Case Study: Southern Nevada Water Authority

November 4, 2020

Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and its member agencies serve more than 2.1 million residents in Southern Nevada, including the management of Hoover Dam. As the wholesale water provider, SNWA is responsible for water treatment and delivery, as well as acquiring and managing long-term water resources for Southern Nevada.

Over a 10-year period, SNWA rehabilitated pumps, replaced the entire electrical system, and completed landscaping and chemical feed piping. This resulted in a large volume of data in multiple file formats and locations.

RedEye completed a scoping study, shadowing inspectors and learning first-hand how engineers operated and accessed drawings. The scoping study concluded with a predicted saving of 450 manhours saved per month and a 20 month return on investment.

How SNWA Keep the Water Running in a Desert for 1.2 Million Residents

 

Now with a single source of truth for engineering data and drawings, the team can take a proactive approach to maintenance rather than reactive, improving safety and productivity, and improving the customer experience.

“We went from 464,000 drawings down to 351,000 by removing direct duplicates - a 24% reduction. Time spent searching for drawings went from 10 minutes down to 2 minutes. Our information is now quickly accessible.”

Asset management for water utilities is complex. Asset documents can include over a dozen categories to trace individual utilities or specific systems. RedEye’s flexible metadata fields make it easy to manage documentation and keep it all in one place.

Maintenance issues can arise from visible changes or an unusual sound coming from equipment. RedEye supports audio, photo and video capture from smartphones or tablets so these files can be attached to work orders, issues and assets.

“With 200,000 sets of engineering and construction plans detailing our valley’s 6,500 miles of water transmission and delivery pipelines as well as reservoirs, pumping stations and treatment plants, introducing RedEye is expected to provide our engineers and field crews ready-access to the engineering records they utilize daily.”

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