A specialist in water services in France and internationally, over the years Saur has developed operational support solutions enabling ever more controlled, efficient and transparent management. These solutions range from specific high value-added tools and services (such as resource management or site optimisation) to the entire operational system via the CPO model.
CPO by Saur: a pioneer in the field of smart technologies adapted to water services, since 2007 Saur has been rolling out its technological revolution via the implementation throughout France and abroad of Operational Steering Centres (CPOs – Centres de Pilotage Opérationnel). These are unique platforms for monitoring, managing and analysing data. The Group’s CPOs meet ever-increasing needs in terms of resource management, optimisation of operations, technical performance, user satisfaction and the transparency of information for local authorities.
Specific solutions: Saur offers its customers cutting-edge technological solutions in the water industry, optimising control and protection of water resources and ensuring greater operational efficiency. For example, these include the EMI system for managing underground resources, as well as the Riventa solution which aims to reduce sites’ energy consumption.
Building on its experience and its vast facilities, the Group is also developing value-added solutions in complementary fields such as external fire protection (DECI – Défense Extérieure Contre l’Incendie) and management of golf courses and camp-sites.
Located in a Natura 2000 nature protection area, the joint communities authority of Grand Lieu in the Loire-Atlantique region of France is home to a lake protected by many environmental measures and a series of designations, including regional and national nature reserve.
Supply network managers find themselves increasingly confronted with the problems caused by ageing drinking water pipes. So of every 100 litres of water leaving a treatment plant, less than 80 actually reach the consumer. Network pipeline leaks certainly have an ecological and economic cost, but they can also pose the risk of water contamination
In a coastal environment, in between the freshwater table and the saline water from the ocean, there is an intermediary layer called the saltwater wedge. During ordinary consumption, the volume of water removed is compensated over the course of the day and night by the natural water cycle. But when there are greater needs, in particular during the summer, the amount of water removed is not compensated by provisions of freshwater to the groundwater table.
Our Operations Control Centres provide a real-time overview of network and facilities status using sophisticated remote monitoring systems. With geolocation to pinpoint operator locations, and a job-specific expertise unit, they centralise the scheduling of maintenance and repair operations, analyse incident causes, and optimise the availability of all human and technical resources. The result is improved responsiveness and shorter response times.
Our smart OCCs control and optimise the delivery of water services. For local authorities, they provide an invaluable support resource for informed decision-making and the opportunity to be 100% involved in the management of their networks.
Our performance-focused OCCs – Operations Control Centres – offer local authorities the same consistent level of service excellence throughout their administrative areas. By providing open access for local authorities, CCOs become their water services management resource, and allow Saur to respond effectively to the desire of local councillors to take back control of water policy.
The use of computer systems is the rule in the world of construction, rather than the exception. BIM will spearhead a project management method that combines collaborative working with digital modelling. Saur subsidiary company Stereau is already responding to the BIM expectations of its customers.
Remote meter reading is a solution introduced by Saur to help consumers control their water consumption. But the equipment being installed goes far beyond simply the remote transmission of a reading by a smart meter. It also introduces a range of innovative services for customers.
The development of smart technologies for the water industry is a key priority of our innovation policy. In order to succeed in the challenges of today and tomorrow – water resource management, water quality monitoring, consumption control, network performance, and many others – we are sustainably boosting our operational performance in all the regions we serve by continually experimenting withinnovations developed by our Research & Innovation teams or those developed jointly via our partnerships with startups, universities and colleges, business incubators/accelerators and laboratories.