The 2014 National SCADA Conference will cover the key operational and organisational challenges in developing a successful SCADA system.

Now in its 13th year, this established industry event is the one place where SCADA technicians and engineers can come together, swap stories, hear case studies of real life implementations and overcome the challenges posed in delivering essential services.

All organisations are seeking greater fiscal scrutiny and higher profits. SCADA operations, often classed as essential services, delivered over vast areas with multiple points of presence, do not lend themselves easily to budgetary restraint. SCADA professionals are charged with delivering essential services with maximum uptime, less budget and fewer staff, yet increased supply demanded from utilities.

This forms the theme to the conference, which is ‘Delivering more for less’. Great case studies and real life implementations will profile how other organisations have met this challenging remit to deliver essential services, with even greater constraints.

Speakers at the event will include:

• Andrew West, SCADA Communication Consultant and Chair, DNP Technical Committee;

• Graeme McClure, Engineering Lead, Smart Networks – Network Automation, SP AusNet;

• Dr Jason Smith, Assistant Director, CERT Australia;

• Ron Southworth, Director, Australian Operations, Lofty Perch;

• Dave Bowerman, Senior Principal / Manager Electrical & SCADA Engineering, Hunter Water Australia;

• Sean Murdoch, Manager, Control Systems Management and Support, Queensland Urban Utilities.

The conference is the annual meeting point for Australian SCADA technicians and engineers. It is the one place where this group can come together, to overcome the challenges posed.

For more information, including full program and event details, head to www.informa.com.au/SCADAconference.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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