Presidents Message – October 2019

ISA New Orleans Section,

We will not have a meeting or presentation this month, but there is still quite a bit of activity to report from ISA New Orleans Section.

As mentioned in past posts, LAGCOE Global Oil Expo starts today, October 9th, and runs until Friday, October 11th at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  This biennial event features hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees gathering to learn more about state-of-the-art equipment, service, and technologies and attend technical presentations from worldwide leaders in the onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.  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

Last month, Beamex hosted their Annual Calibration Exchange event at the University of New Orleans.  I attended and saw quite a few of our ISA members from the local and surrounding areas.  I am happy to report Beamex donated $7500 in proceeds from the event to establish an engineering scholarship at UNO.  The New Orleans Section stepped in to partner with Beamex, had the funds matched through our ISA Foundation endowment, and pledged an additional $10,000 to create a $25,000 Endowment with UNO which will award a $1000 merit-based scholarship annually to a deserving student in the College of Engineering at UNO.  See the Beamex press release –

Just last week, JEDCO, LED, and Delgado hosted the first annual Manufacturing Summit at the new Delgado Community College River City site.  Wayne Welk and I attended on behalf of ISA.  Our eyes were opened to many programs and opportunities for ISA New Orleans Section to partner with local businesses in our mission to advance technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence in the manufacturing sector.  More information on the Manufacturing Summit can be found here –

Later this month I will be heading to the ISA Annual Leadership Conference.  Based on the agenda and some dialog with our District 7 leadership I should have some exciting news for you next month on the launch of technology we can all use to better connect and share information with each other, again to “connect the automation community” in our mission statement.  Stay tuned…

Lastly, don’t forget the annual Process Industry Conference will be held at the Westin Houston, Memorial City hotel from November 4-6.  This event features keynote presenters, technical tracks, expert-led training courses, and an exhibitor showcase.  For more information and to register to attend follow this link –

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

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