Posted: Friday 23rd October 2009

Leading engineering consultancy, Grontmij has completed the work on one of Ireland’s first ever wide area telemetry systems.

The new system will allow accurate monitoring of Wexford’s water and waste water treatment and supply, giving improved management and reliability, and creating a more effective network.

Covering over 900 square miles in South East Ireland, Grontmij has provided a wide range of services, from design, tender recommendations, through to site supervision.

Now fully operational, the telemetry system will provide ‘real time’ accurate information remotely through a web-based programme and will include features such as pre-warning alarms, meaning potential problems can be detected early.

George Madden, principal consultant at Grontmij, said: “The system is designed to detect and prevent potential problems long before they become an issue, but also ensure the day to day running is as simple as possible.

“The previous system required regular time-consuming site visits to monitor equipment and perform general maintenance, whereas the new system will allow out of hours management from an off-site location. Wexford County Council can then allocate staff as required”

With a population of 105,000, County Wexford boasts more than 45 treatment works and pumping stations, as well as additional ancillary facilities.

Darragh Cullinan, senior engineer for Water Services Operations at Wexford County Council, said: “Ireland has lots of counties and Wexford is similar to most rural counties in Ireland in that it operates many geographically dispersed water treatment plants, waste water treatment plants and pumping stations.

“This new telemetry system will enable us to better manage these through one central resource and reap the benefits this brings.”

Grontmij is one of Europe’s largest engineering consultancies, working across the disciplines of transportation, energy, environment, water and systems. The company employs over 8,000 professionals throughout Europe.

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