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SCADA upgrade allows Bolivar plant to seamlessly move into future

Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) treats approximately 70% of metropolitan Adelaide’s wastewater (approximately 150ML/d - 440ML/d during peak wet weather flows).

The original parts of the plant, such as the pumping and power stations and inlet works, were built approximately 45 years ago and much of the PLC/HMI/RTU equipment is either no longer supported by the manufacturer, or soon will be. As such, a comprehensive and staged upgrade of the SCADA, PLC and communication networks is ultimately required for the entire WWTP.

The brownfield waste water treatment plant upgrade required a staged approach and first began in November 2014.

SA Water program manager Shan Bala, “The changing of the SCADA system has also made plant optimisation possible thus improving the process of the plant which goes a long way in terms of energy saving and long term business improvements.”

SAGE Automation was contracted by SA Water to upgrade the site facilities based around a redundant ControlLogix platform for the Master PLC system, Hirschman RS40 switches for the networks and CompactLogix platform for the field PLCs.

Capabilities Demonstrated
  • Turnkey Solution within tight project time lines
  • Stakeholder and subcontractor management
  • Estimation and cost planning
  • Safety assessment and management
  • Risk mitigation planning and management
  • Environmental assessment
  • Subcontractor management
  • SCADA and PLC system design
  • CAD drafting
  • Low / medium voltage electrical design
  • SCADA integration
  • Control Panel manufacture / wiring
  • HMI
  • System Integration
  • PLC networking
  • Low / medium voltage electrical installation
  • FAT and SAT testing
  • Provision of final, as built, documentation, MAXIMO - Asset Management and maintenance
Technology Utilised
  • SCADA - Citect merging to iFix
  • PLCs - Allen Bradley CompackLogix, Allen Bradley ControlLogix
  • Network Protocols - Ethernet
  • Prophecy Historian

Project Highlights

  • Collaborative project between SA Water and SAGE
  • No incidents of EPA reporting
  • Project delivered on time and on budget


Sector Water; Utilities; Projects; Service
Capabilities Engineering;Networks; SCADA;Telemetry; Project
Client SA Water
Locations Bolivar, South Australia

“SAGE were a valued
partner from the inception
of the project - they did
risk assessments of various
sections of the plant and were
involved in assisting with the
delivery strategy which was
fundamental to getting the
necessary approvals for the

- Shan Bala, program manager, SA Water