Mid Coast Water – Progressive Upgrade

Mid Coast Water is responsible for Sewerage assets covering the areas of Taree, Forster, Tuncurry, Stroud, Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens, Nabiac and Buledelah on the NSW Mid North Coast. Mid Coast Water has around 300 telemetry units in their system engineered by Radtel and ranging from 5000 Series units that have been operating for nearly twenty years through to the latest RD2006 units.

Objective

Mid Coast Water is a long time Radtel Engineering customer that has sought to continuously maintain a best practice approach to Automation Engineering and the associated hardware and software. Mid Coast Water is a particularly good example of how a progressive upgrade approach can keep an Automation system in line with industry best practice without having to replace the entire system for a large capital outlay.

Equipment Used

Mid Coast Water has progressively moved from old legacy based RTU and SCADA software through to the latest in DNP3 and RDCMP Compliant RD2006 units communicating with ClearSCADA software. Some of the equipment used in the Mid Coast Water system is listed here:

  • TAIT TB7100 19,200k Repeater Equipment
  • ClearSCADA Software
  • 3000, 5000, 8000 and RD2006 Telemetry Units

Methodology

Mid Coast water has progressively upgraded the speed of their communications network to be ready for higher speed and open protocol RTU’s such as SCADAPack, Brodersen and Miri units. Recently, Mid Coast Water has started implementation of ClearSCADA as the front end SCADA solution which will allow communications with not only legacy hardware and software but with all the latest RTU and PLC technologies available.

Result

By embarking on a progressive upgrade program that does not require the complete replacement of field equipment, Mid Coast Water has been able to make use of the latest technologies available on the SCADA market today without having to replace every telemetry site. Mid Coast water have now become truly vendor independent, free to install the best RTU or PLC for the application and not locked into a single brand.