31 Years of Innovation, One Outstanding Product
Trihedral founder and President Glenn Wadden started with two ambitious goals:
Since then, Trihedral’s permanent team of developers and engineers have been creating and refining VTScada, an instantly intuitive all-in-one HMI / SCADA software package for plant and telemetry applications of any size. More about VTScada.
An International Company
Trihedral has grown into a flourishing global company serving customers on six continents with offices in Bedford, Nova Scotia; Aberdeen, Scotland; Orlando, Florida; Calgary, Alberta; and Houston, Texas.
Personal and accessible technical support is an integral part of great monitoring and control systems. With one of our yearly VTScada support contracts in place, access to our friendly in-house support team is just a phone call or email away. Support specialists work side-by-side with developers to quickly get to the bottom of even the most difficult issues. VTScada SupportPlus Service options.
Trihedral Engineering Services
Though Trihedral typically distributes VTScada through local system integrators, our own in-house engineers can also provide highly specialized engineering consulting services in the field of industrial control.
Awards and Recognition
2015 Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award for the HMI and Software Category
2014 Honorable Mention ISA Whitepaper: Managing Complexity Minimizing Risk
2013 Winner Best Presentation ISA Whitepaper: Reinventing The Role Of The SCADA Historian
2012 Honorable Mention ISA Whitepaper: Asset Tracking Version Control
2012 and 2013: Atlantic Canada’s Top Employer
2007 through 2013: Nova Scotia’s Top Employer
2007 Ten Best Employers in the Maritimes
Trihedral Engineering Limited
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VTScada software helps Jamaica National Water Commission adopt world-class monitoring and control system.
This heated debate continues to rage on in boardrooms, online forums, and tradeshow floors around the world. It pits SCADA teams, seeking to maximize system uptime, against IT departments, working to keep their systems secure. What follows is a very brief overview of why water and wastewater utilities choose to allow remote access and what steps should be taken to minimize the risk.
Having created a custom tag type, you may want to use it in another application. By far the best way to do this is through the use of application layers, where one application is built on another, thereby inheriting all of the custom features of the first (OEM) layer.
Danville, Kentucky, is known as the City of Firsts. The City built the first courthouse in Kentucky, the first Kentucky constitution was written and signed there, they had the first U.S. post office west of the Allegheny Mountains, Ephraim McDowell completed the first known successful laparotomy there in 1809, and Danville was the first capital of Kentucky! This profile describes the implementation of a new SCADA control system completed by VTScada Certified Advanced Integrator, Rawdon Myers, Inc.
A commonly encountered challenge is to develop pages that can be used on many screens where those screens may vary greatly in size, aspect ratio and resolution.
Recently, I received a call from an experienced system integrator regarding VTScada’s stance on installing updates on a SCADA server. They had a customer questioning advice from another SCADA software provider who has positioned themselves with the following stance. For the sake of the server stability, the servers should never receive any Windows® feature or security updates, ever.
Last year when a R&D chemical manufacturer needed help with their largest capital project to date; the Greenfield plant construction project, they turned to Texas Industrial Control and Manufacturing (TICM) who provided the electrical design support and control panels for the project along with Arrington Automation to architect the control system, lead the control system design process, and implement the controls solution.
Scenario 1: It is 3 am and you are fast asleep at home in your bed. At your office across town, the server that monitors and controls your critical water and wastewater infrastructure goes offline. Maybe, the hard drive failed or the power supply died. Perhaps it just lost connection to the network. Regardless, all polling, logging, monitoring and alarming have ceased. What happens next?
When I first came to Trihedral, I was surprised to learn that voice modems were still widely used in the HMI and SCADA industries. Though the days of wedging your phone receiver into a foam cradle are long gone, the name still conjures up the sounds of chirps, bleeps, and bongs they make as they translate analog information into digital. As high-speed networks became our preferred method of web surfing, the use of this technology has steeply declined.
