• May 2016 Insights

    Section/District News

    VIII Seminario De Automaticá

    University of Cauca, Popayán, Colombia
    10–13 May 2016

    The Department of Electronics and Instrumentation and Control and the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Cauca present the VIII SEMINARIO DE AUTOMÁTICA, which will explore the latest and most important advances in automation, robotics, and the energy sector. Particular attention will be placed on the future of machines and technology in general.

    Location of the event:
    Francisco Lemos Arboleda Auditorium (Auditorio FIET)
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
    University of Cauca
    Popayan, Colombia


    • Automation: the themes of Petri nets applied, automatic applications in industry as well as official certificates in automatic
    • Robotics: the latest advances in robotics are displayed, rehabilitation, surgical robotics (mini robots), and analysis and treatment of medical signals
    • Energy sector: progress will be displayed in the control systems for the power sector and new renewable energies
    • Mini courses: Participants can choose from different mini workshops or additional talks, in several areas of automation, control and robotics.


    • Franziska Ullrich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Adriana Giret - Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
    • Beatriz Giraldo - Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
    • Marcela Hernandez – Andes University, Bogotá
    • Eliana Arango - National University, Medellin
    • Angela Luna - University of Cauca, TREEtek Bogotá
    • Fernando Otero - Optimo Group Inc., USA
    • Carlos Cifuentes - Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito, Bogotá
    • Fernando Barrera - Université de Strasbourg, Francia
    • Leonardo Rodriguez - EAN University, Bogotá
    • Iván Claros - Axon Group, Bogotá
    • Javier Torres - Western energy company, Popayán

    For more information, please visit www.unicauca.edu.co/ai/VIIISA.

    UniCauca student section and Jose Luis Cordeiro of VII Seminario de Automatica

    Registration table at VII Seminario de Automatica

    A typical evening of fun at VII seminario de automatica

    Second Forum on Cybersecurity for Industrial Environments and Critical Infrastructure

    Bogota, Colombia
    Thursday, 9 June 2016
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    On Thursday, 9 June 2016, the ISA Colombia Section will hold its Second Forum on Cybersecurity for Industrial Environments and Critical Infrastructure. The event will focus on the philosophy, technical origins and high-value solutions for the industrial field and utilities operations, all based on the ISA/IEC 62443 series of cybersecurity standards.

    The gathering will demonstrate how to handle and treat real-life cybersecurity problems that may endanger the successful operation of companies and their financial well-being. Attention will be placed on protecting and supervising the control systems of critical and non-critical infrastructure.

    This event is supported by the Department of Information Technologies and Information within Colombia´s ministry (MINTIC), The Joint Command of Cybernetic Operations (CCOC), The Group of Response to Cybernetic Emergencies of Colombia – ColCERT, and the Metrology National Institute.  All are government institutions ordered by Colombia’s president to address national cyber-threats.

    Thanks are expressed to the event’s sponsor: Ibero-American Cybersecurity Institute. All forum attendees will receive a report of “Study of State of Industrial Cybersecurity in Colombia” at no charge (Report normal cost is 290€.).

    ISA members will receive a sizeable discount on event registration. Stay tuned for confirmation on additional sponsorships and events. For more information, visit www.isacolombia.org or contact Sonia Romero at asistente@isacolombia.org.

    Safety for Industry

    Tel Aviv Convention Center
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    23 June 2016
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    A component of the RAX International Exhibition, Safety for Industry will review standards and the instrumentation and control system selection criteria.

    For more information, visit www.isa-is.org.il or contact Ofer Ben-Ephariam at ofer.benephraim@instrumetrics-ic.co.il.


    ISA Texas Channel Section Sporting Clay Shoot Benefit

    9 a.m.
    Friday, 16 September 2016
    Clay Mound Sporting Center
    2001 Texaco Road
    Liberty, Texas 77575

    For more details on this fundraising event for ISA scholarships, please visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy by phone at 281-928-0462 or email at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    Las Vegas Section Fall Classic Golf Tournament & Table Top Show

    Thursday, 13 October 2016

    Golf Tournament at Las Vegas National Golf Course
    1911 E. Desert Inn Road
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
    Golf tourney shotgun start: 7:30 a.m.
    Golf awards: 1:00 p.m.

