Automation, instrumentation and control

Our specialists can provide you with the expertise and industry-specific know-how needed to design tailored automation solutions and integrate disparate systems in areas such as process, industrial and building automation, mechatronics, traffic information systems and more, at any or all stages of your project.

Fueled by rising labour costs, increasing energy costs and evolving technology, manufacturers are shifting toward automating industrial equipment and systems to boost productivity and deliver high-quality products, at all times. Their focus is on consistency, precision and quality-standardizing and increasing flexibility in production processes; reducing waste, costs and carbon emissions, while conserving energy and maintaining production lines that are both safe and efficient. 

At WSP, we understand that our industrial clients want to attain greater operational and process efficiencies. The challenges and requirements differ depending on the industry — from enhancing equipment reliability to minimizing operational downtimes, regulating temperatures during fermentation, monitoring usage of energy and controlling precise dosage of drug ingredients, all the way through to increasing accuracy in the installation of engine pistons, developing controls to eliminate product defects, and retrofitting control systems to existing infrastructures.

Our specialists are here to provide you with the expertise and industry-specific know- how needed to design tailored automation solutions and integrate disparate systems in areas such as process, industrial and building automation, mechatronics, traffic information systems and more, at any or all stages of your project.

We have completed simple to complex projects in areas such as logistics and distribution, manufacturing, aluminum smelting, pulp and paper, mining, water and wastewater treatment to materials handling and food and beverages industries. Additionally, our teams have extensive project experience with automation and control systems and related components, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), distributed control systems (DCSs), operator / human machine interfaces (HMIs), industrial IT, industrial instrumentation and process regulation, industrial combustion including the design and supply of burner management systems, control combustion system, artificial vision applied to process control, linear positioning systems (SERVO), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), data transmission and motor speed regulation.

WSP offers a complete range of services that include:

  • System integration and migration of obsolete control platforms

  • Programming and configuration of operator interfaces - human machine interface (HMI)

  • Design, development, programming and implementation of programmable controllers and control systems

  • Development of high-level language applications

  • Production management software implementation

  • Control loops tuning

  • Process and control strategies optimization

  • Project management   

  • Design, engineering and planning

  • Design and feasibility studies

  • Preliminary tests, start-up and commissioning

  • Off-site and on-site training

  • On-site technical support and troubleshooting

  • Outsourcing of personnel

  • Machine safety

  • Delivery of turnkey projects

  • Assembly of control panels in our own CSA and CE-certified workshop (Canada/USA)

WSP is a registered system integrator for Schneider Electric PLCs (Modicon and Telemecanique), Beckhoff PLCs and Adroit Technologies SCADA systems. We also have extensive experience working with reputable brand products including PLCs from Allen-Bradley and Siemens, and SCADAs for RSView, Wonderware InTouch and Citect.

Need industry-specific advice and solutions? Call on the expertise of our industry specialists. With offices located around the world, our team is well positioned to meet your challenges head-on, wherever they may arise.


Solutions for Oil & Gas

With over 25 years of industry experience, our clients benefit from our in-house automation capabilities. From greenfield facilities to existing systems or control system upgrades, our automation engineers provide high quality, strategic automation solutions that enable your facility to run safely, smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Automation services are not limited to individual tasks such as programming and graphics, but also focus on all design aspects. This includes full-site layered control networks, third-party control panels, system integration, communication protocols, control building designs, IT room designs, electrical integration and shutdown keys. Combined with in-house testing procedures, site commissioning and start-up services, our all-inclusive approach ensures that plant control system performs as designed at the close of a project.

Our vast experience includes work with the following products:

  • Emerson DeltaV TM (M-series, S-series including CHARMs)
  • Allen-Bradley and Rockwell family of PLCs
  • Allen-Bradley and Rockwell ProSoft Communication and AGA Modules
  • Allen-Bradley and Rockwell FactoryTalk® View SE and ME HMIs
  • Wonderware HMI
  • ClearSCADA HMI
  • Pro-face HMI
  • Beijer HMI
  • Siemens PLC
  • Modicon PLC
  • Emerson ROC Remote Transfer Unit (RTU)
  • Schneider SCADAPak RTU
  • Emerson Bristol RTU
  • SCADAVantage
  • Various Networking Switches
  • Various Communication Protocols (DeviceNet, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, Modbus and Modbus TCP)

Services and solutions provided include:

  • Equipment Sizing
  • Equipment Specifications and Quotations
  • Technical Bid Evaluation
  • Vendor Drawing Review
  • Fabrication and Construction Support
  • As-built Field Review
  • Code Interpretation and Specification Reviews
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) Development and Reviews
  • Control Strategy Development
  • Control System Conceptual and Detailed Design
  • Control System Network Development (Fiber and Copper Design) and Narrative Development
  • Shutdown Key, Cause and Effect Matrices Development and Audits
  • Existing Control System Audits and Optimization Recommendations
  • Legacy Control System Upgrades
  • Custom PLC and DCS Logic for Facility Control 
  • Custom Control Logic for Compressor Control and Burner Management Systems
  • SCADA System Development
  • HMI Graphic Development
  • Commissioning and Start-Up Assistance
  • On-Call Maintenance and Troubleshooting Support