Conservation Matters June 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Utilities across Texas invited to AMI workshops

Utilities across Texas invited to AMI workshops

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Johnson Controls Inc. are continuing to host free advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system workshops for water utilities in cities throughout Texas this summer.

The workshops locations and dates are:

  • Conroe: July 17, San Jacinto River Authority, 1577 Dam Site Rd.
  • Amarillo: July 23, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. W.
  • Robstown: Aug. 6, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 710 E. Main Ave., Suite 1

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI research scientist, said the trainings are open to municipal employees interested in learning more about various aspects of AMI system technology. The technology uses water meters to wirelessly transmit hourly household water usage information to water utilities and then potentially to water users through a customer website.

“Efficient household water use is crucial to meeting Texas’ future water demands,” Berthold said. “Using AMI system technology can help water utilities be more efficient by detecting and managing leaks and encouraging water conservation by residents.”

All of the workshops are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should preregister for the workshops at nrt.tamu.edu/ami. Lunch will be provided to those who preregister a week before the workshop. Seating is limited to 45 people.

Craig Hannah, engineering manager for Johnson Controls’ municipal utility solutions team in Amarillo, said training topics include AMI system components, transmitting options, network schematics, mobile automatic meter reading versus fixed-base AMI, line-of-sight communications, comparisons of AMI systems for water-only utilities, health and privacy concerns and installing AMI. A business case and lessons learned will also be discussed.

“Participating in this training is a great opportunity to not only learn about various topics related to AMI systems, but also to network with other utilities and gain some insight into their key considerations and lessons they have learned thus far,” Berthold said.

Berthold will also present information on a current AMI technology research project of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, TWRI and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

“This project aims to measure changes in water consumption as a result of making hourly water use available to residents,” he said.

The full schedule of all upcoming workshops, training details and registration are available at nrt.tamu.edu/ami. Contact Berthold at 979.845.2028 or taberthold@ag.tamu.edu for more information.

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