Hampton Roads Sanitation District Awards Westin SCADA Design
RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIF. – Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), in southeast Virginia, has contracted Westin Engineering to design a SCADA system upgrade and expansion that will enhance the operation of their wastewater interceptor system, thereby protecting public health and safety.
The multi-million-dollar, multi-year upgrade will replace aging SCADA technology and improve the control and monitoring capability of remote sites. The new system will enable better event and equipment monitoring and provide supervisory control to coordinate and optimize processes throughout its interceptor system. The system serves a population of 1.6 million in 17 cities and counties across more than 3100 square miles.
Improving information and control between local collection systems, interceptor pumping stations, and regional wastewater treatment plants means HRSD will enhance their ability to monitor processes; allow implementation of advanced sewer system control algorithms; provide anticipatory control; and improve overall system reliability. Together with other, related initiatives, this upgrade will help improve HRSD’s ability to protect the environment.
The project also includes the related design of a communication system used to coordinate alerts with automatic responses. The new communications system will rely on a dedicated, fault tolerant, high-speed microwave backbone to connect the regional wastewater treatment plants and more than 80 pump stations. The system will establish a foundation to improve HRSD’s broader communication needs related to security and business information systems.
The design phase follows Westin’s work on HRSD’s overall plan and preliminary engineering report. Design will consume more than a year and include evaluation of candidate control systems, procurement, piloting proof of concept, and system configuration, among other engineering efforts. HRSD will deploy system upgrades and expansion in a phased implementation.
For the past 30 years, Westin Engineering has helped water and wastewater utilities apply integrated solutions to improve utility performance. Together with our clients, we have improved performance in operations, business, customer service, and asset and maintenance management. Westin’s suite of consulting and engineering services deliver enterprise solutions to help clients attain their business and technology goals. Westin has delivered solutions to our customers throughout the United States and Canada since 1981.