Water

Seeing the big picture

By Country News

A real-time monitoring system is helping Goulburn-Murray Water find efficiencies and savings when it comes to maintaining more than $5.1billion of assets and 10000km of channels, drains and pipes.

The recently-installed system, which includes four television screens showing live data, provides G-MW’s field services team with the status of current maintenance activities across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

The feed uses asset management system Maximo and its mobile application Maximo Anywhere to capture, record and report on the progress of maintenance work.

Issues, such as leaks, are displayed in a red, green and amber status, and the visual tool also records completed jobs and customer service measures.

Costs are also a major focus of the data and are listed by area, broken down to reflect the cost of labour and hours spent maintaining a specific asset.

G-MW works scheduler and planning co-ordinator Peter Watkins said the system helped create efficiencies, including reducing the costs of labour and materials.

‘‘As a visual tool, it really helps us to effectively plan our maintenance and that’s always going to be a benefit for our customers,’’ Mr Watkins said.

‘‘We’re also looking at different data sets we can bring in, which will help us drill down even further and look at more effective ways to plan out our maintenance.’’