Thursday 10 July 2014

Brisk pre-registration reported for popular Water/Wastewater symposium.

Pre-registration activity for the 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk. This annual event has proven to be one of the most well attended of the Society Division events through the years.

Taking place in August at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal Hotel in Orlando, the 2014 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event that focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The symposium features more than 30 technical speakers, two full days of technical presentations, a tour of a local treatment plant, a general reception and a supplier showcase. This symposium is unique as it focuses entirely on the needs of automation professionals in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

Kevin Patel,
2014 WWAC Chair
“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,” reports Kevin Patel, 2014 General Symposium Chair. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).”

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”

A strong technical program
This year’s technical program features more than 30 speakers. As we reported last monthThomas W. Sigmund, P.E., Chair, NACWA Utility and Resource Management Committee & Executive Director, NEW Water, will present a keynote address on A Vision for the Water Resources Utility of the Future. The Water Resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) Task Force was created by NACWA, WEF and WERF in 2012 to bring together industry experts to identify opportunities and challenges faced by clean water agencies and to identify forward looking solutions, some of which are being implemented today. The UOTF will transform both the way traditional wastewater utilities view themselves and how they will manage their operations and relationships with their communities and contributions to local economies.

Other notable speakers in the 2014 WWAC symposium technical program include:
  • Don Lovell, of ISA, who will deliver a talk about the importance of troubleshooting in daily plant operations.
  • Bryan Singer, Principal Investigator for Kenexis Security, who will talk about how one can conduct vulnerability assessments and know what attackers can, and can't do.
  • Michael Sweeney, deputy executive director of the Toho Water Authority and long-time member of the American Water Works Association, who will talk about current news and trends in the municipal drinking water sector.
  • Tom DeLaura, Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Automation and Info Tech Committee, who will present on current news and trends in the wastewater sector.
In addition, a Forum Session on the Role of Automation within the Utility of the Future will be conducted. This forum session will be moderated by Tom DeLaura and will include panel members:  Tom Sigmund, P.E., Chair, NACWA Utility and Resource Management Committee & Executive Director, NEW Water; Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Ph.D., Dean, University of South Florida, Patel College of Global Sustainability; Barry Liner, P.E., Director, Water Science & Engineering Center at Water Environment Federation (WEF); Zdenko Vitasovic, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Mike Sweeney, Ph.D., P.E., Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) & Deputy Executive-Director, Toho Water Authority.

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