Emerson SCADA and RTU technologies to help regional wastewater utility meet the needs of southeast Virginia


As part of the Interceptor project, Ovation control systems will be installed at HRSD’s three operations centers.

PITTSBURGH (June 21, 2016) —Emerson Process Management is replacing an outdated SCADA system as well as remote terminal units (RTUs) used throughout HRSD’s vast wastewater collection system. Emerson’s Ovation™ control and SCADA systems with ControlWave® RTU technologies will help HRSD effectively manage its current remote assets and accommodate future expansion as the service area continues to grow. Currently, HRSD serves about 1.7 million people over an area of more than 2,800 square miles in 17 southeast Virginia cities and counties.

“The Interceptor SCADA System Upgrade project is an important part of our ongoing effort to protect public health and area waterways,” said Rick Raike, HRSD’s chief of electrical and energy management. “Emerson has been the successful bidder for a number of HRSD’s technology needs over the years, and we have found that they consistently provide the technology, technical expertise and project management necessary to support our efforts.”

As part of the Interceptor project, Ovation control systems will be installed at HRSD’s three operations centers. In addition, a new Ovation SCADA system with approximately 175 ControlWave RTUs will deliver comprehensive, real-time data – including flows, levels and pressures – to the operations centers from approximately 500 miles of piping and 115 remote pump/lift stations in the HRSD collection system. This information will be used to determine the most efficient distribution of wastewater to HRSD’s nine major and four smaller wastewater treatment plants. The majority of the treatment plants, which have a combined capacity of 249 million gallons per day, already utilize the Ovation platform for in-plant controls.

“HRSD is a forward-thinking organization that always looks for innovative ways to adapt to future challenges, such as increasing capacity demand and cybersecurity concerns,” said Rob McBride, Interceptor project manager for Emerson Process Management’s Power & Water Solutions. “They should be commended for a proactive approach that leverages proven automation and control technologies as components of their overall strategy for providing safe, reliable service to area customers.”

To help HRSD protect against current and future cybersecurity threats, Emerson will also install its Ovation Security Center at each operations center. This integrated security solution will allow HRSD to streamline management of critical cybersecurity protection functions, including software patch deployment, malware prevention, network intrusion detection, antivirus protection, and security incident and event management.

Using a single, integrated automation platform across its expansive wastewater collection system will also enable HRSD to recognize cost advantages that include a reduced spare-parts inventory and more-efficient training of trades.

The Interceptor SCADA System Upgrade project will be implemented in four phases. During the RTU installations, Emerson will help coordinate organized cutovers to the new technology at each remote site. The final phase of the project is expected to be completed by March 2018.

For more on Emerson’s automation solutions for the water/wastewater industries, visit www2.emersonprocess.com/en-us/divisions/power-water/water_solutions​.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.EmersonProcess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include Bettis™, DeltaV™, Fisher™, Micro Motion™, Ovation™ and Rosemount™.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.

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