Fundamentals of SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities

Fundamentals of SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities

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

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 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions

A Brief History of SCADA in Water Treatment

  • 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)

Introduction to SCADA in Water Treatment


  • 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 in Water Treatment

  • 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


Tuesday, June 14, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Short breaks will be taken throughout the sessions

Designing and Implementing a Water Treatment 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

Maintaining SCADA Systems in Water Treatment Facilities

  • 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


Greg Budzynski, Founder, IT/OT Systems

Greg Budzynski is the founder of IT/OT Systems in Denver, Colorado. He obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology and has since been working in the field of automation and controls, with 15 years of experience in multiple industries ranging from material handling, food & beverage, and wastewater. He has 10 years of experience working at a large 150 MGD water systems. Greg has implemented novel methods of integrating various technologies from both operational and information technology fields. His current focus is working with facilities to increase their communication network robustness while reducing their exposure to potential cybersecurity attacks.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Fundamentals of SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities

June 13-14, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

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Instructional Methods  

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation.  

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 10.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who should Attend

  • Large metro area water systems, 200-500 mgd
  • Cyber security professionals
  • Regulatory compliance officers
  • Engineering personnel
  • Operations personnel
  • Controls systems personnel
  • Legal personnel
  • Finance and insurance personnel
  • Plant managers
  • IT personnel
  • Engineers

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