Steinbach is the third largest city in Manitoba and one of the fastest growing census agglomeration areas in Canada with a population of about 50,000 people. Though Steinbach is primarily an agricultural community, it is also the regional economic hub of southeastern Manitoba. Due to the age of the wastewater control system, the city decided it was time for some new technology. This profile will describe the process of that upgrade and why they chose VTScada.
Sevierville, Tennessee is the hometown of internationally known entertainer Dolly Parton and is a popular gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in Eastern Tennessee, the city has a population of 16,500 residents and is visited by 16 million tourists per year.
In commemoration of 30 years of user commitment, Trihedral is reaffirming their desire that everyone experience great software by making HMI SCADA software available to everyone.
Clay County, located in Northern Florida, has a population of almost 200,000. In April 2016, Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) needed a new SCADA system to monitor seven reclaimed water sites that the Authority uses to determine water storage times, using this data to route water from site to site. VTScada was selected by CCUA and their engineer.
Trihedral announces that it has achieved a milestone for its VTScada Software for Monitoring and Control, by reaching 1,000 water/wastewater utilities. Their most recent customer, University of Central Florida (UCF), will be using VTScada to rehabilitate their on-campus water treatment plant, with the help of VTScada Certified Solution Provider, Barney’s Pumps in Lakeland, Florida.
The ISA standard for alarms management, ISA 18.2 alarms management strategy, was recently released. The standard is a series of best practices for how to create a consistent culture of alarms management in your organization.
Due to their critical role in protecting the health of customers, drinking water treatment systems require a high degree of care and oversight.
A Telemetry Expert Describes How and Why Temporary Mobile I/O Will Transform Remote Asset Management
Rapid City is the second-largest city in South Dakota, serving over 72,000 residents. Their Water Reclamation Department treats nearly 3.5 billion gallons of wastewater annually.
The ability to manage a plant remotely has opened a whole new world for the water industry, but there can be three or four different softwares merging to create one SCADA system. Trihedral Engineering is tasked with bringing all of those interfaces into one seamless package.
Serving an area from eastern San Marcos to northwest Seguin, Crystal Clear Water Supply Corporation (CCWSC) recently commissioned their integrator, Central Texas Water Maintenance (CTWM) to replace their Wonderware and WIN-911 systems with VTScada software from Trihedral.
Serving just over 16,000 residents in eastern Texas, the Robertson County Water Supply Corporation (RCWSC) operates a small rural water system with five water plants, four wells, one booster pump station, and approximately 350 miles of PVC pipe. In December of 2014, their systems integrator, Express Electric, recommended that they adopt VTScada software from Trihedral to remotely monitor and control their plants.
J.D. Irving, Limited Sawmill Division has invested $70 million in the latest operational equipment as part of their continuous investment in sustainable forest management strategies. In 2015, the company chose VTScada monitoring and control software to replace the aging SCADA systems used in their biomass boiler and trim line processes. Jody Gallant, an Electrical Engineering Technologist for JD Irving describes the some challenges and benefits of implementing a modern industrial SCADA system.
Pangnirtung is an Inuit hamlet in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, located on Baffin Island. Fredericton based integrator, exp Services Inc., was selected for the nine million dollar renovation of Pangnirtung’s secondary municipal wastewater treatment facility. They chose VTScada for the brand new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which gives the operators the ability to monitor and control the plant, receive alarms and notifications, view historical data trends and report.
Serving a suburb of the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area, Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC) recently decided to replace their Wonderware and WIN-911 system with VTScada, with the help of Austin area integrator, Central Texas Water Maintenance (CTWM).
The Louisiana Parish of Terrebonne boasts a population of 111,860 and the state’s second largest total land area.
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer has an award winning water department.
Located just southeast of New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish has been ranked among the fastest-growing counties by the US Census Bureau.
Duke Energy’s Premier Power selects Affinity Automation to design and install on-site generation SCADA system at Novo Nordisk in Clayton, NC.
Located on the Saint John River, Baker Brook is a small village in Madawaska County, New Brunswick.
It is our pleasure to announce that Blair Sooley is the recipient of an Honorable Mention Prize for Best Paper for the 2014 ISA Water / Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium that was held in Orlando, Florida August 5th to the 7th, 2014.
