Presidents Message – April 2018

ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

We have quite a bit of activity with the New Orleans Section between now and mid-June.  Here is a quick run down of our upcoming events in bullet form.  All of these items are hyperlinked to our website for additional information and registration for each event:

Please consider joining us at any or all of the events above.  You do not have to be a member of ISA to attend our events, just select what is of interest to you, and share with your colleagues.  We are very excited about the level of informative programs we have been able to offer this past year, but we want and need to do more.  Please reach out to me if you have any ideas for content you would like presented at an upcoming meeting to help you with your job in the automation sector.  If you would like to share your knowledge with the community be it technology, applications, standards, recommended practices, etc., please let me know.  We are ready to fill out our calendar from July 2018 onward.  Don’t be shy.

Our next event is this coming Tuesday, April 24th, at MS Benbow and Associates over lunch.  Joe Driver and William Sulzer with Champion Technology Services will present an overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs.  Both received their certifications in Cybersecurity from ISA and will present on the value it provides them and their clients as they approach Cybersecurity programs and applications.  Here is a link to our EventBrite site to register –

The following weekend, on Sunday April 29, will be the 3rd Annual Family Fun Eat and Run event to benefit the local Louisiana Children’s Museums including the brand new museum under construction at City Park.  We participate in this event as part of an umbrella organization called PIPE, Petroleum Industry Promoting Education.  We raise about $50,000 per year for the Children’s Museums with this event alone.  it is a fun morning with free food, drinks, and prizes for the children.  The food quality rivals that of those you find in our industry golf events.  In fact, the food sponsors are companies from the oil and gas industry you may already know.  The run is a 5K Run/Walk with a Kid’s Fun Run to follow.  Registration is just $35 for adults, $10 for children from 11 to 17, and is free for children 10 and under.  This event is run by NOLA Running.  You can find out more on our site –  You can also register directly on NOLA Running –

On May 8, we will host our annual Ethics Meeting for those interested in the topic or in need of the required 1 hour PDH for Ethics.  We had a few register for that event already.  Please register and put it on your calendar if you still need your Ethics PDH for 2018.

In June, we are very fortunate to have Nick Sands visit our section to present at our monthly meeting and to teach a one day ISA course the following day.  Nick Sands is the Chair for ISA Standards.  He came to our Honors and Awards banquet a few years ago as our keynote speaker and gave a great presentation on the importance of standards.  He will join us again on June 12 to give is an update on the most current and active standards groups in ISA today.  These standards cover many important areas such as SCADA, Human Machine Interface, Alarm Management, and Cybersecurity to name a few.  Nick will then teach a full, one-day course on Alarm Management the next day, June 13.  This will be an opportunity to earn 8 PDHs while learning about a topic critical to the safe and efficient operation of processes and equipment.  To register for either or both events, please use the links below:

If you would like to sponsor and/or present at an upcoming ISA meeting, please send me an email.

Finally, if you are not a current ISA member, consider joining.  Information on benefits and a link to join can be found on our website at

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

April 2018 Section Meeting

ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Lifecycle: Assessment, Implementation, and Maintenance

Join us for our April Section Meeting as our sponsor, and guest presenters from Champion Technology Services will present on the available ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (networking from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Location: MS Benbow & Associates, 2450 Severn Ave, Suite 400, Metairie, LA 70001
Register to Attend:

Two ways to join the live presentation:

  • Live audience at MS Benbow & Associates
  • Live web simulcast

ISA Cybersecurity Lifecyle Flyer:

About our Topic:
ISA understands the Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Lifecycle, and builds its resources around real-world requirements for protecting your systems.

ISA’s standards are developed by international experts from across industry, government, and academia.  The ISA/IEC 62443 standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure manufacturing and control systems and security practices, and assessing electronic security performance.

Leveraging consensus-based industry standards, ISA’s training courses are vendor-neutral, developed and taught by industry experts, and offered online, in-plant, or in regional classroom locations. Choose from dozens of courses on the topics that matter most to executives, managers, engineers, and technicians— browse our full catalog by visiting

Building on our renowned training courses, ISA offers five ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Design Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Expert.

