2014 - EMEA Users Conference - Lisbon
Enabling a Resilient Water Supply System with the PI System Infrastructure
United Utilities helps life flow smoothly for 7 million people and 200,000 businesses in the North West of England by providing them with clean, fresh water every day. UU’s mission is to ensure that customers can rely on them for a great service and they are committed to providing services at a price customers can afford. UU recognized a need to improve the Production Planning functionality to leverage cost savings while managing the hydrological risks due to the UK’s variable weather. The previous system relied heavily on the experience and personal judgment of a few key employees. An appropriate analogy would be that of a pilot flying a plane with minimal instrumentation. Thus, UU decided to implement a fully integrated automatic system that uses the PI System as the data infrastructure and PI AF Server as the System Model. With the PI System, they “have moved from a pilot with a few instruments to a 747 pilot with a full range automatic monitoring and alarms and an auto pilot to assist.”
SIMON KIRKHAM is an IT Architecture, Strategy, and Design Manager at United Utilities in Warrington, UK. Kirkham’s team is leading the development of United Utilities IT strategy and enterprise architecture plan for the next 5 years, as well as supporting a number of major technology projects which underpin UU’s large business transformation program. Prior to joining United Utilites, Kirkham held a variety of senior IT enterprise architecture and strategy roles at Barclays Bank, Technology Strategist at Microsoft and IT architecture and consultancy roles with HP, Compaq & Digital Equipment Corporation.
PAUL VERDON is one of two Water Production Planning Managers at United Utilities. He leads a team of four Production Planning Analysts responsible for the system optimization & planning of 2000ML/d Production across 88 water treatment works for UU’s 7 million customers. Verdon has worked for United Utilities for the last 12 years within a number of operational roles including eight years in Water Resource & Demand Management and Modelling. Previously he worked in the banking and finance sector for 12 years.