As well as causing widespread damage to buildings, roads and infrastructure, tragically the earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, on 22 February 2011 claimed 185 lives. The massive effort being deployed to restore the city's infrastructure has created a need for a huge amount of resources, challenging local building companies and construction material suppliers to step up their production.
In today's processing environment, modern batch systems must account for the growing need for flexible, scalable solutions, true distribution of control and responsive functionality.
Digital substations as key elements in future-oriented power grids to improve efficiency, safety and system visibility.
Water storage tanks and reservoirs are a critical component of distribution systems, yet they can pose a significant challenge for water utilities as they often have a negative impact on water quality, due to low turnover or inadequate mixing resulting in short-circuiting.
Emerson Process Management is replacing an outdated SCADA system and remote terminal units (RTUs) used throughout a wastewater collection system serving about 1.7 million people.
ABB Australia is providing a complete automation solution for the world's first portable solar-diesel/gas microgrid provider, SunSHIFT, which is a modular hybrid power system designed for quick installation that can also be easily dismantled and moved.
Alarm management standards such as IEC 62682 and ISA 18.2 emphasise the importance of life cycle support in alarm management.
Consumer media is awash with articles concerning the Internet of Things (IoT) and how smarter devices — the things in the IoT — are changing the world. Another hot tech topic is the cloud in all of its forms: cloud storage, cloud-based apps, cloud-powered mobile devices, cloud-hosted virtual machines and other applications.
Kalumbila Minerals had ambitious output goals for Sentinel, its copper mine development project in north-west Zambia, and needed to recruit an entire workforce to build the infrastructure from scratch all while minimising costs.
Increasing focus on renewable energy in the major end-use industries of oil and gas, energy and power and water and wastewater is expected to open up huge opportunities for the SCADA market in coming years.
Fast-track automation project boosts reliability and energy output, and lowers carbon emissions.
The Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation (IICA) will hold a technology expo in Orange, NSW, on 1 June.
Monier Limited is Papua New Guinea's single largest producer of construction materials and building products. The company recently upgraded its Nebiri Quarry to increase annual output capacity from 300,000 to 1 million tonnes with the help of Metso.