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/
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.
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.
✓ 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.
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.
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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:
To learn more about ISA’s cybersecurity resources:
The New Orleans Section wishes to thank all of the attendees and guest panelists for participating in the cybersecurity summit.