Delivering maximum value to the owner, at minimal cost, is the key to success of any collaborative-delivery project.
This value can be measured in many ways, including long-term cost of ownership, initial capital cost, the effectiveness of the solution, reliability and resiliency; and, in our current global environment, the safety and security of the installation and the people running it.
No stage in a project poses more risk for delays and cost overruns than the startup of a plant, specifically with the control systems. These risks can be significantly minimized through the expertise and knowledge of a technology partner (to the contractor or owner) that can optimize controls design, minimize construction and installation time, and reduce the complexity of bringing multiple vendors together in the late stages of a project. Such a partner should have extensive water/wastewater expertise in addition to SCADA, instrumentation and control (I&C), electrical and software technologies and capabilities.
Having an integrated power and controls solution, with fewer interfaces, has repeatedly proven success in collaborative-delivery projects. A dedicated project manager that leads the owner’s integrated team from the earliest stages of design conceptualization, through equipment manufacturing, delivery, and startup, has also proven critical to a project’s success.
In today’s technology environment where the subject of connectivity is of paramount importance, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) presents even more new opportunities for effective and efficient operations. At the same time, and unfortunately, it also brings new challenges, as the convergence of information technology and operational technology can make a plant very susceptible to cyber-attacks. Navigating this convergence, and implementing cyber-security measures within the control design, is without a doubt, a mandatory task.
Finally, the ability to design and implement technologies and systems that connect the plant team (management, operations, maintenance) with these critical operations procedures and historical data, together with using proven technologies will ultimately lead to safe, efficient, and cost-effective operations throughout the plant’s lifetime.