These programs validate understanding of the industrial control system cybersecurity standards, testing an individual’s knowledge of requirements for security assessment, design, implementation, operations, and management of devices and processes.

Related Videos:


Additional ISA Cybersecurity Resources:
2556 Cybersecurity white paper2013_web

About our April Sponsor, Champion Technology Services:
Champion Technology Services, Inc., was founded in 2000 with a main focus in industrial automation and control systems integration, and has since expanded that focus to include wireless communications and data management. Most automation projects include the design, fabrication, integration, installation, commissioning, and follow-up maintenance of control systems using the latest DCSs, PLCs, HMIs, and hybrid systems. Our telecommunication services include tower maintenance and path surveys. Champion has eight offices spread throughout Louisiana, Texas, Utah, and Colorado and serves custom-ers in the surrounding states and throughout the country. When it comes to technology, “we’ve got it under control!!” Visit


Attend our Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems course in New Orleans this June

Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (IC39C)
Sponsored by ISA New Orleans Section

Date: June 13, 2018
CEU Credits: 0.7
Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Reynolds Company
700 Elmwood Park Blvd Ste A Training Room New Orleans, LA 70123-3336


This course focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle provided in the ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016 standard, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. The activities include the alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, basic alarm design, advanced alarm techniques, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design for alarms, monitoring assessment, management of change, and audit.

Course Flyer and Information: 8599_IC39C_Flyer_WEB

You will be able to:

  • Develop an Alarm Management Philosophy
  • Identify types of alarms
  • Discuss rationalization, classification, and prioritization of alarms
  • Design basic alarms
  • Determine when advance alarm techniques should be used
  • Document alarms for operations
  • Design reports for monitoring assessment of alarm system performance
  • Manage changes to alarm systems
  • Test and audit alarm systems

You will cover:

  • The Business Case for Alarm Management
  • The Common Problems in Alarm Systems
  • The Alarm Management Lifecycle
  • Philosophy
  • Identification
  • Rationalization
  • Basic Alarm Design
  • HMI Design for Alarms
  • Implementation
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Monitoring and Assessment
  • Management of Change
  • Audit
  • Starting Points for Alarm Management
  • Sustaining Alarm Management

Lab and Classroom Exercises:

  • Alarm rationalization

Course Resources (included with registration):

Recommended ResourceAlarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition, by Bill R. Hollifield and Eddie Habibi

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

PIPE 2018 Family Fun Eat and Run


PIPE2018 Details

The Petroleum Industry Promoting Education (PIPE) organization is sponsoring their 3rd annual family fun eat and run to support our three local Children’s Museums.  The 5k and 1/2 mile run/walk will be held at City Park in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29, 2018, starting at 8:30 am.  Proceeds from the fun run will support the Louisiana Children’s Museum-New Orleans, the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux and the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany in Covington.


The ISA New Orleans Section is once again happy to support and promote this event, and we encourage our members to participate or volunteer.

Registration Form:  2018 Family Fun Eat and Run Flyer w-Forms

To learn more, view course map, and to register, visit:

About PIPE:
Petroleum Industry Promoting Education, or PIPE, is a collaborative effort among the petroleum industry societies, corporations and the education community. A sub-committee, whereby societies and corporations pool their efforts and inform the teachers and schools about the resources available within the industry to help with education, in particular, energy education. Resources include the various scholarships and grants offered by organizations, various awards such as those given at GNOSEF, as well as educational materials such as DandD activity books, SPE’s magic suitcase, NOGS fossils and rock collection.

Presidents Message – March 2018

ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

This month’s presentation will be a real treat.  We were able to secure speaker, John Laurence Busch, author of the book, STEAM COFFIN Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier.  John will present from a technical and management prospective on the 1819 maiden journey of the first transatlantic steamship.  A hybrid sailing ship with a 90HP steam engine was a technological game changer much like the self-driving and electric cars on our horizon.  A ship that could keep a tight schedule changed commerce much like Amazon and app-based commerce is changing our lives today.  Mr. Busch has presented to many technical organizations in many parts of the World.  We are fortunate to have him come speak to our Section.  The meeting will be held at the UNO Engineering Auditorium.  We have opened the meeting up to students to attend at no charge in an effort to promote ISA and help build the Student Section.  For more information on the meeting and to register please go to the following link on our website:

