Brad Mcilwain

Brad McIlwain has over eight years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. Prior to joining LuminUltra, he worked for several years as a consulting engineer, where he helped solve complex water and wastewater treatment process issues. He has a particular interest in water system corrosion. During his Master’s, his research focused on water quality and corrosion in premise plumbing. Brad enjoys being outdoors, spending as many weekends as possible camping, hiking, and cycling.

The Benefits of 2nd Generation ATP for a Manager

In a previous post, we described some of the ways that LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP testing can be used to help operators and field technicians by delivering rapid microbiological water quality data for immediate action. In this entry, we look at how it can be used to help supervisors and managers better allocate their resources, optimize and troubleshoot processes, and easily monitor systemwide performance in large or complex systems.

One of the greatest features of our testing platform, is LuminUltra Cloud. 2nd Generation ATP testing provides results in seconds, but historically, that would only be available to the person running the test. Combined with Cloud, supervisors and managers can now be notified immediately of those results. When operators perform the test using the mobile or web-based application, the data is automatically uploaded to a secure server, eliminating the need for manual data entry or sharing. Access to site data can be provided to multiple users, meaning managers can monitor data and offer real time decision support whenever they receive alarms. This is a major advantage over other types of tests, such as culture-based techniques, where incubation times of 24 hours to several days are required and might mean that corrective actions cannot be implemented until it’s too late. Having the ability to respond rapidly could mean avoiding having to implement a boil water advisory in a municipal water application or a major process shutdown in an industrial application. Managers can also easily monitor trends throughout large networks or at multiple assets distributed over large distances, which provides valuable information for allocating resources. Moreover, LuminUltra Cloud can be accessed on various devices, including Android or IOS based devices or a desktop computer, allowing managers to check on their systems from practically anywhere.

The test kits also provide a great tool for process audits and optimization, as representative datasets can be obtained quickly and easily. In process audits, system-wide samples can be collected to identify hotspots or sources of contamination. For optimization work, microbiological growth can be easily tracked at different times and locations following an operational change. Furthermore, the data can be shared externally through LuminUltra Cloud, making it easier to collaborate with consultants or service providers.

Finally, LuminUltra provides exceptional support and resources to help supervisors and managers make appropriate and effective decisions based on their microbiological data. LuminUltra Academy, our online training and certification centre, provides an extensive library of information about microbiological monitoring and control techniques. Application specific material is available for users in a variety of industries, including municipal water, wastewater, industrial water, and oil and gas.

Furthermore, if you have any questions or would like any more information, our Technical Support team is always happy to help.

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