EME Outlook - - Society Wallone Des Eaux (Swde) -

Won­der­ware is an in­dus­trial soft­ware ed­i­tor, in­ven­tor in 1987 of the first Win­dows-based in­dus­trial su­per­vi­sory sys­tem, and de­liv­er­ing nowa­days a com­plete port­fo­lio of open, scal­able, easy-to-use, se­cure and ver­sa­tile in­dus­trial soft­ware so­lu­tions em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to con­nect, con­trol, un­der­stand, and op­ti­mise their op­er­a­tions. Won­der­ware Benelux B.V. is the ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor and cer­ti­fied train­ing and sup­port cen­tre of Won­der­ware in Bel­gium, the Nether­lands and Lux­em­bourg, act­ing since 1996 with an ex­pe­ri­enced team of sup­port engi­neers and a cer­ti­fied network of sys­tem in­te­gra­tors. Wa­ter pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties gen­er­ally suf­fer from a lack of ho­mo­gene­ity in their au­to­ma­tion de­sign and su­per­vi­sion. They are so made com­plex to man­age, main­tain and trou­bleshoot and the man­age­ment team does not al­ways have to­tal con­trol. The risks of in­ci­dents are there­fore im­por­tant and the res­o­lu­tion time of these in­creased.

In this con­text, SWDE has de­fined stan­dards (hard­ware and soft­ware) for its pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in its R&D pro­grammes, from the sen­sor or the equip­ment to the su­per­vi­sion and in­te­gra­tion sys­tems to dras­ti­cally re­duce devel­op­ment costs, er­ror risks of, and to con­trol the en­tire au­to­ma­tion pyra­mid.

SWDE aims to har­monise its fa­cil­i­ties (four dam reser­voirs, seven pro­duc­tion cen­ters, 1,000-plus pro­duc­tion wa­ter pump­ing sites) and to su­per­vise them via a new cen­tralised sys­tem in­stalled in two cen­tral dis­patches. This project is car­ried out as part of the re­place­ment of fa­cil­i­ties whose tech­nol­ogy is age­ing, or out­dated, but also with the aim of re­duc­ing main­te­nance and in­vest­ment costs while al­low­ing the ap­pro­pri­a­tion of the man­age­ment and main­te­nance of these fa­cil­i­ties by the oper­at­ing staff. A method­ol­ogy and dif­fer­ent tools have been de­vel­oped by SWDE to achieve a high level of con­trol of both hard­ware and soft­ware in­stal­la­tions.

In 2010, SWDE launched a Euro­pean open ten­der­ing for the re­place­ment of its global su­per­vi­sion sys­tem of its pro­duc­tion and trans­port fa­cil­i­ties.

At the end of a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion marathon which took al­most two years, Won­der­ware was fi­nally se­lected as the sole and global part­ner among seven bid­ders. Won­der­ware’s ref­er­ences in in­dus­trial and in­fra­struc­ture ap­pli­ca­tions have demon­strated the real ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the so­lu­tion.

Over the years, Won­der­ware has be­come a key part­ner for SWDE to achieve its goals. SWDE in­deed needs an ob­ject-ori­ented sys­tem, al­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of stan­dard­i­s­a­tion at all lev­els. Since in­vest­ments are made for many years, sus­tain­abil­ity, flex­i­bil­ity and scal­a­bil­ity are es­sen­tial. Won­der­ware does not limit the size of de­vel­op­ments and al­lows to adapt to the or­gan­i­sa­tional vi­sion of SWDE while al­low­ing to link strate­gic en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions (Won­der­ware, SAP, GIS, Uni­lab).

Key ben­e­fits are:

• Har­mon­i­sa­tion at all lev­els

• Ef­fec­tive, reli­able, re­source-ef­fi­cient application base

• Fast and easy in­te­gra­tion and main­te­nance by SWDE teams

• Ar­chi­tec­ture in­te­gra­tion with other ap­pli­ca­tions

• Cost re­duc­tion

Eric van Nis­pen

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