We have additional meetings and activities on the calendar through June:

  • Tue, April 24 – ISA Cybersecurity Certificate Programs – Sponsored and Presented by Champion Technology
  • Sun, April 29 – Family Fun Eat and Run to benefit LA Children’s Museums – We are participating as part of PIPE – Petroleum Industry Promoting Education
  • Tue, May 8 – Ethics Presentation and Panel hosted by Richard Savoie with LAPELS – A chance to get that one hour ethics requirement for the year
  • Tue, June 12 – ISA Standards Update by Nick Sands, ISA Standards Chair

If you would like to sponsor and/or present at an upcoming ISA meeting, please send me an email.

Finally, if you are not a current ISA member, consider joining.  Information on benefits and a link to join can be found on our website at

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

Upcoming Section Meeting Topics

We’re continuing to fill in the calendar with section meeting topics and guest speakers.  Today we’re announcing the topics for April, May and June.  More information will be provided for each topic at a later date.

A list of all upcoming section meetings is available on our website at

March 2018 Section Meeting | Building the First “Steamship” in History

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (networking from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Sponsor: n/a
Location: University of New Orleans, Engineering Building Auditorium
Register to Attend:

April Section Meeting – ISA Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (networking from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Presented by: William Sulzer and Joe Driver, Champion Technology Services
Location: M.S. Benbow and Associates, 2450 Severn Ave, Suite 400, Metairie, LA 70001
Register to Attend:

May Section Meeting – Engineering Ethics

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (networking from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Presented by: Richard Savoie, LAPELS
Location: M.S. Benbow and Associates, 2450 Severn Ave, Suite 400, Metairie, LA 70001
Register to Attend:

June Section Meeting – ISA Standards Update

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (networking from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Presented by: Nick Sands
Location: M.S. Benbow and Associates, 2450 Severn Ave, Suite 400, Metairie, LA 70001
Register to Attend:


February 2018 Section Meeting

In our February Section Meeting we discussed the NIST framework and current technology solutions to specifically apply the framework for Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

Cybersecurity Update: Applying the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Section Meeting Invitation:
ISA New Orleans February 2018 Meeting

About our Topic:
US national security depends on the reliability and continuous operations of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The increasing complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems exposes them to cybersecurity threats which put their safety and reliability at risk.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework was created through collaboration between the government and the private sector in response to the Executive Order (EO) 13636: Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which called for the development of a risk-based Cybersecurity Framework. It provides a set of industry standards and best practices to help organizations manage and reduce cybersecurity risk to critical infrastructures.

The Framework enables organizations – regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication – to take action by applying the principles and best practices of risk management to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

Session Presentations:
ISA February 2018 Intro Slides NIST Framework
Indegy Applying the NIST Framework ISA New Orleans 2-6-18 v3

Recorded Session:



ISA Resources:
2556 Cybersecurity white paper2013_web

NIST Resources:
NIST Cybersecurity Framework (PDF)
NIST Cybersecurity Framework (Excel)
NIST Cybersecurity Framework Frequently Asked Questions

Indegy Resources:
Indegy Overview
Adhering to the NIST Cybersecurity with Indegy _ 2018
Checklist – ICS Cyber Security Considerations
Indegy solution brief 2017

NIST Cybersecurity Framework: A CyberWire Special Edition

About our Guest Speaker:
Gabriela (Gaby) Koran joined Indegy to manage the Americas Sales operation. Gaby brings to Indegy over 20 years of international experience in sales, business development, alliances management and field marketing in Enterprise markets. Prior to joining Indegy, Gaby was Executive VP at Panaya, an Infosys company, responsible for the success and growth of the Americas markets. Under her leadership, the company experienced exponential growth and success. Before Panaya, Gaby was General Manager for North America for Radvision, an Avaya company, a leading provider in advanced Video Conferencing solutions for the enterprise. Gaby joined Avaya from NICE Systems (Nasdaq: NICE), where she held various senior positions, among them Heading the Global Alliances and Partners team, VP Sales for Asia Pacific and VP Sales of CALA (Caribbean and Latin America).

