After the success of the last WITS-DNP3 protocol plugfest in May 2017, a further plugfest was arranged for Wednesday January 17th 2018. Jerry Trowbridge of Northumbrian Water kindly booked the excellent Sjovoll Centre in Pity Me, close to Durham and the Northumbrian Water offices for both the plugfest and user meeting (which was held the day after). On the day, two large meeting rooms were joined together to provide a huge space in which all the WITS Vendors and users could meet and set up their equipment for the plugfest.
As requested by users at a previous user meeting and by vendors at the last plugfest, the plugfest and user meeting were arranged on consecutive days, allowing users to attend both meetings easily. Those users who could make it, turned up on Wednesday 17th January for the Plugfest and stayed on till the Thursday for the user meeting. Users attending the plugfest included Anglian Water, Northern Ireland Water, Northumbrian Water and United Utilities. In all, over 30 people (users and vendors) attended the plugfest day.
Having a plugfest every six months managed to place this plugfest in January and as is often the way in England, the weather managed to provide some challenges in getting to Durham. Severe snow and road conditions prevented the main Xylem contingent from making the Plugfest (travelling out of Scotland) and even though the night before saw a 4 inch snowfall in Durham, everyone else was eventually able to get to the venue.
Our day started at 8:00am when Master Station and Field Device vendors started arriving at the Sjovoll Centre and setting up their equipment. As you can see from the photo below, we had a large room with a huge island of tables in the middle.