Events and Opportunities in Automation

May 29, 2012
OPC Foundation, ISA Water/Wastewater, Yokogawa Corp. of America and the Foxboro unit of Invensys Operations Management have all announced user conferences.

OPC Technology Summit 2012

The OPC Foundation will host the OPC Technology Summit 2012 ( on October 16-18 in Orlando, Florida, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Open to OPC Foundation members and non-members, the two-day event features presentations on OPC UA technology, solutions and value proposition. Featured speakers include end-users, suppliers and keynote presenters, including an expert on cyber security. Find out how OPC UA drives competitive business advantage.

ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the keynote speaker and technical program for the 2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium ( Taking place 7–9 August in Orlando, Florida, the 2012 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event that focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. It features two full days of technical speakers/presentations, a tour of a local water treatment plant, a general reception, networking events, a poster session and a supplier showcase.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Celine Hyer, a long-time American Water Works Association (AWWA) member, who will present on “Facing Utility Challenges: Managing Risk and Addressing Aging Infrastructure Needs.” Hyer is a principal consultant with Red Oak Division of Malcolm Pirnie/ARCADIS in Tampa, Florida, where she leads the asset management practice for the South.

Tom DeLaura, Water Environment Federation (WEF) Automation and Info Tech Committee chair, will also give a guest presentation on automation technology trends in the wastewater sector. DeLaura, vice president of Eramosa Engineering International, is a long-time member of both ISA and WEF and has a career in the wastewater sector that spans over 38 years.

“The 2012 ISA WWAC symposium offers a full program of over 25 technical papers and presentations that will be of interest to the water/wastewater automation professional,” says ISA Executive Director and CEO Pat Gouhin. “The symposium offers a focused event that caters to the needs of individuals who are involved with SCADA, automation and instrumentation technologies as part of their daily jobs in this important sector of our municipal infrastructure.”

“This year’s WWAC symposium program is a fascinating mix of instrumentation, SCADA, cybersecurity and human factor topics. The program offers great insight to anyone who works in either the water or wastewater sector,” says symposium Program Chair Joe Provenzano, who has been active in the industry for over 40 years.

Yokogawa User Conference

Online registration is now open for the 2012 Yokogawa Corp. of America Users Group Conference and Exhibition ( to be held Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2012 in New Orleans at the newly renovated Hyatt Hotel just across from the Superdome. The program and exhibition areas are being put together around the theme of “Integrated Solutions for a Sustainable Future”.

“The Users Conference and Exhibition is a unique opportunity to network with fellow users, industry and business leaders, and Yokogawa product and solutions experts to gain in-depth, quantified insight into how peers are using automation technologies to deliver industry-leading results,” said Chet Mroz, President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America.

Led by users for users, the 2012 conference will provide valuable exchange of information among process manufacturers and end-users. This year’s event will feature a comprehensive collection of user-driven presentations and workshops on technology selection and application, and automation strategy. In addition, an exhibition area is featured that offers some truly unique opportunities to learn more about Yokogawa solutions and how they can assist in achieving safe, reliable, profitable operations in your facility.

Foxboro User Group

The Foxboro unit of Invensys Operations Management is holding a Users Conference ( on August 13-17, 2012 in Boston at the Boston Marriott Copley.
According to its promotional material, some of the Industry Sessions include:

  • Business drivers and recent trends in your Industry
  • The landscape of your industry and how Invensys fits in
  • "What's New" in Invensys - especially Foxboro products - and how it applies to your industry
  • Our value proposition: The "why" we have developed this
  • The "whole story" - how this/these fit into the larger portfolio of solutions, especially ECS/InFusion

And workshops led by Foxboro experts:

  • Chemicals Industry
  • Power Industry  
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Metals, Mining and Municipals
  • Hydrocarbon Processing
  • Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Nuclear
  • Food & Pharmaceuticals

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