Trihedral is pleased to be working with water data management company WaterTrax® to create tools for automatically sharing process data between their VTScada™ SCADA software and WaterTrax®.
Trihedral is pleased to announce that VTScada has been selected as a finalist in the HMI Software category for the Control Engineering 2015 Engineers' Choice Awards.
The typical SCADA system is a diverse collection of hardware and software spread over a large geographical area.
This video highlights some of the new features embedded in the VTScada 11 Monitoring and Control software solution from Trihedral. Features include high resolution and tiled page displays and enhanced features for overlays, styles and shapes. Two hundred widgets are available to bring your SCADA data to life.
For many years, the Miami-Dade Stormwater Utility has been using Bristol Babcock controllers and proprietary HMI software to monitor and control a dozen remote sites across the county. By Chris Little
Trihedral will host a VTScada Operation and Configuration Course at its Orlando Training Facility in Orlando, FL from July 28th – 31st 2014. The classes will take place 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
In this video, VTScada software trainer and technical writer Andrew Harvie quickly gets you started using the powerful new features now available in VTScada version 11.
A presentation for the Maritime Provinces Water and Wastewater Association 34th Annual Training Seminar by Trihedral's Blair Sooley, MBA, P. Eng.
A fun way to use the intuitive, graphic development tools found in the VTScada Idea Studio.
For over a decade, The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Company (BWSC) faced significant service challenges on the Island of New Providence. These included a lack of centralized monitoring and control for the island’s primary water treatment and distribution system, as well as limited reporting, alarming and remote access.
One of the world’s largest manufacturing plants improves efficiency by adopting a unified HMI to monitor water/wastewater, compressed air & liquids, and lighting. By Christopher Little
When the Village of Romeoville underwent a major upgrade to their SCADA system, they also decided to move to the latest version of the monitoring & control software that they had used successfully for many years. This version included features designed specifically for the water/wastewater industry. In this article, a former Head of the Water Department (*) explains why the utility continues to push for the latest HMI version and how this helps them overcome many of the issues related to maintaining a long-running SCADA system. By Christopher Little
The Fountain Hills Sanitary District (FHSD) provides wastewater treatment for over 13,000 homes and businesses. In addition to supplying the town’s namesake fountain, its treated water irrigates local golf courses and parks. In 2000, the utility developed an innovative way to make up the short-fall during the dryer less populated summer. By Christopher Little
Intuitive means many things to many people, but most agree that intuitive designs should work for you and not the other way around. It simply doesn't feel intuitive if you must source third-party products to make the solution work - like historical databases, OPC drivers, alarm notification, application version control.
Glenn Wadden, President of Trihedral, explains how today’s SCADA systems are intuitive to learn for remote plant operators and capable of providing feedback that can reduce cost and increase efficiency.
Bryan Sinkler of Trihedral discusses Ocala, FL’s SCADA application including SCADA lifespan concerns, integration of security cameras with their SCADA system and the benefits of multiple SCADA historians.
For over a decade, utilities have turned to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor and control their remote infrastructure. By Christopher Little
Interact with your remote monitoring sites in the same way you use on-line mapping tools. Pan and zoom across all your sites with a simple click, toss, or scroll. Add dynamic maps to any graphic display or use the standard map pages included in all 10.2 applications.
Internet-hosted SCADA systems are a modern answer to modern municipal water and wastewater concerns. By Thelma Akwei and Ben Manlongat
When creating SCADA specifications, engineering firms must focus on meeting the immediate start-up and operational requirements of the SCADA system. This often means specifying products with which they are familiar. The engineer wants to ensure that the new system meets all start-up requirements at a reasonable price. It is often difficult to look past the immediate project and consider long range plans, cost of system maintenance, and keeping your SCADA application current with evolving technology.
Developers at the City of Sacramento and Trihedral Engineering recently completed the first phase of the utility’s Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) Software Replacement Project.
