Dec 06, 2019

Business News: Dewberry Selected to Collect GIS Data for Loudoun Water

Loudoun Water selected Dewberry to produce record drawings and capture geographic information systems (GIS) data for its potable water, reclaimed water and wastewater systems.

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Dewberry Selected to Collect GIS Data for Loudoun Water

Loudoun Water in Loudoun County, Virginia, selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to produce record drawings and capture geographic information systems (GIS) data for its potable water, reclaimed water and wastewater systems. Dewberry was one of three firms to receive an award under this contract, according to the company’s press release.

The firm is providing survey-grade positional measurements for the infrastructure and will use those measurements to produce the record drawing and create associated GIS data. The data collected will be used for new water, reclaimed water, and wastewater construction projects. Future Loudoun Water projects involving the construction of water, reclaimed water, and wastewater pipelines will use this process, reported the press release. Dewberry performed a GIS needs assessment for Loudoun Water in 2002 and completed the first Record Drawing and GIS Data Capture task order in 2008.

“We look forward to collecting GIS data and producing record drawings for Loudoun Water to help them with their future construction projects that will serve thousands of people and businesses in the county,” said Dewberry Senior Project Manager Andrew Peters, GISP

Louisville Water Signs with Itron to Enable Better Water Management 

Itron, Inc., signed a contract with Louisville Water Company, which serves more than 1 million people in Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding areas, to modernize the water usage data collection process.

The utility will deploy Itron’s OpenWay Riva IoT solution, including replacing nearly 280,000 meters with the OpenWay Riva water communication modules, reported the press release. The utility will also use Itron’s analytics to detect water loss. 

“Our mission is to provide safe, high-quality water and related services to our customers,” said Dave Vogel, executive vice president of Louisville Water. “Itron’s IoT solution and analytics allows us to take advantage of real-time data analysis to improve water loss detection and improve service to our customers.”

Atonix Digital & McEnery Automation Team Up 

Atonix Digital has partnered with St. Louis-based McEnery Automation to resell Atonix Digital’s line of asset performance management (APM) products and solutions powered by the ASSET360 analytics platform.

Atonix Digital develops and sells a portfolio of APM products and solutions powered by the ASSET360 platform. This cloud-based platform provides an analytics solution to improve processes ranging from health-monitoring of critical assets, preventing failures and improving operational efficiency at asset-heavy facilities, reported a press release. McEnery Automation helps clients use automated systems to optimize their capital assets.

“Data analytics transforms companies by taking the guesswork out of planning and operation,” said Paul McRoberts, Atonix Digital’s president. “Partnering with McEnery Automation helps us expand into new markets and showcases the power of data to propel asset-intensive companies into the Industry 4.0 era.”

ServiceTitan Announces Acquisition of WaterSoftWare

ServiceTitan, an all-in-one software and operating system for residential and commercial service and replacement contractors, announced in a press release the acquisition of WaterSoftWare, a business management solution for the water treatment industry.

"The water treatment industry as a whole is vital to ensuring the water we drink is clean and safe for consumption, which has an incredible impact on the health and wellness of our society," said CEO and co-founder of ServiceTitan Ara Mahdessian. "Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of what's in their water, and the industry will become more competitive as demand increases for water treatment services."

WaterSoftWare offers business management solutions to the water treatment industry. The company provides office solutions that help water treatment dealerships manage accounts, route and delivery services, and more.

Inframark Secures Renewal, Scope Expansion with Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

Inframark, LLC, announced that the Borough of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, has awarded the company a three-year renewal to continue operating, maintaining, and managing its 2 million gallons per day wastewater treatment plant. 

The Borough also expanded the scope of the partnership to include its 1.2 million gallons per day water treatment plant, according to a press release. The new contract is the fifth renewal Inframark has received from the Borough and is effective February 1, 2020. Inframark currently serves 12 clients in Pennsylvania.

“Water treatment and sewage treatment are the two most important services that Ebensburg Borough provides,” said Borough Manager Daniel Penatzer in the press release. “Inframark has operated our sewage treatment plant in such a professional manner since 2004 that it made sense to also entrust them with the operation of our water treatment plant.”