Post Tagged with: "June 2019 Print Issue"

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

July 15, 2019 at 9:58 am 0 comments

By Dan Buckley As contractors, engineers and business owners, we deal with numbers every day. As I give you a recent summary of how our elected officials have been behaving, I ask you to remember a scene from a movie that is over 20 years old: Dr. Evil in “AustinRead More

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

July 8, 2019 at 9:26 am 0 comments

By Doug Hatler & Matti Kakkori Aging drinking water mains are facing an increasing number of failures leading to service interruptions, higher operating costs and non-revenue water loss. Some failures cause much bigger financial or socioeconomic impacts than others. A 2018 study led by Dr. Steven Folkman at Utah StateRead More

Capturing Condition Assessment Cost Savings

Capturing Condition Assessment Cost Savings

July 8, 2019 at 9:19 am 0 comments

Can Machine Learning Really Provide A Cost-Effective Desktop Analysis? By Greg Baird Artificial Intelligence, specifically machine learning, is poised to make a significant impact in underground water infrastructure asset management. Not only does machine learning drive performance optimization, it also increases efficiencies in business processes and planning. In the waterRead More

Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

July 3, 2019 at 8:53 am 0 comments

By Misty Cobb The small seaside town of Seal Rock stretches up and down Highway 101 along the Pacific coastline in Oregon. The town and surrounding areas of Seal Rock receive water services from the Seal Rock Water District, which stretches more than 10 miles north to south along theRead More

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

Examining New Payment Methods to Address Agricultural Nutrient Runoff

June 27, 2019 at 10:09 am 0 comments

By Michael Curley Water quality is a major problem throughout the United States. But it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be. In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland was so polluted that it actually caught fire! That made headlines all across the country and galvanized the U.S.Read More

Aerial view of Washington Monument and The Mall, Washington, DC

Washington Report: AWIA sets the course for next wave of water infrastructure financing

June 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei It has been a popular talking point recently in Washington, D.C. to call for action on some sort of “infrastructure bill” that could stimulate the economy, put Americans to work, and begin to rectify the state of our nation’s roads, bridges, and even our water systems.Read More

Extending Its AMI: Park City, Utah, Acquires New, Actionable Data & Reduces Risk

Extending Its AMI: Park City, Utah, Acquires New, Actionable Data & Reduces Risk

June 17, 2019 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By Dan Pinney Historically, utilities and municipalities have used advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to collect water consumption data for billing purposes. However, as measurement and communications technologies have evolved, there’s an increasing opportunity to gain new data within the water cycle and transform that data into actionable insights. Utilities canRead More

Communicating the Value of Water: The ABCS of Water Communication

Communicating the Value of Water: The ABCS of Water Communication

June 17, 2019 at 8:59 am 1 comment

By Stephanie Zavala Water is life. It’s a catchy slogan, so simple in its truth that we often miss the forest for the trees. Water is, quite literally, life. Yet modern-day water treatment, distribution infrastructure, and operational systems have made the gift of water so readily available, the public hasRead More

TECHNOLOGY PERSPECTIVES: Digital Twin Technology Becoming a Reality for Water Utilities

TECHNOLOGY PERSPECTIVES: Digital Twin Technology Becoming a Reality for Water Utilities

June 17, 2019 at 8:43 am 0 comments

By Gigi Karmous-Edwards Water utilities around the world have been using hydraulic models for engineering and expansion since the 1950s. A hydraulic model is a physics based mathematical model of a fluid flow system for water. In the majority of cases, the hydraulic model simulation is run in batch modeRead More