Conference Focuses on Distributed Automation, Control Systems

Entering its 19th year, DistribuTECH 2009, taking place Feb. 3-5 in San Diego, encompasses automation and control systems, IT, T&D engineering, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

Entering its 19th year, DistribuTECH 2009, taking place Feb. 3-5 in San Diego, encompasses automation and control systems, IT, T&D engineering, power delivery equipment and water utility technology. DistribuTECH offers electric and water industry professionals current resources, new industry technologies and opportunities to network with industry peers.

More than 275 exhibiting companies and 5,800 industry attendees will converge at DistribuTECH 2009. Specific to the water industry, products represented on the show floor will include: meters and metering systems; AMR and related equipment and technologies; customer information systems, including hardware and software; SCADA systems monitoring and control; pump and motor control and monitoring; flow, level and pressure monitoring; security systems; and GIS mapping systems, hardware and software.

Conference Program

The conference program will include a number of educational opportunities for water industry professionals. In ‘Making AMI Work for You’, presenters will discuss the powerful AMI technology that’s being adopted by more and more water operations, including examples of how AMI can benefit utilities by increasing stakeholder value.

Additional water sessions include: Leveraging SCADA for Water; Using Real-Time Information to Make Real-Time Decisions; Emerging Technology Trends in Water; and a panel discussion focusing on water utility revenue recovery and compliance.

Utility University

DistribuTECH 2009 will once again offer pre-conference educational courses as part of its Utility University program. Held in a classroom environment, Utility University courses are relevant, topical, issue-concentrated classes taught by recognized experts in their respective fields. AMI Planning & Strategy Essentials for Energy & Water Utilities, taking place Feb. 2, is a two-part course that will teach attendees to successfully select, acquire, and deploy AMI as a foundation for a future smart grid. This course provides complete familiarity with effective AMI planning, from early strategy through business case and corporate approval of the AMI project, including anticipation of future developments with a strategy that will “get it right” the first time.

Breakfast Roundtables

DistribuTECH will once again feature its popular Breakfast Roundtables on Feb. 4. These roundtable discussions provide an opportunity to network with peers and meet industry experts. Roundtables with specific industry topics will be moderated by professionals in each field. An informal format makes the Breakfast Roundtables a great way to share information and learn about specific industry topics. For water professionals, AMR Trends in the Water Industry will provide a forum for discussing the latest AMR technologies, trends and projects in the water industry, as well as the benefits and challenges associated with adopting AMR.

Keynote Presentation

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, Frank Abagnale, the world’s foremost authority on fraud and identity theft, will deliver the keynote address at DistribuTECH 2009. Abagnale, whose life story is the basis for the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” is considered a respected authority on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 25 years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world.

Recognizing that the need to upgrade and put new technology in place is crucial in the water industry, DistribuTECH 2009 will provide the latest information on water utility management systems, equipment and technologies, with a focus on AMR, CIS, energy management, security systems and more.

Registration is now open for DistribuTECH 2009. Complete event details and registration information is available online at WW

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