SCADA and Automation Solutions and Insight For Utility Managers

  1. A New Way Of Designing With Reverse Osmosis Membranes
    7/23/2015

    Process design in water treatment is historically confined to proprietary or user-defined spreadsheets on a unit operation basis, with users manually adding results from each unit process upstream into the next operation.

  2. $9M Renovation Of Secondary Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility
    7/1/2015

    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.

  3. Looking Beyond Voice Modems in SCADA Systems
    7/19/2017

    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. 

  4. How To Use SCADA To Avoid Overflows
    6/24/2016

    If wastewater treatment plant operators have nightmares, it’s a good bet that many of them have to do with sewage overflows. Few events are as catastrophic for a wastewater facility as a surge of water it can’t process being churned out into the public sphere, in violation of environmental regulations, and to the detriment of public health.

  5. Model Behavior: Evaluating Instrumentation And Control In The Coagulation Process
    5/23/2014

    An electrical engineer does the math on coagulation process control, using computational modeling to determine best practices.

  6. A Flight Simulator For Treatment Facilities: The New Frontier For Modeling Complete Treatment Plant Operations
    8/19/2016

    Inconsistent water availability, reduced capital and operational budgets and tightening regulations are posing real challenges for our water conveyance and treatment infrastructure today.

  7. Automation 101: The 7 Habits Of Highly Automatable Systems
    11/13/2015

    When we automate, we are really just mechanizing individual tasks, controlling that task with some form of computerization, and linking those tasks together in what is called system integration.

  8. SewerGEMS Optimizes AEGEA’s Sewerage Network Expansion In Lakes Region
    3/1/2018

    Prolagos, an AEGEA company, provides water and sanitation services for five municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The concession covers the famed Lakes Region (Região dos Lagos), where seasonal populations fluctuate from nearly 400,000 to more than 2 million.

  9. Los Osos Water Recycling Facility Manages High Volume Of RFIs And Submittals
    12/1/2015

    The Los Osos Water Recycling Facility is the final phase of the Los Osos Wastewater Project (LOWWP). The new 13-acre, USD 48 million facility will service the city of Los Osos’ new wastewater collection system, which includes sewer and recycled water lines, sewer laterals, pump stations, and leach fields. Prior to the new collection system and recycling facility, the entire city relied on a septic system. When completed, the new recycling facility and wastewater system will be operated and maintained by the County of San Luis Obispo, Calif.

  10. Impulse Detection Leads To Mitigation Of Pressure Events
    11/1/2013

    Water hammer events can result in service issues for utilities, as the sudden increase in pressure can contribute to pipe fatigue, eventually causing pipe failure—a costly situation for municipalities.