WaterBriefs: Invensys, TiPS partner for global alarm management solutions

Also in this report: PBS&J, Enviance signs EHS alliance; NSR ruling to spur FGD market; SAIC Public Safety Integration Center installs PureTech system; Siemens' Gravisand, Astrasand filters now Calif. Title 22 certified; Georgia Tech researchers unveil bacteria to convert uranium to immobile form; CarteGraph wins ESRI award; HMM engineer recognized in Mobile; Process Control Systems Forum announces speakers; Amiantit wins $20M in Mideast contracts; Severn Trent Services appoints two exec...

In other news below:
-- PBS&J signs alliance partner agreement with Enviance
-- FGD revenues will grow due to new NSR ruling
-- PureTech Systems joins SAIC Public Safety Integration Center
-- Gravisand, Astrasand filters from Siemens receive Calif. Title 22 certification
-- Conversion experience: Bacteria helps convert uranium to immobile form
-- ESRI recognizes CarteGraph with Foundation Partner Award
-- HMM engineer receives Young Engineer of the Year honor
-- Process Control Systems Forum announces keynote speakers for spring meeting
-- Amiantit wins $20 million in Persian Gulf contracts
-- Severn Trent Services appoints two executives

Invensys, TiPS announce global alarm management solutions partnership -- GEORGETOWN, TX, March 30, 2006 -- TiPS and Invensys Process Systems® today announced an alarm management solutions partnership. Under this agreement, Invensys will use the TiPS LogMate® AMS™ alarm management software system as one of the technology foundations for the company's Alarm Management Monitor, part of a suite of services designed to help customers optimize overall asset performance by aligning plant operations and maintenance with the organization's business goals. Invensys selected LogMate based on excellent technical quality and product support...

PBS&J signs alliance partner agreement with Enviance -- Partnership delivers advanced environmental management system with geospatial link -- ORLANDO, FL, March 30, 2006 -- An alliance partner agreement between PBS&J, a leader in regulatory compliance management, and Enviance, a leading provider of Internet-based on-demand systems for the management of environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance activities, has brought together two complementary solutions, each designed to streamline environmental permit and compliance management for a range of applications. Together these solutions deliver a single Internet-ready, geographically-driven environmental permit management system that allows public and private organizations to gather, track, and distribute permit-related information with ease and control...

FGD revenues will grow due to new NSR ruling -- NORTHFIELD, IL, March 30, 2006 -- The flue gas desulfurization market will grow even faster due to a judicial ruling striking down rules allowing old coal-fired power plants to avoid new source review. FGD system installation is only way new sources or modified sources can meet emission rules. The McIlvaine Company, in its online report "FGD World Markets," predicts FGD expenditures in the U.S. between 2006-2020 will be $37 billion dollars, representing 250,000 MW in FGD systems including for new plants as well as retrofits...

PureTech Systems joins SAIC Public Safety Integration Center -- PHOENIX, March 30, 2006 -- PureTech Systems today announced it has completed installation of its PureActiv solution at Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Public Safety Integration Center (PSIC). In the Washington, DC, suburb of McLean, Va., SAIC's PSIC is a laboratory, testbed, and prototype demonstration facility that is used to illustrate the successful integration of capabilities and expertise from SAIC with vendors, service providers and the federal government to suit specific customer needs. Presented with scenarios tailored to PSIC visitors' requirements in the areas of homeland security, homeland defense and national security, PSIC staff demonstrate various integrated solutions to suit visitors' needs in areas that include policy, enterprise architecture, systems engineering, information technology, training and prevention...

Gravisand, Astrasand filters from Siemens receive Calif. Title 22 certification -- WARRENDALE, PA, March 30, 2006 -- The Water Technology division of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) announces that its Astrasand continuous backwash filter and Gravisand traveling bridge filter have both received Title 22 acceptance from the State of California's Department of Health Services Recycled Water Committee. The two filters are now accepted as filtration technologies for use in complying with the California stringent water recycling criteria. Both technologies have been applied in numerous reuse applications in several states prior to having the Title 22 certification issued. The filters can be used to complete the final stage of the three-stage recycled water treatment process: primary treatment, secondary treatment and tertiary treatment. Gravisand technology incorporates the principles and advantages of conventional traveling bridge designs, but uses improved methods of accomplishing and maintaining filtration and regeneration. The Astrasand filter is a continuous backwash filter, developed for the physical-chemical and/or biological treatment of different types of water, such as process, waste, surface, cooling and groundwater. Recycled water can be used for urban landscaping, agriculture, impoundments such as decorative lakes and fish hatcheries, and a wide variety of industrial applications...

