Stuxnet and You: The Importance of Cyber Security

45383368_secureflatscreenCR The Stuxnet computer worm was discovered in 2010. It targets Siemens PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) through Siemens Step7 software. Through a rootkit, Stuxnet can control VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) attached to the PLC. Allegedly, it damaged or destroyed many Iranian centrifuges. More information about the Stuxnet infection process can be found at http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/exploring-stuxnet-s-plc-infection-process. Although it is not the first…

CSIA Certification Received

Audit Passed for Fifth Time We passed our first CSIA audit in 2002, shortly after the Control System Integrators Association implemented its certification program. And we have passed every three-year audit since then (2005, 2008, 2011, 2014). As a testament to the ongoing improvements we make to our business, this year’s score was our highest…

How the Water-Energy Nexus Affects Your Plant

The water-energy nexus continues to draw interest from our readers and attention in the media. This month, WaterWorld magazine gave it the importance of a cover story position. Why does it deserve such prominence, and what does it mean to your and your treatment plant? In simple language, the water-energy nexus represents recognition of the interdependence between…

Smart Water Workshop

We are partnering with the Schneider Electric Water-Wastewater Competency Center to provide a one-day workshop entitled “Smart Water for Smart Cities” on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop will address issues such as clean power, efficient energy usage, and safety within the water/wastewater treatment environment. The event will be hosted…

Instrumentation Calibration

We recently surveyed more than 2,000 of our customers regarding control system issues that were important to them in their job performance, and 75 percent of respondents indicated interest in instrument calibration issues. Therefore, our first in a series of monthly posts will address this important, but often overlooked subject. First let’s understand what calibration…

Water Industry at Risk Report Shows

A recent report by WeiserMazars LLP cites two key factors that put the U.S. water industry at risk, aging infrastructure and lack of available capital. According to its 2014 U.S. Water Industry Outlook report, the aging infrastructure and the huge financial needs related to addressing the problem were the number one challenge cited by those surveyed for…

No Such Thing as “Waste” Water

As we have posted on this subject before, the municipal wastewater stream has considerable potential for energy recovery. This recent article from Municipal Focus magazine indicates how strongly some areas of the world recognize that fact as they have started referring to wastewater treatment facilities as “energy factories.” We encourage municipalities to look at their wastewater streams…

Pump Efficiency and Energy Savings

Charli Matthews, publisher of “Empowering Pumps,” has published a very good post addressing issues related to pump efficiency and energy savings. Her article addresses the history of pump motors, some current statistics, and a few elements of the future of energy efficient pumps, including variable speed drives for pumps. One area Charli’s article does not address is…

Port of Miami Tunnel Project Update

TBM cutting head face. Photo courtesy of Port of Miami Tunnel TBM cutting head face. Photo courtesy of Port of Miami Tunnel[/caption] The Port of Miami Tunnel held its official grand opening ceremony May 19 to mark “substantial completion” of the $912 million, two-tube, 0.75 mile tunnel providing direct access from the Port to the…