Fundamentals of SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities

SCADA Implementation in Water Treatment Facilities

July 24-25, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“EUCI provided a very good, appropriately in depth discussion and description of these SCADA fundamentals. The presenter, Greg Budzynski, is very knowledgeable and provided clear, actionable information. I will definitely be recommending and attending these sessions in the future.” Control Systems Specialist, Des Moines Water Works

Water treatment facilities are faced with increasing permit standards while continuing to strive for cost savings via operational excellence efforts. These two items can both be achieved through improvements driven by real-time data analysis, which directly relies upon the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) components.

This intensive course will cover a wide range of SCADA fundamentals, including:

  • The nomenclature, philosophy, and architecture of SCADA
  • The past, current, and potential future industry standards, best practices, and trends
  • Alarm processing and supervisory control
  • Fundamentals of designing and maintaining a SCADA implementation
  • Current cybersecurity needs for ICS in Water/Wastewater

Attendees will grow their confidence in 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. A general understanding of IT systems and networks will be necessary for successful course content comprehension.

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
  • Examine basic process control concepts
  • 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
  • Brief on current cybersecurity for ICS in Water/Wastewater


Monday, July 24, 2023 : 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
    • Local – Direct or mechanical-based
    • Edge – Field devices and controllers
    • Central – Datacenters and historical data
    • Cloud – Predictive process analytics
  • System Types
    • Proprietary
    • Local
    • Remote
    • Mechanical

Introduction to SCADA in Water Treatment

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

Basic Process Control

  • Defining the system
  • Controller design
  • Interdependencies
  • Error handling


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

Data Collection in Water Treatment

  • Field Measurement Types
    • Continuous (Analog)
    • Discrete (Digital)
    • Totalizers
    • Physical vs. Logical Points
  • 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, July 25, 2023 : 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 Maintaining 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
  •  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


    Advanced Process Control in Water Treatment Facilities

    Tuesday, July 25, 2023 : Central Time

    In the SCADA implementation and monitoring process for water treatment facilities, it is necessary to provide automated process control with the ability for human interaction with these systems to react in critical conditions and maintain output and quality goals. By building on the fundamentals taught in the SCADA in Water Treatment Facilities course, this advanced workshop will showcase the optimization of water treatment facility performance and how process and data control can help plant staff identify and mitigate issues efficiently.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Discuss the purpose of Process Control in Water Treatment Facilities
    • Define a process control system including the components and variables, control objectives, and monitoring & reporting
    • Practice Process Control System Walkthroughs



    12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
    Log In

    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Workshop Timing

    Short breaks will be taken during the session

    Purpose of Process Control

    • Process control concepts
    • Brief history of control
    • Transformations from technology

    Define a System

    • Components and variables
    • Control objectives
    • Reactive vs. predictive
    • Monitoring & reporting

    System Control Walkthroughs

    • Sump level control
    • Maintaining tank temperature
    • Usage of intermediate vessels
    • Implementing robust solutions

    Workshop 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


    SCADA Implementation in Water Treatment Facilities

    July 24-25, 2023 | 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)


    Advanced Process Control in Water Treatment Facilities Workshop

    July 25
    Individual remote connection(s) - $ 495.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

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

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 1980.00
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 3495.00
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 5940.00

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 23, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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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: 11.0
    Workshop CPE Credits: 3.5
    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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