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Water In Washington

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While in Istanbul over the weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground cistern used for drawing water during the Byzantine Empire.

The cistern is the largest of several hundred that lie beneath Istanbul, according to Wikipedia.  This one is just 500 feet west of the Hagia Sophia on the Sarayburnu peninsula.

It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.  The picture below gives one a great idea of what the cistern looks like (although yesterday, it was a tad bit darker than this).

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

But you don’t have to travel all the way to Turkey to learn how IBM customers ranging from holy empires to local governments are using analytics software to improve the delivery of water services.

DC Water (known as “DC WASA”), the District of Columbia water and sewage authority, has partnered with IBM to modernize the management of the aging water and sewer infrastructure hidden beneath the nation’s capital.

This sprawling infrastructure dates back to the 1800s and includes hundreds of thousands of assets such as water distribution pipes, valves, public fire hydrants, collection pipes, man holes and water meters.

IBM’s Global Business Services and Research arms partnered with DC WASA to integrate advanced analytics with asset management software from IBM and a mapping application from ESRI, an IBM Business Partner.

The availability of real time, map-based information and geo-analytics will help DC WASA engineers identify potential problems before they occur.

This can be done by analyzing an enormous amount of data and uncovering patterns related to weather conditions, water use and hundreds of other variables.

Check out the video below from IBM’s new Business Analytics YouTube channel to view a video case study about IBM and DC Water’s partnership to improve water service delivery for the citizenry of Washington, D.C.

Written by turbotodd

July 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

Crossroads Between East and West

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I arrived in Constantinople…err, Istanbul…over the weekend.

I’d never been to Turkey before now, so it’s been quite the experience.

I had no sooner been getting readjusted from the Bangalore time zone shift than I had to head back east, so melatonin is my new best friend.

Of course, much of the focus leading up to last night was the final match of the World Cup. I’ll concede that I was rooting for Spain (I caught the Spanish soccer fever two years ago when I was in Madrid and Spain was on its way to winning the Euro National championship), but it was a good performance by both The Netherlands and the Spanish sides.

I’ve seen some comments from friends and others that it wasn’t a very exciting game, but I thought, like a good and strategic chess match, it was well worth the staying up late for and the eventual Spanish goal.

Congrats to both teams, and to host country South Africa, for a very exciting 2010 World Cup. I wish I had been able to see more of the games, but it was definitely interesting to see during my travels the level of excitement and enthusiasm from so many across the globe.

I remember watching people watching games in the Houston airport, at a hotel bar in Bangalore, at another hotel bar in Istanbul, a Tex-Mex restaurant back in Austin…this World Cup really did seem to bring the world closer together, even if only for a short time. And I think even a few Americans got into watching the matches this go round, despite America’s early departure.

As to Istanbul, there’s not much I can say in a blog post that a picture or two can’t say for me. I’m very excited to be here to meet with our Central and Eastern European Web marketing team, and I’m also excited to be fortunate enough to check off another city on my world travel checklist.

For those of you who haven’t been here before, based on what I’ve seen thus far, the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque are must sees here in Istanbul, as well as the Basilica Cistern (the Medusa heads in which are an eery and real world reminder of the power of mythology!).

In my short day of sightseeing yesterday, we were also able to take in a couple of nice ferry rides across the Bosphorus, eventually ending up wandering around the renowned spice market.

For now, my meetings are about to begin again, so I’ll hope to write more later. But in the meantime, here’s a couple of pics I took along the way with my new Minox “digital spy camera (DSC).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Istanbul, Turkey.

It’s the replacement for my Nikon Coolpix, the one I think I mentioned I somehow left by accident in the south of India, and what it lacks in pixels it more than makes up for in portability.

Witness Tom Cruise in the new movie "Knight and Day" and you’ll see the very same camera — although no, that’s not where I got the inspiration to acquire it.

THAT would come from the duty free cart on the Lufthansa flight back from Frankfurt to Houston!

Written by turbotodd

July 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

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