    Tabletop Show at the Railhead Show Room at Boulder Station Casino
    4111 Boulder Highway
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
    Show hours:  2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Raffle prizes awards (must be present to win): 5 p.m.
    Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Please join the ISA Las Vegas Section for the Annual ISA Las Vegas Fall Classic Golf Tournament and Table Top Show on Thursday, October 13, 2016. This year, the golf tournament will be followed by Table Top Show. Stop by the show and get up to date on all the new technologies and services from various vendors and suppliers in the automation industry.

    Additionally, there will be two technical training sessions during the show, with PDH certificates for those who need them. Win various prizes, which will be presented toward the end of the show. We invite any interested vendors/suppliers to exhibit and/or provide technical training sessions at the show.

    Note that, for those visiting Las Vegas, Boulder Station is offering a great room rate of $45.00/night plus tax and resort fees for the nights of Wednesday, 12 October and Thursday, 13 October. Please contact Jeff Blue (jeff.blue@lvvwd.com) or visit our section web site www.isalasvegas.org for registration forms and detailed information. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 29.

    ISA Pipeline Subsection Scholarship Golf Tournament

    Cypress Lakes Golf Course
    18700 Cypresswood Drive
    Cypress, TX 77429
    Friday, 21 October 2016
    1 p.m. shot gun start

    For more information on this outstanding networking and fundraising event for scholarships, please visit www.houstonisa.org or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.om.

    ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off

    Houston Farm & Ranch Club
    1 Abercrombie Drive, Houston, TX 77084
    Thursday, 10 November 2016
    5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Attend the ISA Houston Section’s largest expo, with more than 65 companies participating and 2,000 attendees. Judge and eat over 60 different types of chili; visit with sponsors; meet the Houston Texans cheerleaders; and enjoy live music and a variety of activities, such as armadillo racing.

    For more details, visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    ISA Texas Channel Section Scholarship Golf Tournament

    The Battleground Gold Course at Deer Park
    1600 Georgia Avenue, Deer Park, TX 77536
    Friday, 9 December 2016
    9 a.m.

    Please join the Texas Channel Section for its 2nd annual scholarship golf tournament, to be conducted in the heart of the ship channel. For more details, visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    Petroleum & Power Automation Meet 2016

    Petroleum and Power Automation Meet 2016, which was held 8-9 April in New Delhi, is an initiative of the ISA-Delhi Section to provide a common platform to all stakeholders in the country’s Petroleum and Power Sector. The objective is to share knowledge on the latest technologies available and to discuss issues relevant for the development of this sector.

    Experts were invited from “user and producer” segments (India & abroad) to present papers on various topics of emerging technologies, and display products meeting present and future requirements.

    The vision of the ISA-Delhi Section is to “take automation in India’s Petroleum and Power Sector to new global heights and reach the “numero-uno” position. After grand success of similar mega events in the past, this year, Petroleum and Power Automation Meet was organized on 8 – 9 April at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi.

    Petroleum and Power Automation Meet 2016 was attended by more than 400 experts in the automation field, including those engaged in oil exploration, refining, petrochemicals, and in the power sector. On hand were eminent personalities and representatives from a wide range of prestigious organizations,  including leading consultant firms and automation suppliers such as: ONGC, IOCL, GAIL, NTPC, Tata Power, Cairn India, Essar Oil Ind, Reliance Industries, EIL, Technip India, Fluor Daniel, Bechtel India, Samsung India, Petrofac, Haldor Topsoe, PLE, ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell Automation, Yokogawa,  Invensys and many others.

    Automation Day at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater

    Each year, the ISA Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Student Section hosts Automation Day to promote an understanding of control to the students. The highlights of this year’s event included great speaker presentations, a poster competition by student researchers, and an automation contest.

    In the past, some of the contests have involved traffic light control, robot soccer player defender moves, scheduling of devices on a smart grid, and a lunar landing. This year, contestants tuned parameters to automatically land a flight simulator airplane. Unlike past years, this year’s Automation Day had a theme consistent with the contest. Hence, all presentations were to focus on automation and control in aerospace industry.

    Notable speakers included Jamey Jacob, Ph.D., and He Bai, Ph.D., faculty members from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Also in attendance were Blake Cunningham, James Price, and Clint Hladik, all from Tinker Air Base; Raymond Crow and Praveen Bhatapati from ABB, Bartlesville; and , Anand Vennavelli, Ph.D., from Fractionation Research, Inc, Stillwater.

    The night ended with announcement of the annual newsletter, Destination Setpoint, and the awards felicitation ceremony.