Upcoming 2012 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium enjoying new-found popularity and interest
Pre-registration activity for the 2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk. As of 1 July, five weeks prior to the symposium, over 110 automation professionals had already registered. In addition, the symposium’s optional full-day short-course on cybersecurity boasted over 20 participants.
The 2012 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event, taking place 7–9 August in Orlando (FL USA) and focussing on the challenges associated with automation, instrumentation and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It features two full days of technical speakers/presentations, a tour of a local water treatment plant, a general reception, networking events, a poster session and a supplier showcase. This year’s symposium offers over 30 technical talks on a variety of topics which include cybersecurity, plant automation techniques, operational effectiveness, advances in instrumentation, plant case studies and techniques for developing effective plant control rooms.
Now in its seventh year, the WWAC Symposium is experiencing a new-found growth in popularity thanks to newly-formed alliances with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) and the (American) National Rural Water Association (NRWA). By forming strong partnerships with other associations, the symposium has been able to reach a broader cross-section of water and wastewater professionals across the industry. For members of these associations, the symposium represents targeted professional development and training opportunities that they could not find elsewhere.
“Our secret is our focus,” says Bob Lindeman, 2012 ISA president. “Our annual WWAC Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”
Training and Professional Development
Training and professional development is the major focus of this annual symposium. Thanks to ISA’s alliance with the FSAWWA, the symposium is able to offer 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), approved by the Florida Department of the Environment, to Florida-state licensed water and wastewater operators. Florida Engineers can also earn 20 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) towards their state-issued engineering licenses. Additionally, attendees from outside of Florida can also earn 20 PDHs, certified by ISA, to use for their continuing education needs as applicable. The optional short-course on cybersecurity offers an additional 2.0 CEUs for both Florida and out-of-state attendees.
New Products and Services
In addition to the technical program, attendees will have an opportunity to view the latest water and wastewater industry products and services when they visit the Supplier Showcase. “The WWAC Symposium is an event that speaks directly to the water and wastewater professionals who are involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA on a daily basis as part of their jobs. Technology has a major impact on the smooth running of our public water infrastructure, and this is why we are proud to be involved with this year’s symposium,” says Mark Leinmiller, water/wastewater segment manager of Schneider-Electric, who is the platinum sponsor of the symposium. Other sponsors of the 2012 symposium include Gray Matter Systems, Phoenix Contact, Honeywell, Eramosa Engineering, Malcolm Pirnie/ARCADIS, PAS and Kenexis. The Read-out Signpost is proud to be one of the Media Sponsors. A full listing of symposium exhibitors and sponsors can be found on the symposium website.
Registration Is Open
On the symposium website, visitors will find the symposium brochure, complete technical program, full abstracts and biographies for all speakers and information on discounts for ISA, AWWA and WEF members and they may also Register to attend.