations to cut waste and add value?

  • Sick Work! Sewage Exposure Stats And Solutions
    Sick Work! Sewage Exposure Stats And Solutions

    Everyone knows that sewer work is a “dirty job,” but there are factors — and real-life stories — that suggest the incidence and risk of sickness are rising.

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

PI System PI System

From data to knowledge to transformation
Move from complexity to simplicity, from asset and process intelligence to operational intelligence with the PI System. Its highly scalable, open data infrastructure empowers enterprises in real time, transforming operational data into actionable knowledge and business transformation.

Digital Solutions For Water Digital Solutions For Water

ABB uses digital solutions to drive outcomes. Engaging customers to demonstrate tangible results that scale.

ABB Ability&trade; Symphony<sup>&reg;</sup> Plus For Water And Wastewater ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus For Water And Wastewater

The new generation of ABB’s total plant automation: DCS and SCADA for the power and water industries.

ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service ABB Ability™ For Water Facility Service

Reduced operational costs and downtime through seamless distributed control system integration.

ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations ABB Ability™ For Pumping Stations

Real-time control of a 360km water distribution system through an advanced distributed control system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission

Improved water reliability and lifecycle costs through total control of a one hundred mile transfer system.

ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination ABB Ability™ For Water Desalination

100% available water in the driest of deserts through highly efficient desalination.

ABB Ability™ For Wastewater Treatment ABB Ability™ For Wastewater Treatment

Plant visibility and control with no downtime through a unified control system.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • 5 Key Steps To Better Plastic Piping Designs
    5 Key Steps To Better Plastic Piping Designs

    Most people understand the inherent benefits of plastic piping — chemical resistance, installation speed, ease of assembly, cost efficiency, longevity in corrosive, harsh exterior or underground environments, etc. Not everyone, however, fully appreciates the nuances of plastic piping design that help to maximize those benefits most efficiently.

  • Outsourcing Water: Which Model Is Right For Your Plant?
    Outsourcing Water: Which Model Is Right For Your Plant?

    Outsourcing water management at industrial plants is not a simple all-or-nothing decision. Instead, when looking to outsource, industrial plant managers have a variety of models to choose from to meet their needs, each with its own benefits as well as trade-offs. Here is what to consider when deciding what and how to outsource.

  • What To Consider When Digitizing Water Management
    What To Consider When Digitizing Water Management

    Identifying the correct pace for digitizing water management at the industrial plant has many managers ready to “pull the plug.” Most would agree that the digital transformation wave promises to provide significant efficiency to their operations. However, in the rush to compete with others along the new digital frontier, many vendors seem to be glossing over the plant managers’ legitimate concerns about data security, mixing new and legacy systems, and ongoing service and support.

  • Outsourcing Water Management Versus Hiring At Industrial Plants
    Outsourcing Water Management Versus Hiring At Industrial Plants

    Water doesn’t directly drive profits at industrial plants, but it’s a crucial component of plant operations. Since properly treated water is required, plants must operate and maintain equipment to process their influent and effluent. There are a few options for handling water treatment onsite: hiring and delegating to employees, outsourcing to third-party vendors, or a combination of both. Here are some of the reasons why you might consider outsourcing your water management rather than hiring your own employees for it.

  • Water Acquisition Challenges For Industrial Plants
    Water Acquisition Challenges For Industrial Plants

    Water is becoming more complex for industry. Its cost as a component of production is on the rise, and greater regulatory scrutiny continues to expand post-process wastewater treatment. Against a backdrop of growing water scarcity, industrial leaders are focusing more time and energy into leveraging water acquisition and usage to their competitive advantage. The days when access to water was taken for granted are over. In fact, by 2030 global water demand is projected to exceed available water by 40 percent.

  • Delivering In Real Time: OSIsoft’s Partnership With Esri Brings Space And Time Together
    Delivering In Real Time: OSIsoft’s Partnership With Esri Brings Space And Time Together

    The 38th Annual Esri User Conference in San Diego was another great success, and an opportunity for us to showcase our integration technology.   This year OSIsoft has received the Esri Partner Award for “Delivering in Real-Time”, marking a major milestone in our common journey to deliver real-time data inside Esri's maps.  Award winners were chosen based on demonstrated best practices in their advanced use of Esri technology, and their contribution to taking the ArcGIS Platform's latest features and geographic visualization to the next level.

  • Big Data For Small Towns, Or Stopping The $300,000 Leak
    Big Data For Small Towns, Or Stopping The $300,000 Leak

    The water burbling down the rural hillside, nurturing the thick foliage, certainly looked like a stream.

  • Cybersecurity Importance On The Rise In Water Utility Operations
    Cybersecurity Importance On The Rise In Water Utility Operations

    As water utilities migrate toward remote system monitoring and real-time control, the risks associated with cybersecurity tick upward as well. While the rewards of digitalization offer real promise, the associated complexity and security concerns pose corresponding risks. That is why it is important to have an overall risk-management process for the organizational level, the business process level, and for the information system and data levels as well. 

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