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OWWA 2011 Conference Materials

David Chamberlain presented with co-author Wayne Carmichael from the County of Brant during the Management Session on Tuesday May 3, 2011 ‘10 Things to Know When Installing a SCADA System’ based on our recent experience with Brant County as well as our past experience with many of our clients.  We were pleased to have so many of our clients and consultant partners turn out to the presentation – thank you.  Following the presentation there were several requests for copies of the presentation – please download your copy of the presentation here.

The e.SCADA.r poster was a buzz of activity as Jason Low and Dennis Mutti demonstrated the software capabilities throughout the poster sessions via an Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook. The e.SCADA.r web based open reporting tool is available to download at http://sourceforge.net/projects/escadar/.  It is licensed for public use and thus there is no cost for the software. If you missed the demonstration at the conference please contact us and we would be pleased to come to your site to demonstrate the software’s capabilities.

Download a PDF copy of the OWWA 2011 Conference 2011 e.SCADA.r poster here.

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MAY 2011

Eramosa Engineering is pleased to have been awarded the SCADA integration work for the upgrades to the Fort McMurray Water Treatment Plant in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The project includes upgrades to existing Modicon Quantum PLCs, implementation of new PAC 3000 PLCs for new process areas, integration of 20+ remote sites over wireless and leased line connections, vendor panels for the pre-treatment and UV systems as well as integration of the building automation system, fire & security and electrical monitoring and control system. The SCADA system will be the GE Proficy iFix HMI with GE Proficy Historian for historical data collection. Our team will be working closely with Bird Construction who is the general contractor on this project, as well the electrical and mechanical contractors. Associated Engineering (Edmonton) is the design consultant for this project. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is the largest municipality in Canada covering more than 68,454 square kilometres. We look forward to working closely with the municipality on this project as we continue to seek opportunities in western Canada. For more information contact Adam McCardle – mccardle@eramosa.com.

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MARCH 2011

Hamilton World Water Day
Eramosa is proud to be a sponsor of the City of Hamilton’s World Water Day and the Haiti ‘Water for Life’ project.  This was the 7th annual World Water Day walkathon held in the City and helped to raise money to install four new wells in Haiti. For more information please go to https://www.hamilton.ca/educational-programming-teachers/water-education/hamilton-walks-haiti.

The UN World Water Day’s theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.  For more information please go to http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.

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FEBRUARY 2011

The City of Calgary has awarded their first Water Services Automation Master Plan project to the team of Associated Engineering, Eramosa Engineering and Opus Dayton-Knight. Prior to this project our firms were part of a team involved in conducting a Value Analysis with the City in 2010.

This project will review the existing installed automation systems at the various water, wastewater and storm facilities within the City, develop goals and objectives for the automation master plan, review industry trends and direction, evaluate the business requirements and how technology can assist in realizing the goals of the City, determine the fundamental functions of the automation system, define a system topology and architecture, identify communication strategies and security, and provide an implementation plan for the City going forward.  In addition to the technical aspects of the project, our team will be working with the City to identify resource requirements for the ongoing maintenance and development of the system. We are pleased to be a key partner with the City on this strategic initiative.

Eramosa Engineering is also pleased to announce that we have opened an office in Calgary to service Western Canada.

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JANUARY 2011

The construction of two new bedrock wells at the Arkell Spring Grounds in the City of Guelph has recently been completed.  As part of the project, Eramosa Engineering provided SCADA integration services for the two new wells including RSLogix 500 PLC and GE Proficy iFix HMI programming. GE QuickPanel OITs were also installed at three existing wells in addition to the two new wells to provide both local monitoring functions and redundant data logging. A new well field control strategy was implemented as part of the project which included five wells at the Spring Grounds. All five wells now function together in response to changing reservoir levels at the F.M. Woods Pumping Station. Eramosa also provided site start-up and commissioning services as well as training for the City’s operations team. The new well field control strategy will provide added benefit for the City as a new Operation Testing Program (OTP) is implemented in order to assess the effect of increasing the production from the Arkell Spring Grounds.

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DECEMBER 2010

The Township of Centre Wellington recently completed a major SCADA upgrade to the Fergus water system.   The upgrade consisted of  changing out the existing Bristol Babcock Network 3000 and ControlWave RPUs to Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLCs for the eight (8) water sites servicing the Town of Fergus as well as miscellaneous instrumentation upgrades for enhanced control of the facilities. Procon Niagara was the successful contractor retained for the installation.  Eramosa completed the CompactLogix PLC programming, iFix programming, commissioning of the system and report development. As a component of the SCADA upgrades a new wireless IP based SCADA network was installed and commissioned at each of the water sites to replace the legacy serial radios utilized by the Bristol controllers.  Eramosa worked closely with the Township’s IT department for the installation and commissioning of the new IP wireless network.  The Fergus and Elora Water and wastewater facilities have now all been migrated over to the Allen-Bradley and iFix platforms and the new wireless IP network.  With the completion of the Fergus Water SCADA upgrades, Eramosa is now working with the Township on the Fergus Wastewater Treatment Plant SCADA upgrades, scheduled for completion by the Summer of 2011.  Once the Fergus Wastewater Treatment Plant SCADA upgrades are completed the last remaining facility to be upgraded will be the Elora Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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NOVEMBER 2010

Welcome to Movember! Several team members have taken up the cause for prostate cancer research by growing moustaches much to the chagrin of their significant others. Sightings of Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds are being reported on a regular basis!

In November Eramosa is also pleased to announce that our team, as a sub consultant to Associated Engineering, has been awarded the Oakville WPP Phase II Upgrade contract. Eramosa will be responsible for the electrical and control system design for the filter area upgrades as well as the SCADA upgrades for the proposed filter, low lift, and high lift modifications, including all PLC/HMI development. Additionally, Eramosa has been awarded the SCADA design and oversight assignment for the Mount Pleasant Reservoir and Pump Station upgrades in the County of Brant.  Brant County continues to entrust Eramosa to be their representative on their projects to maintain consistency in the SCADA system implementation so that sites are fully integrated and validated throughout the County as they are brought online.

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OCTOBER 2010

The Region of Waterloo is upgrading the infrastructure to supply drinking water to Zone 7 in Waterloo and the outlying rural areas in St. Agatha.  As part of the overall upgrades the Zone 7 Booster Pumping Station is being upgraded with an expanded MCC line up, control system and instrumentation upgrade, VFD replacements, as well as various process and mechanical upgrades to improve and expand the capabilities of the pumping station.  Eramosa, along with Gamsby & Mannerow, completed the electrical and I&C components of the upgrade including the replacement of the existing SCADAPack to the Region’s new standard SCADAPack357 and GE QuickPanel View.  Eramosa will continue to assist as the project enters the CA phase through the development of the software for the updated controls of the station. Commissioning is expected to be completed by Spring 2011.

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SEPTEMBER 2010

Eramosa recently completed the Tri-County SCADA upgrades under an engineering and construction assignment for OCWA Engineering. The Tri-County includes the Municipality of West Elgin, the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex and the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich. The Tri-County water distribution system includes eight (8) valve chambers, three (3) standpipes two (2) elevated tanks and one (1) reservoir and pumping station. The project included the design and installation of a new 2.4GHz IP based high speed radio SCADA network to replace the existing dial-up system and the design and installation of new Allen-Bradley PLC controllers to replace the existing Bristol Babcock Network 3000 controllers which had become obsolete.  Eramosa worked with a local telecommunications company for the installation, testing and commissioning of the new wireless SCADA network. The new network greatly increased the update times and throughput as compared to the old dial-up network.