2019 Energy & Water Automation Conference, Orlando, FL | ISA

Conference: 7–8 August 2019 Training: 5–6 August 2019 Venue: OMNI ChampionsGate, Orlando, Florida


NEW TWO-DAY EVENT featuring interactive sessions led by ISA's power generation, alternative energy, municipal water, and industrial water experts

Join us for critical industry discussions

You’re facing challenges in an ever-changing world – and we’re bringing the best and brightest minds together to find solutions.

Multiple industries will collaborate in this new event to explore best practices and new technologies to address: 

  • Leveraging data analytics to drive results
  • Navigating IIoT with safety and cybersecurity in mind
  • Applying the insights of Smart Cities Initiatives to improve operations  
  • Leveraging solutions in multiple industries, including oil and gas, refining, power generation, wind and solar energy, and water handling

Speakers will share their success stories and lessons learned in these critical areas and leverage solutions across multiple industries including:  

  • Power Generation (electric, nuclear, wind, solar, etc.)
  • Water/Wastewater Management  
  • Oil and Gas
  • Chemical Refining
  • Mining and Metals 
  • and, other Process Manufacturing entities! 

“We’re excited to offer attendees a meaningful and comprehensive technical program that brings expertise from multiple industries to bear on today’s most pressing challenges.”  

Manoj Yegnaraman ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference Chair Associate Vice President and Principal Instrumentation & Control Engineer, Carollo Engineers  

Registration Fees

Full Conference:  

ISA Member - 560 USD Non-Member/List - 700 USD EWAC Committee Member - 450 USD AWWA Member - 450 USD WEF Member - 450 USD Authors/Speakers (Two-Day) - 450 USD Authors/Speakers (One-Day) - 225 USD Student/Retirees - 125 USD  

Note: Exhibitors may register up to two additional personnel for 250 USD per person, per day.

Who Should Attend?

Management • IT/OT Professionals • Operators/Instrument Technicians • Maintenance Personnel • Engineers/Integrators/Consultants • Automation Suppliers • Service Providers • Power Generation • Water Treatment • Wastewater Management • Oil and Gas • Chemical Refining • Other Related Process Industries • Past ISA WWAC Attendees • Past ISA POWID Attendees

Keynote Speakers 

Wednesday, 7 August

Tom DeLaura, PE President/CEO DeLaura Consulting Water Environment Federation (WEF) Asset Management—An Approach to Achieving Sustainability  

Tom has 45 years of experience combining innovative management practices with advanced technology focused on how people and automation successfully align. His experience includes management, planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of business and operational systems as integrated programs. His background includes creating master plans, asset management programs, information system programs, strategic plans and assessments, managing construction, and providing operational and maintenance assistance. 

In addition to Mr. DeLaura's consulting engineering experience, he served a decade as an end user and manager of information and process control computer systems with a major municipality. His management skills help clients better leverage innovation in actions with advances in technology to create environments for collaboration and informed decision making. His skills help clients balance needs with reality, maximizing the use and benefit of existing resources within real-world constraints. This creates environments for collaboration and informed decision making around the entire lifecycle of assets and across all perspectives of the business.

Tom is a past co-chair of the joint MI-AWWA/MWEA (Michigan) Asset & Infrastructure Management Committee, sits on the AWWA Asset Management Committee, serves on the WEF Automation & Information Technology Committee (past chair), and serves on WEF's Utility Management Committee and AWWA's Strategic Practices Committee. 

Dean Ford, CAP, PE Managing Principal Engineer/Executive VP Westin Technology Solutions Automation Maturity—Where Does the System Live?  

Dean's entire 22+ year career has involved automation systems engineering and consulting. He currently serves the water industry as the managing principal engineer and executive vice president of Westin Technology Solutions engineering practice where he leads a dedicated and passionate staff of automation engineering professionals. He is a licensed Control Systems Engineer in 18 states and a Certified Automation Professional®. 

Dean is an active senior member in the International Society of Automation (ISA) and participated in many standards committees. He is an active member of many industry groups including AWWA, WEF, WRF, and SWAN. He serves on the government relations an workforce development committee for the Automation Federation educating the public and government of the critical role automation plays in the future.

Dean's current mission is to educate water utilities on taking advantage of their SCADA investment and evolving their thinking from automation being a cost o a long-term investment. Applying lessons and experience from private industry to the public sector, Dean brings a unique perspective to utility operations and users of automation.  

Thursday, 8 August

Mark Delfunt Director of Knowledge Management InSource Solutions Why You Need a Digitization Strategy  

Mr. Delfunt has over 42 years in manufacturing, municipal, and industrial process control. Mark serves on the leadership team at InSource Solutions, headquartered in Richmond, VA, where he as responsibilities for managing strategic knowledge assets used to create value for clients and employees designed to help them be more successful and make the complex simple.

Prior to this, Mr. Delfunt held positions in engineering design, instrument engineering, automation & controls, continuous improvement consulting, business development, and various management and leadership positions at various end-users and consulting organizations. 