Gaby holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the College of Management in Tel Aviv and an Executive MBA from Kellogg school of management of Northwestern University in Chicago.

About our Sponsor, Indegy:
The Indegy team combines a unique mix of cyber-security expertise with hands-on industrial control knowledge. Our leadership team and the core of our R&D team consist of veterans of the IDF elite cyber security units. Together we bring decades of real-world experience spanning a wide range of industrial sectors and technologies. This is the foundation on which Indegy builds its innovative technologies and delivers cutting-edge solutions for industrial cyber security.


Presidents Message – February 2018


ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

We kicked off the New Year earlier this month with our Town Hall Meeting and update from the ISA Fall Leader’s Conference.  Our agenda for the remainder of the year is is coming together nicely with many sponsors and friends of the Section offering up technical presentations for upcoming meetings.

Next Tuesday, Gaby Koren with Indegy will be presenting a whitepaper on the Application of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.  We first explored the origins and an overview of the NIST Framework back in 2016 at one of our technical meetings.  In the Spring of that same year we held a seminar on the core funtions of NIST namely Identify, Detect, Protect, Respond, and Recover presented by Accenture, Cisco, Chevron, and others.  Gaby will provide an update of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and will discuss best practices to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.  For more information on this meeting and to register please visit

On March 13th Author and historian, John Laurence Busch, will visit our Section with a historical, technical, and management prospective on the first transatlantic steamship from his book, “STEAM COFFIN:  Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier”.  Mr. Busch has presented to many technical organizations in many parts of the World.  We are fortunate to have him come speak to our Section.  Information on this meeting is posted on our website at

We have additional meeting topics lining up for the rest of the year including:

  • An Engineering Ethics Presentation and Panel hosted by LAPELS
  • A presentation on active ISA standards by Nicholas Sands, VP of ISA Standards and Practices
  • And presentations by our sponsors on pertinent topics for our industries

To recap our Town Hall meeting, please reach out to me or any on our leadership team with ideas on how ISA can provide value to you personally or professionally.

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

Top 6 IIoT Predictions for 2018

To help foster our sense of community between ISA members and sponsors, we will occasionally present guest authors.  Today we have an article from Dianne Denison, with Denison Consulting Group.  Denison Consulting Group is a current sponsor of the ISA New Orleans Section.

Dianne has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles working for some of the world’s largest manufacturers and service providers. She built Denison Consulting Group to deliver the “connected enterprise” and offer services spanning across operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).  The firm is recognized as a Top 10 Manufacturing Solution Provider in the country, and her management of matrix teams has resulted in billions of dollars of business and jobs created.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will continue to be a focus for manufacturers in 2018.  The ability to gain real-time data and analytics from the factory floor, and make informed decisions based on that data will be the impetus for IIoT.  Denison Consulting Group has provided their top six predictions for the rise of IIoT in 2018.

IIoT will see tremendous deployments in 2018.
IIoT elements are now widely available, interoperable and economical.  Why?  The facts are in our favor.  In the last 10 years, the cost of RAM, processing, bandwidth and sensors have decreased so substantially that IIoT deployments can be made economically.  Standard-based, interoperable devices allow decisions to me made with higher degrees of confidence and life-cycle cost estimates.

US tax reform will open a floodgate of capital for expansion and infrastructure upgrade, job growth and investment in job training for the future.
Tax revenues will slowly repatriate, jobs will return and be filled, and communities rebuilt.  Confidence will continue to soar, particularly among the manufacturing and business communities – the dreamers, builders and investors needed to fuel the economy.  Manufacturing will provide the multiplier effect in the economy as it has done so well in the past.  According to BCG, the average cost to manufacture goods in the US is now only 5% higher than in China and is 10-20% lower than major European economics.  More telling, BCG projects that by next year it will be 2-3% lower cheaper to produce in the US than China.  Just think of the US competitive advantage, once tax reform is enacted.

