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:

For more information on the ISA101 Standard, go to:

What do you want out of ISA locally?  We want to hear from you.  Please take our quick 9 question, 2 minute survey:  If you have any additional questions or suggestions please email me at 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:  Here is the link to sign your company up to be 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 –

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




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


September 2017 Section Meeting

Join us as we kick-off the 2017/2018 ISA New Orleans Section year for our September Section Meeting.  We’ll discuss the plans for the 2017/2018 year, and present an update on the ISA 101 standards.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

11:30 – 12:00 – Social Gathering; 12:00 – 1:00 – Meeting

The Reynolds Company, 700 Elmwood Park Blvd, Suite A, Harahan, LA 70123

Two ways to join:

  • Live Presentation – join us live and in person
  • Live Web Simulcast – can’t leave the office? Join us for the live simulcast online

Register to Attend:

Cost to Attend:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: $10.00

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 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.

Additional Information:

  • Live session seating is limited, please register to reserve your seat.
  • Lunch served from 11:30am – 12:00pm (live session attendees only).
  • Presentation will begin promptly at 12:00pm. (live session and web simulcast attendees)
  • 1.0 PDH will be awarded to Professional Engineers that attend upon request.

Help Us Tune the Loop

Any good control system needs a feedback loop in order to provide the desired outcome.  The ISA New Orleans Section values your feedback, to help us “tune the loop.”  Help us to improve and provide the services that our members want.  Please take a moment to answer a very brief survey.

Take the survey

ISA New Orleans Section to Sponsor Manufacturing Day at Tulane University

The ISA New Orleans Section will be a sponsor for Manufacturing Day, to be held at Tulane University on October 4, 2017.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 6, 2017.

Denison Consulting Group is the lead sponsor for this local effort.  Dianne Denison, CEO and founder of the Denison Consulting Group, provided additional information.

“As proud members of The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Denison will be sponsoring a modern manufacturing and cyber security expo on October 4th at Tulane University. The event will be co-sponsored by Rockwell Automation, PwC, The International Society of Automation, Indegy, and The Reynolds Company. Presentations will include demos in IoT, automation, and cyber security solutions as well as lectures from industry experts. 

We are strong believers in the power of American manufacturing and hope that this event will spread awareness of the modern advances taking place within the industry. In addition, we hope to expose students at the high school and college levels to exciting and rewarding career paths in manufacturing, business, and cyber security. “

For more information about this local event, visit

For more information about Manufacturing Day, visit


Core Element Community STEM FEST with the Saints & Pelicans

Core Element logo-1Core Element along with our friends at the Saints and Pelicans will host the first annual Community STEM FEST – Saturday, September 30 from 10am until 2pm at the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans facilities on Airline Drive.

The goal of the STEM Fest is to ignite curiosity and interest of K-12 students in STEM, inspire educators with creative STEM learning, promote industry workforce development and increase awareness of STEM career pathways.   This will be accomplished by engaging attendees of all ages with a variety of hands-on fun activities, workshops, and Saints & Pelicans activities.  We hope to welcome more than 8,000 students, parents and teachers to this exciting, inaugural event!

Core Element is reaching out to YOU:  our STEM partners and industry professionals to help make this a   SLAM DUNK, WHO DAT SUCCESS! 

The STEM FEST is an opportunity to showcase and highlight your organization/business, career opportunities and successes.  The STEM Fest is also an opportunity for you to highlight and promote your organization’s commitment to the community and the importance that STEM plays in workforce development.

The STEM FEST is free for exhibitors.

The cost will be $12 per person this includes access to the STEM FEST and a ticket to a Pelicans game this upcoming season. What a BARGAIN!! Plus the Pelicans already lead the NBA in ticket sales via schools, so our expectations are HIGH! The Saints & Pelicans are donating a portion of the proceeds to Core Element. In return, Core Element is going to Pay It Forward by giving a portion of these funds back into the schools.

If you or your organization would like to host a school or students to the STEM FEST, The Pelicans are taking advance donations. 10 students for $120 Contact Pelican representative, Denton Hunter at 504-593-4748 or Denton can coordinate support of a specific school preference, communicate with the students and schools regarding your donation and send pictures and follow-up for social media and website sharing.

