Optimization, Remote Sensing and Real Time Controls Group
MME and its staff have served clients throughout California and nationally with innovative and sustainable solutions to meet environmental demands. Search among our many projects (below) for information about our capabilities or ask us directly if you have questions about the service areas we offer.
The PME Practice Group in Optimization, Remote Sensing and Real Time Controls Group includes:
Custom O&M and CIP Optimization Modeling, Big Data Analytics/Cloud Computing,Real Time Monitoring and Controls (RTM/C), Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine Learning,Energy Management Optimization, Integrated Decision Support Systems.
Carollo Engineers, Walnut Creek California
PME managed the development of a computerized asset management software application, Water/ Wastewater Asset Manager™ (WAM, v.2.0), a dynamic and analytical tool for asset management and valuation. Responsible for designing the structure and functionality of the software. WAM v2.0 features include a detailed inventory database; asset assessment tracking including condition, risk, criticality, vulnerability, level of service, and various useful lives; and valuation components including both straight-line and modified depreciation approaches, book, current, salvage, evaluated, and replacement values, annual and cumulative depreciation, and annual maintenance and repair costs.
City of Fort Bragg, California
Investigation of the condition of the existing water treatment and water tanks as part of a study of the City of Fort Bragg, California, water system.
City of Boynton Beach, FL
MME led the creation of an innovative and customized organizational effectiveness engineering and financial tool for optimizing Capital Improvement Plans (CIP), and for reducing operations and maintenance costs (O&M) for the City of Boynton Beach (City), Florida.
The UMOP is a computerized model that incorporates input of relevant engineering alternatives, estimated costs and savings benefits. It allows for integrated decision-making across wastewater, water, stormwater, and recycled water utility systems.
The overall result is an optimized CIP and rate structure that helps assure the cost effective integration and planning for future facilities across all of Boynton Beach Utilities water infrastructure programs (i.e. wastewater, water, recycled water, and stormwater).
As part of this project, MME performed condition assessments for the South Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (SCRWWTP), and for the City’s two water treatment plants: the East Plant and West Plant. For the condition assessments, the team determined the condition of existing assets with a multi-discipline team, including interviews with operations and maintenance staff.
Engineering models were also developed or updated for each of the water utilities. These include the water distribution system model, the recycled water distribution model, the wastewater collection system model, and the stormwater system model. Geo-reference is a UMOP feature allowing for rapid development combined water, wastewater and stormwater projects to save time and money in contractor staging and implementation.
City Of Oxnard, CA
MME worked to develop Public Works Integrated Master Plans (PWIMPs) for the City of Oxnard (City) Public Works Department. This $2.9 million master-planning effort was one of the first in the country to fully integrate and coordinate master planning efforts across all city utilities with a “one water” theme. MME Principal, Steve McDonald, PE, served as Project Manager for the PWIMPs, and was the Technical Director in creating the deliverables requested by Public Works. MME was a subconsultant to Carollo Engineers.
MME Principal Steve McDonald, PE, served as Project Manager for the Phase 1 development of this $15 million Progressive Design-Build (PDB) delivery project to provide planning, design, construction management, and commissioning services to replace the aeration blowers, diffusers, and related support systems for the South Central Regional Treatment and Disposal Board (SCRTDB).
The primary goal of the Phase 1 project was to select the best alternative that maximizes O&M cost savings, delivers payback savings faster, and that can adapt to foreseeable changes in regulations. The secondary goal was to find “hidden” capacity, if possible, as a potential revenue source through the sale of capacity to new users.
This project not only achieved these goals, but resulted in a net gain of ~$100 million worth of increased treatment plant capacity, going from 24 mgd to 30 mgd, an increase of 6 mgd. Innovation was the key to achieving these goals.
MME was Project Manager for the condition assessments of the City of Boynton’s two water treatment plants, and for the South Central Regional Wastewater Plant, the development of condition ranking and assignment of criticality scores, and the calculation of relative risks, and project rankings for a risk-optimized repair and replacement Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The WAM asset management software is a custom application that was developed to be used in the field for ease of entering asset identification and condition information and later as a tool for developing scenario rankings of priority for repair and replacement schedules. The asset trees for each of the two Boynton water treatment plants, and the SCRWWTP were also developed using WAM.
Following the completion of the condition assessments, all relevant asset data on condition, replacement and repair (R&R) costs, and criticality were developed. This asset information was also entered into WAM - and run to develop the initial risk ranking, and optimal sequencing of R&R projects. From this optimized risk ranking, annual costs were developed for the optimized R&R program.