The City of Elgin's Cloud-Based SCADA System for CSOs
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Room: C002
Time: 9:00 -9:30 am
Presenter(s): Kyla Jacobsen, City of Elgin, Greg Quist, Hadronex, Inc. & Eric Murauskas, Baxter & Woodman

Moderator: Chris Skehan

SUMMARY: A review of the selection process to install and configure a simple Internet / cloud-based SCADA system for the City's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) structures will be presented. A description of the system, installation, application, photos, trends, alarms, and performance will be provided.


Greg Quist, Hadronex, Inc.

Dr. Quist is the President and Chief Scientist of Hadronex, Inc. of Escondido, CA, a firm specializing in water and wastewater solutions using advanced integrated systems of sensors, wireless communications and user interfaces. Quist has worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on high energy physics, and McDonnell-Douglas, and SAIC on advanced defense projects, and has founded several high technology start-ups in the areas of wireless communications, light scattering, and real-time data collection.

Dr. Quist is currently the President of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District in Escondido, CA where he has served for 22 years and served for 12 years as Director of the San Diego County Water Authority.Quist holds 14 patents in the areas of light scattering, rapid identification, environmental monitoring, and wireless systems.

Dr. Quist received his B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale and his Ph.D. in physics from U.C. Santa Barbara

Kyla Jacobsen, City of Elgin
Kyla Jacobsen is the Utility Director for the City of Elgin. She has been in the water industry for over 26 years. She started as a bench chemist in the water quality laboratory, worked as the chief chemist in charge of water quality and eventually became the utility director.

She has been a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for over 25 years. She has served on several American Water Works Association Research Foundation Project Advisory Committees. She is the past IL Section AWWA teleconference committee chair. Past elected positions that she has held for the section are that of District 2 Trustee, section Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect and Illinois Section AWWA chair. She was recently appointed to the national AWWA board of directors as the representative from Illinois.

She is currently the Illinois Section Director to National AWWA. Previously, she was Co-Chair of the IL Section American Water Works Association OUTREACH committee, trying to raise awareness of the water industry as a viable career option for young people today. She served on the national American Public Works Association (APWA) "Shaping the World of Public Works" task force. Also, Kyla serves on the Water Utility Council and the Water Efficiency Committees for ISAWWA.

Kyla currently serves on the curriculum committee for the SMILE group (Supervisory Modules In Leadership Excellence) which is a leadership development effort coordinated between the cities of Elgin, St. Charles and Batavia. Kyla has created and presented leadership and supervisory modules.

She also serves as a utility designee to the state’s Northeastern Illinois Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee (NIRGPPC) which covers 5 counties in Illinois (Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Will and Kankakee). She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Chemical Society (ACS).

Her activities outside the office include a position on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Fox River as Treasurer and a position on the Board of Directors for the Elgin Community Network as Treasurer. She chairs the Church Leadership Council for St. John’s Lutheran Church, after serving on a committee to re-write the constitution and by-laws.

She has been married to her wonderful and understanding husband, Tom, for over 30 years. They have one son who is who is a graphic designer. In all her spare time, she enjoys reading, bicycling, working-out, scrapbooking and watching football.

Kyla received her BS in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University, MS in Biochemistry from Northern Illinois University, and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Eric Murauskas, Baxter & Woodman