Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ISA Automation Conference 2013 EMEA

Europe, Middle East & Africa 
9 & 10 December 2012

This Conference is an ISA regional event placed under the banner of ISA District 12 (EMEA) consisting of 18 ISA Sections of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In view of the fast growing economy of Qatar and of ongoing large developments of automation systems in oil & gas, petrochemical and energy industries, Doha (Qatar) has been identified for this International event which will allow automation vendors to participate and display their latest technological developments. Operators (end users), vendors and service companies of the region are keen to take advantage of technical innovations and knowledge management, to enhance analytical real time systems and to implement more efficient business models. The ISA Automation conference in this region will be a catalyst for such business requirements.

Conference venue/ Date
The Conference will be held in Doha (Qatar) on Sunday 09 & Monday 10 December 2012. The venue of the Conference is Hotel Intercontinental, Doha.

Conference Operation
Tentative Programme
9th Dec: 
8.00 AM to 4.00 PM Inauguration and Conference Sessions (Presentations)
7.30 PM Conference Dinner
10th Dec: 
8.00 AM to 1.30 PM Conference Sessions (Presentations) and Conclusion
3.00 PM onwards Sightseeing (Optional)

The program will comprise around (10) presentations covering the conference major areas. All Sections are required to search for specialists/speakers in these areas. Some have already made some interesting proposals. ISA Conference & Exhibitions department and Automation vendors will also be represented among the Speakers.

Deadline 31 August 2012
The organising committee is formed by representatives of the various participating ISA Sections of District 12 chaired by the D12 Vice President. The Organizing committee appoints a Technical committee (comprising four representatives – two from Europe and two from Middle East – for selection of the presentations/speakers to the conference. ISA Qatar Section is pleased to host the event in Doha and has accepted to take the responsibility of organizing the conference and notably of all associated logistics.

Conference Topics
The Conference will cover two major areas:
›Functional Safety and cyber-security in Industrial Control Systems :
• Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), latest developments and requirements, Foundation FieldBus, ISA 84 and IEC standards.
• New threats and vulnerabilities in Industrial Automation Control systems, ISA99 approach.

›Enterprise & Control systems integration, Advanced Process Control technologies.

Call for papers Deadline 31 August 2012
The Conference will host an exhibition of automation vendors promoting their latest systems/developments, especially those related to the major areas covered in the Conference.
Each Vendor will be provided with table top exhibition facility.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Message from our VP

Dear All,

Our District Leaders Conference, scheduled in Nice on 5 & 6 October, is approaching.

Before leaving for your summer vacations, I invite you to make or to confirm your registration to this very important meeting (Registration Form pdf) as well as your reservation to the hotel :

HOTEL WESTMINSTER NICE - 27 promenade des Anglais - 06000 Nice - Tel. : +33 (0)4 92 14 86 86 - Fax : +33 (0)4 93 82 45 35 - Attention Stéphanie Abadie – We have a limited block of rooms available until 31/08/12.

The agenda (pdf) is confirmed, with the presence of Bob Lindeman, ISA President, and of Eric Byres, well known specialist in cyber-security issues who will give us a key note address about : “Control System Security in a Post-Stuxnet World” .

Brian Curtis, D12 VP elect has accepted to co-ordinate the organization of the session “Technical events : how to make them successful ?”. I invite you to contact him in order to confirm the participation of your section to the panel of presentations.

In addition to the current agenda please note the following topics :
-          Celebration of ISA awards granted to D12 District leaders
-          Official chartering of the Portugal section
-          ISA Automation Conference organized in Doha (Qatar) – 9 & 10 December 2012

Please, also note that, following the request of several members, a program for accompanying persons is under preparation for the 5th of October.

I am looking forwards to seeing all of you in Nice.

Best regards

Jean-Pierre HAUET
KB Intelligence
10 rue Lionel Terray
Office : 33 (0)1 41 29 05 09
Mobile : 33 (0)6 08 90 86 17

Friday, July 6, 2012

Book on process instrumentation safety & security published by Spain Section

This book* is the answer to the growing need for guidance in Spanish language on a subject so new and yet integrated in process industry such us Safety Instrumented Systems.

It explains clearly, step by step all the aspects of the security life cycle, based on the recognized standards, IEC-61508 and IEC-61511 and ISA-84.00.01

The text shows the applicable rules, essential or recommended, studying Independent Protection Layers (IPL), conceptual design, the documents that are generated in each stage of the project, what information are provided by them and how it is used, risks analysis and SIL allocation methods. Field instrumentation and logic are analyzed with respect to Functional Safety: the types of instruments, its installation and maintenance. Safety Requirement Specification (SRS) aspects, details of each Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) and its verification identifying which aspects should be considered for this are included.

The different architectures and their influence on the results of Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD); availability (A) and reliability (R) are analyzed. The work includes design considerations, installation, SIS commissioning and validation, manual testing procedures including sample maintenance and operation, and management changes in the SIS and Functional Management, identifying management activities necessary to ensure compliance with the objectives of the Functional Safety.

A particularly interesting chapter is devoted to a practical example of the safety life cycle applied to a SIF in an absorption tower of the desulfurization process. This is a comprehensive book based on Functional Safety international standards and the practical experience of the authors.

Authors: Alfonso Camacho López ● Inmaculada Fernández de la Calle ● Carlos Javier Gasco Lallave ● Ana María Macías Juárez ● Mª Ángeles Martín Hernández ● Gabriela Reyes Delgado ● Julio Rivas Escudero ISBN: 9788499692104 Publishers: ISA Spain