Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Call for papers on water and wastewater.

The Program Committee of the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the water and wastewater industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

The symposium, which will be held 4-6 August 2015 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA, is aimed at helping professionals in the water and wastewater industries understand how instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and automatic control applications are vital to the treatment and distribution of water, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA), the 2015 WWAC Symposium is expected to draw approximately 300 attendees and more than 30 speakers.

“Instrumentation, controls and automation professionals in the water and wastewater industry know they need to be prepared for the many changes, emerging trends and challenges, and advances in technology,” says Kevin Patel, the Vice President of Dallas-based Signature Automation and General Symposium Chair for the 2015 WWAC Symposium. “WWAC Symposium attendees receive the information they need to stay informed and gain the critical insights and tools required to make their facilities more robust and efficient.”

Particularly in demand, he explains, are applications that can leverage and share the large amounts of data that are being collected within water and wastewater facilities. “Being able to quickly access and convert data to usable, actionable information is essential in today’s fast-moving work environment.”

In addition to these applications, other compelling and popular subject areas for abstracts include:
  • SCADA security, ISA99, CSET, and mitigating risks
  • Control system redundancy and robust design
  • Wireless technologies
  • New control system technologies
  • Process optimization
  • Asset management Integration
  • Energy use modeling and optimization with SCADA
  • HMI design for operator effectiveness
  • Human factors and control room design
  • Alarm management and alarm rationalization
  • Data reporting and presentation techniques /strategies
  • Data management, historians and data retrieval
Prospective authors are invited to submit a 250-word abstract based on a 30-minute presentation, a six-12-page paper or large-format poster. Papers for acceptance should address topics in automation within the water and wastewater industry.

All papers are peer reviewed to conform, or to be modified to conform, to ISA Water and Wastewater Industry Division and ISA format, content and quality guidelines. The submission deadline for papers, which must not be product or company specific in nature, is 15 December 2014. 

“I continue to receive feedback that this event is truly one of the best of its kind due to the fact that the attendees and exhibitors are focused on solutions to real-world challenges and what’s actually experienced in on-the-job settings,” Patel reports. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).”
Two optional training courses will be offered in conjunction with the 2015 WWAC Symposium which is still being finalized. The training courses will be announced soon. Keep checking the symposium website for the latest details.

The WWAC symposium has continued to see increased attendance and a very broad spectrum of attendees.


“Our secret is our focus,” says Robert Lindeman, the past-President of ISA who provided the opening remarks at the 2013 WWAC symposium. “The symposium caters specifically to professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. There is no other event like it in North America.”

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