The Bluefield team recently returned from Esri’s Infrastructure Management and GIS (IMGIS) Conference in Palm Springs, California. The conference brought together more than 500 Esri staff members, technology and service partners, and end-users from water and other critical infrastructure sectors, such as the electric, oil and gas, and telecoms industries. While water utilities are often… Continue reading Utilities on the Front Lines: Takeaways from Esri’s IMGIS Conference
Municipal utilities in the United States are expected to deploy US$629 billion on capital expenditures (CAPEX) over the next decade to address increasing demands on water and wastewater infrastructure, according to a new report. While authors from Bluefield Research baseline forecast project a 2.6% annual growth rate, and expectedly in-line with historical trends, their scenario… Continue reading It’s Not Just the Economy; Are Municipal Water Utilities Prepared for Looming Change?
Fatbergs, which are sizable masses of solid waste in a sewer system, are not something people want to think about. However, fatbergs are becoming an increasing operational and financial challenge for water utilities exacerbated by the pandemic and by lack of awareness. Limited public awareness of what can go down our kitchen sinks and toilets has led… Continue reading To Flush or Not to Flush: Policymakers Take Fatbergs into Their Own Hands
EMAGIN provides water and wastewater facilities with an operational artificial intelligence (AI)-driven platform for real-time decision making to control assets. The company was founded in 2017, and developed an adaptable AI-based software platform – HARVI, or Hybrid Adaptive Real-time Virtual Intelligence – deployed across multiple industrial verticals. Early project wins with United Utilities and Anglian… Continue reading EMAGIN
Badger Meter, founded in 1905, has been a major player in the U.S. metering, automatic meter reading (AMR), and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) market, driving innovation and expanding its product lines via M&A since the 1950s. Badger’s international expansion began with key projects in Mexico and South America in the 1960s, and the company established a… Continue reading Badger Meter
On 28 July the British government opened up the application process for shale gas exploration (fracking) licenses. Applications for new fracking licenses can be made until 28 October 2014. In addition to exploration licenses from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and before drilling itself will be permitted, companies will have to obtain planning consent, permits from the Environment Agency, and approval from the Health and Safety Executive.
Regardless of your opinion on the hotly debated topic of gas versus electric stovetops, there has certainly been an uptick in adoption of electric technologies in recent years. The prevalence of electric car chargers, heat pumps, and electric stoves is only picking up pace thanks to legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which subsidizes… Continue reading Induction Ovens, Heat Pumps, and Electric Vehicles: Why the Water Industry Should Care about Electricity.