The University of Strasbourg in France, has implemented Invensys’ Wonderware System Platform to better manage facility operations for 140 buildings on multiple campuses.
The university’s campuses are spread across 60 miles of Strasbourg and the surrounding area, and so it was a large task organising and managing the various systems and equipment at each location, as well as the multitude of suppliers and subcontractors supporting them. In addition, each of the University’s locations operated independently, using their own equipment processes to manage their facilities. No centralised method existed for monitoring and collecting data on assets, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electricity, and other facility processes that would allow staff to review trends and identify better practices for saving time, money, and energy.
The Energy Department’s search for an open, scalable supervisory control and monitoring system led them to Invensys. “We work in partnership with a broad range of industrial, commercial, and government customers and provide advanced, Microsoft-based technologies that optimise operational performance and profitability,” explained Lane Swensen, senior product marketing specialist at Invensys in a recent blog post. “The university needed a solution that collects and manages data from all building systems and assets, and is easily integrated with the University’s existing asset data management program. They selected Wonderware System Platform.”
Using a combination of Invensys products, the university can make better decisions faster, lower operating costs, and drive maximum performance of facility assets while ensuring the comfort of students, staff and visitors.
Data collected at the various campuses is now automatically imported into the central database, saving time and reducing the chance of errors that can accompany manual data entry. Wonderware System Platform efficiently centralises data-gathering and enables extensive data analysis to improve overall asset and energy efficiencies at the university’s distributed campus buildings. Everything is built and managed within the same software infrastructure, dramatically reducing development times and ongoing system maintenance costs commonly associated with multiple applications running at multiple sites.
With Wonderware Historian and Historian Client, energy department staff get actionable information with rich data analysis and reporting capabilities. They can quickly troubleshoot problems, study potential process inefficiencies, and eliminate the time-consuming process of locating data. Wonderware Historian maintains data integrity while handling intermittent, late, or bursts of data. It also offers staff 24/7 access to process data while keeping their control and business networks isolated from each other.
Wonderware InTouch provides the system’s visualisation capabilities. It enables staff to quickly create standardised, reusable visualisation applications and deploy them across the enterprise. It also provides a user-friendly view of each of the university’s building control systems, which can be accessed by staff and management from any location, allowing them to quickly address issues and troubleshoot problems in real time. Wonderware InTouch also sends alerts and alarms to individual workstations so operators can take immediate action to address issues.
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