Next Steps and other information:

  • DUE FRIDAY, August 18th: Identify and prepare a description of the hands-on activity you will host.  Complete and return the attached fillable PDF STEM FEST information sheet which includes logistical needs and contact information. PLEASE COMPLETE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE RETURNING and be as specific as possible.
  • Please return to Jan Brenan at no later than FRIDAY, AUGUST 18. 
  • Attend the Pre-FEST meeting to be held in advance of the event:  date to be determined. This will be extremely important so all questions can be answered and problems addressed in advance of the event.
  • Email questions and concerns to:
  • Timeliness of return of information is important. All needs will be addressed on a first come/first serve basis (first to get info in).
  • Other information will follow regarding, food for exhibitors, etc.
  • If your organization has a LARGE, showcase or Moveable (Lab on wheels, etc.) exhibit, we encourage LARGE SCALE EXHIBITS!

 Event Purpose: 

  • Provide “hands-on” learning and demonstrations for students of all ages to interact with STEM professionals in a fun, interactive environment.
  • Serve as a catalyst to increase community awareness of STEM education, STEM employment opportunities and increased economic development opportunities for Southeast Louisiana.
  • Work collaboratively with industry, small business, K-12 professionals, higher education, community colleges, non-profits, and media to promote economic development opportunities for Southeast Louisiana.
  • Elevate community interest in STEM and create pathways that lead our youth to elevated interest in STEM subjects and rewarding STEM careers.

Core Element Community STEM FEST Exhibitor contact and info sheet 2017

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Core Element provides kindergarten through 12th grade math and science teachers with the tools and resources they need to deliver hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities in the classroom. Core Element’s teacher professional development programs ensure that students receive the rigorous and enriched classroom instruction they need to encourage critical thinking and ultimately foster student proficiency and interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Since 2007, Core Element has trained more than 625 teachers and impacted more than 62,650 students. Through teacher professional development, Core Element is equipping the next generation of students with the STEM skills and knowledge to become truly engaged citizens in our community.

Learn more at

New ISA Year Coming Soon

The 2017/2018 ISA New Orleans Section’s year will start soon.  The ISA board has been busy meeting over the summer months to plan the year ahead.  Details will be coming soon, but big things are about to come.

It’s going to be a whole new year:

  • New leadership
  • New ways to attend section meetings
  • New ways to communicate to our members
  • New benefits for being a section sponsor

We’re looking forward to getting the details finalized, and starting the new year.  We hope that you will also be moving onwards and upwards with the ISA New Orleans Section in 2017/2018.

UNO Fall Career Fair

Are you seeking to fill Engineering positions? Are you looking for top quality Engineering Interns?

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the University of New Orleans is holding their Fall career fair.

This is UNO’s largest campus Job Fair of the year, with over 100 employers participating!

UNO anticipates a very large turnout from all of our Engineering disciplines, particularly from their upcoming graduates and recent alumni, as well as Juniors and Seniors who are seeking internships.

Early bird registration at discounted rate of $175 ends on July 31.

The attached registration form will guide you through the registration process. Please consider registering as a sponsor, so UNO can continue to provide connections for external career opportunities for our students!

UNO Career Fair Registration & Sponsorship form September 2017

Become a Sponsor

Want to do more to help the ISA New Orleans Section?  Consider becoming a Section Sponsor.

Sponsorship is only $150.00 per year.  In addition to helping the local section, your sponsorship also provides your organization these benefits:

  • Logo, company information, and your company’s website link displayed on the ISA New Orleans Section website.
  • Logo on signage present at all section meetings and events.
  • Priority opportunity to present technical topics at ISA New Orleans Section meetings and events.
  • Priority opportunity to sponsor section meetings and events.
  • Opportunity to be a Table-Top exhibitor at sponsored section meetings and events.
  • Your company listed in our Local Directory of Automation Suppliers.

See a list of current sponsors here.

Ready to become a sponsor?  Signup is easy.  Visit this paypal link:

In addition we need a high-resolution company logo, and a short company abstract.  Send artwork and company abstract to:

Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell

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:

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.