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Project Experience

MTA offers more than 25 years of project and program management experience with an extensive background in water and wastewater treatment plant information data management systems design and implementation, including program management, laboratory information management systems (LIMS), asset management systems, document management systems, facility operations, plant startup and commissioning, operations troubleshooting, construction management, and operations process troubleshooting and enhancement. Our principal consultant, Mike Tidwell, is the author and contributing editor for three books, including McGraw-Hill Publishing and ASCE Press and has the reputation of being a technical leader regarding integration of facility information handling systems such as LIMS, operations and maintenance data reporting systems, online computerized operations manuals and utility document management systems. Following are just a few of MTA's projects, (grouped by type):

ASSET MANAGEMENT PROJECTS
Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System, Maintenance Management Mobile Solution, Dallas, TX. MTA is presently assisting the Trinity River Authority (TRA) with the selection and acquisition of handheld computer devices for its field maintenance, operations, and inventory activities. The devices will facilitate data collection for use within TRA's MRO Maximo maintenance management software. These new handheld devices will streamline field data collection, increase the volume of usable field data, and reduce data entry errors.

Clean Water Services, Asset Management Needs Assessment and Capital Improvements Planning, Portland, OR Mike was responsible for assisting CWS with the enhancement of their asset management CIP planning and budgeting process. The project consisted of a needs assessment and evaluation of existing CIP planning tools, development of a new CIP planning and projection tool, and the deployment of a refined CIP planning process. Camp Pendleton, U.S. Marine Corps Base, Maintenance Management Strategy Plan, Camp Pendleton, CA Mr. Tidwell was responsible for assisting base utility staff with formulating plan for tracking maintenance data and developing a maintenance management strategy plan for base-wide utilities. Recommended maintenance and management data was collected from numerous utility expansion contracts and consolidated into a comprehensive maintenance information database.

City of Changchun, Jilin Province, Peoples Republic of China, Water Treatment and Conveyance Division Project Manager. Responsible for an international maintenance management software selection and implementation project for the City of Changchun, People's Republic of China. Mr. Tidwell also trained Changchun Water Supply Company staff on designing and maintaining web browser-based operations manual systems. The project involved review, selection, and implementation of a computerized maintenance management software system for the Changchun Water Supply Company. The project was funded by the World Bank.

LIMS PROJECTS
Charles County, Maryland. MTA assisted Charles County Utility Division with the review and selection of a new LIMS system for its central laboratory. MTA is currently assisting the County with implementation of the selected system. The project involves design and documentation of business work flows, full deployment of the LIMS, assistance with staff training, technical standard operations procedures, use case design and development, and quality assurance oversight of the adherence to the LIMS requirements specification. The project includes full deployment of state-of-the-art hardware technologies including barcode scanners.

Four S Foods, Laboratory Needs Assessment and LIMS Deployment, San Angelo, TX. MTA performed a laboratory needs assessment for Fours S Foods, a meat processing facility located in central Texas. The Four S Foods onsite laboratory provides quality control and quality assurance testing for its production lines to meet stringent FDA requirements, including HACCP requirements. Mr. Tidwell is also assisting the laboratory with installation and configuration of the laboratory's new LIMS software application.

Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System, LIMS Implementation, Dallas, TX. Mike assisted the Trinity River Authority with deploying and implementing its laboratory information management system (LIMS) for their Laboratory Services department. The project involved design and documentation of business work flows, full deployment of the LIMS, training, technical standard operations procedures, use case design and development, and quality assurance oversight of the adherence to the LIMS requirements specification. The project included full deployment of state-of-the-art hardware technologies including wireless barcode scanners and wireless tablet PCs. TRA's laboratory group employs more than 25 fulltime staff.

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, LIMS Needs Assessment and Selections, Lake Elsinore, CA. Mike assisted the Elsinore Valley Water District with assessing needs and selecting a laboratory information management system (LIMS) for their laboratory services department. The project involved investigating and documenting stakeholder needs and assessing business requirements for a new LIMS system. Mike assisted with development of the business model including workflow documentation and analysis and development of the LIMS requirements specification. The project also required the preparation of a request for proposals (RFP), and the review, assessment and short listing of more than ten LIMS software vendors and solutions. This included facilitation and scheduling of vendor product demonstrations and final selection and recommendation of a LIMS system.

Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System, LIMS Needs Assessment and Selection, Dallas, TX. Mike assisted the Trinity River Authority with assessing needs and selecting a laboratory information management system (LIMS) for their laboratory services department. The project involved investigating and documenting stakeholder needs and assessing business requirements for a new LIMS system. Mike assisted with development of the business model including workflow documentation and analysis and development of the LIMS requirements specification. The project also required the preparation of a request for proposals (RFP), and the review, assessment and short listing of more than ten LIMS software vendors and solutions. This included facilitation and scheduling of vendor product demonstrations and final selection and recommendation of a LIMS system. TRA's laboratory group employs more than 25 fulltime staff.

FIELD DATA PROJECTS
Trinity River Authority of Texas, Clean Rivers Program Data Management Solutions, Dallas, TX. Project Manager. MTA is presently assisting the Trinity River Authority (TRA) with developing better ways to manage its Clean Rivers Program data. This data must presently be re-entered and cleansed manually. This causes data entry errors and manipulation tasks that are time consuming and costly. Mike will help develop techniques and tools to easily import, cleanse, and automate the data handling process for TRA.

Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System, Pretreatment Field Data Management Solutions, Dallas, TX. MTA is presently assisting the Trinity River Authority (TRA) with the selection and acquisition of field data management and collection devices for the Pretreatment Division. MTA is also developing Adobe Acrobat Forms for field data collection and integration with TRA's pretreatment software.

Clean Water Services, Asset Management Needs Assessment and Capital Improvements Planning, Portland, OR. Mike assisted CWS with enhancement of their CMMS maintenance management and enterprise asset management processes. The project consisted of the development and documentation of business process workflows, asset management hierarchies, asset numbering systems, technical SOPs, and the overall deployment of the Tabware CMMS.

PRETREATMENT PROJECTS
Trinity River Authority of Texas, Central Regional Wastewater System, Pretreatment Field Data Management Solutions, Dallas, TX. MTA is presently assisting the Trinity River Authority (TRA) with the selection and acquisition of field data management and collection devices for the Pretreatment Division. MTA is helping TRA find better ways to manage and report its pretreatment data.

Los Angeles County, Development and Implementation of an Industrial Waste Pretreatment Computer System, Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Tidwell provided technical support assistance for the County Industrial Waste Section's implementation of a new Industrial Waste Pretreatment Computer System (IWPCS). The project also involved producing the first annual report with the system in order to comply with EPA and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board regulations. In addition to assisting with the selection and technical design of the system interface, M Tidwell assisted with integration and interfacing with other existing systems, data conversion and archiving, analysis implementation of new business processes and workflows, and the training and mentoring of County staff.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Fairfax County Water Authority, Griffith Water Treatment Plant, Plant Startup and Commissioning, Fairfax, VA. Mike provided field management services for startup and commissioning of the new Griffith Water Treatment facility. Startup and commissioning responsibilities included an Ozone Disinfection facility, which included three large ozone generators and ancillary LOX and treatment equipment., a Chemical Facility, and a High Service Pumping facility consisting of six 1,300HP distribution pumps and ancillary equipment. Mike's responsibilities included day to day coordination of contractor, owner, and design engineer communications, adherence to schedules, and tracking of startup and commissioning activities.

City of Las Vegas, Northwest Water Resource Center, Plant Startup and Operations, Las Vegas, NV Responsible for providing plant startup and activating sludge operations training for City of Las Vegas staff as an assistance task for startup of the new NWWRC wastewater treatment facility. The project included microbiology monitoring for plant process control and training on sampling and testing systems. The plant startup included preliminary treatment, grit removal, activated sludge and pumping, secondary clarification, multimedia filtration, and UV disinfection processes. The course curriculum covered basic and advanced activated sludge operating techniques. It also included training on primary and tertiary facility components as well, including multimedia sand filters and UV disinfection equipment.
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Fells Reservoir Project, Boston, MA

Responsible for providing operator training for MWRA's 30 million gallon underground covered storage facility in Boston, MA. The project involved comprehensive development of training materials and standard operating procedures, presentation of the training material, and monitoring and quality control of onsite equipment manufacturer training activities.

IT MASTER PLANNING PROJECTS
Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Information Technology Master Plan, Anchorage, AK. Mike assisted with the assessment of AWWU's eight operations divisions and the definition of an overall strategic design and projects integration master plan, including implementation and integration costs, staffing recommendations, and project interdependencies.

Department of Environmental Protection, Operations and Startup Services, City of New York, NY Responsible for managing the planning and scheduling for operations startup and enhancement services activities for the City of New York's DEP Newtown Creek WPCP. Activities included needs assessment workshops, design and development of an online asset management and O&M information system, operations sampling routines, coordination of maintenance management systems, development of an emergency response and implementation plan, development of extensive plant reference drawings, development of an overall operations and sampling plan, and coordination of manufacturers' and vendor training and documentation.

