City of Brandon
Pumping Stations Upgrade
HUND was given the task of upgrading the booster stations & central reservoir for the City of Brandon, This consisted of upgrading outdated process control hardware, standardizing the systems operations, integrating the inter-station operation as well as hardening system performance.
The design process for this consisted of two stages:
Define: We flag the existing outdated hardware and software platforms, search for undocumented and erroneous operating performance, review processes that lack local and remote control operations, gap analysis of pump performance and plan for future cyber-security compliance.
Collect data: During this process, we benchmark performance and functionality requirements with the client. We then document installation details and construction records.
Once the design process is completed, we began implementing the next phase: We started with developing multi-stage, bump-less transfer and demand-based redundant pump station control algorithms, while staying within next generation hardware and software architectures. We chose to collaborate with Schneider Electric and went with the M580 ePAC Platform because of its Achilles Level 2 Certification (Cybersecurity) and ability to seamlessly integrate with existing hardware and software platforms.
In situ deployments pose their own unique set of challenges. Downtime, process disruption and operating compliance can all add risk to the project. To mitigate overall project risk, one of the five booster stations was selected for beta deployment, process optimization and data model collection.
Retention of 24/7 system operation was mandatory. Redundant standalone process controllers were installed in order to facilitate system operation and allow for the systematic decommissioning & retro-commissioning of all existing process hardware.
Gap analysis, configuration management, equipment repairs & commissioning activities completed, new software algorithms were deployed for data modeling and process enhancement. Weeks of data collection and process tuning paved the way for seamless deployment and integration of the three remaining booster stations.