Do you work for a system integrator? Do you support client projects? Do you need to expand your skills in working in a project design or commissioning environment? ISA’s new Automation Engineering Survival Training: Integrator Version (AESTIV), designed specifically for system integrators, focuses on concepts important to automation engineers and others involved in a project design and commissioning role.
This unique process automation engineering experience is designed to hone your process automation knowledge and skills. ISA’s seasoned “Survival Expert” will guide you through a fast-paced and rigorous course of topics from process measurement through advanced automation, and everything in between!
Whether you are new to the system integration industry or are a seasoned professional, this course will challenge you and enhance your knowledge in key concepts beneficial to system integrators and allow you to perform at a higher level and will help you deliver superior value to your clients.
Who Should Attend?
New automation, control system, or process control engineers working for system integrators
Seasoned system integration engineers looking to refresh their process automation skills
Automation engineers in a position with a system integrator or end user
Automation engineers wishing to move into a career as a system integrator
5-Day Intensive Training Curriculum
Measurement and Documentation
Control Valves, Control Strategies, and Loop Tuning
Advanced Control: Operator Effectiveness & Safety Systems
Industrial Security & Project Management
Advanced Process Automation
(See Curriculum tab for more details.)
Real-World Plant Tour
All students will participate in a class field trip to a local manufacturing facility demonstrating automation in action in order to relate concepts learned in class to the real-world environment.
As a culmination to an intensive week of training, students will receive their certificates of successful completion for a job well done and the right to say, "I SURVIVED ISA SYSTEM INTEGRATOR SURVIVAL TRAINING!"
*Note: Students must attend the entire week of lab-intensive exercises and lecture in order to receive their certificate of completion.
Workflow and Project Leadership: Opportunity Identification and Project Justification | Communications and Team Processes
Perform a Business /Control network segmentation
Analyze Modbus communications using a data monitor
Use OPC to extract data from a process control system
Conduct a security threat analysis
Identify key business processes and objectives
Perform an economic analysis of a potential project
You Will Be Able To:
Identify Local Area Network (LAN) topologies and protocols
Understand concepts that are important to designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining a modern automation network
Define the different Ethernet varieties and which are best for industry
Discuss the principles behind creating an effective long-term security program
Define the basics of risk and vulnerability analysis methodologies
Specify the requirements for an enterprise-control integration solution
Explain the economics and business drivers involved in integration
Identify project types and overall goals and objectives
Explain the four important objectives critical to automation projects vs. the three objectives typical of other projects
Explain the importance of Automation interpersonal skills.
DAY 5: Advanced Process Automation
You Will Cover:
ANSI/ISA88: Best Practices | Why Use S88? | Procedural Control | PLC versus DCS for Procedural Control
Physical Model: Process Cells | Units | Equipment Modules | Control Modules
Recipe Information Categories: Header | Procedure | Formula | Equipment Requirements
Procedural Control Model: Procedure | Unit | Operation | Phase
Modes and States: Exception Handling | Allocation and Arbitration | State Transition Diagram
Integration: Communications | Manufacturing Execution System (MES) | Network Security
Standards and Models: ANSI/ISA95 Standards | MESA International Model | WBF B2MML XML Schemas
Control Activity Model: Recipe Management | Production Planning and Scheduling | Production Information Management | Process Management | Unit Supervision | Process Control | Personnel and Environmental Protection
Information Model: Production Resources | Process Segments | Production Schedules | Production Performance | Data Transactions
Develop procedural elements using the ANSI/ISA88 procedural control model and test those procedural elements against the equipment entities
Identify common (shared) resources and arbitration schemes
Analyze different ways to allocate functionality between equipment modules and control modules
Design a data transaction model for a typical plant information exchange
You Will Be Able To:
Use ANSI/ISA88 to define the requirements for a process using procedural control
Effectively structure and subdivide equipment entities
Describe modes and states and how they are applied at the equipment level
Describe the interfaces that are needed between batch control and other systems within an enterprise
Nicholas Sands is currently a process control engineer working for DuPont’s Kevlar® and Nomex® businesses. In his 19 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.
Over the last 18 years, Nick has worked on several alarm management projects, both for new plants and existing plants. He led two company alarm management teams from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. He is the author of DuPont’s best practices on alarm management.
Nick is co-chair of the ISA18 standards committee working on alarm management; and was the lead editor for the new standard: ANSI/ISA-18.02-2009, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. He followed Vernon Trevathan as editor for ISA’s The Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, as well as authored the chapter on alarm management.
Nick's path to instrumentation and control started when he earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. When not working, or reading, Nick and his wife Ruth run a recreational sled dog team.
Scott Sommer, PE, CAP, has over 27 years of experience in automation, instrumentation, and process control design and applications, with 20+ years of batch control experience. During his career, Mr. Sommer has worked for several large manufacturing companies, including Conoco, Celanese, and Wyeth, and several engineering firms, including principal ownership in a growing systems integration firm for nearly 10 years.
His experience from all sides of the automation and systems integration industry has given him a unique vision and insight to effectively and efficiently managing the automation scope and activities of large industrial projects.
Mr. Sommer holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McNeese State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple states and is an ISA Certified Automation Professional and Senior Member of ISA. Scott is a frequent speaker and presenter at ISA, WBF, and ISPE conferences.
Past Students Said…
“[He gave a good] Explanation of how to achieve an alarm management program and how to interpret ISA-18.2.” - Kevin Zaderey, Past ISA Student
“[He provided a good] Introduction of the lifecycle concept for alarm management.” - Calvin Lambie, Technologist
“[He provideded an] Excellent introduction to the ISA18.2 standard. I can find immediate application for the information I received today.” - Michael Marshall, President