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ISA announces training courses, preliminary technical program for its 2014 Process Control & Safety Symposium

Conference places emphasis on greater safety and security in chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas processing

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (4 June 2014) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announced the training courses and preliminary technical program for its 2014 Process Control & Safety Symposium, a far-reaching conference and exhibition designed to help process measurement and control professionals in chemical, petrochemical, and energy processing and other process industry sectors operate more safely and securely.

Leveraging the global expertise of six ISA technical divisions, the symposium—to be held 6-9 October 2014 in Houston, Texas USA—will illustrate how everyday decisions can have significant downstream results—both positively and negatively—on plant safety and security as well as on key quality and efficiency metrics.

A compelling combination of world-class training, expert-led presentations and keynote addresses, paper sessions, tutorials, interactive panel discussions, an expanded vendor exhibit and social events will be offered. Getting the event off to an inspiring start will be 2014 ISA President Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., who will deliver a welcome message.

Attendees also will:

  • Learn about the latest developments, trends, and technologies in process control that are determining future operational needs, expectations, and requirements.
  • Network with committee members of the ISA84 (Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector) and ISA99 (Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security) standards
  • Get the latest updates and insights on industrial cybersecurity
  • Receive additional technical perspectives from ISA’s subject-matter experts in its Communication, Education, and Pulp and Paper divisions

To view the entire conference agenda online, visit the 2014 Process Control & Safety Symposium website, and click on the PROGRAM tab.

Four high-value training courses

On Monday, 6 October 2014, attendees will have the opportunity to attend up to four essential ISA security and safety courses (and earn valuable CEUs). The four courses are:

  • IC39C-Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems

    This course focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle as outlined in the ANSI/ISA18.00.02 standard, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. The activities include the alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, basic alarm design, advanced alarm techniques, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) design.

  • EC50C- An Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems

    This popular course answers many common questions relating to the design and selection of a safety instrumented system (SIS), including:

    • Which technology should be used (electric, electronic, or programmable)?
    • What level of redundancy is appropriate (single, dual, or triple)?
    • How often should systems be tested (monthly, quarterly, yearly, or once per shutdown)?
    • What about field devices (technology, level of redundancy, and test intervals)?
  • IC85C- Industrial Wireless Systems

    Today’s wireless networks and technologies can deliver significant value and opportunity. This important course covers the most relevant details associated with industrial wireless systems with an emphasis on how the various technological choices coexist, interoperate, and interact with each other.

An extensive, content-rich technical program

The stellar technical program includes:

  • Informative Tutorials, among them:
  • An Introduction to Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) Certification
  • Process Fundamentals
  • Mini Technician Bootcamp
  • Introduction to Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Certification Training
  • Automation Engineering Bootcamp
  • A CSE Primer
  • Introduction to PLC Programming
  • Introduction to HMI Programming
  • Introduction to Fuzzy Designer
  • Are you protected?: What You Need to Know About the Changing Patent Scene

Safety-related Paper Sessions, among them:

  • Fire and Gas Mapping Workshop using ISA TR 84.00.07
  • Effective Decision Support
  • Functional Safety and Reality
  • Bridging the Gap Between Design and Operations to Implement More Realistic Safety Instrumented Functions
  • The role of HMIs in Human Error and Plant Performance (tutorial)
  • Practical Tips on the Application of Fault Tree Analysis for SIL Selection (tutorial)
  • Case Study: Safety Instrumented System Lifecycle Implementation (Parts 1)
  • Case Study: Safety Instrumented System Lifecycle Implementation (Parts 2)
  • FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Systems Panel
  • Common (and Intentional) Violations of NFPA Standards
  • High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems: Design, Analysis, Justification and Implementation
  • A Roundtable Discussion

Chemical-related Paper Sessions, among them:

  • Practical Loop Tuning
  • Managing Automation Projects
  • Hot Cutovers: Guidelines and Procedures for Successful Migrations
  • High Performance Graphics Roundtable

Process Measurement and Control-related Paper Sessions, among them:

  • HMI Servers Acting as a Backup for Peer-to-Peer Communications
  • Advancements in Coriolis Flow Measurement/Gains in Level Technology and their Contribution to Safety in the Workplace
  • Optimizing Gas Leak Detection with Acoustic Spectral Analysis
  • Performance-Based Fire and Gas Design

Education-related Paper Sessions, among them:

  • The State of Automation Engineering and Workforce Development
  • The Incorporation of Safety into Courses: What Has Been Done
  • Thermophosphor (tutorial)

The Exhibit

The premier companies serving the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, and related markets will present and demonstrate their products and services at the exhibit component of the symposium.

Discover the latest technologies and applications across all core solution areas, including:

  • Control systems
  • SCADA communications
  • Networks
  • Data management
  • Instrumentation
  • Sensors
  • Peripherals
  • Process and functional safety
  • Systems integration
  • Cybersecurity

A limited number of exhibit tables and sponsorships are still available. Reserve your exhibit space and sponsorship now by contacting Carol Schafer at or by calling +1 919-990-9206.

Register today!

Act now to ensure your attendance at this one-of-a-kind event. To register and to gain all the details on the symposium, visit the conference website. For more information or immediate assistance, email or call +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (