2018 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium | ISA

ISA's Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium comes to Bethesda, Maryland!

Conference: 8-9 August Training: 6-7 August 


2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium!

Sponsored by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industry Division, 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. 

See photos from last year's event here.

Presentation Topics Include:

General Topics

  • Instrumentaton: New Technologies and Applications 
  • SCADA Security, ISA/IEC 62443, CSET, Mitigating Risks 
  • Control System Redundancy and Robust Design 
  • Wireless Technolgoies, Alarm Management, HIM Design 
  • System Integration, Control System Strategies 
  • Automation Techniques for Existing Plants 
  • New Control System Technologies 
  • Plant Case Studies 
  • Process Optimization 
  • Automated Control Techniques 
  • Project Management Lessons for Integration Projects 
  • Specific Water and Wastewater Challenge

Future of Automation

  • Modelling Non-Revenue Water & Collection Networks
  • Energy Use Modelling and Optimization with SCADA
  • Capturing and Evaluating Stakeholder Needs
  • HMI Design for Operator Effectiveness 
  • Effective Use of Multiple HMI Screens
  • Human Factors and Control Room Design
  • Intelligent & Expert Systems
  • Alarm Management & Rationalization
  • Implementing of ISA, EEMUA, WEF & AWWA Standards
  • Call-Out Alarm Rationalization and Techniques
  • Data Reporting & Pesentation Techniques/Strategies 
  • Data Management, Historians, and Data Retrieval
  • SCADA and the Current Regulatory Environment
  • Mobile HMIs, Tablets, Remote Access, and Dashboards

Hot Topics & Emerging Technologies—NEW

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Cities
  • Intelligent Water Technologies
  • Operational Optimization
  • Effective Utility Management 

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in automation, instrumentation and/or control systems within the water/wastewater sector—including plant operators, technical and maintenance personnel, engineers, programmers and system integrators.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 

1. Meet and Engage with leading water/wastewater industries professionals.

2. Discover latest industry news, trends and expert projections.

3. Earn valuable CEUs and PDHs for attending conference and training sessions.

4. Experience the vendor exhibition to learn about the latest products and water/wastewater process solutions.

5. Attend thought-provoking keynote sessions delivered by industry leaders.


Wednesday, 8 August:

7:00AM Registration, Badge Pick-up, Breakfast

8:00AM - 8:15AM Opening Remarks

8:15AM - 9:00AM Keynote Speaker: Charles B. Bott

9:00AM - 9:45AM Invited Speaker: Matt Barrett

9:45AM - 10:30AM Break/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

10:30AM - 12:00PM Session One Track Break Outs

12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch and Exhibits

1:00PM - 3:00PM Session Two Track Break Outs

3:00PM - 3:45PM Break/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

3:45PM - 5:15PM Session Three Track Break Outs

5:15PM General Reception and Cash Bar

Thursday, 9 August:

7:00AM Registration and Breakfast

8:00AM - 8:10AM Opening Remarks

8:10AM - 8:15AM Preview of 2019 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

8:15AM - 8:25AM AWWA Guest Speaker: Kevin Morley

8:25AM - 8:35AM WEF Guest Speaker: Barry Liner 

8:35AM - 9:00AM Guest Speakers: Ting Lu and Barry Liner

9:00AM - 9:30AM Invited Speaker: Patricia Lamb 

9:30AM - 9:45AM 2017 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium/Water and Wastewater Industry Division Awards

9:45AM - 10:30AM Break/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

10:30AM - 12:00PM Session One Track Break Outs

12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch and Exhibits

1:00PM - 2:30PM Session Two Track Break Outs

2:30PM Break/Networking/Vendor Exhibits 

3:00PM - 4:00PM Session Three Track Break Outs 

4:05PM Closing Remarks/Symposium Wrap-Up

**Subject to change, as the final program is still under development.

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Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, 8 August 8:15 a.m. 

Dr. Charles B. Bott Director of Water Technology and Research, Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) 

HRSD’s Vision for Advanced Water Treatment and Managed Aquifer Recharge in Eastern Virginia, USA: Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT)  

Declining aquifer levels, land subsidence, and saltwater intrusion are occurring in the Potomac Aquifer System in Eastern Virginia. HRSD has developed an innovative program called the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) that will address these challenges and provide additional benefits to the region, including nutrient credits for urban stormwater and other needs. SWIFT will add advanced water treatment (AWT) to seven of HRSD’s existing treatment plants to produce more than 100 MGD of finished water that meets drinking water standards and is compatible with the receiving aquifer. Finished water will be pumped into the Potomac Aquifer System (PAS) as part of a groundwater replenishment program to counter the documented aquifer challenges. The SWIFT program enhances the sustainability of the region’s long-term groundwater supply, and it also decreases the existing, permitted nutrient load currently entering the sensitive Chesapeake Bay, allowing the offset of MS4 urban stormwater nutrient management, for which several formal trading agreements with localities have already been executed. This presentation will review the SWIFT program from concept development, including aquifer modeling and feasibility investigations, to AWT pilot testing, construction of a 1.0 MGD demonstration facility, incorporation of SWIFT as an integrated planning element, public outreach efforts, and finally to the plans for full-scale build-out. 

