SCADA and Automation Solutions and Insight For Utility Managers

  1. Smart Networks Are The Answer. What’s The Question?
    2/23/2016

    Water utilities around the globe face the same challenges: increasing population, urbanization, and more frequent extreme weather events. New supply to meet increasing demand is very expensive. Changing customer behavior to reduce demand is very difficult. The question is how to get more from existing infrastructure.

  2. Cooling Process Control Panels Effectively
    6/25/2015

    Over the past few decades, the use of sophisticated high density electronics within automation and process control panels has become commonplace. Thermal management and its related costs for these electronic enclosures are very important considerations in managing these valuable assets. Choosing the appropriate and most cost and energy efficient cooling solution from the many types available requires knowledge of their individual strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to match that to the operational environment. By Doug Wilson, Noren Products Inc.

  3. 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.

  4. Keeping The Operator In Focus: The Four Pillars Of Operator Effectiveness
    8/2/2018

    This paper shows how the four pillars of operator effectiveness lead operators to greater awareness, faster response and better decisions.

  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. Recap: American Water Shares Expertise At NARUC Annual Meeting
    11/23/2015

    Earlier this month, American Water, the largest, most geographically diverse investor owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S., played an active role in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) 127th Annual Meeting,* which was held in Austin, TX.

  7. 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. 

  8. Raising The Bar On Scalability
    7/25/2016

    Automation and information systems represent a major investment for industrial businesses, both large and small. Long-term protection of that investment should be a significant consideration when selecting a partner and a system.

  9. Why On Earth Would You Put SCADA On The Internet?
    5/23/2018

    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.

  10. The Future Of Wastewater Management Planning
    5/18/2018

    As capacity requirements change and grow, it is essential to have agility when modeling system expansions and their potential impacts on current collections assets. How can wastewater management systems be modeled to address all current and future hydraulic capacity needs?