PIPE 2017 Family Fun Eat and Run

The Petroleum Industry Promoting Education (PIPE) organization is once again sponsoring a family fun eat and run to support the 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 9, 2017, 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 happy to support and promote this event, and we encourage our members to participate or volunteer.

Registration Form: Family Fun Eat & Run Entry form 2017

To learn more, view course map, and to register, visit: http://nolarunning.com/957-2/

No January Meeting

New Orleans Section will not have a January general meeting.

The section’s executive committee has not been able to attract a quorum for any of its monthly meetings so far this operating year. Planning for general meetings has been a difficult proposition.

There is no doubt that a contributory factor to curtailment of routine operations has been the general dislocations in the oil and gas industry during the past months. The scant availability of members and officers—elected and committee chairman volunteers, alike—to attend meetings has had an impact on their abilities to participate in section activities.

The new calendar year might bring changes to section operations that could provide better information and guidance to readers in future editions of The Current Pneusletter.

December 2016 Message

Dear fellow members,

From the outset let me say that it is with regret that we had to cancel our December Manager’s Night meeting. There were too many conflicts that could not be resolved.

Likewise, an Honors and Awards Banquet in January is unlikely due to Mardi Gras activities at venues that we prefer for that event. We will keep you posted on this event.

Check out the article on the 2017 Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair. The organizers are soliciting professionals in the New Orleans area to be judges for contestants in this 6th –12th grade competition. Moreover, your participation would enable students to talk to and mingle with professionals engaged in science, technical, engineering, and mathematics pursuits.

I do look forward to seeing you at our next meeting. Look for upcoming events in this newsletter.

Sincerely,
José Suarez, President
ISA New Orleans Section, Inc.

November 2016 Section Meeting

Topic: The Virtual Flow Computer (VFC) for Regulatory Compliance
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: Social Hour @ 6:00 p.m, Main Program @ 7:00 p.m
Location: Augie’s Restaurant, 6005 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA
Pay in Advance: Click here to pay in advance

ISA New Orleans Section is pleased to begin its regular monthly meeting series for the 2016–17 operating year by offering Mr. Steve May  as speaker for the 1 November section meeting. His topic introduces a tool for satisfying regulators’ requirements in an existing distributed control system or programmable logic controller environment.

Virtual Flow Computer (VFC) functionality may be required to calculate volumetric flow that meets regulatory compliance requirements. Often, an existing DCS or PLC collects data but there is no flow computing device present.

A VFC software module takes real-time data inputs into a PC-based system and rolls them into historical hourly and daily records, and then stores the records in a secure database.

A VFC software module also creates event records when a change is made to the configuration of the virtual meter either from an HMI device or from input configuration data.

Combined, these assets can establish an audit trail in compliance with API 21 and Directive 17—enabling a noncompliant user to become compliant.

Steve May has been president of CPU LLC for 11 years and in the automation, SCADA, and flow measurement business for 20 years. He is also CEO for Simple Control Solutions LLC.

Steve is an expert in automation and in the measurement industry. His expertise includes a practice  in API 21.1, 21.2, AGA volumetric calculations, and Directive 17 requirements.

Also, he is the designer of CPU’s eFCAS RelationalSCADA and Measurement Software Solution and stays involved in the evolution and deployment of the product on a daily basis.

The topic of November’s presentation qualifies ISA New Orleans Section to grant one Professional Development Hour (PDH) to registered professional engineers. Please ask for a certificate at the registration table.

November 2016 Message

Dear fellow members,

Our annual shrimp boil and membership drive is now history. The shrimp and their companions in the boiling pot were all expertly prepared and served. We met some new members and potential student members. Again, we are indebted to Ram Ramachandran and his volunteer helpers for their dedication in presenting this much anticipated event. He even arranged ideal weather for the evening.

We’re back on schedule starting in November. Our customary first Tuesday meeting will be held on 1 November. This year we do not have to compete with election day as occurs more often than not every four years.

We are pleased to have Steve May, who is a past president of the section and who is president of CPU, LLC, as our speaker. Please see p.1 of this newsletter for a synopsis of his presentation as well as his complete list of credentials. The subject matter, The Virtual Flow Computer (VFC) for Regulatory Compliance, qualifies for the section to award one PDH to registered professional engineers. Please request a certificate when you sign in.

Membership in ISA is not required to attend our meetings. Nor is Society membership required to receive a PDH. So, consider attending this meeting.

Also, should any member readers want to become active at the Executive Committee level, then feel free to attend the meeting from 5:00–6:00 p.m. at the same place and date as the general meeting.

If you’re not a member of the Society, then consider joining. You can become a member at the ISA web site. Click on this link https://www.isa.org/membership.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. See p.1 for information to RSVP and, if you so desire, pay in advance using the PayPal link. They’re both an easy click away.

Finally, check out our web site. There’s a link to it at the top of p.1.

Sincerely,
José Suarez, President
ISA New Orleans Section, Inc.

