San Francisco Employs SOA To Fight Water Pollution

San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission is enlisting an SOA-based solution from IBM in the city's fight to reduce pollution in the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The city's new weapon is IBM Maximo Asset Management software, which officials says will provide near real-time management of wastewater systems, including treatment centers and 1,000 miles of pipeline.

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San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission is enlisting an SOA-based solution from IBM in the city's fight to reduce pollution in the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The city's new weapon is IBM Maximo Asset Management software, which officials says will provide near real-time management of wastewater systems, including treatment centers and 1,000 miles of pipeline.

Over the past year, IBM Maximo's SOA-based software has increased the San Francisco PUC's ability to take steps before systems fail, rather than simply make repairs after something breaks, IBM and city officials said.

"The real value IBM [Maximo] is the information it gathers, so that we can further reduce water pollution," said Tommy Moala, Assistant General Manager, SFPUC Wastewater Enterprise, in a statement. "With some work order histories generated from the IBM software, we can see that we've rebuilt a pump, say, 10 times—maybe it's time to replace it," IBM Maximo also helps the PUC o reduce the costs of managing the system all the way to the individual component level, Moala added.

"We're helping the SFPUC gain deep insight into the management of their water supply and usage so they can improve the quality of their water system while reducing the costs associated with removing the pollution," said Sharon Nunes, Vice President for Big Green Innovations at IBM, in the statement.

Maximo's SOA Approach To Infrastructure Management
IBM's Maximo is based on Big Blue's Tivoli Asset Management technologies, and leverages SOA-based integration and data sharing techniques to provide managers an intelligent view of critical non-IT facilities assets, such as highways, railways, and utility infrastructure such as pipelines and water treatment systems.

Maximo comes with a library of predefined integration patterns, data capture sharing capabilities and enterprise adapters to enable ongoing, real-time data exchange between systems. Further, Maximo can present a unified portal view of infrastructure systems, even down to the component level.

IBM Maximo Asset Management blends SOA with a flexible business process configuration platform to provide users a lifecycle view of a wide array of assets and components, often in real-time.

There are among Maximo's benefits for near real-time infrastructure management, including workforce deployment, inventory and repair issues.

  • Manages asset deployment, specifications, monitoring, calibration, costing and tracking from a single system
  • Provides enterprise asset management software for long and short-term planning, preventive, reactive and condition-based maintenance, schedule management, resource optimization and key performance indicators
  • Plans inventory to meet maintenance demand, making the right parts available at the right location when needed
  • Manages vendor contracts with comprehensive support for purchase, lease, rental, warranty, rate, master, blanket and user-defined contracts
  • Aligns service levels with business objectives by defining service offerings and establishing service level agreements (SLAs)

  • Putting Maximo's SOA To Use in San Francisco
    In San Francisco's case, Maximo provides access to near-real time status of its equipment and maintenance history. It also integrates with the city's dispatch centers that deal with issues such as potholes, abandoned vehicles, loose manhole covers, overflowing storm drains and other non-emergency problems. "Using the IBM Maximo Asset Management software, problems are often solved within 24 hours," Moala added.

    To quickly locate any potential problems, and distich repair crews, the city has integrated Maximo with GIS (geographic information software) software from ESRI. In one case, the Maximo/ESRI combination city managers discovered that a set of missing catch basin grates for the pipeline system were located within a quarter mile of a scrap metal yard.



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