Client :General Directorate of Water – Dammam
GDOW has picked ATC due to its unique solution offered that meets GDOW business needs. ATC team done required engineering and further tailored the solution to provide integrated capabilities as per the following:
- Supply high accuracy with Class- D type of meters.
- Increase billed water. Reduce non-revenue water.
- Reduce Manpower required for water reading.
- Achieve automatic reading up to GDOW building with high accuracy.
- Issue monthly automatic billing form system without human interfering.
- Immediate investigate of reading any time in case of customer claims
The main problems faced by GDOW:
- Dissatisfaction of customer because of human error in reading consumption and low accuracy of existing mechanical water meters.
- Inability to detect the leak.
- Low accuracy of reading water flow due to air.
- High maintenance cost.
- Man power required to manually record old meters readings.
- Inability to calculate exact demand and consumption.
ATC responsibilities :
- Preparation of Functional Design Specifications (FDS).
- System Design of AMR system using fixed network with GPRS concentrator.
- Replace 22,000 Nos. of existing mechanical meters with ultrasonic meters with high accuracy inside GRP boxes with all fighting’s and accessories.
- Design and install fixed network GPRS receivers with Solar panels.
- Design and install FTP server and redundant application servers for automatic readings.
- Interface AMR system to the billing system for automatic billing.
- O&M manuals.
- Testing communication with all meters and assuring getting the reading for all meters every 2 hrs with 95% of total Nos. of meters.
The main features of the project are:
- Installing Ultrasonic meters class-D type with built-in radios 434Mhz.
- Automatic reading using GPRS Receivers “ RDC” and sending readings to FTP server every 1 hr.
- Interface between Meter reading database and billing system.
- Achieving 95% of water reading automatically without any failure.
- System stability and high capacity if battery stands for 12 years.
- Low cost of Maintenance as the system maintenance free.
- Reduce manpower cost.
- Increase Revenue water.
- High Accuracy of billing.
- Customer satisfaction for accuracy bills and remote monitoring.
- Free maintenance and monitoring of all alarms of meters with customer details “Reverse flow, leakage, no usage, battery life …etc”.
- Project involves
- Water meter with boxes and fighting’s : 22,000 Nos.
- GPRS Receiver with Antenna : 43 Nos.
- Solar panels : 21 Nos.
The project has achieved the following impact :
- Provided accurate database of consumers details and long term archiving of readings.
- Using Google Earth for monitoring of status readings, spotting customer locations co-ordinates and alarms “ if any”.
- Automatic readings every 1hr of meters and monthly billing.
- Getting alerts for all meter readings in case of any.
- Increase revenue due to accurate billing.
- Reduced water leakages due to proper minitroing and fast maintenance.
- Reduce manpower cost.
- Control the consumption of water for Dammam & Khobar city based on demand.
- Less maintenance cost.
- Problems are quickly solved.