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It is intended that this organizational review will provide the Districts with a better understanding of the changing process computer hardware and software support needs Also to review the department location for the Plant Automation Group Group and develop recommendations on the proposed reporting relationships Review the background information Identify the primary and secondary functions of the Plant Automation Group Review possible location of the Plant Automation Group Identify and review reporting relationships optionsDEFINITIONSDefinitions used within this organizational reviewSCADASupervisory and Data Acquisition System PLCProgrammable Logic ControllerHMIHuman Machine InterfaceITDInformation Technology DepartmentPAGPlant Automation GroupGMGeneral ManagerBACKGROUNDWhen the Districts first began consideration to form a focal group with responsibility for Plant Automation a task force was formed to make recommendations The one recommendation this task was unable to come to agreement on was the location of this new Plant Automation Group PAG An executive decision was made by the General Manager to center the PAG in the Information Technology Department ITDIn September 1994 the Joint Board contracted with Ernst Young to produce a Management Review of the Proposed Plant Automation Group for the Sanitation Districts of Orange County Their report recommended the location be with ITD but noted that for the duration of the J-31 project some engineering-related activities would be involved and require close coordination with the Engineering Department As late as July 1995 when Ernst Young performed the Finance Function Review which included the Information Services Division they echoed their previous recommendation but provided a timeline of approximately two years to revisit the issue of PAGs location However this was not a firm recommendationOver the past several months a number of problems have made it clear that the two year time frame identified in the Ernst Young report may have been optimistic The problems of budget management close coordination and communication have placed a strain on the existing management of the ITD creating frustration and numerous problems throughout many parts of the organization Primary
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