Municipal Authority debates updating control system

Discussion over updating a four-year-old SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] control system continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.The SCADA system built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008 controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations within the township.Assistant to the Works Superintendent Chris Klase reminded officials of the need to update a control system that has a life expectancy of about five years until becoming obsolete.However, with a potential cost of about $73,900 to update the current system from version 3.0 to 3.5, official William Seely questioned the urgency and proposed delaying a decision."The deal can be initiated anytime with Emerson," said Works Superintendent Carl Gosnell. "What are the costs are going to be? I can't say. They will definitely be up. If you go from [version] 3.0 to 3.1, it's a relatively simple update. If you wait to go from 3.0 to 4.0 that's a significant change in your system and there is a lot more involved to go from a very old system to a new system, so I don't know whether six months makes a huge deal, it may or it may not. It may or not may effect the price." Pick up a copy of the Monday, June 11, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.