Welsh Water Manual gets the SmartApp treatment
Managing the smooth running of a water treatment works is a complicated business. There are many people involved and many written, hard copy operating procedures to follow, which need to be undertaken in particular sequences. The consequences of a problem in the operation of such a site can be significant, and cause disruption to a large population of customers. Now Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) and HR Wallingford have worked together to produce an innovative App-based, interactive version of their Works Operating Manual for one of their water treatment works.
HR Wallingford’s sector lead for Emerging Technologies, Craig Goff, explains: “Based on recent research work we had undertaken with another UK water company to utilise advanced technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and near field communication (NFC) to produce a dam operation and maintenance App, we were the logical choice for DCWW to team up with to produce this interactive Works Operating Manual (iWOM).
The iWOM App uses 3D imaging, AR assistance and NFC triggers to help new users become familiar with the complicated site, and to give existing operators a fast, slick interface for their routine operations and record keeping. In fact we were so excited by the possibilities to build on our skills in this area, we part funded the project using HR Wallingford’s own R&D funding mechanism.”