2013 Instrumentation Symposium Boasts New Location, Record Attendance

2013 Instrumentation Symposium Boasts New Location, Record Attendance

The 68th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries was held on January 22-24, 2013, in the newly reconstructed and reopened Memorial Student Center (MSC) at Texas A&M University.  This move in venue offered notable improvements to the symposium, including an increase in paper and workshop presentations and an exhibition hall more suited to the expanding program. The symposium was able to offer an additional workshop and nearly double the amount of papers presented by adding a second track to the program due to the increase of available space in the MSC. 

This year, the instrumentation symposiumhas had a second consecutive year of record attendance since 2010. The 2012 and 2013 symposia show a steady increase of attendees that will likely continue to grow in the coming years.  Keeping up with the latest software, knowledge, and regulations as they affect the instrumentation world is what continues to bring professionals, students, and faculty together each January. This long-standing symposium provides a forum for technical presentations, workshops, networking, and exhibits offering the latest technology for the industry.

A unique feature of the 2013 Instrumentation Symposium was the inclusion of the 1st Annual Instrument Reliability Network Symposium, which was presented jointly to raise
awareness and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. The Instrument Reliability Network’s (IRN) mission is to share historical information and lessons learned in order to minimize environmental harm, improve industry safety, maximize asset performance, and reduce maintenance costs through better lifecycle management of instrumentation and controls applied in the process industry.

This year’s Symposium featured three Keynote speakers.

The first keynote address was given by Joe Gregory, General Manager of Major Capital Projects for the Deepwater Exploration and Projects Business Unit of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. His presentation was titled, “Excellence in Automation: Key Enabler for Business Success,” and discussed the application of technology to maintain a successful business in the process industries.

The second keynote address was given by Marty W. Edwards, Director of the Control Systems Security Program in the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of
Homeland Security. He presented on the recently relevant topic of cyber security with a presentation titled, “Cyber Threats to Industrial Control Systems: Fact or Fiction.” 

The final day’s Keynote address was given by Ali H. Alawadhi, Specialist of Reliability Management at Kuwait National Petroleum Company. His presentation was directed specifically to the IRN topic and was titled, “Implementing an Instrument Reliability Program in Large Organizations: Challenges and Benefits.” This address helped introduce the IRN to the instrumentation symposium attendees.

The 69th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries is scheduled for January 21-23, 2014 at the MSC at Texas A&M University. The Call for Papers is being solicited through May 31, 2013; information can be found here: http://instrumentation-symposium.che.tamu.edu/2014-sym.

For more information on the Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries, contact Tricia Hasan, symposium coordinator, at 979-458-1863 or triciahasan@tamu.edu.