Training & Management Experience
Case Study: U.S. Naval Facility, Rhode Island
The Naval Station Newport is a United States Navy base located in both Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island. It houses the Naval War College, and was the homeport for Cruiser Destroyer Force Atlantic at one time. The Naval Station Newport is now home to inactive ships, and also services the United States Coast Guard.
In 2007, the Naval Station Newport faced a limited certified water staff. The organization turned to Roy Wood, founder of Great Blue Heron Management, due to his long history in water distribution systems operations and his reputation as a reliable, innovative thinker. Roy and his team were tasked with several responsibilities:
- Stabilize the management and operation of the water distribution system
- Provide certified staff as required by the Rhode Island Department of Heath
- Provide existing employees with training and direction
- Train new employees
- Develop and oversee the implementation of a system wide hydrant flushing program
Roy achieved these goals by working closely with the management staff to make sure regulatory requirements were met. He also ensured the skills he has shared with the Naval Station Newport will continue to circulate, by creating a training foundation for future employees. Roy completed this extensive project in six months. Today, he continues to perform consulting services for the naval station, with projects such as:
- Developing a sewer collection system maintenance program
- Evaluating existing odor control systems and making recommendations
- Evaluating and recommending grinder system repairs
- Recommending alternatives to pumping station control systems
Roy Wood of Great Blue Heron Management successfully provided the Naval Station Newport with the short-term compliance and training solutions it required, and carries on today with additional services.