Presidents Message – September 2019

ISA New Orleans Section,

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday, so I wanted to get this message out sooner.  Nat Muthaiah, a Senior Process Control Engineer with Chevron Oronite, will reprise a presentation given earlier this summer at the Honeywell User Group meeting in Dallas.  Nat will share his experience in Process Control System modernization with a goal of digital acceleration.  That is taking advantage of control system modernization and life cycle management which must occur to reduce risk and utilizing the technical enhancements available to also improve process control and operator efficiency.  Nat will cover enhancement to their systems through virtualization, integrated documentation, alarm management, procedural automation, and other advanced solutions which allow Chevron Oronite the ability to meet their digital vision.

We will meet on Tuesday, September 3rd at MS Benbow and Associates for the lunch and presentation.  We will also make the presentation available via web simulcast and will post to our meeting archive if you cannot attend in person.You can get more information and register to attend live for via the web by clicking here.  We have already had great response from our initial announcement of this meeting, so please register to attend today!

Thanks to everyone who attended our tour the NOLA Fab Lab at Delgado in August.  A special thanks to Ellie Buehler and her team for the overview of the great work being done at Fab Lab in STEM outreach programs for K-12 and adults.  Attendees each had the opportunity to build their own, mini Eiffel Tower, complete with LEDs and parts fabricated on the Fab Lab laser cutter.  It was a great afternoon of networking and discovery.

Additional events are coming up in September and October through our associations with other organizations, namely ACE and LAGCOE.  The Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE) is a two-day conference designed to equip managers, engineers and technicians in the field with strategies for improving daily maintenance processes and tasks.  It will be held at UNO on September 18-19.  Registration is $195 for one-day access and $300 for full access both days and includes admission to all technical sessions, 8 keynote speakers and a networking event.  Attendees can earn up to 5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) per day and proceeds from the event will be applied towards scholarship awards to deserving UNO Engineering Students.  More information is available at the registration and event website:
There are also two videos to give you an overview of ACE:

LAGCOE will hold their biennial expo in New Orleans this year.  This global event has traditionally been held at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette.  It will be held for the first time at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, October 9-11.  This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, all gathered to learn about the latest technology, innovation and opportunities in the oil and gas industry. From onshore and offshore to exploration and production, LAGCOE 2019 features a unique blend of professional networking, subject matter expertise and Louisiana hospitality guaranteed to be worth your time.  ISA New Orleans section has secured a 10% discount for anyone wishing to attend LAGCOE 2019.  Visit the following link and click “Attendee” on the registration page to use promo code “ISANOLA2019” for your 10% discount:.

More information on the conference and keynote speakers: Kimberly McHugh, Vice President of Drilling & Completions – Chevron, Kevin Krausert, President and CEO – Beaver Drilling, and Roger Jenkins, President and CEO – Murphy Oil can be found here

We toying with the idea of bringing back our annual Shrimp Boil and Membership drive in October.  If you are interested in attending and spreading the word on ISA New Orleans, drop me a line.  If you have a topic to present or a request for a topic you would like us to present at an upcoming meeting, please reach out to me via email to discuss.

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

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