Have 2 sites? 50 sites? 300 sites in FlowWorks? If so, at one point I’m sure you wish you had “that channel” for all your sites, but the daunting task of creating them all individually turned you off. We’re here to help…
FlowWorks has released new functionality to allow users to multi-create channels. This allows you to create a new channel on one of your sites, and then chose any other site(s) you want that channel to exist on, and it will automatically create that new channel. In the past, this was a very time consuming task for users, and we heard your cries for help.
When creating a new channel, there is a new “Advanced Options” feature that allows you to add that channel to any other number of channels.
Wait, there’s more! Now that you have created all these new channels, you need to do something with them. FlowWorks also released new functionality to multi-create calculated channels using FACE!
Using the Create Calculation page, setup your FACE Calculation, and using the “Advanced Options”, choose the site(s)/channel(s) where you want to copy this calculation to, and presto, done!
We feel that these 2 improvements should make FlowWorks a better experience for everyone!
FlowWorks is making waves once again. This time by being featured in the February/March 2012 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water. Ted J. Rulseh writes in the Technology Test Drive column about FlowWorks in an article titled, “All Flowing Together”. The article describes how FlowWorks can save both time and money by cutting down the tedium and unnecessary steps involved in data monitoring.
On page 58, Ted summarizes his observations by saying “It was easy to see how the graphic, reporting and calculation capabilities in FlowWorks could save engineers from significant amounts of tedious work. The various reporting and calculation functions appeared to be intuitive, at least for an engineer or other professional experienced in sewer system operations and planning”. Tim Hicks, president of FlowWorks, is also quoted in the article, saying of FlowWorks’ abilities, “Turn weeks of spreadsheet work into a couple of hours of FlowWorks work”.
An online version of the Technology Test Drive article featuring FlowWorks can be found here!
FlowWorks received a nice mention this month in the Hach’s “Focus on the Flow” newsletter, February 2012, issue #113.
In the Cross Platform Data Access section, Kevin Marsh, Vice President of Flow Sales at Hach/Marsh-McBirney, and flow industry guru, writes about FlowWorks’ great cross platform compatibility.
“While our own management and reporting capabilities are powerful enough for most users, there are times when you might need a third-party data management solution. We’ve made it easier than ever for third-party data platforms to access your Hach DDS or FSDATA hosted flow data. Already on board is FlowWorks and their hardware neutral suite of data collection, monitoring, analysis, and reporting tools. If you are already using FlowWorks it’s a very simple step to bring your Hach flow meter data right into it. If you’re using another platform chances are we can work with that vendor and very easily bring your Hach flow data into their system.”
Thank you very much Kevin and Hach. It is a pleasure working with you.
FlowWorks is featured in the January 2012 issue of Treatment Plant Operator (TPO) magazine. On page 49 in the Product News section, FlowWorks is shown along with an image of the Graphic Editing screen. TPO explains that FlowWorks “enables users to highlight data directly on time-series, scatter graphs or in tables, then flip to an editing screen.” Flowworks also saves a complete history of all edits with notes allowing users to reverse changes at any time. FlowWorks collects data from any flow meter plus SCADA, USGS and NOAA environmental stations. It is good to see that we are being recognized!
You can check out the digital copy of TPO here!
Balaji Automation, an Indian manufacturer and supplier of auto and electrical control systems, is now offering SCADA control panels that can be connected to FlowWorks. From their website:
“FlowWorks is not just for data loggers and does a lot more than store and plot data”
Indeed, readers know that FlowWorks is a collaborative data management platform that can be used to combine environmental data with SCADA data to help make sense of it all. Once all the data is together, it can easily be monitored and alarmed across all inputs including SCADA inputs. Users can even set and acknowledge notifications and alarms from anywhere via a secure internet connection without needing to involve IT. Once connected, users can access the FlowWorks reporting tools to produce graphs and summary tables for reports. Using their SCADA data, users can generate reports on water consumption, water quality, rainfall statistics and IDF curves, pump run times, chemical injection summaries, and more.
And most importantly, FlowWorks provides data viewing and analysis tools only. There are none of the control functions typically associated with SCADA. When engineers and managers are viewing SCADA data in FlowWorks from your SCADA system, it is a mirrored copy of the data rather than the original data itself. Your SCADA system and network remain secure – always.
You can read more about using FlowWorks with your SCADA system here.
FlowWorks gets a nice mention in the November/December 2011 issue of Water Efficiency Magazine! In “High Level Applications”, Dan Rafter writes how SCADA systems determine peak water usage, how they identify system leaks, and increase efficiency while reducing operating Costs. On page 16 in the Supplementing SCADA section, Rafter writes about how FlowWorks helps SCADA system presentation and data analysis capabilities. Timothy Hicks, president of FlowWorks, explains in the article how the combination of SCADA and FlowWorks online data analysis tools is the best way to manage water delivery systems.
FlowWorks provides a way to put any SCADA data, including sewer flow meters, treatment plant SCADA, and rainfall data collected from dataloggers together into a coherent visual display.
You can check out an online version of Water Efficiency Magazine’s November/December 2011 issue here!
You can also learn more about using FlowWorks with SCADA here here!