 

October 2016 Message

Dear Fellow Members,

This year is off to a great start: our Shrimp Boil Signature Membership Drive event will be on Friday 30 September 30. I would like to thank all of you who have already responded to the event. Also, I would like to en-courage our members to attend in order to socialize and network with people in the industry and make new connections. The event will be held on UNO’s campus at the Engineering Breezeway area starting at 6:00 p.m. See the map on p.4 of the newsletter
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Please note that our October general membership meeting is cancelled. We will resume our normal general membership meeting schedule, which is the first Tuesday of every month, on 1 November.
I would like to thank the section Executive Committee for the hard work and determination put into the planning effort for this year’s events. Also, I would like to thank our members for your continuous support and participa-tion in the events offered by the New Orleans Section.

I also would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their continued support of the section. We have retained the support from most of last year’s sponsors and expect to add new sponsors for this year. All sponsors are featured in the monthly newsletter, so you can see their information on the Corporate Sponsor’s page—p.3.

We are actively seeking additional sponsors for the 2016–17 operating year, so please contact me if you are interested.

Please remember that ISA membership is not required for participation in section activities; however, I strongly encourage you to become a member and renew your So-ciety membership to take advantage of all its benefits like access to ISA publications. You also will be kept up to date on the latest trends and technologies related to the automation industry. You will gain access to ISA training programs and seminars. You will have networking opportunities at national and international levels. And, you will help support our Society in its efforts to advance and promote the automation industry.

You can become a member at the ISA web site. Click on this link https://www.isa.org/membership.

We are looking forward to another successful year. Please join us for our Membership Drive on 30 September at UNO!

Sincerely,
José Suarez, President
ISA New Orleans Section, Inc.

September 2016 Message

Dear Fellow Members,

I would like to welcome and thank the ISA New Orleans Section Executive Committee for the hard work and determination put into the planning effort for this year’s events. Also, I would like to thank our members for your continuous support and participation in the events offered by New Orleans Section.

I would also like to thank our corporate sponsors for their continued support of the section. We have retained the support from most of last year’s sponsors and expect to add new sponsors for this year. All sponsors are featured in the monthly newsletter, so you can see their information on the Corporate Sponsor’s Page. We still are accepting sponsors for the 2016–17 operating year, so please contact me if you are interested.

The first event of the year will be our Annual Membership Drive Shrimp Boil, which will be held on Friday 30 September. The event will be hosted on UNO’s campus at the Engineering Breezeway area starting at 6:00 p.m.

ISA membership is not required for participation in section activities; however, I would like to encourage those who are not members to take a few minutes to be-come a member. As a member, you will gain access to ISA publications; you will be kept up to date on the latest trends and technologies related to the automation industry; you will gain access to ISA training programs and seminars; you will have networking opportunities at national and international levels; and you will help support our Society in its efforts to advance and promote the automation industry. You can become a member at the ISA web site; click on this link https://www.isa.org/membership.

We are looking forward to another successful year. Please join us at the monthly meetings for educational presentations and discussions regarding many interesting and relevant topics affecting our industry.

Sincerely,
José Suarez
President
ISA New Orleans Section, Inc.

Become an ISA Member

Why Should You Join ISA?

✓ Increase your technical knowledge in the field of automation and control

✓ Develop your skills and hone your expertise

✓ Share experiences, successes, and lessons learned

✓ Build lasting friendships and professional connections

By becoming an ISA member, you’ll benefit-in technical knowledge, career and skills development, shared experiences and successes, and lasting friendship and belonging-from an association that has represented the needs and interests of automation and control professionals since its inception in 1945.

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Membership Benefits

The Latest Technical Information

  • Automation Standards – ISA has published more than 150 standards, recommended practices, and technical reports through the dedicated efforts of a network of industry experts. As an ISA member, you can view ISA standards online, free of charge, for your personal use.  Listed IEC documents are not available for free viewing and cannot be purchased with your Standards Redemption Coupon.
    • Get the cost of your membership back when you are a full-dues-paying member and would like to download or buy a printed standard. You may use your Standards Redemption Coupon toward its purchase. This coupon is equal to the dollar amount you paid for your membership term and is available at purchase check-out in your shopping cart. The coupon value expires at the time the membership year expires.
  • Free Web Seminars – Enjoy unlimited, free access to a library of more than 40 online pre-recorded web seminars covering today’s hottest topics
  • Technical Library – You’ll have access to unlimited downloads of ISA’s library of more than 5,500 technical papers published at ISA conferences and symposia
  • InTech Magazine – Receive a free, qualified subscription to the digital version of InTech, the premier magazine for automation professionals, and a free subscription to Automation Weekly e-newsletter
  • Technical Division Membership – Join a network of automation professionals who share your technical interests. Members get two free memberships, one from the Automation and Technology Department and one from the Industries and Sciences Department.  Additional memberships cost $10 US each.
  • ISA Transactions – Enjoy free online access to current and past articles covering the latest advances in the science and engineering of measurement and automation

