Project: Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station SCADA System (September 19, 2006)


As a former Boy Scout myself , I can attest to the fact that unexpected things happen — in business and in life. I am Mark Medley, the replacement engineer talked about in last week's blog. About a month ago, I suddenly experienced some chest pain that sent me to the hospital. Two stents and 4 weeks later, I am happy to be able to praise the wonders of modern medical technology. And this after missing only a few days of work.

For the past several months it has been my job to write this weekly blog. It did not come naturally, either, and I needed to be groomed for the task. I will continue to write it until the project is completed; however, Stan Prutz, our Engineering Manager, may write it occasionally as he has something to say or if I am otherwise indisposed. For those of you who don't know who QDS is, QDS Systems, Inc. is a systems integration company with two decades of experience in the municipal water and waste water market. The company supplies everything from a single packaged drive to a full-blown SCADA system complete with engineering, design, production, installation or anything in between. The company uses a distributed project management style that allows different engineers to own portions of the projects. This ensures that experienced resources are available — even when an unexpected illness such as mine arises.

As for the project....

The ball is truly in the City's court with this project at this time. Sample screens, sample help, and sample reports are built and awaiting the City's and prime consultant's input. Periodic monitoring of the data transfer rates and the latest bills from our provider continue to indicate that all is well with the system.

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