Topic: The Virtual Flow Computer (VFC) for Regulatory Compliance
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: Social Hour @ 6:00 p.m, Main Program @ 7:00 p.m
Location: Augie’s Restaurant, 6005 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA
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ISA New Orleans Section is pleased to begin its regular monthly meeting series for the 2016–17 operating year by offering Mr. Steve May as speaker for the 1 November section meeting. His topic introduces a tool for satisfying regulators’ requirements in an existing distributed control system or programmable logic controller environment.
Virtual Flow Computer (VFC) functionality may be required to calculate volumetric flow that meets regulatory compliance requirements. Often, an existing DCS or PLC collects data but there is no flow computing device present.
A VFC software module takes real-time data inputs into a PC-based system and rolls them into historical hourly and daily records, and then stores the records in a secure database.
A VFC software module also creates event records when a change is made to the configuration of the virtual meter either from an HMI device or from input configuration data.
Combined, these assets can establish an audit trail in compliance with API 21 and Directive 17—enabling a noncompliant user to become compliant.
Steve May has been president of CPU LLC for 11 years and in the automation, SCADA, and flow measurement business for 20 years. He is also CEO for Simple Control Solutions LLC.
Steve is an expert in automation and in the measurement industry. His expertise includes a practice in API 21.1, 21.2, AGA volumetric calculations, and Directive 17 requirements.
Also, he is the designer of CPU’s eFCAS RelationalSCADA and Measurement Software Solution and stays involved in the evolution and deployment of the product on a daily basis.
The topic of November’s presentation qualifies ISA New Orleans Section to grant one Professional Development Hour (PDH) to registered professional engineers. Please ask for a certificate at the registration table.