Professional Development Resources

  • Leadership Opportunities – Develop your leadership skills by participating in ISA’s free online Leadership Development Certificate Program and by volunteering at section and division events
  • Training Discounts – Take advantage of 20% member discounts on ISA  training
  • Product Discounts – Enjoy discounts on ISA books (20%), logo items, and more
  • Event Registration Discounts – Be sure to claim your member discount when you register for ISA symposia and conferences
  • CAP® and CCST® Associate Recognition Programs for Students – Take pride in being a part of the Society that recognizes your profession through professional certification programs. ISA offers the Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST) programs.  As a student, you can take the CAP and CCST Associate Recognition Program and receive a discount on your application fee
  • Mentoring Program – Connect online with, and learn from, experienced professionals and practitioners

Networking Opportunities

  • ISA Member Directory – Find other ISA professionals by accessing our Member Directory. Available exclusively to members logged into the isa.org web site or through the ISA Connect mobile app. (IOS version is available at iTunes. Android version will be available soon.)
  • Local Section Membership – Network with automation students and professionals in your local sections for meetings, training events, and more.  Virtual Student Members are not assigned to a local section
  • ISA Jobs – List your resume online for free when you’re looking for your next career move
  • Email Lists – Join open forums for discussions on topics that matter to you, via the ISA LISTSERV
  • Conferences, Exhibitions, and Symposia – Come face-to-face with fellow ISA practitioners as you learn, share, and network

Special Bonus for Student Members

  • Student members may upgrade to regular member at the low student rate for the year following the completion of their training or graduation. See student membership rates.

Insurance Program for Independent Contractors and Business Owners

Other Personal Privileges

  • ISA Member Logo – Proudly display your affiliation with ISA by using the ISA member logo on your business card
  • Programs and discounts
    • Wyndham Hotel Discounts
    • Budget- Offers car rental savings
    • Office Depot and OfficeMax Discount Program
    • GEICO – Get discounted automobile insurance, in US only
    • Group Insurance Programs – Take advantage of competitive rates on several US-only insurance plans. Must be 18 years old or older.
    • International Travel Insurance
    • Avis Worldwide – Offers car rental Savings
    • CogniCall Global Calling Card – Use calling card services from more than 50 countries

2016 Shrimp Boil

Summer is coming to a close, and that means it’s almost kick-off time for the 2016/2017 ISA year.  Join us for our annual membership drive and shrimp boil on Friday, September 30, 2016, starting at 6:00 pm, at the UNO Engineering Building.

We’ll have more details including pricing and links to RSVP coming soon.

We look forward to seeing all of our members – old and new – there.

Click here is see invitation.

Registration Links:

Student – $10 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q3XGPNU534EXC

Member – $25 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=T4UGMBTWK2QFS

Member Couple – $40 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S8JP6KVHK37QE

Non-Member – $30 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=J82VGTF8TA8NA

Non-Member Couple – $50 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4A99N9MCBDQTU

New Orleans Section Conducts Cybersecurity Seminar

The ISA New Orleans Section held their inaugural ICS Cybersecurity summit on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The event featured guest panelists from the local engineering and IT community, as well as a guest speaker from Cisco. The summit was hosted at M.S. Benbow and Associates.

The summit was designed to be an introduction to the NIST cybersecurity framework, and a discussion on each if the core functions in the framework, Identify, Protect, Detect, Response and Recover.

To start the summit off, Wayne Welk, Automation Specialist with The Reynolds Company, gave an introduction into the NIST cybersecurity framework’s core components, and how it may be applied by a organization to provide a standardized way to implement and share a cybersecurity policy among all stakeholders.

After the framework introduction, each guest panelist explored the framework’s core functions in more detail.

David Bacque, Senior Manager with Accenture, presented the Identify function. The discussion was about the importance of knowing what is in one’s facility, and how to perform a risk analysis.

Mitch Williams, IT Operations Supervisor with Chevron Oronite, lead the discussion on Protect.  Among the major points made were the importance of access protection, proper maintenance of user privileges, and training all personnel of cybersecurity risks and procedures.

Robert Albach, IoT Security Senior Product Line Manager with Cisco, provided an engaging talk on Detect. Correct network segmentation was given as a key element to detecting undesired traffic on the OT network.

Dean Bickerton, Account Manager with The Reynolds Company, presented the last two core functions of the framework, Response and Recover. The NIST framework provides many valuable references to help organizations provide for response and recovery planning.

The summit concluded with a round table discussion between panelists and attendees.  The open dialogue and sharing of best-practices during the summit were valuable to all in attendance.

To learn more about the NIST cybersecurity framework:
http://www.nist.gov/cyberframework/

To learn more about ISA’s cybersecurity resources:
https://www.isa.org/technical-topics/cybersecurity/cybersecurity-resources/

The New Orleans Section wishes to thank all of the attendees and guest panelists for participating in the cybersecurity summit.