Making Water Systems Smarter Using M2M Technology

In today's world, an abundance of data exists, but often there is still not enough information to act upon. Utilities have faced this common problem for decades, where only a fraction of data collected is ever analyzed and turned into valuable, actionable information. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are creating new opportunities to collect data that have typically been manually collected and rarely evaluated. Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director, will present on “Making Water Systems Smarter Using M2M Technology,” during the AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference, on Thursday, February 19. In his latest blog, Ken discusses the possibilities M2M technology provides for understanding critical influences on water systems, such as water age, chlorine levels, inflow/infiltration influences, industry waste, and more.

Knowledge Management and Asset Management

This week, CH2M HILL is participating in the 2015 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference in Austin, Texas. Sharon Jean-Baptiste is moderating the half-day workshop, “Making Knowledge Management an Integral Component of Your Comprehensive Asset Management Program” today. This interactive workshop is intended to bridge the gap between knowledge management practices and aspects of asset management. Check out Sharon's Access Water blog to better understand the business value of treating knowledge as an asset.

Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure

February 17-20, CH2M HILL is participating in the 2015 AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference, in Austin, Texas. On Tuesday, Liz Kelly, a senior consultant in the firm's Strategic Consulting group, is presenting at a half-day workshop, "Managing Design-Build Projects for Water Infrastructure," which is being sponsored by the Water Design-Build Council. The workshop is designed for utility administrators and agency managers involved in capital water and wastewater projects. Liz will share tips on managing design-build procurement, specifically on the risks and liabilities associated with progressive design-build procurement.

Sustainable Infrastructure Report Provides a Road Map to the Future

In the next few years, the United States is going to have to spend many billions of dollars on infrastructure simply to keep our society and economy functioning. This is the reality; however, the big question that remains is, how can we get smarter about the ways we’ll invest that money? If we choose to invest in solutions that are affordable, resilient, environmentally sound, and integrated, we can make a positive difference in our communities and benefit local economies. A new report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies, recently released by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) at The Evergreen State College, paints the picture of innovative, integrated infrastructure strategies emerging to reshape the energy, transportation, wastewater, stormwater, water supply, and waste sectors. In their blog, Rhys Roth, Director at CSI, and Elizabeth Kelly, Vice President and Senior Consultant at CH2M HILL, share highlights from the report, which includes interviews from 70 Pacific Northwest infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.

Qualcomm, CH2M HILL and The City of Cincinnati Collaborate on Integrated Water Communications Solutions for SmartAmerica Challenge

The SmartAmerica Challenge, kicked off by the White House in 2013, encouraged companies to think about innovation and technology in a new way. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and CH2M HILL have been collaborating with the intent to develop sustainable connectivity solutions leveraging machine to machine (M2M) cellular technologies that will help water utilities improve water quality, receive reliable information and manage water resources in the City of Cincinnati. The project was presented at the SmartAmerica Expo, held in Washington, D.C., on June 11. Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director, discusses the project in his latest Access Water blog.