2018 Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair

ISA New Orleans Section members – please see the call for volunteers to support the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair to be held at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Information from the Fair Directors:

The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) is moving this year to Tulane University with 2 judging dates on Tuesday, February 27th (Junior Division) and Wednesday, February 28th (Senior Division), 2018, and we are in need of judges!  It will be at Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center at 29 McAlister Drive and is open to 6th-12th grade students in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.  Complimentary parking will be provided by Loyola University.

Category judging will take place on both days from 8am-noon (including check-in and deliberation), and separate Grand Award judging will follow right after lunch, which is being provided.  Please consider judging for us on either or both of these dates.  And if you are not available in the morning, please consider judging for the Grand Award winners from the top two projects in each category.

If you can volunteer as a judge, please sign up at http://gnosef.tulane.edu/judgeform.cfmYou will be asked to identify the date(s) you are available and the categories in which you have expertise. You will also have an opportunity to indicate if you are interested in volunteering to judge at local school fairs that occur in December and January.  If you are not available to judge at the GNOSEF, but would like to volunteer in another capacity over the course of the 4-day event – February 26th-March 1st, 2018, please go to http://gnosef.tulane.edu/volunteerform.cfm for information about other volunteer positions including safety judging in the afternoons of February 26th and 27th.

We thank you for your participation in this worthwhile mission!  Not only is your participation needed to identify the best students to award and advance to the next level of competition, it is also needed to encourage all of the students in their efforts to pursue science and engineering. For some students this may be the first time that they have actually had a chance to meet and talk with a STEM professional!

Please pass on to your colleagues that may be interested in judging!  Thank you!

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Michelle Sanchez, Dr. Annette Oertling, and Dr. Nancy Hopkins
GNOSEF Fair Director, Fair Director, and Judge Advisor

Michelle Hewlett Sanchez, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice / Director for K-12 STEM Outreach
School of Science and Engineering
Lindy Boggs Suite 201
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-5088
http://k12stem.tulane.edu

FIRST Lego League Volunteers Needed

Practice Round 2017_11_18ISA New Orleans Section – please see the call for volunteers to support the FIRST Lego League (FLL) state championship tournament to be held at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

Information from the tournament coordinators:

The Louisiana FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics State Championship for middle school students will be held at Jesuit High School (in Mid-City) on Saturday, December 16th, 8am – 5pm, and we would love to have your help as a VOLUNTEER!

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO®  League Challenge, students age 9 to 14 from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

The tournaments involve an exciting head-to-head robotics competition and very creative research presentations.  Volunteers positions are described on the Volunteer page of our LA FLL website.  Half-day and full-day slots are available, and T-shirts and lunch are provided for volunteers that work a minimum of four hours. If you are interested in judging or refereeing, it is a full day commitment with prior training.  All other positions are OJT (on the job training). We have grown from an initial 15 team tournament in 2003 to 134 Louisiana teams participating this year in 13 qualifiers around the state, with 60 teams coming to the Championship.  This is a great way to meet and have a positive impact on our future engineers and scientists as they explore HYDRO DYNAMICS – the 2017 FLL Challenge!

FIRST has a new (actually simpler) volunteer registration system. You create an account at https://www.firstinspires.org/ (just takes creating a login and password). Then select the VOLUNTEERING button and go through the steps of Youth Protection Program screening (your records will have been transferred over if you have volunteered before, so you may not need to re-do this) and then select the tournament and position you wish to volunteer for. Every volunteer must agree to a national screening once every three years (no cost to the volunteer).  And we get questions regarding whether you have to provide your SSN, and the answer is NO. You have the option of checking a box indicating that you do not wish to provide it.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please share with your contacts! We look forward to seeing you!

