Web Seminar Straight Talk on DCS Migration (MAVR)
The last day to register online was 29 January 2013.
Date: January 29th, 2013
Distributed Control System (DCS) migration is a highly challenging undertaking. You need to take the right approach, but what’s right isn’t always clear. That’s why MAVERICK Technologies and ISA are hosting a free webinar featuring a panel of top DCS experts. In just 90 minutes, you’ll tap into more than 87 years of DCS experience. These are real engineers, and they’ll discuss real migrations and real results. There’s no hidden sales agenda. We just want you to know the truth about DCS migration — and how you can avoid the mistakes others have made.
The webinar will include:
Don’t miss this chance to hear straight talk on DCS migration!
John F. Boyd
Technology Leader, Rockwell Automation
John Boyd joined MAVERICK Technologies, LLC as a Business Development Manager in 2010 and in 2011 took the position of Technology Leader – Rockwell Automation. John intends to place MAVERICK Technologies at the forefront of Rockwell Automation’s platform development in expertise, quality, and efficiency. John expects to do this by reducing the cost of software development through implementing modular programming standards, reuse strategies, quality control and most importantly training.
John brings with him 31 years of knowledge in the management, design, and integration of control systems related to process automation. His experience includes Project Management, Software Engineering, Instrumentation Specification, installation and commissioning of Complex Control Systems. John continues to enhance the value of automation to MAVERICK’s customers in the Food and Beverage, Manufacturing, Mining/Mineral, Utility/Power, Water and Wastewater industries.
John was a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Supervisor and Operator. After excelling in this field, he was appointed as a staff instructor for the Naval Training Propulsion Unit for four years. John founded two System Integration companies in the Northwest before returning to California. He holds multiple certifications in the Rockwell Automation arena, Schneider Automation, Intellution and Microsoft Technologies and is also a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA).
Director of Technology, MAVERICK Technologies
Chad Harper serves as the leader of MAVERICK’s Technology Group, which is a group of subject matter experts within the organization. They provide content for training programs, reuse strategies, and ensure quality on projects on those platforms. He previously served as the operations manager for MAVERICK’s Automation Solutions — South Region, working out of the Baton Rouge, La., office. He joined MAVERICK in 2007 as an APC engineer when the company acquired C. F. Picou Associates, where he had worked for 11 years.
Chad earned his Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering (BSChE) at the University of Arkansas. He is also a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®).
“A ‘maverick’ is someone who is willing to go against the majority when it’s the right thing to do,” says Chad. “We embrace that ideal at MAVERICK. Our entrepreneurial spirit and platform independence make us a truly unique company. We do everything we can to recruit people who are not only extremely skilled at what they do, but who are also ‘maverick’ thinkers.”
Chad’s favorite MAVERICK project involved implementing advanced controls on an acetylene compressor. The solution prevented two major unit shutdowns in the first two days of implementation, which paid for the project in two days.
When he isn’t working on client projects, Chad and his wife, Michelle, enjoy competitive beach volleyball and spending time with their three kids.
Nicholas P. Sands, CAP, PE
Manufacturing Technology Fellow, DuPont Protection Technologies
Nick Sands is currently a Manufacturing Technology Fellow working for DuPont’s Kevlar®, Nomex®, and Tyvek® businesses and the Global Alarm Management Leader for DuPont. In his 22 years with DuPont, he has been a business process control leader, site process control leader, process control consultant, and plant control engineer in several different businesses. He has worked on or led the development of several corporate standards and best practices in the areas of automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, and process safety.
Nick is an ISA (International Society of Automation) Fellow, served as ISA vice president of Professional Development, Co-chair of Standards & Practices committee 18 working on Alarm Management, and a volunteer in the development of the Certified Automation Professional program. He is also secretary of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) committee working on the alarm management standard IEC62682. He has written many articles and papers on alarm management, safety instrumented systems, and professional development.
Nick is a Certified Automation Professional and a licensed engineer in the state of Delaware. His path to instrumentation and control started when he earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. When not working or reading, Nick and Ruth run a recreational sled dog team.
Director, DCS Next, MAVERICK Technologies
Matt Sigmon directs MAVERICK Technologies’ DCS Next initiative, which helps manufacturers leverage DCS migration as an opportunity for significant advancement. In this role, Matt manages operations as well as client relationships to ensure that MAVERICK utilizes the full range of operational consulting services to deliver the best possible solutions. Specifically, Matt is responsible for developing the work process, staffing models and client relationships with their business development managers. He also oversees all DCS migration projects and programs.
Matt joined MAVERICK in 2005 when the company acquired General Electric Automation Services (GEAS), where he had worked since 1997. At MAVERICK, he has served as regional manager, engineering manager, project manager and engineer. Most recently, Matt was director of sales operations, which required him to manage a geographically and technically diverse team of specialists who delivered estimates and proposals for hundreds of new opportunities each year.
Matt earned his Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering (BSChE) at Clemson University.
“Our clients are always giving us new problems to solve, so that keeps the work interesting,” says Matt. “Anyone who wants a challenging career in a fast-paced team environment will thrive at MAVERICK.” His favorite project was working on a parallel train for a large global energy company.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys traveling, reading and serving others. His faith and family are most important in his life.