AWWA Show in Toronto

This year, the American Water Works Association, that venerable organization that can teach ISA a few tricks about retaining members as they move into management, public policy advocacy, and even making sure that you basically have to be a member in order to be a water treatment operator in North America, is having its umpty-umpth annual conference and exhibit in Toronto. There is a surprising amount of automation in the water business, so I am sure that lots of people will be there from automation companies. I wish I was going, but I have to be in Boston at the ARC meeting instead. If you want more information, visit http://www.awwa.org
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  • <p>There is a surprising amount of automation in the water and waste-water industry, Walt; but the AWWA appears to want very little to do with it. Several vendors, members, and even the DNP user group were very keen to demonstrate what open network standards can do. We tried to organize a session for ACE-07.</p> <p>The event fell through due to a lack of interest. I'm not sure who is designing, installing, or maintaining these control systems but there must not be very many AWWA members involved. The water and waste-water industry seems to be all about process design, but very little about control systems. They seem to be leaving that part to consultants and contractors.</p> <p>This is not a model I think will last for long. How can you have controls engineers and technicians on one side, and operators and plant engineers on the other with little to no common ground? The AWWA may be very well organized, but as far as control systems are concerned, they're at the bottom of the heap.</p>

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