Meanwhile, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has been working with IBM on a First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) project using advanced analytics to create a smarter water system that analyzes data on valves, storm drains, service vehicles, truck routes and more to optimize its infrastructure. With some pipes and other assets that date to the Civil War, maintaining high levels of service while replacing older infrastructure is an ongoing challenge. Now in its second year, the objective of the IBM First-of-a-Kind pilot project is to realize the following benefits from a combination of IBM Asset Management and Analytics technology and services. Among the benefits:
Field Services trucks can be automatically routed to optimize work management. DC Water anticipates productivity gains of 20 percent or more in effective completion of work orders as well as up to 20 percent reduction of fuel costs related to fewer truck rolls and reduced "windshield" time.
- DC Water will be able to identify assets most critically in need of repair using predictive analytics, so aging infrastructure replacement programs can be more accurately scheduled, preventing costly incidents that reduce service quality, such as outages and water main breaks.