The automation project is part of the city’s Sewer System Improvement Program, a 20-year, multi-billion-dollar investment to upgrade the aging sewer infrastructure that serves more than 800,000 customers and ensures a reliable and seismically safe sewer system now and in the future.
he plant’s existing control systems were becoming obsolete and required operators to manually perform a number of processes. Replacing the existing controls with Emerson’s Ovation™ control technology will provide predictive intelligence to help prevent potential failures and offer other benefits including the capability to simulate plant conditions, simplify maintenance workflows, and optimize asset performance.
Emerson will implement the $20 million upgrades project in five phases over 15 years – seven years of design-build followed by eight years of service and support.
As the design-build contractor, Emerson will work closely with several local business enterprises and its design subcontractor, engineering firm MWH, now part of Stantec. MWH has collaborated with Emerson on successful wastewater enterprise automation projects in Detroit as well as San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento, California.