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Automation technology is becoming a common component of today's water and wastewater treatment facilities. The introduction of remote monitoring capabilities associated with automation produces massive amounts of information that can be difficult to summarize, store and report efficiently. With the implementation of a new automation system at its three wastewater treatment plants, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) initiated the development of an operations data management system (ODMS) to capture and maintain operations information. The development process followed a logical progression through needs assessment, functional design, technical design and finally rapid application development. The ODMS collects real-time automation data from the plants and collection system, analytical data from the laboratory, and manually entered data. The information is summarized, stored historically, and reported on-demand from an intuitive graphical user interface. The ODMS is a web-based application that utilizes three-tier architecture, reducing heavy network traffic inherent in older, two-tier applications. This data management tool gives fast, easy access to critical operations information from any computer on the NEORSD wide area network.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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