It’s Powerful Baby!
Manufacturers account for nearly 1/3 of the country’s energy usage, spending over $200 billion per year to power their facilities.  Over 70% of production line disruptions (often costing millions) are due to poor power quality – manufacturers are now realizing this, and are waking up fast to managing and monitoring their power quality.  The business cases to invest are obvious with almost immediate impact, making investment in power quality “one of the hottest IIoT business cases in 2018”.  Let’s think more broadly, from a strategic perspective.  The World Economic Forum rates countries with and without access to high quality power – drawing a direct correlation between industrialization rates and rise of a burgeoning middle class with those countries who have access to high quality power.  Mega and multi-national manufacturing firms will increase substantially their focus on maintaining and managing high quality power as a critical, high cost driver in the production process.

Data analytics software will be a greater catalyst.
As the IoT will generate mega volumes of unstructured data, the availability of big data ubiquitous platforms that are available and cost effective will be critical catalysts for IIoT deployments.  Rockwell Automation’s Project Scio sounds very exciting.  Santa Baby – put a sandbox under the tree, for us!

Security will be top of mind – both physical and cyber – for individuals, corporations and nation states.
Threats will increase in frequency and intensity demanding an overall increased awareness, proactive risk mitigation strategy and overall commitment to a deeper security-focused framework and process.  Why?  Unfortunately, evil exists.  But good also exists – and there are lots of good people in this world – so let’s stay vigilant and safe.

What is old is new again.
Companies will use a combination of re-engineering processes to take advantage of the IIoT and combination of TQM principles to apply an optimal mix of both to their situation.  My 13-year-old daughter, Camille, just learned about Frederick Taylor and Scientific Management, and the Hawthorne Studies conducted at Ford Motor Company that together formed her impression of what was happening during the Industrial Revolution. Fifteen years ago, we tested “collaborative visualization” with super-computer centers, OEM partners and users who needed to “get all brains into the same room” sharing real-time data to make better and faster decisions.  Sounds a lot like what the IIoT is about to bring us all – in hyper-speed – allowing us to collaborate, solve problems, and apply what’s both old and new!

March 2018 Section Meeting

Join us for our March 2018 Section Meeting as our guest speaker, historian and author, John Laurence Busch, discusses the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a steamship, based upon his book “STEAM COFFIN Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier.”

Building the First “Steamship” in History

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
– 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Gathering and Networking time
– 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Meeting

Live Session Location:
University of New Orleans
Engineering Building Auditorium
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Register to Attend:

About our Topic:
Historian and author John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a “steamship” was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear.  Then he will show how Captain Rogers addressed those fears, by designing a new kind of steam vessel, capable of overcoming the dangers of the deep.

The Savannah is more than a “steamship.”  She is the first example of globalized high technology in history.

About our Guest Presenter:
John Laurence Busch
is an independent historian who focuses upon the interaction between humanity and technology, with a particular specialization in the first generation of steam-powered vessels.  He has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah.

This led him to scour archives and libraries from Portland, Maine to Savannah, Georgia, and many locales in between, to piece together the life and career of Moses Rogers, as well as the actors and events that resulted in the formation of the Savannah Steam Ship Company, and the construction of the steamship Savannah.

This research inevitably continued across the Atlantic Ocean, where John searched the archives of the United Kingdom, and with the assistance of others, the archives of other European countries which experienced this “Wonder of the Age” called the steamship Savannah.

The result is STEAM COFFIN, the most descriptive account of the saga of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah ever written.  The foundation for such a story rests upon the contents of never-before-published manuscripts and newspaper articles, which provide an abundance of new details illuminating the actions and attitudes of those who participated in, and witnessed, the creation and voyage of the Savannah.

John’s careful weaving together of many disparate sources results in a narrative that recalls both the fabric and style used in storytellings of old.  It also shows just what Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah accomplished for posterity.

Visit for more reviews and background…

Register to Attend:

Note that we now offer two ways to attend our Section Meetings:

  • Live Presentation
  • Live Web Simulcast

Additional Information:
– Live session seating is limited, please register to reserve your seat.
– Lunch will be provided for live session attendees.  Lunch served from 11:30am – 12:00pm.
– Meeting will begin promptly at 12:00pm.
– 1.0 PDH will be awarded to Professional Engineers in attendance upon request.