Technical Papers

The ISA Water/Wastewater Division prides itself on generating premium technical content. Below is a listing of some of the white papers, presentations, webinars, and conference proceedings that the division has created.

The division also regularly publishes additional technical articles in its quarterly newsletter.

2020 WWID Webinars

July 28, 2020 – Technical Webinar
Cyber Security Risks in the Water Sector – Kevin Morley, AWWA
more details & free registration

Sept 22, 2020 – Technical Webinar
Control System Cyber Security for Water/Power Utilities – Jon Grant, CDM Smith
more details & free registration

 

2020 ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference
San Antonio, Texas, USA – Aug 5-6, 2020

-cancelled due to covid-19 pandemic

2019 ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 7-9, 2019

26 papers. Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2019 – Sept 21-25 in Chicago

“Cybersecurity – It’s more than just Compliance!  –  Part 1 (Hardware), 2 (software) and 3 (integration)”

2019 WWID Newsletters

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018: What does it mean for Water Utilities? How can Automation Professionals Help?
By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact

Training Your Staff on a Limited Budget
By Kevin Patel, PE, Signature Automation

ISA112 SCADA Standards Committee Releases draft SCADA System Workflows & Architecture Diagrams
By Graham Nasby, ISA112 Committee Co-chair

 

2018 Technical Webinars

June 8, 2018 – Webinar Topic: Control Room Design
Presenter: Ian Nimmo, MP4 File, Slides (PDF)info

June 20, 2018 – Webinar Topic: Alarms & Operator Intervention – A Flawed Safety Layer
Presenter: Steve Maddox, MP4 File, Slides (PDF)info

2018 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Washington DC (Bethesda, Maryland), USA – Aug 7-9, 2019

31 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2018 – Oct 1-3 in New Orleans

“Best of ISA: Operational Improvements Through Automation and Technology”

2018 WWID Newsletters

Using Master Format Construction Specifications for SCADA Projects
By Graham Nasby, OWWA Automation Committee

Using DNP3 Protocol for Backup Store and Forward Data-Logging at Guelph Water
By Kelly Gribbons, Graham Nasby, and Daniel Leskovec

Rounding Errors & Flow Totalization: What PLC Programmers need to know about with Floating-Point arithmetic errors
By Francisco Alcala, PE, CDM Smith, and Inaki Zuloaga, IZI Technology LLC

 

2017 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 8-10, 2017

36 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2017 – Oct 2-4 in Chicago

“SCADA Systems: Protecting your Investment”

2017 WWID Newsletters

Tricks of the Trade: SCADA Development Shortcuts: Always be on the lookout for Time-Saving techniques
By Shawn Hustins and Graham Nasby

Planning Spare I/O for Fieldbus Networks: Active spare in Fieldbus Network what does it mean?
By Francisco Alcala, CDM Smith

ISA112 SCADA Standards Committee
By Ryan Costello, NLS Engineering & ISA112 member

Best Practices – Cut Over Strategies
By Hunter Vegas and Marsha Wisely

 

2016 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 2-4, 2016

32 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2016 – Sept 24-28 in New Orleans

“Practical Cyber Security for SCADA and Operations”

2016 WWID Newsletters

Quo Vadis Water Treatment – Where It Comes from, Where It Goes
By Matthias Kremer, JUMO GmbH & Co

DNP3 Communications for Water and Wastewater Applications
By Philip Aubin, Schneider Electric

Density Meters in Wastewater Treatment Challenges in Wastewater Treatment
By Zachary Wagner, MPV

 

2015 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 4-6, 2015

35 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2015 – Sept 28-30 in Chicago

“High Performance HMIs and Alarm Management Technical Session”

2015 WWID Newsletters

Selecting the Right Fiber Optic Cable for Water/Wastewater Plant Applications
By Kyle Mrkva, Belden

Profibus and ProfiNET Troubleshooting
By Carl Henning

Sequential Function Chart Programming: Processing sequential and parallel operations based on time or events
By Charles M. Fialkowski, Siemens Process Automation

 

2014 Technical Webinars

March 24, 2014 webinar – “Cellular Telemetry – Yet another Communication Option in Our Toolbox.” – info

2014 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – 4-7, 2014

30 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2014 – Sept 29-Oct 1 in New Orleans

“Highlights from the ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium”

2014 WWID Newsletters

Practical Cybersecurity Guidance for Water Utilities
By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact

The Differences between VFDs and Soft Starts for Motor Control
Edited by Steve Batson, Rockwell Automation

Protecting Water/Wastewater Systems with Deep Packet Inspection
By Eric Byres, Belden Inc.

Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Assets in Municipal Water Systems
Edited by Steve Batson, Rockwell Automation

 

2013 Technical Webinars

Mar 6, 2017 Webinar: Cyber Security – Application to the Water Sector –  slides/recording

2013 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 6-8, 2013

42 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2013 – Oct 5-9 in Chicago

“Highlights from the ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium”

2013 WWID Newsletters

Grounding Introduction
By Derrick Stableford MIET, LCGI, EngTech

Improving Reliability of Wireless SCADA Systems
By Joel J. John

Defining Security in the World of Water
By Grant Van Hemert, Schneider Electric

Interview with Celine Hyer, Last year’s WWAC2012 keynote speaker
By Graham Nasby

Where the Acronym “PLC” Originate?
By Jeremy Pollard, Guest Columnist

Energy Savings with VFDs and Pumps
Edited by Steve Batson, Rockwell Automation

 

2012 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 7-9, 2012

30 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

WEFTEC 2012 –  Sept 29-Oct 1 in New Orleans

“Highlights of the ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium”

2012 WWID Newsletters

Q&A Spotlight Interview with Jon DiPietro
By Graham Nasby

Energy Optimization for Water Treatment and Distribution
By Norman Anderson, PE and P.Y. Keskar, PhD, PE

Motion Detection Means Protection
By Vijay Acharya, Siemens Americas

Allowing Your HMI to Provide Insight Instead of Data
By Kevin Patel, Signature Automation

Overview ISA100 Wireless Systems for Automation and its First Standard – ISA100.11a for Wireless Sensor Network
Penny Chen, Ph.D. Yokogawa Corporate of America

Oakville South West Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
By Graham Nasby, Mike Di Iorio, Pete Samson and Stan Spencer

What Becomes a Leader?
By Henry DeVries

Q&A Spotlight Interview with Steve Valdez
By Graham Nasby

Challenges When Designing an Effective Harmonic Mitigation System for your Variable Frequency Drive
By Al Archambault, Mirus International

Tips on Integrating Packaged Equipment into Plant SCADA Systems
By Todd Nydam, JWC Environmental LLC & Graham Nasby, Eramosa Engineering Inc.

Q&A Spotlight Interview with Joe Provenzano
By Graham Nasby

Lowell, MA – Wastewater Plant Upgrades
By Jon Grant, PE

Can IT strategies solve the Automation Cyber Security problem?
By Grant Van Hemert PE, Schneider Electric

Municipal Challenges and the Importance of Advanced Automation Solutions
By Doug Johnson, Emerson Process Management

United Water New Jersey -SCADA Project
By Keith Kolkebeck

 

2011 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
St. Louis, Missouri, USA – June 22-23, 2011

13 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

2011 WWID Newsletters

Q&A Spotlight Interview with Wally Ingham
By Graham Nasby

PLANT AUTOMATION SPOTLIGHT:  Thunder Bay Waterworks
By Ellen Fussell Policastro

Reducing Fluid Surges (“Hammering”) in a Pipe System using Pump Control
Edited by Steve D. Batson, Rockwell Automation

TOP TEN Reasons for Unsuccessful SCADA System Integrations.
By Glenn Corvigno, PE, Aaron Associates

Q&A Spot Light Interview with Henry “Hank” Hegner
By Graham Nasby

Establishing a Successful Water/Wastewater Commissioning Program
Richard Birdsell, PE and Mike Puccio, PE, Orange County Sanitation District

Whitecourt Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
By Wally Ingham, P.Eng., Stantec

 

2010 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 4-6, 2010

18 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

 

2009 ISA Water/Wastewater & Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 4-6, 2009

16 papers.  Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

 

3rd Annual ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 4-6, 2008

Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

 

2nd ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA – Aug 4-7, 2017

Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive

 

Note: There was no water/wastewater symposiums held in 2004, 2005 or 2006.

 

1st ISA Water/Wastewater Instrumentation Symposium
Orlando, Florida, USA  – Aug 20-21, 2003

Refer to ISA Technical Paper Archive