Michelle Hewlett Sanchez, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice / Director for K-12 STEM Outreach
School of Science and Engineering
Lindy Boggs Suite 201
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-5088
http://k12stem.tulane.edu

Presidents Message – November 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

Our next meeting is this Tuesday, November 7th from Noon to 1PM at MS Benbow and Associates. The topic will be “Improved Protection with WirelessHART Gas Detection”.  This session will be presented by one of our new sponsors, United Electric Controls.  UE Controls will also be sponsoring lunch, so members can attend the session for free and non-members for just $10.  We will open the doors at 11:30AM to allow everyone to grab lunch, socialize, and get settled.  We will start the technical presentation promptly at noon.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/10/05/november-2017-section-meeting/

I would encourage everyone to check out our website for upcoming events and to pull down presentations and collateral from past events – https://neworleansisa.org/events/.  We are busy planning topics for 2018.  If you have any specific requests please let me know.

I hope to see you at our meeting this Tuesday.
Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

November 2017 Section Meeting

In our November ISA New Orleans Section Meeting, we were once again joined by Mr. Channing Reis.  This month our topic was about gas detection with WirelessHART capability.

Topic:
Improved Protection with WirelessHART Gas Detection

About Our Topic:
To minimize risk to personnel and plant safety, plants often deploy early warning devices such as gas detection systems, which require expensive infrastructure and seldom cover all of the potential leak points. As public concern about plant and community safety grows, however, interest in expanding coverage grows as well. And this comes at a time when market forces are placing companies under increasing cost constraints, pushing plant safety managers to seek innovative ways to reduce plant risk with limited additional investment. This concern is driving a trend toward augmenting existing wired gas detection coverage with wireless sensors, which can significantly increase monitoring coverage with minimal new financial outlay. Contributing to this wireless trend is the evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things, in which companies are not only gathering more data from process points, they are also becoming more adept at using it strategically.

The technology for wireless gas monitoring has developed significantly. As more end-users adopt wireless devices at the field and plant level, they will likely become an increasingly important fixture in the industrial landscape.

If price pressures continue to mount in the hydrocarbons industry, the need for safety and for cost-effective solutions will grow. As market conditions improve, the increased volume of hydrocarbon processing activities will introduce more potential leakage vulnerability and greater need to assure stakeholders that producers and transporters are doing everything they can to ensure safety.

We’ll discuss these trends and the associated technology in the wireless gas detection area for combustible (e.g. methane) and toxics (e.g. H2S.)

About Our Speaker:
Mr. Channing Reis,  Director of Functional Safety with United Electric Controls, is a member of ISA and is one of United Electric’s SMEs on Safety Instrumented Systems.  He has worked at United Electric since 1983 and travels extensively to meet and understand end-user challenges in the process sector. He is a member of ISA and AIcHE.

Presentation:
ISA New Orleans November 2017 WirelessHART

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President’s Message – October 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

Thanks to everyone who attended our September technical meeting on the ISA101 HMI Standard.  We had a great turnout for lunch both live and via our web simulcast.  We have also had many take advantage of watching the recorded archive of this meeting or downloading the presentation.  If you missed it and would like to see the video or download the presentation, visit https://neworleansisa.org/events/meeting-archives/.

Our next meeting is this Tuesday, October 3rd from Noon to 1PM at MS Benbow and Associates.  This session will be presented by one of our new sponsors, United Electric Controls.  UE Controls will also be sponsoring lunch, so members can attend the session for free and non-members for just $10.  We will open the doors at 11:30AM to allow everyone to grab lunch, socialize, and get settled.  We will start the technical presentation promptly at noon.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/09/07/october-2017-section-meeting/

Yesterday I attended the inaugural Core Element Community STEM Fest held at the Saints and Pelicans training facility on Airline Drive – http://core4kids.org/news-view/stem-fest/.  The event was a huge success with more than 2000 elementary and high school students in attendance.  Fun and interesting activities were hosted by many of our membership’s companies such as Chevron, Delgado, Dow, Entergy, FIRST, LSU, NASA, Shell, Tulane, UNO, and WS Nelson.  This year we supported the event with advertising, but I would like to see us support it with as an exhibitor next year.

