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Eramosa COVID-19 External Announcement

To our Valued Public and Private Sector Clients,

Eramosa Engineering Inc (Eramosa) is constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that the situation and information available from trusted government sources and local public health authorities constantly changes. To address this challenge head on while maintaining our commitment to service for our clients, Eramosa has made a number of changes to our standard practices to mitigate the health and safety risks of our team, clients, and the community.

  • Our team and team members remain committed to you. Our back-end corporate systems are already in place for remote working and we have expanded our work from home policy
    for all team members at Eramosa. Call us and we will answer. Email us and we will respond.
  • We have cancelled all international trips outside of Canada and the USA indefinitely.
  • We continue to conduct all non-critical meetings via remote teleconferences wherever possible.
  • We continue to support our clients and projects through all necessary onsite work ranging from commissioning as well as SCADA system maintenance and emergency support.
  • Our team members are equipped with personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, and face shields for job specific tasks.
  • We are now permitting essential business air travel within Canada and to the USA only when considered critical and required using airlines practicing strict pre-screening processes, social distancing for seating, and personal protective equipment requirement.

Please continue to reach out to us as you always have. Our 24 hour support services continue to be available to help you keep critical public and private sector systems online. As a reminder our 24 hour support line is 226-780-2260.

We will adjust our policies and practices as more information becomes available from Health Canada as well as Provincial and Local Health Authorities. As a result of this the policies and plans identified within this letter are in effect the date of posting and are subject to change. We thank you for your support and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns you can reach me at nick.hallas@eramosa.com.

[ Download a PDF of this announcement here ]

Yours truly,
ERAMOSA ENGINEERING INC.

Nick Hallas, P.Eng.
President

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Schomberg Water Treatment Plant Emergency Filter Rehabilitation Project

In May 2017, the Schomberg water Treatment Plant lost filtration capacity due to unexpected failure of one of three pressure filter trains and the plant struggled to maintain system demands.  The Region replaced the filter media and retested the filters, however flows were reduced due to the limitations of the filter process to less than 50% capacity. While system demands were now satisfied, the Region considered the security of the water supply for the community to be at risk.  There was a need to increase capacity and redundancy to allow for greater optimization and ongoing maintenance. 

Temporary mobile filtration trailers were commissioned to provide the needed capacity, redundancy and water quality to complete the necessary upgrades including: replacement of  the filer media, reconfiguring the filter underdrains, replacement and optimization of the oxidation system, replacement and modification of the valves and piping, updating the instrumentation, and reprogramming of the water treatment plant process control logic.  Over the next several months, the temporary filters were carefully monitored, the existing plant filters removed from service, and upgrading and restoration of the original treatment plant began.  All upgrades were implemented in 2018 and 2019 including rigorous commissioning and site acceptance testing for more than three months. After final testing and commissioning, the plant filters were officially put back in to service in November 2019 and the temporary filters phased out by March 2020.  Eramosa provided SCADA programming services for the water treatment plant process control logic and assisted in the commissioning and testing of the upgrades.

We are very pleased to share that the Region of York’s Schomberg Water Treatment Plant Emergency Filter Rehabilitation Project has been selected as the Ontario Public Works Association’s (OPWA) 2020 Project of the Year for Emergency Construction between $2-$10 Million.  See the presentation here.

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Alloa Reservoir & Pumping Station

The Alloa Reservoir and Pumping Station is located north of Mayfield Road and west of Creditview Road in the Town of Caledon. The Alloa facility will be the final reservoir and pumping station on the western transmission system, fed by the Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant, and is needed to meet imminent municipal water demands for development growth in the City of Brampton, Northwest Development Area. The Region of Peel retained Burnside for the planning, detailed design and contract administration of the Alloa Reservoir and Pumping Station project.

This facility was designed to provide an ultimate capacity of 165 ML/d. The project includes the design and construction of a 35ML, two celled reservoir with design provisions for a future expansion of the reservoir storage to 70ML; a pumping station servicing Peel Zone 6W and Zone 7W; electrical supply included twinned 750kVA transformers, 5kV switchgear, 4160V feeds to pump starters and 4160V-600/347V transformers to feed 600V MCC; 1250 kW diesel generator; provision for top-up chlorination; and a dedicated administration area with a boardroom and offices. Eramosa provided electrical, instrumentation & control and SCADA services as a sub consultant to RJ Burnside.

We are very pleased to share that the Region of Peel’s Alloa Reservoir and Pumping Station Project has been selected as the Ontario Public Works Association’s (OPWA) 2020 Project of the Year for Environmental Projects between $10-$50 Million.

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Eramosa Acquires Engineering Group from Westin Technology Solutions to Accelerate Growth in the United States

Press Release – July 2, 2020
Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Eramosa, a North American leader in the provision of SCADA, network, cybersecurity, operational technology, and control systems for the water and renewable energy sectors, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Westin Technology Solutions’ Engineering Group assets effective June 30, 2020. The addition of Westin’s operations in both the United States and Canada will allow Eramosa to accelerate their growth in the United States and further enhance their offerings within Canada. Westin will continue to provide technology consulting services and remain a trusted partner with Eramosa.

“Eramosa and the Westin Team share a common vision,” says Eramosa President Nick Hallas.  “One where providing our clients with exceptional engineering services in the application and adoption of operational technology leads to improved operational excellence and optimization throughout the team.”

Mr. Hallas continued, “We are pleased to welcome the talented and dedicated Westin team members to the Eramosa family. Together, we will be well-positioned to deliver greater value to our customers throughout the water and renewable energy sectors within North America.”

