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Upcoming 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium, to be held 4-6 August, gathering steam

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (8 July 2015) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that pre-registration activity for the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been brisk.

Taking place at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida, the 2015 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 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.

“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

Helping to kick off the conference will be John S. Young, Jr. P.E., who will deliver a presentation to attendees on how the water/wastewater industry presents numerous challenges that must be addressed for utilities to be sustainable and provide safe, reliable service.

Young has worked in the water utility industry his entire career. In 2010, he retired from American Water, the largest water/wastewater utility in North America, after a 33-year career. At American Water, he served in numerous technical and management positions, including Vice President of Engineering; President of the American Water Works Service Company; Chief Water Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Recently, as a utility consultant, he supported or assessed numerous water utilities, including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (during the Detroit bankruptcy) and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA).

Other notable speakers in the 2015 WWAC Symposium technical program include:

  • Albert Rooyakkers, Founder, CTO, and VP of Engineering at Bedrock Automation, who will deliver a talk about the importance of cybersecurity beyond the network titled: “Open Secure Automation: Observations for Improved ICS Reliability, Security and Performance.” This presentation will discuss how reducing the system attack surface can impart simplification while hardening embedded systems from the inside out to cyber, electromagnetic pulse, and other forms of malicious nation state attacks result in improved reliability and mean time between failures.
  • John Krajewski, Director of Product Management HMI/SCADA at Schneider Electric|Invensys, who will discuss how the HMI should be designed to optimize the operator’s interpretation of the vast amount of data being displayed. Situational Awareness (SA) is vital to improving the overall HMI design. Only by achieving the proper Situational Awareness can the operations team make effective decisions that will deliver overall business success.
  • Michael Sweeney, deputy executive director of the Toho Water Authority and long-time member of the American Water Works Association, who will examine the key issues and trends affecting the municipal drinking water sector.
  • Tom DeLaura, Vice President of Eramosa International and the Executive Director of the Instrument Testing Association, who will update attendees on significant news, changes and trends in the wastewater sector.

“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,” remarks Kevin Patel, PE, MBA, the event’s General Symposium Chair. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).”

For the full program schedule, including full presentation abstracts and speaker bios, visit www.isawwsymposium.com/program-schedule/.

Registration is still open

Registration for the 2015 WWAC Symposium is still open at www.isawwsymposium.com . Attendees can register online or register by contacting ISA customer service at 1-919-549-8411. Registration for the three-day symposium is $450, and includes catered breakfasts and lunches, as well as symposium proceedings. Discounts are available for ISA, AWWA, FWEA, ITA and WEF members.

Attendees will also receive approved continuing education credits (PDHs and CEUs) from ISA and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association. These credits can be used toward continuing education requirements for various state-issued water operator, wastewater operator and engineering licenses. See the symposium website for more information.

Attention members of the press: ISA invites you to attend the ISA WWAC Symposium with complimentary registration. To register, and gain further details, contact Kevin Patel, General Symposium Chair, via email at knpatel@sig-auto.com, or by phone at +1 469-267-0316.

About the ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, the ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium helps 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, the collection and treatment of wastewater, and the management of storm water. As a three-day event, the symposium features technical speakers, invited speakers, an exhibit hall, plant tour and a general reception. 2015 symposium will be taking place 4–6 August 2015 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida. More information can be found at www.isawwsymposium.com.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org), an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (www.isa100wci.org).