Abbotsford BC Selects SCADAWatch to Further Power Its Smart Water Network

30-11-2016

Powerful Innovyze Business Tool to Drive Real-Time Operational Performance Monitoring, Reporting for Leading Canadian Utility

Innovyze, a global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced that the City of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, has chosen the company’s revolutionary SCADAWatch Suite solution to complement its smart water network modeling innovation initiative. The implementation also boosts Abbotsford’s real-time business intelligence, enabling it to instantly compute water and energy usage and non-revenue water, continuously monitor its water systems’ vital signs, spot patterns and deficiencies, act quickly and proactively, plan ahead, optimize operations and water management strategies, and improve efficiency measures and customer service. SCADAWatch allows users to access timely information by consolidating data from different platforms, providing a faster, cleaner window into real-time data. This expands the pool of employees who can easily access valuable observed data on any desktop.

The sixth-largest city in BC, Abbotsford provides quality drinking water to a population of 160,000 from two treated surface water sources and 19 wells. Its complex water network comprises 907 km of distribution mains, 95 km of transmission mains, 12 storage reservoirs, 53 pumps, 71 control valves and 30 pressure zones.

SCADAWatch Suite allows Abbotsford to better leverage and consolidate their hydraulic and water quality modeling, GIS, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and SCADA into one powerful “intelligence X-ray” business software application — enabling information flows that are faster, analytically optimized and actionable. Users can instantly create, view and interactively analyze presentation-quality reports on a real-time, information-rich business dashboard fully customized to their needs, getting an at-a-glance perspective of system performance.

The dashboards enable operators to save time, by monitoring everything from uptime to analytics 24/7, gaining high visibility of past asset performance for historical comparison, spotting patterns and deficiencies, accessing timely information to make better decisions, sharing that information across all water utility functions and departments, reacting faster to important events and identifying opportunities to drive operational efficiencies as they happen. Overall performance of all critical assets can be displayed both in real time and on a periodic basis (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or year-to-year overview). These capabilities automate and help optimize business performance, reduce operational costs and risk, and improve business responsiveness. The software also automatically generates detailed, high-fidelity performance reports and assists staff members in determining the best course of action based on specific performance objectives.

Commenting on the expanded solution, Jeff Cowburn, AScT, Hydraulic Network Specialist for Abbotsford, said, “Today, the water industry faces unique challenges. The need for water conservation, data accuracy and timeliness, operational efficiency and maintenance of distribution system hydraulics and water quality integrity has never been more pressing. Innovyze smart water modeling solutions give us the power tools we need to help us effectively operate and manage our water distribution system in real time. These capabilities are powerful aids in improving our water system performance and resiliency and reducing inefficiencies.”

“The City of Abbotsford has always been at the forefront of smart water network modeling innovation,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, Innovyze’s President, COO and Chief Innovation Officer. “We’re proud to know that our industry-leading solutions will be continuing to help this progressive enterprise leverage its GIS, AMI, SCADA and network modeling investments to optimize the operation and management of its water distribution system and better serve its customers. Innovyze is very proud to continue to partner in Abbotsford’s success.”