Jeff Burton, Vice-President of Westin Technology Solutions, says, “Joining Eramosa allows us to continue our growth strategy throughout the United States, leveraging the professionals within the Eramosa team, as we continue to pursue new and exciting projects.”

Eramosa and Westin have previously partnered on several large projects and the acquisition of Westin’s Engineering Group further solidifies this relationship in the North American market. The combined strength of over 55 years of corporate experience in this sector provides our clients with extensive experience across multiple technologies.

About Eramosa

Eramosa is a consulting engineering company founded in 1998 to provide our clients with SCADA, instrumentation & control, network, cybersecurity, operational technology, and electrical engineering services. Eramosa has offices in Toronto, Guelph and London, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta and Detroit, Michigan. Eramosa is one of the largest specialized groups offering these services in the water sector.

For more information, contact Eramosa.

About Westin Technology Solutions

Westin Technology Solutions (Engineering Group) provides operational technology consulting services in North America to assist municipalities align their business requirements with technology. Founded in 1981 Westin has offices in San Marcos, California; Overland Park, Kansas; and Markham, Ontario.

Find out more by visiting https://westindelivers.com/about/

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Eramosa Engineering is now an Omron Certified System Integrator!

Eramosa has successfully become an Omron Certified System Integrator. Becoming Omron certified compliments our certification and accreditation with other SCADA and automation products. This will allow us to design and implement the best automation system for each of our Client’s specific needs and requirements. Please visit our Services page for a full listing of all SCADA product certifications and accreditations.

Omron Automation
www.automation.omron.com

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CIOReview commends Eramosa’s work empowering utilities with e.RIS

As a leading magazine in the field of technology, CIOReview seeks to assist organizations in filtering through the myriad solutions in the cluttered innovation landscape. As a platform that highlights groundbreaking new methods, e.RIS is a natural fit. CIOReview selected Eramosa as one 2019’s twenty most promising utility technology solution providers. They spoke with Tim Sutherns, Eramosa’s board chair, to get his take on what makes e.RIS different and how it can spur the adoption of machine learning.

When faced with the data storm so many utilities encounter, Eramosa found a solution.

Instead of data islands, e.RIS integrates all organization data, from as many sources as necessary, into one platform. Sutherns says, “…we bridge [the] gap and bring a solution to the market to help make effective decisions.”  

Armed with the power of unified data, utilities can confidently implement cutting edge artificial intelligence tools. Working smarter, not harder, is the key to the efficient, thriving organization.   

Read the article @ CIOReview site →
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CEO Award of Merit

The 2018 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Award of Merit in the category of Industry, Energy + Resources was awarded to Eramosa Engineering Inc. for their collaborative work with the London Health Sciences Centre power plant and energy systems data management and visualization project.  The primary goal of the project was to re-establish integrity of the data being utilized for the energy procurement, reporting and management tasks.   Secondary goals were to automate manual data processing and house all data in one system instead of having to manually extract data from multiple systems as well as to have a near real-time reporting and data visualization tool established to allow LHSC to make better operational decisions.  LHSC retained Eramosa to develop a solution to achieve these goals.  Eramosa was presented with the award at the 16th Annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala held on April 21, 2018.

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Eramosa Relocates Toronto, ON Office

Guelph, ON, March 1, 2018 – Eramosa Engineering is pleased to announce that effective immediately we have a new Toronto, Ontario office location at the Ontario Design Centre, 260 King St. East, Suite A205, Toronto, Ontario, M4A 4L5.

“We are excited with this move as it allows us to grow our Toronto office significantly and expand our service offerings for our clients”, says Nick Hallas, Eramosa president. “We currently have a number of large engineering projects with the City of Toronto. The move allows us to continue to grow our work with the City of Toronto as well continue to grow our relationships with our Eastern Ontario clients.”

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Inductive Automation – Firebrand Award

At Inductive Automation’s Ignition Community Conference (ICC) 2017 Eramosa was presented the Gold Firebrand Award for Transformative Projects. The winning project was completed for Canadian Solar Solutions and connected numerous systems for a brighter solar future. This project involved working with Canadian Solar to create CSEye — a custom hybrid asset performance monitoring and computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) application for the solar photovoltaic (PV) operations & maintenance sector of the renewable power-generating market. CSEye is a comprehensive tool providing value to stakeholders at all levels of the Canadian Solar operations & maintenance group. Ignition provided a customizable application development environment providing full access to critical operational data from various existing SCADA architectures while allowing the project to scale as needs arose. By using Ignition Eramosa was able to solve the problem of disjointed legacy systems, providing a single application environment. The application has several benefits to the project Owner including cost-effective licensing that scales, reliable historical data feeds for near real-time analysis, modern communication protocols such as OPC-UA, Modbus, EthernetIP , Siemens Ethernet, and RESTful web services as well as standardized charting tools, UDT structures and Python scripting for database queries.

Article (Courtesy Inductive Automation)

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Eramosa project highlighted in magazine

A notable project that highlighted real ingenuity was recently featured in a magazine for the Ontario engineering community. The three-page article details how Eramosa partnered with the Region of Waterloo to upgrade an older SCADA system at a rural water treatment plant that is controlled remotely.

The complexities of the project were chronicled in the November/December issue of the Ontario Technologist, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) member magazine. The article was authored by Alan Couch and Franklyn Smith from the Region of Waterloo, and Jon Watson of Eramosa.