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Fundamentals of SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities

June 13-14, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Sponsored by EUCI

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The ability to provide human interaction with the process control system is critical to react to conditional changes and maintain output goals. Water treatment facilities are faced with higher permit standards while simultaneously striving for cost savings via operational excellence efforts. These two items can be achieved through improved process optimizations driven by real-time data analysis, which directly relies upon the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. 

The fundamentals taught in this course will cover the nomenclature, components and architecture of a SCADA system. Attendees will become familiar with the past, current and potential future industry standards, good practices and trends, with the goal of having every attendee confident in their understanding of the various elements of this converged informational/operational technology (IT/OT) that creates the overarching SCADA environment. This course will focus on water and water resource recovery treatment but has general application in other industries.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the history and evolution of SCADA systems
  • Highlight the basic hardware and software components of SCADA systems
  • Review SCADA system architecture
  • Discuss the need for SCADA in Water/Wastewater facility operation
  • Cover protocols that are used to transmit, collect, store, and manage data
  • Identify the data flow from field, to control room, to repository and back
  • Discuss alarm processing and supervisory control
  • Overview of designing and maintaining a SCADA implementation
  • Discuss cybersecurity for ICS in Water/Wastewater


MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time

A Brief History of SCADA

  • Evolution of Technology
    • Edge – Field devices and controllers
    • Central – Datacenters and historical data
    • Cloud – Predictive process analytics
  • System Types
    • Manufacturer (Proprietary)
    • Local (Stand-Alone)
    • Remote (Networked)

SCADA Components

  • Nomenclature
  • Field Devices
  • Datacenter
  • Applications
  • Data Repository

SCADA Architecture

  • Field Communication Networks
  • Application Servers
  • Operational Workplace
  • Device and Logical Control Loops
  • Data Paths, Storage and Analysis


  • Device/controller Communication
    • Fieldbus
    • Ethernet
    • Traditional
  • Plant-wide Ethernet
    • Segmentation
    • Redundancy
    • Topologies
      • Converged
      • Separated
    • Cloud

Data Collection

  • Field Measurement Types
    • Continuous (Analog)
      • Control (Setpoint)
      • Expected (Deviation)
      • Historical (Span)
      • Boundaries (Limits)
    • Discrete (Digital)
      • Target
    • Totalizers
      • Time base
      • Conditional reset
    • Physical vs Logical Points
      • Device measurements
      • Inferred measurements
      • Point analytics
    • Interaction and User Data
      • Process event frequency
      • User-device interactions
      • Graphic use statistics
      • Alarm generation & response rate
    • System Performance Analytics
      • Client response time
      • Screen loading delay
      • Alarm package
    • Collection Frequency and Value Deviation Considerations
    • Simulation and Predictive Analysis
    • Data Path Robustness and Resiliency

Day One Wrap Up and Q&A


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Designing and Maintaining a SCADA Environment

  • Industry Standards
    • System design
    • Naming conventions
    • Alarm philosophy
    • Code management
  • Good Practices
    • Balancing local vs remote vs cloud
    • Alarm rationalization
    • Redundancy vs complexity
  • Monitoring
    • Control room
    • User notifications
    • Process area alerts
  • Reporting & Regulations
    • Data integrity and validation
    • Retention requirements
  • Cybersecurity
    • Advantage vs risk
    • Regulations
    • Getting started
  • Long-Term Planning
    • Benefit vs cost
    • Upgrading/replacing an existing system
    • Beginning with the end in mind

Course Wrap Up and Q&A