WaterStart adopts RedEye technology

Red Eye’s the newest technology
adopted by Water Start. A public private
partnership that includes the Las Vegas Valley
Water District and Southern Nevada
Water Authority. Launched in early 2018,
Red Eye is expected to realize significant
efficiencies for engineers and water
resource managers. With Red Eye, engineering
plans and drawings can be updated digitally from
a field or office device. The technology is a
cloud-based system that consolidates
engineering plans into one easily
accessible platform. Well, right now, we
have tens and thousands of different
engineering drawings. And the drawings
are kept in various locations throughout
the organization. What the Red Eye solution
does is it provides the drawings that we need
to the people in the field. This cloud-based
storage solution can be utilized on many different
things such as an iPad, such as a laptop, or
a Microsoft tablet. And individuals in the field can bring up the latest drawing. They can perform the as builts
while they’re doing the work. And then because it’s
cloud-based, the as builts are automatically
updated that day. And this reduces time,
energy, and effort in order to get our
people the right drawings, accurate drawings
at the right time. COREY: In just the
beginnings stages of its implementation, Red Eye’s cloud-base software
already has consolidated about a half a million
engineering documents. Reducing duplicate paper
and electronic versions. So Red Eye, we’re
excited about it because it lets us
go from carrying big files like this to reducing, what the inspectors carry
in field to just an iPad. So you’re talking a project that could span 30, 40, 50 sheets. It’s all on one iPad
and access it at anytime and anything that they
do to that project, any as builting, any changes
to it happens in realtime. So if inspectors
out here working, he makes a change and addition,
I can see it within seconds, you know from the office,
engineering services can see it, development
services can see it. Even our customers
can have access, you know, to the information. Another thing is
you know, with the district values, you
know, respect, integrity, service excellence,
and sustainability, Red Eye helps us with
the sustainability part. Because we’re gonna cut down
the amount of paper we use. We’re going green. You know our footprint
that the district, you know, is gonna
shrink substantially. COREY: Red Eye’s latest
technology adopted by the Southern
Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Water
District through Water Start, a pubic private
partnership that includes Nevada businesses and
the governor’s office. Well, here in Las Vegas, we
have the Water Start program. And so by partnering
with Water Start, we’re able to seek
different solutions to our individual problems with
worldwide industry innovators. Red Eye is an Australian
company that we found in a governor’s trip
over to Australia. By bringing Red Eye in here,
we do accomplish two things. One, resolving a local
problem that we have and managing
engineering drawings. Two, we’re allowing an
international company to setup in Las Vegas providing
jobs and opportunities for people who
live in Las Vegas. So we’re diversifying
our economy as well as solving problems
here in Las Vegas. COREY: While each Water Start participant has
its own interest. For instance,
SNWA’s primary goal is identifying technologies
that improve water efficiency, treatment processes, and
delivery system reliability. All of the partners are
united in identifying developing practical solutions
for today’s water challenges. One of the Water
District’s more recent Water Start projects
includes field testing a new
technology by Syrinix that can detect minute pressure
changes in water mains. Which can overtime, shorten
the life of pipelines and cause system
leaks and failures. After deploying the Sirinix
system for just a few months, the Water Authority along
with the Water District made modest
operational adjustments to reduce this
pressure fluctuations. Minimizing the
potential for leaks while averting costly
emergency repairs. Technologies like
Syrinix and Red Eye help us maintain a
reliability and safety of the community’s 6,500
miles of underground pipelines as well as pump
stations and reservoirs that store and deliver
water across our Valley. So in terms of maintaining
our infrastructure, detecting flaws,
detecting leaks, identifying the root
cause of problems helps us to resolve
this problems before they become
major emergencies. The Red Eye technology allows us to bring up the latest drawings. We’re also using a
technology called Syrinix to identify pressure
transients that we may not have known
existed before. By identifying these transients,
we can eliminate them before they cause damage
to the downstream pipelines that are affected
by these transients. Las Vegas is a great
place to identify these types of
innovative technologies and we’re capitalizing on
the Water Start initiative in order to implement
these at SNWA and LVVWD. COREY: Water quality
and conservation are areas of focus
for Water Start. The partners are working
to identify technologies that improve water efficiency, advance waste water
treatment technologies, and enhance water
utility operations. To foster advancement
in these areas, Water Start offers
grants of up to $100,000 to companies with
promising innovations that match its priorities. Red Eye, Syrinix, and
nearly a dozen other innovative businesses
are joining forces to change the water landscape
in the desert Southwest. The technologies and
solutions put to the test right here in Southern
Nevada helps to ensure a reliable water system
for future generations. Reporting for Water
Ways, I’m Corey Enus.

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