It’s the Internal Site Name

The power of FlowWorks is the ability to view, manage, and analyze your infrastructure as if it is one homogeneous network, no matter the various hardware manufacturers within your network.

FlowWorks = All Your Data in One Place

One of the most common problems is making sense out of the self-identification capabilities of each logger that is in the field. Some devices are strictly “here’s my serial number, live with it” and others are fully programmable and permit your data to arrive with a label that would make sense.

FlowWorks permits you to push this problem into the background and forces us to remind new users of this process when they first start setting up sites.

The site identification that accompanies your data on its way to FlowWorks, is referred to as the “internal site name.” Any data arriving without a recognized “internal site name” is ignored.

The site name that is displayed in FlowWorks (on the map  view, on the graphs, on reports, etc.) is the “display site name” that you have assigned to that particular site.

The internal site name and the display site name can be the same if your logger supports such programming, but more often than not, they are totally different. It is that internal site name that is referenced as data arrives in FlowWorks. When the data arrives with a name that doesn’t match any of the internal site names, the data is not accepted.

Once the packet of data is matched up to an expected internal site name, we can drop that name and from that point on, you see the data tagged with the display site name (the one customization option) to simplify your infrastructure.

Remember when you complete a FlowWorks Site Setup Form, it is that internal site name that allows your data in to FlowWorks. If it doesn’t match that coming from the logger, it is not accepted.

IWEA Conference

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The Indiana Water Environment Association is hosting their annual conference NEXT week!

November 18-20

Indianapolis, IN

Westin Indianapolis

Booth 84

The IWEA is one of 75 affiliated member associations of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). They are dedicated to preserving and enhancing water resources in the state of Indiana. Be sure to stop by the FlowWorks booth at the Westin to see how we can help with all of your environmental monitoring data.

FlowWorks Data Review Tool

FlowWorks is excited to announce our new Data Review Tool.

The Data Review Tool…

  • Allows users to select multiple saved graph templates (including templates that combine time-series and scatter graphs) and rapidly generate multiple graphs across a selected interval and date range
  • Allows users to quickly cycle through the resulting graphs within the browser
  • Includes the option to export the selected graphs as PDFs

This tool will allow Data Analysts to quickly review what’s going on across multiple sites in their network, and to easily compare or identify trends/issues within their sites.

Note that tool works using existing saved graphs in New FlowWorks Graphing Engine (HTML 5, not ActiveX). It takes a few seconds per site/graph to generate, so please be patient.

Steps:

  • Go to http://www.flowworks.com/network/graphreview
  • Under “Graphs to Review”, choose the existing graphs/sites you’d like to review
  • Choose the Date Range
  • Choose the From/To dates (if necessary)
  • Choose the Interval
  • Choose the Output type
    • View in Browser - a scroll-able list of graphs can be reviewed in your browser.  Click on an individual graph image to drill-down into the graph using the FlowWorks Graphing in a new tab/window.
    • View/Save as single PDF - all of the graphs produced will be merged into a single PDF file, with one graph per page. Depending on your browser, you’ll have the option of viewing or save the PDF file.
    • Download a ZIP containing one PDF per graph - each graph will produce its own PDF file, and all of the PDF files will be archived together into a single ZIP file. Depending on your browser, you’ll have the option of saving or downloading the ZIP file.
    • Click Generate Graphs
      • Remember, if you’re generating a lot of graphs, be patient!

Data Review Tool Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FlowWorks FACE

Goal: “Add the Final_Flow” from two sites and compare it to another site”

1. In this example, we will be dealing with three sites and will require the creation of two Calculated Channels.

A) Create these Calculated Channels at Management > FACE: Configure Sites > Add Channel. For our example, I’d name the first one “Combined Flow” and the second one “Comparison” just to make it obvious as to what we are doing.

B) For step-by-step directions for creating Calculated Channels, go to www.flowworks.com/manual and scroll down to “Sites and Channels” and click on “Creating a Channel.”

 

2. On the site where the Calculated Channels have been created…

A) At the Management > FACE: Configure Sites, select the “Combined Flow” channel in the Choose Calculated Channel box and then click View Calculated Channel

B) Step-by-step of this process can be found at www.flowworks.com/manual and scroll down to Calculations – FACE and select the Formula function.