About the Speaker Dr. Charles B. Bott joined HRSD in 2009 and is the Director of Water Technology and Research. He manages technology innovation and research and development for HRSD’s sixteen wastewater treatment plants (249 MGD combined capacity). Dr. Bott is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a consulting engineer with Parsons Engineering Science. Dr. Bott has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a MS in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council. Dr. Bott is a Professional Engineer in Virginia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Virginia Class I. He is a two time winner of the WEF Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for outstanding contribution to wastewater principles/processes research, he was a previous member of the WEF Board of Trustees, and he is the current co-chair of The Water Research Foundation and WEF Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program.  

Invited Speakers

Matt Barrett NIST Program Manager, Cybersecurity Framwork  

Matt Barrett leads Cybersecurity Framework activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Not only do Matt and his team manage awareness and education of Framework, but also the on-going collaboration between public and private sectors to evolve Framework. Matt will discuss the recently revised Framework (Version 1.1) and its connection to the sector-specific cybersecurity guidance developed by AWWA, and the ISA 62443 multi-part standard for Industrial Automation and Control System Cybersecurity.

Patricia Lamb Critical Infrastructure Protection Program Manager, DC Water

Patricia is responsible for planning, monitoring, and coordination all DC Water critical infrastructure protection functions. She acts as the primary interface with the National Capital Region and other regional entities for all DC Water critical infrastructure protection activities. Patricia completed DC Water and Sewer Authority’s first, enterprise-wide AWWA J100 Risk and Resilience Assessment in May 2018. In her presentation Patrica will discuss how the J100 risk assessment methodology relates to other key resources utilities can employ to assess and manage risks – including cyber risks!

Guest Speakers

Kevin Morley, Ph.D. Security & Preparedness Program Manager, AWWA

Kevin Morley, Ph.D. is the Security & Preparedness Program Manager at the American Water Works Association (AWWA). In this role, he works closely with a variety of organizations (such as DHS/FEMA, EPA, USACE, CDC and the Water Sector Coordinating Council) to advance the security and preparedness of the nation’s critical infrastructure. These efforts include expanding mutual aid and assistance through the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN). In addition, Dr. Morley supports the development of water sector standards and guidance for security and preparedness. Most recently, he helped develop a resource guide, Process Control System Security Guidance for the Water Sector, and a use-case tool that provides a water sector-specific approach to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Dr. Morley received a doctorate degree from George Mason University for his research assessing the resilience of the water sector through the development of the Utility Resilience Index (URI). He holds a master of science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University.

Barry Liner, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE Water Science & Engineering Director, WEF

Barry Liner, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE is the director of WEF’s Water Science & Engineering Center. Since joining WEF in 2010, he has been responsible for leading WEF’s innovation initiative, including the Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC, the world’s largest water quality conference. He also represents the water sector on the development of the ISA certification, Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP). Before WEF, Liner served as Assistant Professor and Director of International Engineering Programs at George Mason University, where he founded Engineers for International Development and also helped develop and deliver a groundbreaking Public Sector Entrepreneurship graduate program for the US Army Corps of Engineers. A licensed Lead Appraiser by the CMMI Institute, he has led nearly 50 CMMI appraisals, including the world’s first CMMI for Services appraisal to be quality approved by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Previously, he led change management efforts at AEM Corporation and managed support regulatory support projects for the USEPA’s Office of Water and IT projects for both public and private sector clients. Liner also worked at Black & &eatch, where he delivered management consulting services focusing on operational efficiency, public private partnerships, benchmarking and strategic finance to over 30 water and wastewater utilities and research organizations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. He also served at the World Bank, developing a protocol to monitor and evaluate progress towards the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals. Liner began his professional career as a product manager for a water quality instrumentation manufacturer. Barry earned his Ph.D. in IT & C&vil Engineering from George Mason University. He received a graduate certificate in business administration from Georgetown University, an MS in urban systems engineering from George Mason University, and graduated with BA in economics from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and board certified environmental engineer (BCEE).


