Birmingham Water Works Board's Journey to OT-IT-ET Convergence
Water & Wastewater

This presentation is the first in a multiyear journey for a water utility in Alabama. Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) is the largest water system in Alabama and provides water service to more than 655,000 residents of Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair, and Walker counties. This service area includes the City of Birmingham and 22 other communities. Several homegrown and consultant written standalone proprietary apps were in use and running on obsolete platforms such as Windows 2000, 2003. For a variety of reasons, it was determined that the HMI portion of the Foxboro system would be replaced with AVEVA System Platform, AVEVA Historian, and AVEVA Reports for Operations. This presentation outlines the first steps of convergence and the steps taken to get various teams and stakeholders to buy in, shift the culture, and develop the new architecture and collaboration moving forward.