WaterForce: Automation & Control Systems

Water Transfer and Automation—the leading edge of efficiency and performance

We maintain a proprietary and industry-leading industrial automation and control system, WaterForce, for use in water transfer, wastewater management, and water system operations and maintenance. WaterForce is capable of operating customized, mobile, and ruggedized water transfer systems, designed to operate in remote conditions and extreme terrain scenarios. Keystone’s on-staff engineers and automation technicians customize unique SCADA control scenarios for each unique water transfer system in support of clean, natural gas development.

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Key Features

Keystone’s WaterForce has been designed to allow for total water management and control from a command trailer, which includes connectivity to customized automated equipment, including “smart” manifolds, automated valves, remote pump control, and a variety of control and remote instrumentation, unique to each operation.

Communication

  • Cellular, mesh radio, fiber optics, & satellite
  • Best-in-class hardware for mission-critical operations to always connected

Programmable Logic

  • Safety interlocks at every level
  • Localized control logic prevents spills, over-pressured lines, and over-heated pumps

Transparency

  • Integrated customer transparency
  • View real-time and historical data on flow rates, tank levels, pressures, pump status, and more
Waterforce Command Center

Key Differentiators

  • Wireless Tank Level Monitoring shuts off pumps to prevent tank overflow
  • Built-in pressure sensors to shut off pumps based on high discharge pressures to prevent line blowouts
  • Operators remotely control pump and valve functions, but are governed by alarm conditions, including tank level, and pressure setpoints
  • Multiple communications options including cellular, mesh radio, fiber-optics, and satellite networks
  • Automation bypass integration allows for the automated system to be completely bypassed in order to operate manually
  • Industrial-grade cybersecurity protected network

Fleet Options

  • Optional CCTV surveillance system compatible at each control asset
  • Emergency shutdown valves and redundant HOA pressure kill system
  • Optional LEL monitoring auto-shutdown available at pumps
Design and Setup

Fleet Details

Command Trailer

  • Industrial-grade SCADA powered by GE iFix for control
  • Dual monitors for pump status and tank level display
  • Wireless tank level monitoring
  • Plug and play radio, cellular, fiber optics, and satellite communications
  • UPS battery backup system
  • Optional CCTV surveillance system

Pump Control Unit

  • “Smart” plumbing manifold with integrated valving control, pump control, flowmeter, temperature, & pressure sensors
  • Localized Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controls safety interlocking and system logic
  • Wireless tank level monitoring
  • Plug and play radio, cellular, fiber optics, and satellite communications
  • UPS Battery Backup system
  • Optional CCTV surveillance system

Case Study

Modular Control Unit

  • 4’x5′ Modular Control Skid
  • Modular design allows for plug and play configuration of valves and flowmeters on-site
  • Modular Spool Pieces
    • 1 Flowmeter with Temperature sensor
    • Up to Six Valves with Pressure Sensors
  • Localized Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) controls safety interlocking and system logic
  • Wireless tank level monitoring
  • Plug and play radio, cellular, fiber optics, and satellite communications
  • UPS battery backup system
  • Optional CCTV surveillance system
  • Powered by trickle-charge from pump alternator
  • Optional CCTV Surveillance system

Radio Repeaters

  • Radio signal repeating unit
  • 50′ Radio Tower
  • Bi-directional antennas for point-to-point and mesh network strengthening
  • Solar charging array with battery bank