2015 District 13 Leadership Conference (DLC)

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    2015 District 13 Leadership Conference (DLC)

    District 13 held its leadership conference in the beautiful city of Montreal, located in the province of Quebec in Canada, 30-31 May 2015. A total of 17 people were in attendance and all sections represented.

    The agenda included topics on stress control, the new ISA website, ISA strategic goals, how Ottawa reduced its combined sewer overflows, qualities of a good leader, and executing automation projects faster—" the critical chain method."

    Friday night was a meet and greet at a local entertainment facility that allowed everyone to show their billiards-playing skills while enjoying a few beverages, food, and good old-fashioned conversation.

    The group enjoyed a dinner Saturday night at one of Montreal's fine restaurants, giving all a chance to get to know each other better and pursue networking.

    Sunday closed with a business meeting. The discussion centered on the ISA strategic goals. The main goal of the DLC was to bring greater awareness to the five strategic goals and their purposes. The message certainly got through and a future plan is being developed to better familiarize section leaders to the goals.

    A big thank you goes to the ISA Montreal Section and to all the speakers for achieving a successful DLC.

    Third ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition 2015

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    ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition

    ISA Automation Conference & Exhibition 2015 was a full-scale conference and tradeshow in the Gulf Region dedicated to process automation. In line with the growing need for automation excellence, ISA and DMS Global jointly organized the event, which took place 26-27 May 2015 at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    Through this conference, ISA provided a unique platform for automation professionals to revive and refresh ideas about automation products and latest technologies.

    This event offered a unique opportunity for automation professionals, equipment manufacturers, and service providers to share and exchange experiences, and explore the latest products and most recent innovations and technologies. By attending, participants familiarized themselves with the latest solutions and trends in the automation market at product exhibition stalls, technical training sessions and workshops, and technology panel discussions throughout the event.

    The event also brought various parties involved in the field of process automation and safety under one roof.  Officially supported by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the event attracted  a large gathering of decision makers of regional and international end users, consultants, vendors and service providers—all of whom shared their experiences and visions, and showcased solutions to the challenges of measurement and control in complex industrial environments.

    For more information on the ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition 2015 visit http://www.isa-emea-expo.org/.

    2015 ISA Calgary Show

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    2015 ISA Calgary Show

    A foremost event for the instrumentation and automation industry, the ISA Calgary Show showcases the latest technologies, products and services, and supplies a platform for procurement, business development, networking and education.

    The 2015 event boasted a revitalized experience, offering attendees enriched opportunities to access the latest innovations and connect face to face. In addition to the abundant trade opportunities, the ISA Calgary Show featured an expanded Opening Night Reception, a series of industry Meet Ups, a New Product Program, buyer-seller gatherings at Knowledge Bars, and a full business and technical              conference. Over two days, attendees explored innovations and sourced solutions to help streamline operations and thrive in today's challenging  industry climate. 

    The event attracted a total registered attendance of 5,178, among which were 4,062 visitors and delegates and 1,116 exhibitors. Seventy-five percent of the attendees directly influence the buying decisions of their company or organization.

    Top companies represented included: ABB, Amec, Baker Hughes, Cameron, Cenovus Energy, CNRL, ConocoPhillips, Honeywell, Husky Energy, Jacobs, Nova Chemicals, Rockwell Automation, Schlumberger, Schneider Electric, Shell, Spartan Controls, Spectra Energy,  Stantec, Suncor Energy, TransCanada, Wood Group Mustang, WorleyParsons.

    Job focus among visitors was wide-ranging, with an emphasis on engineering/design and instrumentation/systems in addition to operations/maintenance, facilities, and environment. Seniority and expertise levels ranked high, with a majority of visitors identified with technical/engineering and senior manager/manager specializations. Other job functions included trades/equipment, consultant, senior VP, and purchaser.

    Industries represented included engineering/design and operations, maintenance and production, with additional representation from monitoring, R&D, SCADA, and geophysical organizations.

    Below are some comments provided by attendees about the event:

    "Excellent opportunity to engage with vendors and explore new technologies."
    "A terrific opportunity to learn about the latest products and technology in the industry."
    "One of the most practical and relevant events for all professionals to attend. You will miss a lot if you miss this event."
    "Very informative and interesting to see so many leaders in one place."
    "A very prominent event for professional networking in the automation industry."

    For more information on the ISA Calgary Show visit http://isacalgary.com/.  

