• Section & Division News

    Birmingham Technical Meeting: Experiences with HMI Design

    W.G. Yates Company
    Tuesday, 13 November 2018
    4 p.m. to. to 5:15 p.m.

    Join ISA's Birmingham Section for its November Technical Meeting. John T. Cover, P.E., will present on Experiences with HMI Design. John is a systems integrator with experience in a variety of greenfield and brownfield projects. His responsibilities include estimation, design, programming, commissioning, and troubleshooting; serving pharmaceutical, foundry, and automotive industries; and working with Siemens, Yokogawa, and Allen Bradley hardware. 

    For more on this meeting, please contact Birmingham Section President Jim Key at jimkey@southernco.com.

    SIL Training Course

    Scope Convention Centre, New Delhi, India
    Tuesday, 20 November - Friday, 23 November 2018
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ISA's Delhi Section announces its fourth round of training for the Functional Safety Certificate Program in accordance with IEC61508/IEC61511. The Safety Integrity Level (SIL) course is a four-day training that will be conducted 20-23 November.

    Delhi Technical Meeting

    Scope Convention Center, New Delhi, India
    Thursday, 22 November 2018
    6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Please join ISA's Delhi Section for its monthly meeting featuring a technical presentation on security and surveillance systems by M/S Magal Security Systems (India) Limited.

    Learn more and gain more details about the Delhi Section at www.isadelhi.org.

    SIS Training Course

    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51 Bosque, Campinas, SP, Brasil
    Tuesday, 4 December - Wednesday, 5 December 2018
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Attend a training course with the Campinas Section! This course will: address the engineering requirements for the specification, design, analysis, and justification of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for process industries; present guidelines on how to determine Safety Integrity Levels (SIL); and illustrate how to evaluate whether proposed or existing systems meet the performance and documentation requirements defined by ISA 84 (IEC61511).

    To review more on this offering, click here.

    Campinas Section Annual Dinner

    Premium Hotel - Rua Novotel, 981 - Jd. N. Aparecida Campinas, SP, Brasil
    Friday, 14 December 2018
    7:30 p.m.

    The Campinas Section Annual Dinner will be held on Friday, 14 December. This will be a special occasion for Campinas members, invited sponsors, and contributors to celebrate the 2018 achievements.

    Attendees will be treated to a tropical-style dinner.

    All Campinas Section members can attend the event at no cost. In addition, each section member can invite one guest for free. All other ISA members can attend the dinner at a reduced fee.

    Please visit the event page or contact the Campinas Section at contato@isacampinas.org.br for details.

    ISA Sponsored Control Systems Engineering PE Study Group

    For seven years, ISA's Houston Section has helped members prepare for the Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for Control Systems Engineering (CSE) by hosting weekly study group sessions during the 10 weeks (29 August - 24 October) leading to the exam. 

    This year, the section thanks Wood for kindly allowing it to host the sessions at its facilities in the Energy Corridor. The study sessions are valuable since The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) board does not offer any official preparation material for the CSE PE exam.

    More than 30 ISA members have benefited by becoming part of the ISA Houston CSE PE study group.  The section recognizes its facilitators who have kindly shared their knowledge and experience with the study group members: Richard von Bretch, Jason Salinas, Clifford Wuertz, Amorn Thunnipath, Magda Moreno, Ali Chopite, Scott Hurowitz, and Weining Feng, Ph.D.

    PE Study Group img 1  PE Study Group img 2 PE Study Group img 3 PE Study Group img 4

    Universidad del Cauca Student Section participates in Destino innovAcción Cauca

    On 30 August, the ISA Universidad del Cauca student section, together with Navema 3D (a 3D printing company founded by members of the student section) and in coordination with the "Robotica Educativa" project and Eng. Nestor Gonzalez, participated in Destino InnovAcción. This event is   organized by the government of Cauca in order to help improve the study of science, technology, and innovation in the region.

    The student members of Universidad del Cauca worked for more than a year supporting this robotics project through games, workshops, and demonstrations of robotics and programming at public education institutions in remote areas of Cauca in order to get children interested in these areas of engineering.

    Universidad del Cauca Student Section img 2   Universidad del Cauca Student Section img 3

    Universidad del Cauca's First Meeting of the Second Semester

    To kick off the second semester, student section members of Universidad Del Cauca held a meeting to discuss accomplishments and activities of the previous semester as well as to discuss events and activities for development in the current semester.

