Page updated June 26, 2013
I made the decision in mid 2012 that the Safety & Security Division (SAFE) would not have a symposium in 2013. I had lunch with Edward Naranjo (Director of PMCD - Process Measurement & Control Division) at the 2013 Spring Leader Meeting in Raleigh and he informed me of PMCD’s intention to have a joint symposium with CHEMPID (Chemical & Petroleum Industries Division) in Houston in Sept 2014. I told him SAFE would be interested in partnering with them.
There has been limited and dwindling success in traditional ‘paper’ symposia. That is why I opted instead in 2012 to develop a Division board with 15 members serving as committee chairs in their areas of expertise. They have been writing web based articles, as well as providing white papers. This serves all our 1,500 members, rather than just 50 that must travel and pay to attend a symposium simply to listen to speakers attempt to cover the bulk of what is in their paper. Instead, we have simply made all that available online for free. I therefore wish to offer a symposium that is a departure from the past and something that cannot be offered online (at least not yet).
“This ain’t your father’s symposium!”
Day 1: 1-day SIS and security courses. These will be ISA's standard course offerings. One day courses are an introduction intended for managers, sales people and technicians. The following days will be intended for engineers and specialists who need to get into the details and specifics. Those attending the courses may or may not wish to attend the remaining two days.
Days 2 & 3: 90 minute sessions consisting of tutorials (a single speaker giving an extended lecture), workshops (a single speaker having a very interactive session complete with exercises), and panel sessions (4 or 5 panelists each giving a short overview of their perspective on the topic, and then a moderator opening the floor for questions). If possible, I would like to have two simultaneous tracks, one for safety, one for security. However, considering the plethora of other venues for security symposia, this may not be practical.
I will be relying primarily on my 15 board members for their involvement as speakers (or recruiters of speakers). There will be no papers for anyone to write, nor will there be anything to archive. This would be the sort of thing you simply could not get online, whether through ISA, list serves, or LinkedIn. Seeing as this event would be in the heart of the process industry (Houston), I believe there would be considerable interest (especially partnering with PMCD and CHEMPID).
What many of you still need to do
One of the most effective ways for all of us to be communicating with each other directly is through our two listservs. These e-mail broadcast systems allow you to communicate with all of our 1,500 members. The safety list has been around for 10 years. We recently implemented a security list. Safety and security are related, but the topics differ enough to warrant separate listservs. However, you must sign up for these lists on your own; policy prevents us from adding your names automatically. We have 1,500 Division members, yet only 740 people are members of the safety list (and many of those may not even be Division members). This means we are not effectively communicating with half our membership. (Having ISA staff handle broadcast messages to all our division members is an inefficient process.) Please sign up for one or both of our lists; it’s in your best interest! If you have a question or problem you are trying to solve, there are 1,500 like-minded people available to assist you! (A link to the listserv page is on our Division home page.)
Some final words
ISA will be rolling out a totally new web site this fall. Simply calling it a 'new web site' hardly does it justice! It will be amazing and will provide us with many new features allowing us to serve you much better. Everything we do remains focused on achieving our single, simple goal for the Division, “To make our members more successful”. Tell me what you want and we’ll see how we can provide it for you!
Yours in service,
Paul Gruhn, P.E., ISA Fellow