FLOWatch: Water Management, A New Paradigm for the Oil & Gas Sector

Bruno Levine D.Env, President & Co-founder
Unconventional oil and gas exploration and production involves vast amounts of water, elevating effective water management to a key strategic concern. For Exploration and Production operators, water management is not only about managing direct line-item costs but about mitigating risk. Operators must assess the operational risk and impacts on capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) as well as manage challenges from increased regulatory oversight and public scrutiny. Operating companies that effectively prioritize water management can better mitigate risk, improve operational excellence, and protect millions of dollars in potential earnings.

With over 100 years of combined water utility experience and a strong track record in the water utility space, the FLOWatch Team headed by Bruno Levine D.Env is offering to the Oil and Gas market the first of its kind enterprise class water system operational data management platform.

Headquartered in PA, the firm provides web-based data management solutions for utilities and highly regulated industrial sectors. Its mission is to drive operational excellence and empower operators and organizations to take control of their data in a cost effective, secure and adaptive environment. FLOWatch brings together the internet of things, with the internet of users.

Its flagship application FLOWatch 3.0 is the next generation of Operations Data Management System. This application provides water and environmental systems operators with the ability to manage key operational data from one centralized system. Its unique bottom-up approach enables authorized users to set up and define their information management needs, log both on-line and manual data and to produce all types of reports and notifications.This tool was developed to empower plant managers with tools normally reserved for advanced IT professionals.

In a nutshell, the application enables organizations to manage an infinite number of facilities, and bring together lab, process, asset, maintenance, compliance, performance and operational data critically viewed for running a site.
While most systems fall short here, FLOWatch 3.0 is able to put the data to use through a series of functional services including real time modeling, ad-hoc and custom report generation, workflow, and asset management and maintenance. “We are a one stop shop data management solution for water and environmental systems operators,” says Bruno.
FLOWatch values team efforts and builds amicable relations with clients. The list of names includes Middlesex Water Company, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD).

There are many examples to highlight FLOWatch’s services to its customers. In one such instance, Middlesex Water Company, a publicly traded water utility providing full range of water, waste water utility and related services in New Jersey and Delaware needed help to bring under one platform six business units, each operated as an independent system. In one such business unit, operators had to travel tens of thousands of miles each year for capturing data manually. FLOWatch and the client worked on different platforms but came together on a hybrid solution for 20 users combining compliance and operational data on over 50 sites. This resulted in FLOWatch uploading data and generating reports with incoming alerts saving the utility time and increased reliability. Once the vision set, the application was up and running within 6 months. This in turn resulted in significant expansion. Today Middlesex has close to 50 users on line.

FLOWatch partners and customers have recognized poorly organized data as a major contributor to sub-optimal water and environmental operations. The company was able to resolve such difficulties by means of progressive data management and analysis. For future prospects, FLOWatch continues to closely work with partners in the Oil and Gas market to enhance its services and better serve its customers. This approach to a more collaborative environment and true partnership will give space for improvement, through new service offerings and gained operational efficiency, reliability and transparency while strengthening the notion of community and knowledge sharing across the industry.

Company
FLOWatch

Headquarters
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Management
Bruno Levine D.Env, President & Co-founder

Description
Offers state of the art web based enterprise wide operational data management system (ODMS) for water, environmental and process engineering professionals, in the utility, oil and gas, mining and industrial sector