A Cloud-Based Solution for Stormwater Pumping

Stormwater-Pumping-in-Clouds-SCADA-FWRC-2018The City of Virginia Beach is a coastal community of approximately 500,000 residents. Its location on the corner of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay makes it extremely vulnerable to flooding. Therefore, a reliable and efficient stormwater control system is essential.

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma smacked the city with heavy rain and high winds. These storms highlighted the city’s need to find a solution to its flooding issues. And it magnified the importance of an effective stormwater pumping system.

A Cloud-Based Solution

Virginia Beach has 16 stormwater pumping stations located strategically throughout the city. And while they adequately and efficiently pumped water, they lacked advanced control systems.

The City turned to McKim & Creed for help. We designed and implemented a cloud-based monitoring system accessible from anywhere in the world. The system creates opportunities for more strategic maintenance. And it maximizes travel time by cutting out unnecessary trips to remote facilities.

On September 12, 2018, Mike Stoup, PE, McKim & Creed’s instrumentation & controls group manager, and Mark Jones, PE, with the City of Virginia Beach, will discuss the approach, execution and benefits of this project. Their presentation will be given at the 2018 WaterJAM Conference.

Click here for a copy of the presentation. If you’d like to learn more about cloud-based solutions, contact Mike at