    Universidad del Cauca Section img 1
    Featured above are student section leaders of Universidad del Cauca.

    Universidad del Cauca Section img 2
    Assembled above are student members of the Universidad del Cauca Section.

    Members Integration Day

    In mid-September of this year, members of the Universidad Del Cauca Student Section met outside the city of Popayán, Colombia, for a day of games, sports and socialization activities, for integrating new members, forming friendships, and promoting teamwork.

    Members Integration Day img
    Above, members of the Universidad del Cauca student section gather to enjoy a day of fun and interaction.

    Houston Section's Quarterly Networking Event

    In a continuing effort to engage and grow ISA membership, ISA's Houston Section has been holding quarterly networking events. These events are sponsored by an industry manufacturer or its distributor. TechStar was the sponsor of the 20 September 2018 event. More than 150 people attended the event, many providing very positive reviews. The next event will be held March 2019 at the St. Arnolds Brewery and will be sponsored by Emerson Process.

    Houston Section’s Quarterly Networking Event img 

    1st Annual ISA Analysis Division Symposium Saudi Arabia 2018

    The 1st ISA Analysis Division Symposium-supported by ISA's Saudi Arabia Section (ISA SAS)-was held 3 October 2018 at King Abdullah Cultural Center, Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The technical symposium featured one day of innovative analytical content along with poster and keynote presentations from industry leaders. The event incorporated a full-scale conference and trade show with a strong focus on: development, implementation, and effectiveness through integrated planning and interventions; as well as spectroscopy, chromatography, electrochemistry and sample handling.

    Representatives from Jubail Industrial College, ABB, EMERSON, GE EMEA (Baker Hughes), Metrohm, Servomex, Bartech-ORB, Endress+Hauser, Schneider Electric/ Durag Group, ISG, Naizak, CAE, AIMS, and Bilateral US-Arab Chamber showcased their products and services.   

    The Analysis Division aims to contribute to professional engagement in every aspect of process stream and laboratory methods of analysis. Attendees at this event represented key end users in Saudi Arabia, including SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Sadara, SATROP, and others.

    Keynote speaker

    Soloman Almadi, Ph.D.,   ISA Saudi Section President, greeted and thanked everyone for joining this major event. Dr. Almadi emphasized the importance of analyzers in the automation profession and he highlighted ISA's Saudi Arabia Section's contributions in promoting automation in the industry. He called on all participants to join ISA and benefit from the high value of membership.

    ISA-SA Team Support

    The Saudi Arabia Section's executive team members contributed greatly to this event and closely communicated with the event organizer to ensure its success. On hand during the opening ceremony of the symposium were Dr. Almadi, ISA Saudi Section President; Ghulam Rasul, ISA Saudi Section Vice President; and Saiful Chowdhury, ISA Saudi Section Webmaster.

     Saudi Arabia Section’s executive team img 
    Above, leaders of ISA's Saudi Section gather for a photograph at the ISA Analysis Division Symposium. View more pictures taken at the event by clicking here.

    Southeast Texas ISA Automation Expo

    This past October, the Southeast Texas Section hosted its bi-annual Automation Expo in Beaumont, Texas. The expo featured more than 55 exhibitors, eight different educational technical sessions, and active networking along with BBQ and drinks during the evening celebration with area automation professionals. Proceeds from the event went toward scholarships for local university students. The expo was hailed by attendees as an educational event benefitting the golden triangle industries, technicians, engineers, and students. To view more pictures taken at this event, click here.

    Southeast Texas ISA Automation Expo img 1Southeast Texas ISA Automation Expo img 2

    Paper Presentation and Competition: Emerging Trends in Industrial Automation and Controls

    Just recently, in early November, the Central Institute of Technology Kokrajhar student section organized its first paper presentation and competition in Northeastern India. With a focus on Emerging Trends in Industrial Automation and Control, the event provided a platform for engineering students to explore new frontiers in the field of automation and industrial control. The event highlighted the role of ISA as an international organization that is setting benchmarks for new technologies and standards in the field of automation.

    Are you interested in featuring important events and activities occurring at the section-and district-level of the Society in ISA Insights? Please contact sections@isa.org for more details.