Conversion experience: Bacteria helps convert uranium to immobile form -- ATLANTA, March 30, 2006 -- In research to help control uranium contamination, scientists discovered bacteria in soil that can release phosphate to convert the radioactive element into insoluble, immobile form. Based on lab studies, Georgia Tech researchers report promising results using bacterial species from three genera isolated from subsurface soils collected at a U.S. Department of Energy Field Research Center site in Oak Ridge, TN. They're presenting findings on March 30 at American Chemical Society meeting in Atlanta...

ESRI recognizes CarteGraph with Foundation Partner Award -- DUBUQUE, IA, March 29, 2006 -- At the ESRI Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, CA, CarteGraph was awarded the highest recognition that an ESRI Business Partner can receive -- the Foundation Partner Award for the St. Louis Region. The award is given to an ESRI partner that, through hard work and dedication, has consistently built a very strong, dependable relationship with ESRI. The honor was given to CarteGraph for demonstrating a strong commitment to ESRI's ArcGIS products. ESRI also recognized the addition of GEODATAconnect and GISdirector to CarteGraph's GIS Solution...

HMM engineer receives Young Engineer of the Year honor -- MOBILE, AL, March 29, 2006 -- At its recent meeting at Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile, the Mobile Area Council of Engineers honored Kendall L. Kilpatrick with their Young Engineer of the Year Award. Kilpatrick is a native of Mobile and holds degrees from both Spring Hill College and Auburn University. He's a senior project manager with Hatch Mott MacDonald, and has played an integral role in the development of the local community. He is currently managing the field engineering for the Delfino Resorts project on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, AL. This 27-acre site will ultimately feature 724 upscale condo unites, a marina and restaurant. The banquet took place on Feb. 24 in observation of National Engineers Week...

Process Control Systems Forum announces keynote speakers for spring meeting -- LA JOLLA, CA, March 29, 2006 -- Lineup for June 6-7 event funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security includes Dr. Paul Dorey, CISO of BP p.l.c.; William Crowell, IT consultant and former deputy director for the NSA; and Margaret "Peg" Grayson, member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) which provides recommendations directly to the President on critical infrastructure security and other issues...

Amiantit wins $20 million in Persian Gulf contracts -- Major projects in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman boost pipe company's order nooks -- DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2006 -- Saudi Arabia's Amiantit Company, parent of the Amiantit Group, has announced five recent contract awards to supply pipe systems for major projects in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries with a total value of SAR 76 million [US$20.27 million]. The biggest amount is for two contracts in Qatar, the Qatar Primary Road -- Dukhan project worth US$7.5 million and the New Doha International Airport project worth US$3.7 million, making a total of US$11.2 million. The order from Abu Dhabi is for water supply for the Ghayathi and Hamra Military project with a value of US$ 4.26 million. The remaining orders are from Oman; the Shinas Wilayat water supply project worth US$ 2.6 million and the Saham water supply project worth US$ 2.1 million. The news follows Amiantit's recently published forecast that sales in 2006 will surpass US$800 million, including substantial projects that are currently under negotiation in the Kingdom and other countries around the globe...

Severn Trent Services appoints two executives -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2006 -- Severn Trent Services picks Gary Mechler as vice president of health, safety and environment (EHS). In this position, Mechler will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the company's health, safety and environmental programs and activities on a global basis. It also appoints Jim Gillam as regional manager of the newly established Gulf municipal utility district region, with Operating Services group realigned in recognition of unique needs of the municipal utility district market...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Industrial equipment, systems market to total $11 trillion in next decade" -- Also in this report (March 28, 2006): AWWA honors Dudek manager for longstanding leadership; Mariani Packing chooses wastewater treatment system from Siemens Water Technologies; NSF expands global certification services to China; PennFuture praises DEP-PPL agreement to stop Brunner Island water pollution; Witherspoon Acquisition Corp. withdraws tender offer for Schuff International shares; Port Townsend Paper completes air pollution controls project; Jacobs receives Suncor contract...

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