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 https://neworleansisa.org/events/upcoming-meetings/.

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: https://isanola032018.eventbrite.com

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: https://isanola042018.eventbrite.com

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: https://isanola052018.eventbrite.com

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: https://isanola062018.eventbrite.com


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.  www.indegy.com


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 https://neworleansisa.org/2018/01/23/february-2018-section-meeting/

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 https://neworleansisa.org/2018/01/10/march-2018-section-meeting/

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 www.steamcoffin.com 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.

Presidents Message – January 2018

Happy New Year ISA New Orleans Section!

We are excited to kick off the New Year.  We already have a few events planned for the year and want to hear from you on topics and speakers you would like to see in upcoming meetings to enhance your knowledge in Automation.  Maybe you have a topic that you would like to present which would benefit others?  We would like to hear from you.  To this end, our first meeting of 2018 will be this Tuesday, January 9th from Noon to 1PM at MS Benbow and Associates.  We will host a “Town Hall” style meeting to give you an update on the Section and gain your feedback on what we can do to provide value to you and our members in 2018.

In the meeting we will also provide you with an update on our parent ISA organization as a whole.  Our section Secretary, Bill Brock, attended the Fall Leader’s Conference in November and will present the highlights from the series of meetings and presentations he attended.  Bill will discuss ISA’s core competencies which will continue and give a glimpse of future direction.  He will also highlight the most active Standards on Alarming, Control Valves and Actuators, Wireless, HMI, SCADA, and Cybersecurity.  All of which are good topics for future meetings.

To register for Tuesday’s meeting, please go to – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/january-2018-section-meeting-tickets-37736257161.  You can attend live or via web.  We will open the doors at 11:30AM to allow everyone to grab lunch, socialize, and get settled.  We will start the meeting promptly at noon.

I do want to give you an early announcement on our March 13th meeting.  Author and historian, John Laurence Busch, will present on the first break through technology in history for artificial power, the steam engine.  Many know the story of James Watt and his patented steam engine and Robert Fulton’s first commercially successful steamboat, but do you know the story of the first steamship, Savannah, and its journey across the Atlantic?  John Busch will give a historical prospective on alternative energy and hybrid systems 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.  Stay tuned for details…

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 had several members watch presentations to catch up on their PDH requirements for the year.  We invite you to do the same.  We strive to provide value to our automation, engineering, and technical community.  If we can provide some value to you personally or professionally, 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

January 2018 Section Meeting

Happy New Year!  Our January Section Meeting was held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. We started off the new calendar year with a report on the ISA Fall Leadership meeting, and a “State of the New Orleans Section” address.

Fall Leadership Meeting Update and State of the New Orleans Section

Fall Leadership Meeting Report:

ISA Fall Leadership was held in November 2017, and was attended by Bill Brock.  Bill will provide a report on the meetings, and provide the vision presented by the ISA national society leadership for the future of ISA.

State of the New Orleans Section Address and Member Town Hall:

In the January meeting, we will also provide a ‘State of the New Orleans Section” address presented by Section President, Dean Bickerton.  We started the 2017/2018 ISA year with the them onwards and upwards, and with a renewed way of reaching our local members.  In the “State of the New Orleans Section” address, we will look at the early successes of our section’s marketing plan, where we are today, and our goals for the future.

January 2018 Section Meeting Presentation

Recorded Session:


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

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

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