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January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

IBM’s Global Business Services and Research arms have started a new collaboration with DC WASA to integrate advanced analytics with asset management software from IBM and a mapping application from ESRI, an IBM Business Partner. The availability of real time, map-based information and geo-analytics will help DC WASA engineers identify potential problems before they occur. This can be done by analyzing data and uncovering patterns related to weather conditions, water use and hundreds of other variables.

The new preventative measures, including converting to automated meter readers, have substantially reduced billing-related customer calls. A future benefit of the project is that it will enable dispatchers to deploy crews based on where they are working and what areas need service, streamlining the workload and improving the customer experience.
DC WASA uses IBM’s asset management software to manage: all the wastewater treatment equipment, the water and sewer infrastructure at the Departments of Water and Sewer Services, the water quality issues maintained by the Water Quality Division, and for permit plan reviews and developer permitting.

DC WASA’s overall Enterprise Asset Management System is a combination of IBM Tivoli Maximo Enterprise Asset Management software and ESRI ArcGIS enterprise GIS (Geographic Information System) software.

In Memoriam
Reuben Leines died of cardiac arrest in Florida at the age of 86. Leines founded Minnesota Limited Inc. in 1966. He served as a member of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) board of directors from 1987-1989. He is the father of DCA Past President Christopher Leines

Leines was a World War II veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in engineering. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; seven children, Linda, Greg, Paulette, Karla, Sheila, Sally, Christopher and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A service celebrating Leines’ life will be held on Nov. 28, at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, MN. Cards and condolences may be sent to: Joyce Leines, 24632 165th St., Big Lake, MN 55309.

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