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Gaining control of effluent residual (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post,  I explained the difference between being “in control” versus being “out of control” of effluent residual, and indicated that unless the process has long and variable dead time advance process control technology is not a requirement for gaining control of effluent residual. The consequences of being “in” or “out” […]

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Protecting water and wastewater facilities from cyberattack

“If you aren’t scared yet, you haven’t been paying attention.”  So goes the aphorism for modern times, and it applies equally well to industrial cybersecurity.  Conclusive proof is hard to come by, but consider the supporting evidence: U.S. presidential executive orders, vulnerabilities markets for ICS, U.S. Secretary of Defense warnings of a “cyber Pearl Harbor”, […]

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Big Data Focus at 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium

Big Data is Big News in just about every corner of our digitally connected world.  Leveraging massive amounts of process data archives is a game changer for practically any industrial process, enabling greater levels of agility, efficiency and competitiveness.  This year’s 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium will deliver the most current information on […]

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2013 Water/Wastewater Symposium Focuses on “Smart Water” Technology

Plant reliability, safety and cost-efficiency are among the common goals of professionals working in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.  The Water/Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) of the ISA, which serves as a key educational, technical, professional development and networking resource for the sector, is gearing up for the 2013Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium, to […]

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Automation Founders Circle: Klein earns Arnold O. Beckman Award

ISA will honor Martin Klein by presenting him with its Arnold O. Beckman Founder Award on 17 October, the opening day of ISA Automation Week. Given in honor of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments, the award “recognizes a significant technological contribution to the conception and implementation of a new principle of instrument […]

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Establishing a Successful Water/Wastewater Commissioning Program

“I recommend the paper “Establishing a Successful Commissioning Program” by Richard Birdsell and Mike Puccio of the Orange County Sanitation District (Orange County, California, USA). This was one of the papers presented at the 2011 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri (June 22-23, 2011).” — Graham Nasby – General Symposium chair […]

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Modernization of a Municipal Waterworks with SCADA Standardization

The need for standardization led the City of Guelph’s Water Services department in Canada to embark on a multi-year program to modernize and enhance its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system using a standards-based approach. Starting with a comprehensive SCADA Master Plan, the city developed a set of SCADA standardization documents that were incorporated […]

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