Welcome to Hampton Roads Automation

Industrial Automation Engineering and Consulting

Hampton Roads Automation is an Industrial Automation (DCS, PLC, SCADA), Instrumentation, & Process Control Engineering / Consulting Firm with over 100 years of combined experience.  We offer a myriad of services in the Industrial Automation Engineering and Consulting realm.  We also offer Program Management services for entities that don’t have the in-house expertise.  Contact Us for more information.

"Automation Made Easy"

About The Firm

With over 100 years of combined experience and after 20+ years on the job together, we decided to offer our expertise to a greater audience with the goal of ensuring that your Industrial Control systems are efficient, optimized, secure, and are exceeding your operational needs.

Ryan, Wesley, Patrick, & Scott
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Our Services

We offer a myriad of services, some of which are outlined below.


Operational Troubleshooting: “Efficiency of Operations”

We create specifications in the form of an “Efficiency of Operations” report that identifies gaps, operational needs, specific hardware / software suggestions, protocols, configuration examples, calibration procedures & intervals, responses to interviews with management and operations personnel, and responses to specific issues that you outline for us.

The report is generated via an on-site evaluation of the current state of your industrial automation systems.


Industrial Automation Engineering / Consultation

Professional Engineering Report to 100% Design Documents.

We offer Program Management services for entities that don’t have in-house Industrial Automation expertise.

Are you upgrading your facility or perhaps building a new one?  We can assist in the initial Professional Engineering Report all the way to the 100% Design Documents.  We’re able to consume the specific needs of your project and deliver a complete Industrial Automation solution that will meet or exceed your operational goals and objectives.


DCS / PLC Programming

DCS Programming – Emerson Ovation: Database, Graphics, SAMA Logic, Third Party Integration, Enterprise Data Server, Installation, Configuration, Backup, Network Configuration, Field I/O Configuration, & Software Migration


PLC Programming – Allen Bradley, Omron, GE Fanuc, Direct Logic, and other brands


We can also Engineer & Consult within this space


Master Service Agreements

Are you lacking on-site expertise in the area of Industrial Automation?  We offer annual service contracts that enable you to give us Task Orders that we can tackle as the need arises.  Within the confines of our Master Service Agreements, we offer the following services:

  • System backup and restoration policies and procedures (where applicable: there are times when automation vendors contractually retain the rights to their proprietary software and sometimes hardware).  We’re willing to entertain signing an NDA to overcome this hurdle if all parties can come to a reasonable agreement.
  • On-site troubleshooting (see Guided Troubleshooting Services for more details) that includes a comprehensive report that outlines the best remedies to your control system issues.
  • Emergency Response after a catastrophic event: such as a hurricane or flood.  We are capable of giving you the information that is required to get your systems back online.  We can also advise you on the best path to restoring your systems back to full operational status.
  • Instrumentation calibration procedures and manufacturer recommended calibration scheduling to ensure that your process is being accurately monitored.
  • Other services as requested.


Functional Description Creation

During the upgrade or construction of your facility, we can work with your team to create functional descriptions that are within the capabilities of modern industrial control systems to ensure that your project meets or exceeds your operational goals and objectives.


Control Systems (DCS, PLC, RTU, SCADA)

Integration, Upgrades, HMI Graphics Layout, I/O List Creation, Cyber Security, and Troubleshooting


Specifications, Suggested Brand / Models, Installation Guidance, and Troubleshooting


Analytical Instrumentation

Specifications, Suggested Brand / Models, Installation Guidance, and Troubleshooting

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Why Choose Us

Experience and Education in the right areas are extremely important when considering a consultant firm.  Experience is the most important of the two, because the field of Industrial Automation is a field of study that takes years of hands on experience to properly master.

Look for several team members to have over 20 years of experience while also looking for the ISA-CAP (International Society of Automation – Certified Automation Professional) credentials combined with higher education.

Thanks to technology, we are able to provide our services 99% via remote meeting technologies.  If the particulars of a job requires on-site services, we can work out the details as those situations arise. 

Hampton Roads Automation was founded by like-minded individuals who believe that integrity is a cornerstone that must be part of everything that we do.

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Professional Engineer (P.E.)

Automation Professionals

Ryan Duke, CAP, MSM
Principal Automation Engineer
Vice President of Finance
Wesley Fowler
Principal Automation Engineer
Vice President of Operations
Patrick Kneisley, CAP, CCNA
Principal Automation Engineer
Vice President of Engineering
C. Scott Emerson, P.E.
Principal Electrical Engineer
Ron Trager
Electrical & Instrumentation Specialist

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