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Whether it be a keynote speaker, session, track or technical training, ISA offers attendees exposure to the importance of cybersecurity in the process automation landscape through its Division Symposia activities. As a global, unbiased developer of a vast array of technical resources focused on process safety and control systems cybersecurity, ISA brings a unique perspective and deep understanding of today’s industrial challenges. The developer and applications-focused thought leader behind the world’s only consensus-based industrial cybersecurity standard (ISA/IEC 62443), ISA’s approach to the cybersecurity challenge is holistic, bridging the gap between operations and information technology; and between process safety and cybersecurity. ISA hosts numerous annual technical conference events worldwide that provide quality education, the latest automation developments (including cybersecurity), and real-world scenarios, with content-rich presentations delivered by experts, peers, and industry leaders. Be sure to take advantage of the outstanding professional development and networking opportunities provided through these unique, niche industry conference and exhibition events.  


Cutting-edge technical training for the power industry professional

To complement the content you gain through your attendance, a number of ISA-sponsored, technical training courses will be offered before and after the event.

IC37—IACS Cybersecurity Operations & Maintenance Date: 6-7 August Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM CEUs/PDHs: 1.4

Member: $1,440.00 USD Non Member: $1,800.00 USD 

The third phase in the IACS Cybersecurity Lifecycle (defined ISA 62443-1) focuses on the activities associated with the ongoing operations and maintenance of IACS cybersecurity. This involves network diagnostics and troubleshooting, security monitoring and incident response, and maintenance of cybersecurity countermeasures implemented in the Design & Implementation phase. This phase also includes security management of change, backup, and recovery procedures and periodic cybersecurity audits. 

This course will provide students with the information and skills to detect and troubleshoot potential cybersecurity events as well as the skills to maintain the security level of an operating system throughout its lifecycle despite the challenges of an ever-changing threat environment. 

TI21C—Overview of Grounding and Noise Reduction for Control Equipment Date: 6 August Time: 8:00AM - 4:00PM CEUs/PDHs: .07

Member: $650.00 USD Non Member: $815.00 USD 

This course provides and understanding of grounding, both from an electrical systems relationship and from an instrument loops relationship. The purpose of grounding and electrical systems, grounding for safety, signal noise, signal wiring systems, and methods used to reduce noise will be covered.

Note: Training courses require a separate registration and fee. Combination discounts are available.

Click on each one to register and to gain more course information. You will also be able register by contacting ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  


The Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel 7400 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814 USA Phone: +1 301-657-1234

ISA-Discounted Rate: $129/night Reservation Deadline: 23 July 2018

Book Your Hotel Reservation Here!

WWAC 2018 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, a completely renovated hotel. This recent multi-million dollar transformation includes all new guest rooms and bathrooms, remodeled meetings space including a stunning rooftop event space, and a revitalized lobby in our 12 story atrium. Located in the heart of downtown, our Bethesda, Maryland hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers to the Washington DC area. We offer direct access to the Metrorail and several bus routes, and only a short drive from the Georgetown and the most exciting attractions in the Capital region. Host high level meetings or conferences in our meeting space, relax in our brand-new guestrooms and suites, and savor USDA prime aged steaks and seafood at the nationally acclaimed Morton’s, The Steakhouse.

More about the venue  


Early Bird Registration Before 15 June

ISA Member: US$ 375

AWWA/WEF/ITA Member: US$ 400

Non-Member/List: US$ 500

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 175

Students: US$ 175

Regular Price Registration After 15 June

ISA Member: US$ 425

AWWA/WEF/ITA Member: US$ 450

Non-Member/List: US$ 550

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 200

Students: US$ 175

Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities! 

WWAC 2018 will give sponsors the opportunity to meet face to face with a variety of industry decision makers searching for solutions, products, services, and partners they can trust to make their jobs easier.  

Guarantee your access to this prime audience of prospects, customers, buyers, and influential leaders in the power generation industries by booking your booth today! Contact one of our Account Managers below for more information!  

Laura Martinez +1 919-314-6708 lmartinez@isa.org  

Chris Nelson +1 919-990-9265 cnelson@isa.org  

Richard Simpson +1 919-414-7395 rsimpson@isa.org

Thank you to our current 2018 sponsors and exhibitors!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Media Sponsor

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ABB | Acromag Inc | Ashcroft | Bedrock Automation | Cimtec Automation | Delta Products Corporation | Drager | Emerson | Endress + Hauser Inc. | Eramosa | Hach Company | Indegy | Instrulogic | Interface Inc./Avista Realtime Systems | J5 North America Inc. | Magyar & Associates | Owl Cyber Defense Solutions | Phoenix Contact | Puls, LP | Reali Technologies Ltd. | Rockwell Automation | Schneider Electric | Sensidyne, LP | Trihedral Engineering Ltd. | Ultra Electronics 3eTI | WSC Inc.