    Joint District 9 & 10 Leadership Conference

    On the opening day of yachting season in Seattle, ISA leaders from the Northwest US and Western Canada representing five sections from District 9 (Seattle, Portland, Richland, Southwest Idaho, and Greater Salt Lake) and three sections from District 10 (British Columbia, Calgary, and Edmonton) came together for a joint District Leadership Conference (DLC.)

    District 10 Vice President Ian Verhappen provided the group with an update on the strategic initiatives from ISA and the outcomes from the 2015 ISA Executive Summit.

    Marty Bince, Image & Membership Department Vice President, reviewed the proposed dues increase as well as member benefits and retention efforts.

    In an effort to bring the sections' web pages up-to-date, District 9 Vice President Brad Carlberg gave a "how-to" seminar on websites/microsites relating to isa.org, and revealed "tips & tricks" for quickly editing ISA section micrositse.

    At lunch, the group walked down to the iconic Pike Place Market where they visited the first Starbucks and watched the famous fish market employees throw fish. After lunch, Jon Scharosch and John Beaudry from the Portland section showed everyone how to have "virtual meetings" with Livestream ProCaster or Livestream Studio.

    Day one finished up with talk about tabletops and exhibitions. Here are some of the recommendations: When holding an event, especially a training event as part of your exhibition, do not forget that you can provide professional development hours (PDHs) for the time in session. In addition, when planning the event schedule make sure to build in enough time in the schedule to allow attendees to attend the exhibition and network. The PDH template is available on the Leaders Resources page of the ISA website. It was recommended to always conduct a post-event survey with the exhibitors and participants to recognize what went well and what could be improved.

    The group reconvened at the end of the day for a social outing, toured the Seattle Underground, followed by a dinner at F.X. McRory's, next to the Century Link Field where the Seattle Seahawks play.

    It was back to business on Sunday with many areas of discussion.  The group considered ideas for generating section revenue; the various leadership training modules available from ISA headquarters; the scholarship endowments available through the districts, sections, and divisions; and the SAIT International Student Games.

    This year's DLC was a huge success. A big thanks goes to Brad Carlberg and the Seattle Section for hosting the event in their hometown.

    2015 Spring Leaders Meeting – Geographic Assembly

    On June 13 at the Downtown Raleigh Marriott, 11 districts were in attendance confirming quorum for the 2015 SLM Geographic Assembly (GA) meeting.

    At this occasion, the group covered regular business, starting with approving previous meeting minutes and discussing GA activities, including Districts Quarterly Reports, "ISA President and DVPs one-to-one talk", GA Appointments, and the GA Chair election process that will take place during the 2015 Fall Leaders Meeting (FLM.)

    GA Chair Antonio Alves introduced the charter actions. The GA voted and approved student sections in the following districts: District 2 - ECPI University-Glen Allen; District 4 - Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria Lima, Peru; and District 14 - All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society's College of Engineering.
    Remaining chartering and name change requests are in process with proper analysis by the Sections/Districts Issues Committee.

    GA members and observers attended presentations from the GA ISA 5 Strategic Goals Task Force Chairs about the progress of such effort inside the GA, and as a whole with ISA and other assemblies. The GA is experiencing a constant progression on the ISA 5 Goals efforts due to the dedication of its members and chairs, namely, Nicole Jensen (D10) on Data; Jeff Talbot (D13) on Content; Nilangshu Dey  (D12) on Delivery; Declan Lordan (D12) on Cybersecurity; and Jeff Blue (D11) on Advocacy.  

    Before concluding the meeting, the GA went over District Leadership Conference schedules and the 2016 budget proposals for approval at the 2015 FLM.

    The GA reconvened on the 14 June to review the Geographic Assembly portion of the Manual Operating Procedures, completed successfully in time to submit for Executive Board approval.

    Lehigh Valley awards five scholarship awards to local college and STEM-focused high school seniors

    The Lehigh Valley section held its annual Edward J. Cooney golf outing in June at the Moselem Springs golf club. The event, which attracted more than 85 participants, raised money for the section scholarships which are awarded in the spring each year. This year, the Lehigh Valley section awarded five scholarships to local college and STEM high school seniors. Details can be found on the Lehigh Section website at www.lvisa.org.

    How to make Pune a SMART city through technology initiatives

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    2015 Pune Section EventPrize winners with guests and ISA Pune Section members  

    On 1 March , the ISA Pune Section organized an essay competition, "How to make Pune a SMART city through Technology Initiatives," for undergraduate and postgraduate students from various engineering colleges in and around Pune, India. The topic was selected due to the growing interest and need for Smart Cities in India.

