Thames Water

Brodersen wins double framework agreement

with Thames Water

Reading, 17 May 2013 – Brodersen has been awarded the contract to supply more than 1500 telemetry outstations to Thames Water in frameworks AMP5 and AMP6 extending to 2020. The contract supports the further strengthening and extension of Brodersen in the United Kingdom. Thames Water is the UK’s biggest water and sewerage company with around 14 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. Thames Water daily supplies 2.6 gigalitres of drinking water and treats 4 gigalitres of drinking water.

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Jim Grandison Thames Water’s Technical Manager said “The work that Brodersen is doing is an important part of our SCADA investment programme. We are replacing a total of 8,500 obsolete units across the water and waste water networks. This new generation of advanced technology devices will provide Thames with up-to-date information to help us to reduce flooding, reduce the incidence and impact of low Water pressure and lead to better customer service. We are really pleased to be working with Brodersen who are showing a commitment and level of technical competence needed to meet a very challenging delivery programme.”

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Jens Sterum, Managing Director Brodersen Systems UK said:

“Brodersen’s specialisation in providing the best in telemetry systems has again raised the bar in terms of delivering world-class technologies to meet the most demanding requirements in reliability and delivering operational efficiency. We aim at constantly delivering our clients optimal value for their capital investments. Thames Water is a very progressive and visionary utility provider in the UK through the adoption of the UK WITS DNP3 open protocol. We look forward to delivering value to Thames Water and to delivering yet another world-class telemetry solution.”

For more information please contact:

Brodersen Systems UK Ltd., Jens Sterum, Managing Director, tel: +44 7733 280 491

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Overview - RTU protocols and driver setup
Your RTU application may simply be an 'end point' and only need to interface with a SCADA host or other master device - or it may need to 'sing and dance'...
1- Select what you need
The RTU Configuration Tool allows selection of protocols and hardware.
2 - Create a project in WorkSuite
Then define IO points, create some logic and additional variables eg. this waste water pump station controller accumulates pump statistics and computes derived flow totals from change in wet well volume.
3 - Setup DNP3 slave for this example
Use the Fieldbus Configurator to add the DNP3 slave protocol, create a channel (how to communicate), create a 'session' (who to communicate with), then set application layer parameters (messaging rules).
4 - 'Variables of interest'
Variables (data points in the RTU database) can be 'exposed' to one or more protocols, by referencing them in either the fieldbus editor (simple protocols like Modbus), or including them in a 'profile' (advanced protocols like IEC61850 and DNP3). For DNP3 slave, the variables of interest are dragged in to the DNP3S profile, where they can be associated to object types, given a point address, event class, reporting limits etc.
5 - Prove it works
Connect the RTU to the SCADA host and prove the data values are transferred correctly. If you need to troubleshoot the message contents - use the RTU web interface utility to capture network data packets for viewing in Wireshark to quickly resolve issues.
6 - Make it smarter!
The WorkSuite logic tools allow you to interact with the RTU communications tasks, to enhance the monitoring and control of your data transfer processes. This example DNP3 slave RTU is monitoring the unread events buffers and is able to manipulate point object properties (event class, reporting thresholds etc) and network interface properties (IP address of the host and peer slaves that it may be communicating with).
Conclusion - enjoy having a 'future proof' RTU...
Your RTU requirements will evolve over time, so when you need more I/O, comm ports, protocols or RTU functionality - know it can be easily implemented in a Brodersen RTU.
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