Safer water management

Posted by Najat Khalil on Oct 26, 2020 10:30:22 AM

The water management industry continues to be plagued by multiple challenges, including aging infrastructure combined with an aging workforce that puts our water supply systems at even greater risk due to the loss of critical expertise and other hurdles like natural disasters including wildfires, floods, and drought that can significantly impact the safety of our water systems.

 

Water management operations will need to unleash the value of data by using analytics and other technologies to drive better decision-making, optimize and prioritize system investments, and drive cost efficiencies that create safer operations.

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Getting data from remote locations

Posted by Dave Rathnow on Jun 23, 2020 11:38:00 AM

Figuring out how to get the best performance out of small devices called Field Gateways may not sound like the stuff of adventure—and I admit, Daniel Craig will probably not be playing me in a movie anytime soon.

 

Getting the best performance and information storage out of battery-powered Field Gateways means you can monitor and control even the most remote installations—those for whom the nearest telephone pole on the power grid is a couple of counties over.

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Be the Captain of your boat

Posted by Amy Thibault on Sep 26, 2019 4:14:35 PM

Do you remember that old joke "Pete and Repeat went on a boat ride. Pete fell off, so who was left?" The answer was of course is "Repeat" and therefore the kid telling the joke would once again repeat the first line, and on and on... I'm often haunted by that horrible joke almost as if the joke is truly on me when I tackle mind-numbing tasks like laundry; wash, dry, fold, put away and then do it again, and again, and again...

I think about Pete and Repeat on that boat. I can't help but wonder where was the Captain of that boat? Why didn't the Captain step in and direct them both to hunker down, and grab a hold to stop falling off?

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Zedi Automation as a Service, because juggling is for the circus

Posted by Doug Watt on May 8, 2019 1:16:46 PM

Maybe you’ve declared your intention to automate your production. That’s great. It’s a growing trend and it will really boost efficiency. But the jury is still out on whether to do it in-house or to let us do it for you.

I have a question that may clarify that decision for you:

What are you good at?

You’re good at evaluating leases, considering how to economically produce a field and to get that oil and gas to market. If you were to jump into field automation in-house, what would that look like in terms of hiring, training and implementing?

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Simplify and consolidate your automation with ZAaaS

Posted by Chris Quigley on Apr 12, 2019 2:08:26 PM

It’s surprising how many operators are using one company to monitor tanks, another to automate pumps and yet another for back office reporting software. There may have been a time in history when this was necessary—there was a lot of narrow specialization at one time—but it is definitely hard to keep up with.

When something goes wrong, who do you call? If the problem is beyond the scope of your own people’s training, is the issue with the software, the hardware or the communication system? And will the providers each wait for the other one to fix it?

After all, you installed automation to increase efficiency, not create confusion and headaches.

 

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Fishing to optimize production

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jan 15, 2019 12:55:00 PM

I’ve been an obsessed angler for years. I don’t need a special reason or day to go fishing either – I go any chance I get. Sunny 108-degree Texas days, Christmas day, or drizzly cool days, it isn’t about the day, temperature, or location – it’s simply about the experience.

There is something about the peacefulness of being on the lake, or a river that captures my senses, and instantly relaxes me, while at the same time ignites my creative side with a new sense unlimited possibilities. But it isn’t the excitement of actually catching a fish at all (since it’s not my favorite meal) – but it’s the experience that captivates my mind, warms my soul, and energizes my spirit.

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Four things to consider before self-hosting your SCADA system

Posted by Doug Watt on Jul 18, 2018 11:56:13 AM

Awhile back a friend decided to replace a leaky faucet himself and save some money. He thought the faucet was screwed on, so he grabbed a wrench and started twisting away.

After a couple of turns the faucet broke off, spewing water everywhere. It was sweated instead of screwed on, so he had to turn off all the water to the house and then call a plumber to fix his mistake. It would’ve been faster and simpler to have farmed out the work in the first place. Read More

The top 3 production tools

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jun 12, 2018 11:44:47 AM

If you like to grow plants, you know that there are three main things they require for growth: water, sunshine and good soil. If you supply all these, your plants will grow healthy and strong, putting out new leaves and colorful blossoms in their season.

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Numbers don’t lie—but they may not tell the whole story, either

Posted by Richard Link on Feb 21, 2018 3:10:00 PM

I always love a good conference—one where the speakers not only have good information, but where they also dream a little bit about how the new information will improve the future. It always spurs my own imagination about how we can better use technology to partner with our clients and help them achieve their goals.

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Accurately merge all your SCADA data

Posted by Darren Epp on Nov 21, 2017 3:15:00 PM

It’s pretty amazing to watch the pace of mergers and acquisitions these days. Oil and gas producers are working hard to maximize investments in an economy that’s better than it was, but still not where everyone would like it to be.

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