    Ninety students participated and presented different ideas, technology concepts, and perspectives about Smart City. Most notable among them were an energy-efficient city, smart sensor network for utilities, multi-modal transportation, smart traffic management, governance and public outreach, and bodies of water rejuvenation. Five essays were selected by judges for presentations during the prize distribution gathering.

    Kishor Patil, MD & CEO, KPIT Technologies Ltd. and Sadanand Teje, EEC India Leader, Honeywell, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker, respectively. They judged the final five essays. Each of the five students presented their concepts to the judges and audience, and answered questions. Based on these performances, the judges selected the winners. Prizes worth Rs. 50,000 were given.

    Reading Fightin' Phils Baseball Outing

    7 August 2015
    6 p.m.
    First Energy Stadium – Reading, Pennsylvania

    Join the Lehigh Valley Section at its annual "Deck" party at the Reading Fightin' Phils. The cost is $22/person, which includes a buffet dinner and a ticket to the game. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., with a starting pitch at 7:05 p.m. Registration information is online at www.lvisa.org under events.

    14th Exposition and Seminar of Instrumentation, System and Automation – ISA Espirito Santo

    28-31 July 2015
    Brazil - Serra, Espirito Santo (Pavilhão de Carapina)
    Event URL: www.isashow.isa-es.org.br      

    In its 14th year, the ISA Show in Espirito Santo is a great showcase of instrumentation companies, systems, and electrical and automation in the regional market. Growing above the national average, it's a venue for cutting-edge technologies, promoting room for development in businesses and partnerships, new management processes and services, and institutional marketing in a specialized public environment.

    Technical courses and workshops:

    Supervisory Systems Training Course
    28 July 2015
    16:00 p.m. - 20:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Fabio da Costa Pinto (M.Eng.)

    Control Valves Training Course
    28 July 2015
    16:00 p.m. - 20:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Fernando Tadeu Rios Dias (B.M.E.)

    Condition Based Maintenance Workshop
    29 July 2015
    16:00 p.m. - 20:00 p.m.

    For more information, please contact Vinicius Augusto Bastos Cuzzuol at vinicius@isa-es.org.br or isa-es@isa-es.org.br.

    2015 ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off

    Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 5:00 p.m.
    Houston Farm & Ranch Club, 1 Abercrombie Street, Houston, Texas , USA 77084

    The ISA Houston Section is currently looking for sponsors for its Expo and Chili Cook Off, which provides significant fundraising revenue for its scholarship program. The event is an opportunity to:

    • Showcase your products and services
    • Get exposure to over 1,500 attendees
    • Network with industry peers and meet potential customers
    • Learn about automation's new trends in a warm friendly environment
    • Enjoy and judge the best chili in the Houston oil and gas industry
    • Show your festive side, dress in your favorite cowboy boots, hats
    • Organize a team-building experience for your employees

    The proceeds go toward the college scholarships program of the ISA Houston Section.

    Note: Participation in the Cook Off is not mandatory, but customers will be looking for something to eat!
    Early bird sponsorship rates effective until  31 July 2015.


    Click to see one of our past cook offs! Contact amanda@functionzinc.com or mike.huereca@rawsonlp.com for more details.

    2015 Houston Farm and Ranch Layout 2-27-15.pdf


    2015 Early Bird ISA Houston Chili Cook off Registration Form 3-15-15.pdf


    Boggie-Bots and Infrared Thermometers!

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    Hubble STEMfest Event

    ISA was strongly represented 6-7 June during Hubble STEMfest at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and during the HoCo STEM Festival at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. Richard Sommerfield and Jayesh Jariwala, members of the Baltimore-Washington DC Section, were joined by fellow automation professionals, Kristen Sheriff and Jacob Hoyt, along with Sommerfield's daughter and two grandchildren.

    The booth highlighted temperature monitoring systems by taking temperature measurements using handheld infrared thermometers. People enjoyed discovering the temperature of their hand, head, and all sorts of objects. An experiment, borrowed from ISA, utilized a PID controller to manipulate a heat source (light bulb) in order to maintain the temperature of the lamp housing. This was presented as a system similar to A/C units in homes. The most exciting part of the booth may have been the Automation Federation's Boggie-Bot giveaways.  Many visitors came for the Bots and stayed to gain information.

    The weekend was a great success. Many children and adults were exposed to the automation that surrounds them every day.