Automatic Savings

by Neno Duplancic, P.E., (M.ASCE), Pres. and CEO; Locus Technologies, Walnut Creek, CA,
Steven McEvoy, P.E., (M.ASCE), Proj. Mgr.; Locus Technologies, Walnut Creek, CA,
John Schweizer, P.E., Vice Pres.; Locus Technologies, Walnut Creek, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 6, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article


Long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) costs of environmental remediation systems often dwarf engineering and remedial construction costs, but they don's have to. By negotiating with regulators for adequate cleanup standards, reducing labor through automation, and standardizing environmental reporting and record keeping, site owners often can shut down remediation systems early or decrease long-term operating costs by 30 to 50%. Even a 10% reduction in O&M costs can produce enormous savings in the long run. Because automated systems can be monitored and adjusted at any time or at any desired interval from a desktop computer with virtually no increase in cost, system reliability and environmental compliance improve dramatically. In the end, the high efficiency and reliability of automated systems means that the approach to the cleanup level occurs more rapidly and can reduce O&M expenses.

Subject Headings: System reliability | Automation and robotics | Benefit cost ratios | Systems engineering | Mitigation and remediation | Construction engineering | Construction costs

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