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Western Virginia Water Authority

Western Virginia Water Authority Selects Itus Digital to Revamp Their Asset Performance Plan.

Using traditional methods, implementing Asset Performance Management (APM) programs requires significant time and effort.  Even the simplest projects can take companies months and require many resources. Getting an APM initiative off the ground is a challenge. That’s why Western Virginia Water Authority selected Itus Digital’s Rapid Start Program. Combined with its Asset Performance Management platform, Itus Digital delivers key APM use cases and provides targeted insights into maintenance optimizations and operational conditions associated with your critical industrial assets.


Working Together

The Western Virginia Water Authority and Itus Digital recently worked together to share best practices with asset management approaches and specifically identify and evaluate assets in their system which have had premature failures and increased maintenance expense.  The aim was to review historical data and analyze operational parameters to provide early indications of machine wear or failure risk.  The program utilized the Itus Rapid Start Program coupled with the Itus software application for a structured approach to generating insights and learnings quickly.


The program’s key objective was to collaborate on operational and maintenance strategies for critical assets, integrate several disparate data sources, analyze operational data sources, and generate new insights that could validate and enhance future operating and maintenance actions.


Evaluation of APM Processes

The program started with a facilitated evaluation of standard APM work processes and establishing project definition and timelines.  Key business goals for the asset management program were reviewed, and historically problematic assets were evaluated.  This resulted in the selection of a pumping station from the Water Authorities service area as the program’s focus due to premature degradation of those assets, which resulted in unexpected maintenance costs and downtime.  With specific uses cases and assets identified, the team assessed available data sources, reviewed current asset maintenance plans, and identified potential analytical approaches that could drive operational and maintenance insights.


Implementing the Itus Digital Platform

With the program definition and use case in place, the Itus team provisioned an instance of the Itus software for the Water Authority that could be remotely accessed.  In parallel, personnel at the Water Authority provided historical data streams from their current SCADA, Maintenance Management, and Energy Management systems, and the Itus solution ingested the data.  Once the data was available in the solution, analytics and historical simulations were performed to identify key trends, conditions, and operational and maintenance data deviations.  Specific characteristics such as excursion frequency, duration, and severity were analyzed as they were suspected as the source of machine degradation and could provide insights into current and future performance.


The Virtual Workshop

A virtual workshop was then conducted with the team, where the data, analytics, and simulations were reviewed.  The team could see an integrated view of the pumping station’s maintenance and operational data, which highlighted key deviations that correlated with significant maintenance events.


What the Analysis Uncovered

The analysis pointed out several periods of interest when operating conditions, maintenance events, and energy usage had correlations.  These periods showed where operational impacts affected machine health and validated periods of good runtime aligned to operating and maintenance plan changes that were made.  From this effort, the team has been able to understand potential analytical approaches that can be used on existing data sources to proactively assess operational conditions that can potentially introduce unplanned downtime to pumps.  Currently, the Itus solution is available to the Water Authority for continued analysis and evaluation of the pumping station assets to determine additional use cases that utilize analytical techniques with their operational and maintenance systems and data.


The Itus Digital Rapid Start Program is designed to provide a quick and facilitated approach to utilize the Itus APM process for a small population of assets.  In this collaboration, the entire program was initiated and completed in less than 7 hours of actual engagement and primarily conducted via six virtual meeting sessions.  The approach provided the Water Authority with a low-risk opportunity to evaluate key steps associated with the Asset Performance Management process and offered an understanding of how their organization could leverage these techniques in the future as they continue to grow their asset management program.

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