Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida AWWA Section, the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, the Florida Water Environment Association, and the Instrumentation Testing Association, the WWAC 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 stormwater.

The symposium also provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable technical information, networking, professional development, and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).

This 3-day symposium is focused on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. It features 2 full days of presentations on each day, a tour of a local water/wastewater facility, a general reception, networking events, a poster session, and a supplier showcase.

It features:

  • 2 full days of speakers/presentations
    • Track 1 – Instrumentation, System Integration, Automation, Plant Case Studies, New Technologies, Optimization, Wireless, Cybersecurity
    • Track 2 – High Performance Automation for Operations and Maintenance, SCADA, HMI, Human Factors, Alarm Management, Standards
  • Plant Tour of a local Water/Wastewater Facility
  • Trade Show, Reception & Networking Event
  • 1-day ISA Training Course on Application of Industrial Wireless Systems
  • 2-day ISA Training Course on Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control System
  • Affordable Professional Development for Plant Operations/Maintenance Staff, Plant Managers, Plant Designers, Engineers, System Integrators
  • CEUs – Continuing Education Units
  • PDHs – Professional Development Hours
  • Approved CEUs/PDHs for licensed water & wastewater operators and engineers

Symposium Location, Size and Target Audience

Traditionally held in the Orlando (Florida, USA) area during the first week of August, the symposium is a “niche conference” that caters specifically to the needs of automation professionals, technicians and engineers in the water and wastewater sectors.  With a typical attendance of 200-300 people each year, the ISA WWAC symposium  routinely welcome attendees from USA, Canada, and Mexico, as well as from abroad.

The symposium takes place in Orlando during the summer for many reasons.  The state of Florida traditionally has water/wastewater challenges, hotels are plentiful and inexpensive, and there are many airline flight options to the Orlando area.  Also, with Walt Disney World, Universal Studio’s and Sea World right next door, the Orlando location provides attendees an opportunity to bring their families along for the trip.  The symposium organizing committee sees value in our “niche format” because it allows for a very focused, worthwhile event where all the participants get a chance to get to know each other.

History of the Symposium

The 2016 WWAC Symposium marks the thirteen time that the symposium has been held with its current focus. In fact, the symposium it has been an annual conference since 2003.  The symposium organizing and program committees consist of a wide range of dedicated individuals, from across the industry, who bring a mix of both seasoned experience and new ideas.

About the ISA Water/Wastewater  Industries Division

The ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) is concerned with all aspects of instrumentation and automated-control related to commercial and public systems associated with water and wastewater management. Membership in the WWID provides the latest news and information relating to instrumentation and control systems in water and wastewater management, including water processing and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment. The division holds an annual symposium that features presentations by industry practitioners and published proceedings. More information can be found at www.isa.org/wwid/.

About the ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).