Connect 93 sites with maps, dashboards and more


Manila Water Company provides water services to the eastern part of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

It covers 23 cities and municipalities, serving more than seven million people. Manila Water provides water treatment, distribution, sewer and sanitation services to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Manila Water has recently integrated local remote control systems of water supply and wastewater facilities, at various locations, into a centralized supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for collection. remote data, operations monitoring and business integration. The new SCADA system is connected to 93 sites and provides real time data, data rich maps, dashboards, better reports, alarms, etc. It’s all part of a three-year master plan.

For help with the project, Manila Water turned to systems integrator Controtek Solutions. For the SCADA platform, Manila Water and Controtek have chosen Ignition by Inductive Automation®. Ignition is an industrial application platform with many tools to build solutions in SCADA, human-machine interface (HMI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

“By adopting the concept of the industrial Internet of Things, we have designed an Ignition system that securely collects data from different sources such as programmable logic controllers, data loggers, telemetry devices and other systems. operational, ”said Alvin Rolda, Managing Director of Controtek Solutions. “This gives Manila Water fully automated collection, assembly and management of data from multiple facilities; real-time operational data and analysis; and a centralized SCADA system for water management.

Maps, dashboards save time

“We are simplifying our data management to better meet the needs of our water and wastewater management,” said Dexter M. Quibuyen, responsible for monitoring and controlling operations in the corporate operations group. by Manila Water. “This includes automating data collection processes, generating reports, and implementing a real-time data management tool so that we can anticipate potential issues that may arise. “

“Map views are useful because users can see a summary of what’s going on at all sites just by looking at a screen,” said Albert Bartolome, chief software engineer for Controtek. “By clicking on points on the map, users can quickly see more details. The cards are based on a third party ignition module created by Kymera Systems, a system integrator based in Leduc, Alberta, Canada.

“The cards have been a big part of Manila’s water,” Quibuyen said. “We have a whole group that focuses on different mapping technologies. In this case, having that data plotted on a map, imbued with some level of logic, really makes it easier to understand how a plant is performing. And that allows us to have installations on one view, which is very useful.

The dashboards developed by Controtek have also proven to be invaluable. “Dashboards are useful and capture what we had in mind,” Quibuyen said. “Tables and graphs are custom designed to accommodate the variety of users, from our management to operators. “

The new SCADA system allows better knowledge of the state of the equipment.

Centralized SCADA, more data

“As an asset manager, I am easily able to monitor and analyze data from our operations in the area of ​​wastewater,” said

Janet F. Pastores, Asset Planning Manager for the Wastewater Division of Manila Water. “With centralized SCADA, we can have an overview of the status of the equipment in all installations. Previously, a manual on-site check was performed to view the status of the equipment. I am delighted to see this more efficient way of operating our wastewater treatment facility.

Previously, there was no centralized monitoring of plant health and performance at remote sites. And manual calculations were needed for the analysis and reporting of operations. Manila Water also had difficulty coordinating the manual acquisition of information from different plant sites.

With Ignition, online access to data is provided through desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. The system now has a data repository. And with Ignition’s reporting, alarm notification, visualization and history capabilities, Controtek was able to meet Manila Water’s demands and exceed their expectations.

Bartolome from Controtek likes the fast development time and the other benefits he sees with the new system. “Ignition’s flexibility is one of the reasons it stands out from other SCADA systems,” he said. “And because it’s modular, we’re able to integrate only what we need or what a specific system needs. This platform allows us to broaden our horizons in terms of innovation and creativity.

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