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OpWorks App Streamlines Management of Operators' Logs and Reporting

OpWorksA new web-based application called OpWorks was recently showcased at the Montana Rural Water Systems Conference, ND Rural Water Conference, and MN Rural Water Conference. OpWorks was originally developed to help municipal and industrial water or wastewater facilities manage operations through centralized shift notes, logging and reporting capabilities.

The app was developed in conjunction with the City of Grand Forks. Hazel Sletten, Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Superintendent, says the initial objective was to find a more modern and streamlined way to update, organize, and maintain operating records. Previously, WTP operators recorded data in handwritten binders that were bulky and difficult to search for specific content. Brian Barclay, OpWorks programmer, began developing the desktop, smart phone, and tablet-friendly application two years ago. Although it initially began as a digital form of the WTP's logs, it was expanded to become a user-friendly framework that can log, query, and report multiple types of data, including operators’ shift notes about equipment issues. "OpWorks was designed to allow plant administrators to develop simple digital worksheets that relate to their unique work environments. Staff members simply fill in the worksheets with data such as chemical usage or water quality testing, and that information is archived in a way that can easily be searched," says Barclay. 

The City of Grand Forks has been using OpWorks for more than a year now. Sletten says the application has made the report generating portion of her job easier. "With those handwritten binders, we struggled to combine bench data with the exact SCADA data from a specific point in time. OpWorks can pull information from all of our worksheets and online trends using built-in formulas to calculate the data that I've requested," says Sletten.

“OpWorks can easily be applied to municipal water and wastewater plants, as well as industries that also deal with water, wastewater, or produced water/salt water disposal facilities,” says Andrea Boe,Business Development Director. The flexibility of the application can be used by industries ranging from food processing to oil field water processing facilities.

The application is receiving national attention after being featured in the January issue of the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) national industry magazine, Opflow. Click here to access the OpWorks website. To set up a personalized demonstration or to find out how OpWorks could benefit your plant operations, contact Brian Barclay at 701-402-0330 or Brian.Barclay@OpWorks.com.

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