C) Because the Calculation does not exist, we must click the Create Calculation “button.”

D) We’ll skip the discussion of the naming, description, type, start, end as that is all covered in the above manual reference and go directly to the Source Component 1 line.

E) In the site box, select THIS site and in the channel box, select FLOW from THIS site

F) Now click the “+” symbol at the right end of the Source Component 1 line.

G) In Source 2, select the second site of the combined “Final_Flow” sites and in the Channel, select the appropriate FLOW channel from THAT site.

H) In the Define Equation box, type “A + B” without the “” symbols and click SAVE.

I) We now have a Calculated Channel that is the sum of the Flows from the first two sites.

 

3. Below is how we will find the “difference”… or in our case a “negative” sum.

A) At the “Edit Site / Add Channel” window, select the “Comparison” channel in the “Choose Calculated Channel” box and then click “View Calculated Channel”.

B) Again, because the Calculation does not exist, we must click the “Create Calculation”.

C) In the “Source Component 1” box, select THIS site and in the “Channel box”, select Combined Flow from THIS site.

D) Now click the “+” symbol at the right end of the “Source Component 1” line.

E) In Source 2, select the third site, the one to which the comparison is to be made. And in the Channel, select the appropriate FLOW channel from THAT site.

F) In the Define Equation box, type “A – B” without the “” symbols (or whatever your comparison “math” is to be, and click SAVE.

You now have a channel that compares a third site’s data to the combined data of two other sites.

 

PNCWA 2015

PNCWA

The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) is next week!

October 26-27

Boise, ID

Boise Centre

Booth P

The PNCWA is dedicated to preserving and enhancing water resources in the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington and is known as the leading resource for the development of water quality professionals. Be sure to stop by the FlowWorks booth to see how we can help with all of your environmental monitoring data.

Full conference info at: http://www.pncwa.org/pncwa2015-home

FlowWorks – City of Richmond Case Study

FlowWorks Makes Management of Collections & Treatment Plant Systems Easier for the City of Richmond

Owner: City of Richmond, CA

Primary Contact: Dan Duffield

Location: City of Richmond, CA

Engineer: George Elaro, Infrastructure Engineering Corporation

In 2014, the City of Richmond was introduced to FlowWorks  through working with Infrastructure Engineering Corporation (IEC) and their Operations Manager, George Elaro. The City was  intrigued with FlowWorks due to it not being flowmeter specific. The city utilizes meters from ADS, ISCO and Telog and wanted to be able to store all their data in one place, rather than having to be restricted to one software offering or system associated with one brand of flow meters or data logging equipment. The ability to include data from outside sources has also added to the value of the FlowWorks system. The City now tracks tidal data and influences by utilizing tide charts from NOAA. This level of flexibility and robustness allows for a more in depth view of multiple critical systems that now have a common platform to be viewed from.

The relationship has been so beneficial, that the City of Richmond is now working with IEC and using FlowWorks for more than just flow monitoring. They are utilizing FlowWorks to include data imported from their SCADA system, as well as with their treatment plant and pump stations. This allows them to create complex alarms and notifications. The City recently extended its existing contract with IEC for an additional 3 years in early 2015. FlowWorks has been pivotal in helping the City to bring data into one platform, keeping it organized with the ease of running reports and generating graphs. This has caused their day-to-day tasks to be simplified substantially. The engineering and management teams now have access to all the flow monitors in the system as well as the SCADA data from the WWTP operations. The ability to view both systems in one easy to access platform has made FlowWorks a very valuable asset in the City’s efforts to identify and plan future capital projects to remove inflow and infiltration (I&I) within the system.

The end result is that combined sewer overflow events and potential spills into local waterways are being identified by using a more accurate system with alarming capabilities to warn City Operations and Engineering staff of potential problems before they occur. The added benefit of getting an overall view of both the collections and treatment plant systems gives the City staff and operators better control during critical wet weather conditions.

“I feel that the use of FlowWorks offers near real-time data review of flow monitoring networks for decision makers to execute timely responses to critical events such as SSO’s. Also, it offers easy report generation for documenting these critical situations. It is a valuable budgeting and asset management tool with great flexibility and ease of use for multiple users.”

Dan Duffield, Source Control Inspector
City of Richmond, CA.