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Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:04

NEC contracted to help manage WA water resources Featured


NEC has been selected as the primary partner for the WA Department of Water to deliver an IT platform to enhance the department’s capacity to manage the state's water resources.

Under the terms of the four-year contract, NEC will be the single supplier to DoW throughout the term of the project, providing ongoing technical support during each stage of the system’s build out, as well as working with the department to transfer knowledge to the appropriate internal project and technology service teams.   

The contract provides for NEC to exclusively deliver the platform, giving the DoW the capabilities to manage increased demands on water resources caused by rapid population growth, while giving it the tools to better manage forecasted declines in rainfall in some regions.

The contract has been signed at a time when many water resources in Western Australia, particularly in metropolitan areas, have reached or exceeded their theoretical sustainable consumption limits. Between 2005 and 2011 the number of water resources exceeding sustainable consumption levels increased from 11% to 18% of resources.

The four-year program of work being undertaken by NEC will assist the state respond to these conditions and give it the information and tools to more accurately forecast and manage resources in areas where demand is close to capacity.

The platform will also support the department’s mission critical objective to achieve maximum use of water while avoiding possible unsustainable consumption by aligning water management policies with operational practices.

In addition, the project will improve the collection, storage and use of water resources as well as providing enhanced monitoring capabilities to ensure the department can supply high quality data to government, policy makers and industry, and accurately plan allocation of scarce resources.

Mike Barber, IT Services Director of NEC Australia Mike barber said that, using a Microsoft solution stack, NEC will deliver an “easy-to-use interface for water users to more efficiently apply for new water licences or renew current licences. This will also streamline the department’s reporting requirements and make water trading more efficient.”

According to Barber, NEC was selected on the strengths of its record in delivering large, complex and customised enterprise technology projects across Australia. “In particular, NEC Australia demonstrated exceptional competency in Microsoft solutions, including building business application interfaces within the NET framework, web services integration and SQL database development.”

 “This important contract with the Department of Water validates NEC Australia’s expertise in the required Microsoft technology stack. Our consistent and proven approach to system architecture, design, development, testing and deployment ensures Western Australia is delivered a truly cohesive and appropriately scaled platform,” Barber said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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