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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).


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

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