Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency

Keeps the water running with automated asset management

Published on 27-Sep-2010

Validated on 16 Dec 2013

"This smarter water management system gives our specialists the visibility they need to develop plans for the next 40 to 50 years based on actual management data. Specialists used to take several weeks just to create 10-year plans based on their past experiences." - Akira Shimokawa, Site Operations, Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency

Customer:
Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency

Industry:
Energy & Utilities

Deployment country:
Japan

Solution:
Asset Management, Cloud & Service Management, Service Management, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Energy, Smarter Water

Overview

Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency comprises six cities, seven town districts, and local municipal agencies and provides municipal water supply services. They have been supplying up to 230,000m3 per day, approximately 40 percent of the total water consumption in the Fukuoka urban areas.

Business need:
Fresh water resources are scarce in the urban areas of Japan’s Fukuoka District, so the role of the District Waterworks Agency—ensuring a steady, affordable supply for the future—is vital to local residents. With demand increasing each year due to growth and urbanization, the agency needed to increase the availability of usable water while controlling costs. But paper-based methods made accurate forecasting and planning difficult.

Solution:
The agency implemented an industry-leading asset management solution that provides comprehensive asset life cycle and maintenance management on a single unified platform. The solution enables a fully digitized water management system based on real-time data, predictive facilities maintenance, high forecasting accuracy and a business management plan designed to help keep costs down and rates in line.

Benefits:
·Predicts when maintenance is needed, saving ¥125.6 billion through efficient renewal and repair. · Digitizes and integrates water supply information that was previously paper-based or stored on separate PCs and delivers it to a central database for analysis. · Continually collects data from multiple sources for real-time monitoring and visualization of facility operations and status of electrical equipment, pipelines and water pumps.

Case Study

Fukuoka District Waterworks Agency comprises six cities, seven town districts, and local municipal agencies and provides municipal water supply services. They have been supplying up to 230,000m3 per day, approximately 40 percent of the total water consumption in the Fukuoka urban areas.

The Need
Fresh water resources are scarce in the urban areas of Japan’s Fukuoka District, so the role of the District Waterworks Agency—ensuring a steady, affordable supply for the future—is vital to local residents. With demand increasing each year due to growth and urbanization, the agency needed to increase the availability of usable water while controlling costs. But paper-based methods made accurate forecasting and planning difficult.

The Solution
The agency implemented an industry-leading asset management solution that provides comprehensive asset life cycle and maintenance management on a single unified platform. The solution enables a fully digitized water management system based on real-time data, predictive facilities maintenance, high forecasting accuracy and a business management plan designed to help keep costs down and rates in line.

What Makes it Smarter
· Predicts when maintenance is needed, saving ¥125.6 billion through efficient renewal and repair. Yields new insights for increasing the sustainability of the water supply, helping to ensure delivery of clean, safe water to a population of 2.3 million residents.
· Digitizes and integrates water supply information that was previously paper-based or stored on separate PCs and delivers it to a central database for analysis.

· Continually collects data from multiple sources for real-time monitoring and visualization of facility operations and status of electrical equipment, pipelines and water pumps.

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
System x: System x running Windows

Software:
DB2 for Linux, Maximo Asset Management

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