Water & Wastewater Asia May/Jun 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA May / June 2018 IN THE SPOTLIGHT / 13 ecosystem will drive innovation across capital-intensive industries, as companies plan their digital transformation journey,” he added Why go digital? Asia is growing rapidly and the water and wastewater industry in the region is usually faced with issues such as • Aging water and sewage infrastructure, which can leadtoleaksanddisruptedserviceaswellassewage overflow during heavy downpours • Long-term water supply availability and quality » Increased stress on water resources and supply needs » Pressing need for conservation » ‘Non-consumable’ industrial wastewater • Workforce changes » Workforce turnover » Experienced retirees leaving • Financing for capital improvements » Ascitiescontinuetogroworbecome‘smart’,they investinareassuchaseducationanddefence,and not in water infrastructure » An ‘out of sight, out ofmind’ approach tosewage and water • Compliance with the country’s regulations » Resources close to capacity due to growing population • Public understanding » There’s a need to educate the public on the rising costs to treat water » An increase in consumption and services with population growth And so, according to Jayati Shukla, offer manager for Water and Wastewater at AVEVA, by introducing a digital transformation to the system, organisations will be able to lower cost, time, and risks in projects and operations while also ensuring the reliability and availability of assets and the safety of the workforce. Enabling digital transformation In fact, AVEVA is working towards educating its customers on the massive and valuable opportunities that the digital revolution will bring. For instance, with the Industrial Software Platform, it has an integrated suite of software applications to deliver an integrated, modular software suite that delivers rich functionality to address operational and business imperatives across the value chain in the industrial and infrastructure markets. “You hear a lot about the conversion of IT (information technology) and OT (operation technology). We are helping to accelerate and streamline this convergence. What differentiates us from the competition is our strength in delivering OT solutions across the entire operations and asset life cycle,” said Shukla. Shukla went on to explain that while water supply quantity and quality is a priority in the industry, management is also concerned about, “Where is my money going? Every management team is concerned about this. Electrical power and chemicals are the major concerns in the entire water cycle.” The Industrial Software Platform helps organisations to operate at the scale necessary to support complex mission critical industrial operations. In addition, its IoT- enabled, plug-and-play, and open architecture delivers end-to-end solutions in four domains of expertise – Asset Performance, Engineering, Planning andOperations, and Monitoring and Control. Furthermore, this solution is hardware and systems agnostic. This means it can be deployed in a scaled, modular fashion without a “ripped and replace” requirement. This enables companies to protect their investment in systems and technology while upgrading their technology footprint to support digital transformation to stay competitive in today’s global digital economy. Where should you start? In order to adopt a digital strategy in an organisation, Amit Thakare, business development director for Water andWastewater at AVEVA recommends a good place to start is by addressing non-revenue water (NRW) issues first in their water network. “Non-revenue water should be the first objective before seeking to increase production,” he explained. “Boosting production and then losingmore of that growth with non-revenue water is counterproductive.” According to theWorld Bank, the estimate of physical water loss is at 32 billion cubic meters annually, of which half happens in developing countries. Huge financial costs are invested in treating and pumping water, but only to have it leaked back into the ground to become lost revenues. In fact, by halving the amount of water loss in the developing countries, the amount of water saved would be enough to supply around 90 million people. Hence, there is a need tomange NRWand protect the precious water resources that has become increasingly important. By leveraging on the potential of data, municipalities and other water management organisations can then transform their network and operations to enable business excellence: in engineering, operations, asset management as well as people. This can be accomplished while also gaining access to information management, business process knowledge and decision support capability to address the problems, upgrade competences, retain rich operational experience and develop the next generation workforce. WWA