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2014 ISA Process Measurement and Control/Safety and Security Joint Division Symposium issues Call for Papers

Abstract submissions due 21 January 2014

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 October 2013) - The Program Committee of the 2014 ISA Process Measurement and Control/Safety and Security Joint Division Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other automation professionals in the instrumentation, communications and control system fields to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the event.

The symposium, to be held 6-9 October 2014 in Houston, Texas, USA, is a collaboration between ISA's Process Measurement and Control Division (PMCD) and ISA's Safety and Security Division, with additional participation by ISA's Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division (ChemPID).

Engineers, technicians and plant managers from the oil and gas, refining, chemical, petrochemical and other process industries will benefit from a world-class technical program, including expert-led educational tracks, engaging keynote presentations and in-depth panel discussions and training courses. The intensive, three-day joint event also will feature a substantial vendor exhibit, standards committee meetings, and numerous networking opportunities and social activities.

"The Houston market has so many experienced process professionals across so many different industries, and we all have critical interests in common, such as instrumentation, communication networks and control systems," says Edward Naranjo, Ph.D., FS Eng. (TÜV Rheinland), NPDP, Global Technical Product Manager at General Monitors who serves as the Director of ISA's PMCD Division. "Our friends in the ISA Safety and Security Division are developing a top-notch program as well, featuring sessions on safety instrumented systems, cybersecurity, and more, and these are topics that our process automation community also regards as instrumental to their operational success."

Since the event will be held in Houston, the oil and gas hub of the US, and will present such a wide range of interconnected topics-in process measurement, control, safety, security, and chemical and energy processing-attendees are sure to "gain insights and information they can't get anywhere else," says Paul Gruhn, P.E., ISA Fellow, Global Process Safety Consultant at Rockwell Automation who serves as Conference Chair of the ISA Safety and Security Division. "The technical material presented will be extensive, and professionals will have a lot of choices on the sessions they attend." 

In the specific area of safety and security, attendees will "benefit greatly from the networking opportunities, and the answers they receive straight from the members of the ISA84 (Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector) and ISA99 (Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security) committees," Gruhn adds.

The ISA PMCD technical program for 2014

"I'm extremely excited to be involved in assembling the technical program at the event," says Kash Behdinan, Ph.D., PMP, a lead systems analyst at Chevron North American Exploration & Production who is serving as Program Chair for the ISA PMCD component of the 2014 symposium. "Attendees will gain first-hand access to a wealth of professional knowledge and expertise, and have the opportunity to share experiences with and learn from their peers."

Dr. Behdinan, who has served as the Technical Chair for ISA's International Instrumentation Symposium for the past two years, says the event's content-rich technical sessions, tutorials and workshops will examine the key trends and critical issues in:

  • Automation and control systems, including sensors, control hardware and software, and final elements
  • Flow technology
  • Pressure technology
  • Temperature technology
  • Level technology
  • Field calibration technology
  • Instrumentation
  • Smart measurements
  • Process variables

2014 ISA PMCD Call for Papers topics

Suggested topics for presentation in process measurement and control include:

Instrumentation

  • Variability, instrument calibration
  • Automation and control systems
  • Flow measurement technology
  • Field calibration technology

Communications

  • Communications in SIL, ISA100
  • Wireless technology on the plant floor
  • Field instrumentations: wireless,
  • Foundation Fieldbus, and other smart technologies
  • Bridging prices between SCADA and DCS

Control Systems

  • Process optimization
  • Fieldbus control systems with focus on higher SIL
  • Control system strategies, advanced control
  • Instrumentation for floating LNG facilities
  • Automation and control in petroleum and petrochemical terminals
  • System integrations
  • Advanced HMI and alarm management
  • Data and document storage in EDMS and asset management
  • Troubleshooting, optimization, and application in petroleum and chemical process industries
  • Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Control system cybersecurity

2014 ISA PMCD Call for Papers guidelines

  • Prospective authors must submit original contributions by 21 January 2014. (The lead author will serve as ISA's main contact.)
  • Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, be written in English, and be submitted online or through email.
  • Final presentations must be prepared on the official ISA PMCD Symposium template.
  • Papers accepted for publication and presentation will require completion of ISA's Rights and Responsibilities Form
  • Authors and speakers in attendance must pay for registration. (Visit www.isa.org/PMCD2014.) 
  • Papers also will be considered for publication in ISA's technical journal, ISA Transactions

Important deadline dates
Abstract submission - 21 January 2014
Draft paper submission - 25 March 2014
Final paper submission - 20 May 2014

Abstracts submitted via email should be sent to khashayar.Behdinan@member.isa.org and techconf@isa.org. For answers to any questions, contact Dr. Behdinan at khashayar.Behdinan@member.isa.org or Edward Naranjo, the 2014 ISA PMCD Symposium General Chair, at edwardn@generalmonitors.com.

Visit www.isa.org/PMCD2014 to receive more details on the symposium as they become available.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) 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 (www.automationfederation.org).