The ISA New Orleans Section is also promoting and exhibiting in another outreach event this Wednesday, October 4th.  We will be hosting a table and presenting at Manufacturing Day – https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/29/isa-new-orleans-section-to-sponsor-manufacturing-day-at-tulane-university/.  The purpose of this event is to inspire high school and college age students to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry.  If you would like to help by attending or manning our booth, please register using the link above, and send me an email with the times you can participate.

I hope to see you at our meeting this Tuesday.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

What is Automation?

As an automation professional, can you answer that question?

Read this month’s column from ISA President Steven Pflantz, and also see the video embedded below.

https://www.isa.org/insights/2017/08/presidents-column-what-is-automation/

October 2017 Section Meeting

In our October Section Meeting, sponsor United Electric Controls Company (UE), presented on the application of integrated safety transmitter and logic solver hybrids.  The session was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at M.S. Benbow and Associates.

Topic:
Application of Integrated Safety Transmitter and Logic Solver Hybrids

About Our Topic:

Typical process automation devices (e.g. sensors) for pressure and temperature supply an analog 4 to 20 mA output. These instruments are coupled with central or distributed logic solvers for continuous monitoring and for safety control, alarm and interlock (SCAI) including SIS and Emergency Shut Down.  However, technology has advanced well beyond typical process transmitters to include new devices designed and certified to standalone without the need for a central logic solver.  These smart devices can best described as “hybrids” of a transmitter and safety trip alarm.  What’s more, they are certified for use in SIL 2 (SC3) Safety Instrumented Systems, and seem ideally positioned to help users  improve single or small numbers of remote, safety critical loops.

Iterations of this “hybrid” sensor technology have been in widespread use for more than fifteen years, and have been shown in SIL verification summaries to lower PFDavg and produce higher risk reduction factors when compared with typical process transmitters when modeled in safety instrumented functions.  Other published analysis by risk managers show these hybrids can contribute significantly to system availability, diminishing dependencies on single points of failure, reducing the risk of common cause failure (CCF), and while validating weak Independent Protection Layers (IPLs).

The need to reduce risk  and improve safety with simple, cost effective solutions drives a value proposition for this hybrid technology where continuous monitoring and reliable protective layers are needed.  We’ll discuss “hybrids” and show examples of where they can be applied, particularly in upstream and midstream applications.

About Our Speaker:

Mr. Channing Reis,  Director of Functional Safety with United Electric Controls, is a member of ISA and is one of United Electric’s SMEs on Safety Instrumented Systems.  He has worked at United Electric since 1983 and travels extensively to meet and understand end-user challenges in the process sector. He is a member of ISA and AIcHE.

Presentation:
ISA October Meeting Intro Slides
Safety Transmitter Logic Solver Hybrids Presentation October 2017

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President’s Message – September 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

Just a reminder that we will kick off our 2017/18 ISA New Year with a Member Meeting and Technical Presentation this Tuesday, September 12 at The Reynolds Company in Harahan.  Please join us at 11:30AM to socialize and grab lunch.  We will begin the meeting and presentation promptly at noon.  As mentioned in my last message, the meeting will be free for all ISA Members and only $10 for non-Members.  Additionally, we will web-simulcast the meeting for those who cannot attend live.

We will start the meeting with announcements on section activities and events and will move into a technical update on ISA101, a standard for Human-Machine Interfaces.  I have been involved with ISA101 as an Informational Member since 2013.  I will present an overview of the Standard for Human Machine Interface Lifecycle Management and give an update on Working Groups for HMI Philosophy and Style Guide Development, Usability and Performance, and the use of Mobile Devices.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to: https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/09/september-2017-section-meeting/

For more information on the ISA101 Standard, go to:  https://www.isa.org/isa101/

We still have our member’s survey posted on our website.  I would ask you all take our 9 question, 2 minute survey posted at the following address:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/07/help-us-tune-the-loop/.  If you have any additional questions or suggestions please email me at dabickerton@reynco.com or call me on my cell at 504-717-0718.

