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Insight on ISA standards

The ISA Edmonton Section reached out to Dave Robinson, a long-time ISA activist, for his expertise on ISA standards. Robinson is general manager at Samson Controls Canada and vice president sales, Oil & Gas North America, Samson Controls Inc. Here are his thoughts:

“At the 2016 ISA Fall Classic golf tournament, a fun expert panel discussion was held at lunch. The topic was: how do you use ISA standards in your day-to-day business? As I’ve been an active ISA Edmonton Section member at both the local and international level for many years, I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of ISA standards being used and the reverence with which they were held.

“The most widely used ISA standards include instrumentation symbols (the first ISA standard, ISA-5.1), alarm management (ISA-18), HMI (ISA-101), and intelligent device management (ISA-TR108). Among the newest ISA standards in development is cybersecurity (ISA-62443 series). Samson is a control valve company, so we of course use the ISA-75 series of standards. A lot of these standards are primarily static, as you wouldn’t want to change the control valve face-to-face dimensions’ standards (ISA-75.08 series) on an annual basis. However, as technology, international cooperation, and empirical knowledge increases, we need to keep current the control valve flow capacity sizing equations standard (ISA-75.01.01), considerations for evaluating control valve cavitation recommended practice (ISA-RP75.23), and the laboratory measurement of aerodynamic noise generated by control valves standard (ISA-75.07).

“ISA standards have a five-year review cycle, so scope groups are developed to ensure the data is relevant and recertified.

“When it comes to ISA standards as a whole, one thing I’d like to highlight is that ISA is a volunteer society. This means that Society members and standards users are invited to participate on the standards committees that affect their jobs or company practices. You, from right here in northern Alberta, using your specifically acquired knowledge and experience, can have an impact on standards that are used internationally!

“Participating on ISA standards committees allowed me to communicate more effectively with Samson’s R&D department in Germany, and together with my participation on the various ISA governance committees, has helped build my experience required to be on our company’s board of directors.”

New CAPs and CCSTs

Qualifying for and passing one of ISA’s certification exams is a noteworthy accomplishment. The exams are rigorous and require a solid command of various disciplines in automation and control. Below is a list of individuals who have recently passed either our Certified Automation Professional (CAP) or one of the three levels of our Certified Control System Technician (CCST) exam. Congratulations to our new certification holders! For more information about the ISA CAP and CCST certification programs, please visit www.isa.org/training-and-certifications/isa-certification.

Certified Control System Technicians

Name

Company

Location

Level 1

 

 

 Thomas Scott Nawrocki

 None

U.S.

Gary Mike Waters

United Water Idaho

U.S.

 Christopher J. Meier

 None

U.S.

Steven G. Meyers

None

U.S.

 Kenneth A. Deanhardt

Renewable Water Resources

U.S.

 David I. Martinez

None

U.S.

 Stephen J. Sheets

Control Application & Maintenance

U.S.

Joel S. Graves

Xcel Energy

U.S.

Richard M. Wanner

ABM

U.S.

 Domenic C. Palazzolo

Palazzolo Industrial Controls LLC

U.S.

Mitchell Butts

 None

U.S.

Frank Overberg

None

U.S.

 Anthony M. Jarrett

Linde

U.S.

 Jaime Damian

None

U.S.

 Roger D. Henley

None

U.S.

Alvin Querubin

None

U.S.

Arthur D. Ongkingco

None

U.S.

 Pedro N. Gulbe

None

U.S.

Joshua J. Studebaker

None

U.S.

Matthew C. Sharrett

 None

U.S.

Joseph A. Bawidermann

 None

U.S.

James T. O'Brien

University of Michigan

U.S.

 Christopher L. Beavers

PCI Phar Cal

U.S.

 Rick M. Mirolla

Orange County Sanitation District

U.S.

 Giang T. Ly

None

U.S.

John T. Myer

Orange County Sanitation District

U.S.

Edward V. Keen

None

U.S.

Jeffrey P. Campbell

None

U.S.

Jan A. Gramley

None

U.S.

Gilrado F. Robles

 Orange County Sanitation District

U.S.

Matthew G. Loup

None

U.S.

 David B. Kenner

None

U.S.

Nathaniel Paul Green

None

U.S.

Robert T. Hunton

None

U.S.

Tugger C. Raymond

None

U.S.

Justin R Minchew

None

U.S.

Richard T. Henman

None

U.S.

Von R. Watson

None

U.S.

Anthony A. Arment

Katzen International Inc.

U.S.

Carl J. Edwards

None

U.S.

Donald K. Blackburn

TM Prime Controls

U.S.

Bryan E. Pruitt

Burke Services LLC

U.S.

Kenneth B. Shaver

 MARKWEST Energy Partners

U.S.

Rathinam Subramaniyan

Qatar Shell GTL Ltd.

 Qatar

Level 2

 

 

David B. McLaren

Orange County Sanitation District

U.S.

Sammy T. McCarty

None

U.S.

Gary R. Gillitzer

None

U.S.

Jeffrey M. Sullivan

Solano Irrigation District

U.S.

Eril Latorre

 Flint Hills Resources

U.S.

 George R. Hill 

 Tropicana

U.S.

Scott K. Silberstein

None

U.S.

 Charles Easterwood

None

U.S.

Level 3

 

 

David O. Howe

None

U.S.

Domenic C. Palazzolo

Palazzolo Industrial Controls LLC

U.S.

Nicolas S. Fisher

None

U.S.

 james D. Breden

None

U.S.

Matthew D. Pentland

None

U.S.

 James H. Sands

None

U.S.

Idongesit J. Nkanang

Exxon Mobil Nigeria

 Nigeria

Certified Automation Professionals

Name

Company

Location

William Clifford Falkenstein

Timberline Electric and Control Corp.

U.S.

Yin Jingxin

Yokogawa Engineering Asia

Singapore

Jesse M. Sawyer

Koch Modular Process System LLC

U.S.

Pak L. Cheung

Koch Modular Process System LLC

U.S.

Devendra A. Joglekar

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions India Ltd.

India

Smurty R. Panigrahi

Durgapur Steel Plant

India

Dominic Servio Amalraj

Yokogawa Corp of America

U.S.

Michael R. Novotny

None

U.S.

Edin Rakovic

None

U.S.

Adam L. Gilligan

None

U.S.

Steven P. Jenkins

None

U.S.

Douglas John Lerczak

BP Chemical

U.S.

Eliud S. Perez

Burke Services LLC

U.S.

Ihab Almughrabi

Takreer

U.A.E.

Thiago I. Avila

Cenovus Energy

Canada