Presidents Message – March 2019

ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

I hope everyone had a great Mardi Gras season. We are now ready to get back into the swing of things with monthly meetings and activities through this Summer. You can keep up to date with all of our events on the events page of the ISA New Orleans website,

Our next member’s meeting, lunch, and presentation for the year will on Tuesday, March 12th at MS Benbow and Associates. We will meet at 11:30 to socialize and begin lunch. The presentation portion of the meeting will start at noon. This month’s presentation and lunch will be sponsored by Champion Technology Services. Joe Driver, who presented a great topic on the ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Lifecycle last year, is back to present on the benefits and best practices in deploying virtualized systems. Many benefits can be gained by deploying virtualized environments in industrial control systems such as:

  • Reduced capital and operating costs.
  • Minimized or eliminated downtime.
  • Increased productivityefficiencyagility and responsiveness.
  • Faster provisioning of applications and resources.
  • Greater business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Simplified data center management.

For more information on the meeting and to register click here. We will also have this meeting available via web simulcast if you cannot attend in person, and we will archive it along with the presentation on our website to view or review in the future.

In April Greg McMillan from Emerson will be in town to present on the topic of compressor surge modeling and control, and in May we will host both a plant tour and a symposium and exhibition. Our tour will be hosted at the Michelli Weighing and Measurement Calibration Lab on May 7th, and our table top exhibition and symposium will be held on Friday afternoon, May 31st at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center. The following day, June 1, we will host the District 7 Leadership Conference also at the HGI.

The District 7 Leadership Conference will be open to all leaders in the New Orleans Section. We have many open positions to fill on our board as chairs, co-chairs, and committee members. I encourage you to get involved to develop and hone your leadership skills and help keep our historic section moving in the right direction. Please reach out to me if you are interested in participating more in ISA.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell

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