Our sponsorship drive is in full swing.  We have signed up several new sponsors and renewed sponsorships from many of our existing sponsors.  If your company or one of your suppliers would like to become a sponsor, please visit:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/24/become-a-sponsor/.  It only costs $150/year and will provide your company great visibility on our section website and at section events.  You will also have a priority opportunity to be a meeting sponsor and table-top exhibitor at an upcoming section meeting.  Call me or email me if you need additional information or want to sign up to sponsor an upcoming meeting.

I hope to see you at our meeting this Tuesday.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

 

President’s Message – August 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

We will kick of the 2017/18 ISA New Year with a Member Meeting and Technical Presentation on Tuesday, September 12 @ The Reynolds Company in Harahan.  We are introducing some changes to our meeting format this year.

  • First, you will notice the meetings will be held over lunch.
  • Second, you will see that you can attend the meeting via web simulcast if you cannot be there live.
  • Third, you can attend the meeting for Free if you are an ISA Member, and for only $10 if you are a non-Member.
  • Professional Development Hours will be available on request for both live and virtual attendees.
  • Lunch will be served to our live attendees.

The topic of our member meeting will be two-fold.  We will kick off the meeting with announcements on section activities and events and will move into a technical update on ISA101, a standard for Human-Machine Interfaces.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to: https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/09/september-2017-section-meeting/

For more information on the ISA101 Standard, go to:  https://www.isa.org/isa101/

What do you want out of ISA locally?  We want to hear from you.  Please take our quick 9 question, 2 minute survey:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/07/help-us-tune-the-loop/.  If you have any additional questions or suggestions please email me at dabickerton@reynco.com or call me on my cell at 504-717-0718.

Do you want to be a section sponsor and/or sponsor an upcoming technical meeting?  We are looking to add to our current list of sponsors:  https://neworleansisa.org/about/sponsors/.  Here is the link to sign your company up to be a sponsor:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/24/become-a-sponsor/.  It only costs $150/year and will provide your company great visibility on our section website and at section events.  You will also have a priority opportunity to be a meeting sponsor and table-top exhibitor at an upcoming section meeting.  Call me or email me if you need additional information or want to sign up to sponsor an upcoming meeting.

I would like to thank our Marketing/Membership Chair and Webmaster, Wayne Welk.  He has done a wonderful job cleaning up and adding valuable content to our website and social media sites.  Our theme for the year is “Onwards & Upwards: 2017/2018 Will be a Whole New Year”.  I encourage you to check out the site for important section and community activity and information – https://neworleansisa.org/

You can also keep up with us via your favorite social sites as well:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ISA-New-Orleans-Section-409126109135241/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ISANewOrleans/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/24971870/

I encourage all members and potential members to take advantage of what the ISA New Orleans Section has to offer.  If we can do something to add more value to your ISA Membership, please let us know.  If you want to participate on our board to drive out further value to our membership, please reach out to me.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

 

September 2017 Section Meeting

ISA101: Managing the Operator Centric HMI Lifecycle

The ISA New Orleans Section kicked-off its 2017/2018 year with the September Section Meeting.  The meeting featured an update presentation on the ISA101 standard.

About Our Topic:

ISA 101 ultimately makes it easier to design, deploy, and manage effective HMI that can increase plant reliability, improve safety, and reduce project costs.  The ISA 101 standard – a lifecycle standard that has been embraced by automation suppliers and end users alike – provides excellent guidance on the design, implementation, and maintenance of HMI for process automation to improve operator situational awareness.  Attend this session to find out about the current status of the standard, what it contains, and the future of the standard.  Also visit https://www.isa.org/isa101/ for additional information about ISA 101.

About Our Speaker:

Dean Bickerton has been involved with industrial control systems since 1992 as a systems integrator, manufacturer, and automation distributor. He has been involved in the early implementations HMI from the stand alone character based, CRT EOIs to the distributed, vector graphics based client/server systems of today.  Proper HMI design, Abnormal Situation Management, and Human Factors Engineering have all been areas of interest to Dean.  When the ISA 101 standard began to emerge, he joined as an informational member.  Dean is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and is an Account Manager at The Reynolds Company.

Presentation:
ISA New Orleans – Sept 2017 Meeting – ISA101 Presentation

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