Technical Program Taking Shape – 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium

We are pleased to report that the technical program for the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) is taking shape, and the final program will be announced soon. Scheduled for August 6-8, 2013, the WWAC Symposium presents a unique opportunity for professionals who work with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), automation, and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors to come together, share ideas, and gain valuable continuing education.

The high quality of abstracts submitted this year are going to make for an impressive program,” says Graham Nasby of Eramosa Engineering, the 2013 general symposium chair. “Our program committee is hard at work selecting the 30+ speakers for the symposium’s technical program. This is in addition to our three invited speakers on cyber security, project management, and human factors design. We will also be making our keynote speaker announcement very soon.”

The 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal Hotel. Attendance surged at the 2012 symposium and the momentum is expected to expand involvement again this year. This large increase in participation is a testament to the symposium’s renewed focus on today’s challenges in automation, instrumentation, and SCADA for our public infrastructure.

The symposium will also feature guest speakers from other municipal water/wastewater oriented associations, such as the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA).  By forming strong partnerships with other associations, the symposium has been able to reach a broader audience of water and wastewater professionals across the industry. For members of these associations, the symposium also provides targeted professional development and training opportunities which were otherwise inaccessible.

“The ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium is a great venue to offer SCADA-specific continuing education opportunities. This is another example of the FSAWWA providing benefits to our membership and more specifically to those members who are involved with this aspect of our public water infrastructure,” says Jason Parrillo, Chair of the Florida Section of the AWWA. “By partnering with the ISA we can now offer specialized training that would otherwise not be available to our membership. For this reason we are very pleased to have been invited to partner with the ISA’s Water/Wastewater Division to promote this annual symposium.”

Registration for the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium is now available on the symposium website. Registration for the 2.5 day symposium is priced at $425, with discounts available for WEF, AWWA and ISA members. Two short courses on in-depth SCADA cyber security and flow meter selection/sizing are also being offered in conjunction with the symposium. More information is available at

About GrahamNasby

Graham Nasby, P.Eng., PMP, CAP is a project manager and automation engineer who lives in Guelph, Ontario Canada where he is the Water SCADA & Security Specialist for the City of Guelph Waterworks. Graham was the chair of the 2012 and 2013 ISA water/wastewater symposiums, and is currently the editor of the ISA Water/Wastewater newsletter. He can be contacted at