• December 2015 Insights

    Section/District News

    ISA Houston Section Scholarship Sporting Clay Benefit

    22 January 2016
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Westside Sporting Grounds
    10120 Pattison
    Katy, Texas 77493

    100-round course. Ammunition for the round provided.

    8 a.m. – Registration, breakfast. silent auction, and gun boards open
    8:45 a.m. – Safety briefing
    9 a.m. – Shooting begins
    11:30 a.m. – Lunch served
    12:15 p.m. – Awards

    For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://houstonisa.org/event/isa-houston-section-scholarship-sporting-clay-benefit/.

    2016 Product Education Night (PEN Show)

    8 March 2016
    4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  
    Columbia County Exhibition Center
    212 Partnership Drive
    Grovetown, Georgia 30813

    ISA’s Savannah River Section hosts an annual Product Education Night, also known as the PEN Show.  The event is a combination of training seminars, product displays from vendors, and networking among professionals to learn the latest on industrial instrumentation and controls and share strategies for reducing cost, increasing productivity, and solving plant problems.

    For more information, please contact Dennis Cogan at dennis.cogan@hotmail.com


    ISA Pipeline Subsection Shrimp Boil & Table Top Show

    31 March 2016
    5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Houston Farm & Ranch Club
    1 Abercrombie Drive
    Houston, Texas 77084

    Bring your company and customers to the ISA Pipeline Subsection Shrimp Boil & Table Top Show to:

    • Provide an exclusive customer appreciation event for your customers
    • Showcase your products and services
    • Gain excellent industry exposure
    • Network with industry peers
    • Organize a team-building experience for your employees


    NOTE: Proceeds go towards the college scholarships program of the ISA Pipeline Subsection.

    For more information and to register visit http://www.functionz.net/shrimp-boil---table-top-show.html or contact Amanda Hardy at 281-928-0462 or via email at amanda@functionzinc.com.


    District 4 Leadership Conference

    On 12 November, District 4 held its District Leadership Conference (DLC) at the University of Campinas in Campinas, Brazil. Seventeen attendees representing six ISA sections (Campinas, Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, Espirito Santo, Colombia and Peru) participated.

    Carlos Mandolesi, District Vice President, reported on the Fall Leader Meeting (FLM) activities. He delivered an overview of the strategic goals progress and how it will impact the sections. He led a discussion about ISA member benefits and trained section leaders on how to communicate the benefits with their members. Carlos also shared best practices relating to event organization, training, and member retention.

    ISA leaders Jim Keaveney, Society President-elect/Secretary; Antonio Alves, Geographic Assembly Chairman; and Marty Bince, Image and Membership Vice President; participated via teleconference.

    Results on activities and promoted events during the past year were presented by each section. Two sections, Campinas and Colombia, were awarded for their efforts. Nilson Rana from Vale do Paraiba Section was recognized as Distinguished Section Director for his dedication in promoting ISA.

    Paulo Vergara from the Colombia Section was elected as District Vice President-elect. He will start his term immediately and will take over as District Vice President in 2017.

    The event was considered a significant milestone in enhancing ISA’s presence in South America.

    Carlos Mandolesi, District Vice President, presents at the DLC.

    University of Campinas Hotel, the venue of the DLC

    One of the DLC’s brainstorming sessions

    DLC Participants

    Carlos Mandolesi (right), District 4 Vice President; and
    Paulo Vergara, District 4 Vice President-elect

    ISA Bangalore Section Activities


    On 15 October 2015, the ISA student section at the RV College of Engineering in Bangalore, India organized a membership drive for students from the departments of Instrumentation, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Telecom, Information Science and Chemical Engineering. Principal K.N Subramanya, Ph.D., along with department heads and faculty attended the program.

    Bangalore section representatives, Rajshekhar Uchil, Sunil Shah, Ph.D., and S. Palaniyappan were in attendance. Uchil addressed the students, who were studying various branches of engineering, through his talk on industrial automation.  A talk on process control by Dr. Shah followed.

    During the event, students improved their knowledge on various process control concepts and examined real-life examples of control mechanisms in water heaters and traffic control.

    On 17 October 2015, Rajesh Rathi delivered a TechTalk on entrepreneurship to the ISA student section of the RN Shetty Institute of Technology Student Section.

    On 29 October, Rajshekhar Uchil delivered a TechTalk on “Sound Measurement and Vibration Measurement Under Signal Conditioning Circuits” to ISA student members and faculty at the VIT University Vellore. Uchil also presented the District 14 Best Section award to the Dean of Electrical Sciences.

    ISA Netherlands Section highlights ISA/IEC 62443 standard at Dutch drinking water sector seminar

    On 3 November 2015, the “Cyber Threats Above Water” seminar was organized by the Dutch drinking water sector in The Hague, Netherlands. The seminar was a joint effort between the Dutch Water-ISAC and the Vewin association of all drinking water companies in The Netherlands.

    The seminar was designed to improve cybersecurity awareness in the drinking water sector. The complete Dutch drinking water sector participated at the seminar. Furthermore, representatives from the Dutch government, responsible for National Cybersecurity (NCSC), were present.

    Marcel Jutte, ISA Netherlands Section President, delivered a presentation on “Does the fear of cold water keep you aside?” The presentation addressed the ISA/IEC 62443 cybersecurity standard and the role it plays in IACS cybersecurity. Jutte further explained how process automation and office automation differ in necessary countermeasures and how the ISA/IEC 62443 standards can be used to take the proper actions in defending process automation environments.

    Additional presentations—delivered by experts from drinking water sector governing bodies as well as from the Dutch government—focused on the cybersecurity threats for the drinking water sector and the importance of public-private cooperation. The seminar also included a hacking demonstration by ABB and the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation. The organizers, presenting parties, and participants of the drinking water companies, all commented on the success and informational value of the event.

    Intelligent Device Management (ISA108)

    Marcel Jutte delivers an introduction at the ISA108 event.

    Rob Sosef of Emerson explains the ISA108 standard.

    On 19 November, the ISA Netherlands Section organized a theme event on “Intelligent Device Management (ISA108)” at The Hague University in Delft, The Netherlands. Marcel Jutte, ISA Netherlands Section President, opened the event with a welcome and presented to the ISA organization, its members and sponsors.

    He was followed by a talk by Sjaak van Peski of The Hague University about the institute and the changes in the ICT education program.

    Rob Sosef from Emerson addressed the significance of intelligent device management, Big Data and the Internet of Things, in relation to predictive maintenance. The ISA108 Standard and its usability were explained and significant attention was placed on how data and diagnostics of current intelligent field instrumentation can be used to optimize the maintenance process.

    The event engaged a large amount of current as well as potential new ISA members, eager to learn more about the ISA108 and discuss the subject with their industry peer members. Several students of The Hague University were introduced to ISA and given the opportunity to become ISA student members.

    The event concluded with a networking reception where all participants further discussed the subjects with the speakers and each other. The event was sponsored by The Hague University and Emerson. ISA Netherlands Section and its sponsors appreciated the opportunity to participate in such an informative event that engaged both existing and prospective ISA members.