IT Improvement Work Plan & Project Management Implementation Plan, Clark County Water Reclamation District, Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Tidwell assisted the project team in an effort to assess and develop recommendations for five key IT business applications (FIS; LIMS; CMMS; IW; GIS) as well as to plan, design and launch a cross functional project management program (policy, process, procedures and practices).

City of South Bend, Master Planning and Online Information Systems, IN Responsible for providing training for the City of South Bend's Department of Environmental Management IT staff for the continued development of online intranet systems. The DEM continues an ongoing effort for deployment of a comprehensive intranet information system. Responsible for assisting with the development of an Information Systems Master Plan for the City.

City of Sparks, Computer-Based, Plant-Wide Integrated Information Management Study, NV Project Manager. Responsible for the Computer-Based, Plant-Wide Integrated Information Management Study project for the City of Spark's Truckee Meadows Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project involved integration of distributed control system data, maintenance management and inventory control, training, and CADD information throughout the facility. The project incorporates state-of-the-art computer hypertext information handling techniques to integrate, and provide access to, plant-wide operations manuals, maintenance management information, and laboratory data.

DATA INTEGRATION PROJECTS
Alexandria Sanitation Agency, Web-based Database Integration and Maintenance Management Implementation, Alexandria, VA Mike assisted with the development and integration of a plant-wide Executive Information Management System (EIMS) using a web browser interface. The project included review, selection and implementation of an operations data management application; review, selection and implementation of a laboratory information management system (LIMS), integration of SCADA and DCS control system real time data, and overall business process analysis to facilitate the database integration process. The core system allows individual users to glean current information such as O&M manual documents, lab data, maintenance management data, etc., from various database sources throughout the plant and the Internet and display them in summary fashion on user-customizable web pages. Mr. Tidwell trained over 70 operations staff in the use of Operator 10 operations management software and portions of the LabWorks LIMS.

Mr. Tidwell also assisted ASA with review of maintenance business practices and selection and implementation of a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). The new CMMS replaced an aging system and enabled ASA to efficiently and effectively track maintenance work orders, parts inventory and perform prudent asset management.

City of Mesa, Utility Operations Division, Wastewater Master Plan and Database Integration Development, Mesa, AZ Mike was responsible for assisting the Utility Operations Division with needs assessment and development of wastewater master planning and data integration tools using GIS and hydraulic modeling applications. The project involves development of data handling and integration tools that will better enable the City of Mesa to develop and maintain wastewater master planning and capital improvements planning. The project required integration of data from a number of networked resources, including maintenance, engineering, operations, and financial/billing.

City of Santa Fe, Paseo Real WWTP, New Mexico Project Lead. Responsible for authoring and placement of the plant's standard operating procedures (SOPs) and online O&M manual information onto the City's plant network file server. The online SOPs and manuals provided a one-stop location for operations and management staff to access operating procedures, drawings, etc. Mr. Tidwell also assisted the City with placing other types of information such as laboratory test results, maintenance management data, etc., on the file sever as well.

Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral, FL. Mr. Tidwell was the Project Manager responsible for the design and production of a hypertext information system for the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing. The networked information system links operations information, an environmental database, internal and external documentation, and CADD data for all of Cape Canaveral's launch sites, Patrick AFB, and ancillary launch and vehicle recovery support facilities. Mr. Tidwell was provided security clearance for this ongoing work for the U.S. Air Force.

City of Lynchburg, Lynchburg Wastewater Treatment Plant, VA Responsible for assisting with the conceptualization and development of the City's Online Information System which included elements of new and previously compiled operations manuals, manufacturers' literature, and facility drawings for the operations division. He also assisted with the development of the City's Cost Tracking system including analysis of business processes, conceptualization of a web-based time tracking system, and development of a cost center numbering system.

Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District , Online Facility Information System, Vallejo, CA Task Manager. Responsible for the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District's Online Intranet Facility Information System project. The project involved integration of new and existing electronic operations documentation, CADD drawings, and equipment manufacturer information. The system was implemented using an intranet approach, allowing for cross-platform access to a variety of information types, (i.e., documentation, CAD drawings, GIS, figures, scanned images, etc.). The District has chosen to implement their online information system using an intranet approach in order to facilitate future information sharing activities with other local government entities.



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