The Aquadapt Process

Process

Implementation approach

Derceto's Aquadapt software is customized for every client, taking in their specific systems, pumping and storage abilities and unique operating procedures. 

The process of implementing an Aquadapt system is split into four phases enabling clients to establish how much Aquadapt software could save their system in electricity costs; how it would work within their current systems and then implementation. Post implementation, Derceto also offers ongoing support via an annual Support and Maintenance Agreement.

Flexibility

It's not just the Aquadapt software that's adaptable. The phases outlined below can contractually be amalgamated to best suit the needs to our clients. The process is flexible, giving our clients the option of doing a Feasibility Study and then going straight into a combined design and implementation. Conversely the feasibility and design process can be done simultaneously.

Phase One: Feasibility Study

The Feasibility Study includes a wealth of information and analysis for managers and engineers including projected savings, cost benefit analysis, while also looking for any show stoppers of Aquadapt software. We also provide high-level information on how Aquadapt software interfaces with your SCADA and telemetry systems and recommendations for instrumentation, system configuration and processes that could further save electricity costs or improve operations.

Our staff analyze data from nominated pumping plants from both summer and winter and the client's operational constraints and, using the Aquadapt system, work out a more effective pumping schedule, moving the same amount of water but at lower tariff times. We then calculate how much money a client would save if the Aquadapt system's pumping schedules were used.

Phase Two: Detailed Design Study

In the Detailed Design Study we take the findings from the Feasibility Study and delve further into a client's system. For this report we analyze a client's entire system and develop a calibrated hydraulic model to test various strategies, incorporating tariff changes, different seasons and operational constraints. This information is used to redefine savings across the client's entire system.

The report also includes a detailed design which extensively analyzes the client's operational constraints such as high and low levels, pressure constraints, high/low flow and maintenance. We analyze current field hardware and instrumentation and recommend if any need to be replaced, recalibrated or upgraded. The report also includes how Aquadapt software will interface with the client's system, particularly SCADA systems; which parts of the system would be automated under the Aquadapt system's control and recommendations for upgrades that would improve both operational efficiency and the Aquadapt software's ability to further save on electricity costs.

Phase Three: Implementation

This is where it all happens. The Derceto team puts all the information derived from the previous two analysis reports and builds a customized software package. We work closely with our clients throughout the customization process to make sure all client interfaces and functionality incorporates current operational processes, and operators and engineers are comfortable with how the software works and how it will improve operations.

Phase Four: Support and Maintenance

We highly recommend our clients opt for an annual Support and Maintenance Agreement. It gives you 24/7 technical support and free selected upgrades and ongoing analysis of how the Aquadapt software is working within your system.  Read more about the Support and Maintenance Agreement

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ABOUT SIMON BUNN –
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Simon spent the next 21 years in control systems design, rising to become a partner in The Beca Group in 1999. In 2000 Simon used his experience of control systems and water treatment processes to design the complex software at the heart of the Aquadapt product, the world’s first commercially available real-time pump scheduling optimizer. Email Simon 

Case study

Nov 23 2010

Murray Kennedy,
General Manager,
Utilities and Services,
Greater Wellington Water,
New Zealand. 

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FAQ

Q: Does Aquadapt software replace my SCADA system?

Oct 19 2010

A: No, Aquadapt software works with your existing SCADA system. It reads data from the SCADA database and then writes set-points to the pumps via the existing operator screen tags.

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