Houghton Lake Sewer Authority staff were concerned that the aging computer running their SCADA software application was in danger of failing. However, their budget constraint was cost-driven and required that any new, fully featured system be up and running in under a week.
Scottish Water’s Innovations Group has commissioned a demonstration rig with which to evaluate a new hosted SCADA solution using the Multitrode MultiSmart® pump station manager and Trihedral’s VTScada™monitoring & control software.
GRU is the 5th largest municipal utility in Florida and serves over 100,000 people. In 1999, the utility unified much of its monitoring & control infrastructure into a single SCADA system based on VTScada HMI software from Trihedral. By Christopher Little, Trihedral Engineering Limited
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are common place at municipal utilities and manufacturing facilities. By Kevin Connolly and Christopher Little
In June of 2009, the Town of Selma, North Carolina commissioned a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control their lift stations, tanks, wells and water treatment plant. By John Grey, Devin Carroll and Christopher Little
In 2008, Chatham County Public Works was using three different SCADA systems to monitor and control their remote tanks and pump stations. One was a sole-source software and hardware solution that used a unique communication protocol. By Christopher Little, Daniel Clevenger and Kevin Monk
Ocean Isle Beach is a small island community on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Only about five-hundred people live there year round, but during the summer months its beautiful beaches draw almost ten times that number. This poses unique challenges for the town's wastewater utility who must handle this extreme seasonal spike in usage.
The residents and industries of Providenciales Island are completely dependent on fresh water produced by a single desalination plant. In 2007, ITT Flowtronex was hired to replace the plant’s overworked pumping system and add a booster pumping station to the distribution system. One of the challenges they faced in designing controls for the system was how to maintain the public water supply while the island’s undersized ground water storage tanks were removed and replaced with a large single tank in the same location, a three to four month process. By Richard Embry and Christopher Little
Trihedral is proud to announce a fresh approach to helping utilities reduce the cost of expanding their supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. This includes an innovative 'Site Import Utility' soon to be integrated into the latest version of their VTScada HMI software. The utility allows municipal workers to plug in new monitoring and control devices and then watch as VTScada does the rest of the work.
VTScada HMI software from Trihedral Engineering has long supported automatic failover of both application servers and internet servers.
The city of Altamonte Springs, FL, is located just north of Orlando and is home to more than 43,000 people. The city’s Water Distribution and Wastewater Collections Division is responsible for the operation of a 25 million gallon-per-day capacity aerobic wastewater treatment plant, four water treatment plants, and approximately 80 lift stations spread out across the city.
Imagine a quiet ranch in the middle of Arizona, complete with cactus, tumbleweeds, and very little water. Now imagine twelve thousand people, a thriving suburban community, four golf courses with lush, green grass, and the same small amount of water
Over 4.5 million people depend on the Southwest Florida Water Management District for water conservation and flood protection, especially during the six month hurricane season. Water conservation and flood control involves carefully holding and channelling surface water using a system of gates, canals, and reservoirs
As Wastewater Manager for four sewage treatment plants spread across Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Nicole MacDonald faced the daunting task of ensuring all systems continued to function seamlessly on a 24/7 basis. Each plant had its own separate monitoring and control system that allowed it to function autonomously
The Gainesville Regional Utilities is the fifth largest municipal utility in Florida and serves just over one hundred thousand people. The utility operates two wastewater treatment plants as well as 165 lift stations. Together, these facilities process approximately 20 million gallons of wastewater a day. In 1999, the Gainesville Regional Utility began utilizing VTScada to control and monitor its lift station network. When staff compared this to what they were using in their treatment plants, they saw an opportunity to unify their system and open up their proprietary SCADA central
Serving roughly 35,000 people, the Town of Natick Water/Sewer Division remotely monitors 2 water reservoirs, 32 sewer lift stations and 2 drinking water treatment plants. By Chris Little
When the Georgetown Municipal Water & Sewer Service evaluated the cost of upgrading their existing SCADA software in 2006, they decided it was time to consider replacements. After much research, it became clear that not only was it possible to get all the features they were missing; they could do most of the configuration in-house