Beginning his career in water/wastewater treatment, Mr. Delfunt worked in various municipal sites in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas. Additionally, Mark has worked in various vertical industries such as food and beverage, chemical, pulp and paper, power generation, engineered materials, fibers, and textile throughout North America.

ISA Technical Training Schedule*

Take advantage of ISA one-day, technical training! This is yet-another opportunity to expand your professional development and gain CEU or PDH credits by attending one or more valuable short courses being held in conjunction with EWAC 2019. 

Classes are filling up fast—reserve your seat today!

Monday, 5 August

IC30C1 Introduction to SCADA Systems Integration Instructor: Cameron Kamrani 

This course explains the parts and technologies that make up a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and shows you how to evaluate potential benefits of applying the technology to your process application.  

IC39C - Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems Instructor: John Bogdan

This course focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle provided in the ANSI/ISA-18.00.02 standard. Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. The activities include the alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, basic alarm design, advanced alarm techniques, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design for alarms, monitoring assessment, management of change, and audit. 

Tuesday, 6 August

MT05C - Project Management for Technical Professionals Instructor: Cameron Kamrani

This course overviews project management for technical professionals responsible for managing technical projects as well as for anyone interested in enhancing their project management knowledge and skills. The fundamentals of what you need to know to manage technical projects are presented. It broadly overviews the concepts and practices of the project management life cycle and presents the techniques, concept, and tools needed to define, plan, monitor, control, and close a technical project. 

IC87C - CyberSensors: Advancements in Automation CyberPhysical Security Instructor: Sterling Rooke

This course presents a substantial change to cyber- and cyberphysical security that is arising in the electric utility SCADA domain. Advances in technology as well as business operation changes are presented with specific impacts on legacy SP95/99 (Purdue Model and zones & conduits) architectures. Modern advances in sensor technology, IT/OT cognizant systems, the latest wireless and Internet of Things (IoT and Industrial IoT) are layered into the “cybersensors” discussions providing implications for seamless integration into IT security and OT operational systems. Numerous examples of real-world deployments are covered for facilities using supervisory control and acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Registration: - Member: 650.00 USD - Community Member/List: 815.00 USD Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .7 

* Note: Registration for training courses is separate from, and in addition to, your conference registration fee. For more information or to register, contact ISA at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  

Network with colleagues and friends in sunny Orlando!

The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate features a 15-acre playground with impeccable golf greens, pristine indoor and outdoor pools, an 850-foot lazy river, a video game arcade, and a 10,000 square foot signature spa. Enjoy 36 holes of championship golf, a lighted 9-hole golf course, and 18 holes of miniature golf—all within the world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.  

You’ll love every minute of your time at this exclusive resort!

To reserve your hotel room online click HERE or call +1-407-390-6664. 

Room rate: 129 USD/night Cutoff date: 7/15 (After deadine, rooms are available based upon hotel availability. Discounted rate is not guaranteed.) 

Discounted Parking for EWAC Attendees: - 10 USD overnight/self-parking - 8 USD per day/self-parking  

Event Refund-Cancellation Policy While we hope your plans do not change, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you cancel at least two weeks before the start date of the event, you can receive a full refund. If you cancel less than two weeks before the event start date, you can utilize your credit to transfer to a future technical event offering in the remaining year, or use for the purchase of other ISA products/services of comparable value, but there will be no refunds. In the unlikely occurrence of an event cancellation and circumstances beyond our control, ISA will also attempt to notify all registrants no later than ten days prior to the scheduled event date. ISA is not responsible for any travel or related scheduling expenses incurred prior to a cancellation decision. Please note that all outstanding registration fees are also due prior to your event attendance. 





Conference Committee Leadership 

Conference Chair – Water Manoj Yegnaraman, PE, CP, CE, Carollo Engineers  

Conference Chair – Energy Josiah Long, Bechtel, Chair 

Program Chair – Water Joe Provenzano, KPRO Engineering Services  

Program Co-Chair – Water Hassan Ajami, PCI 

Program Chair – Energy John Sorge, Southern Company 

ISA POWID Past Director – Energy Xinsheng Lou, GE Energy

Recognition/Awards - Donald Labbe, Schneider Electric

Program Review Committee

  • Jaime Alba, DC Water Authority
  • Bob Dusza, City of Manchester Water and Sewer Department 
  • Carter Farley, InstruLogic, LLC
  • Jonathan Mitchell, c2i Inc.
  • Joshua Gelman, PE, CDM Smith
  • Jon Grant, Woodard & Curran, Inc.
  • Jason Hamlin, Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • David Hobart, PEng, CAP, ISA84-SFS, Hobart Automation Engineering
  • Lucas Jordan, PE, MR Systems
  • Maxym Lachance, PEng, BBA
  • Paul McGuire, PE, North East Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • Tony Morelli, PE, Publix Super Markets
  • Vickie Olson, Honeywell Process Solutions  
  • Kevin Patel, PE, Signature Automation
  • Matt Phillips, City of Guelph Water Services Dept. 
  • Pavol Segedy, PE, HDR, Inc.
  • David Wilcoxson, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, Stantec

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