ISA’s 56th POWID Symposium report

June 13, 2013 - Energized by expert-led technical sessions, valuable on-site training, and insightful keynote presentations, nearly 200 professionals in the power-generation industry attended the International Society of Automation’s (ISA’s) 56th Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium held last week in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Highlighted by more than 65 technical papers and a wide range of technical sessions, panel discussions, and interactive forums, ISA’s POWID Symposium, 2-7 June, drew experts and leaders throughout the globe to explore critical issues and challenges affecting power-generation delivery.

In addition to examining the ramifications of rapidly emerging cybersecurity initiatives and regulatory pressures, the agenda reviewed the latest news in nuclear, fossil fuel and renewable energy, and showcased innovations and trends in instrumentation, controls, sensors, software, wireless communication and modernization strategies.

“The technical content provided at this year’s symposium was a game changer as leading industry professionals and subject matter experts introduced the latest news in technology, application experiences and best practices,” says Peggie Koon, Ph.D, the director of strategy, partnership development and management at Morris Communications in Augusta, Georgia, USA, and ISA’s 2013 President-Elect Secretary. “The topics and technologies presented at the symposium—from the critical issues in coal, nuclear, gas and renewable energy to the latest in distributed generation, Smart Grid and microgrids--were extremely relevant to today’s power industry professionals.”

Beyond the content-rich technical sessions, the symposium gave registrants the opportunity to enroll in three highly pertinent ISA training classes, learn best practices from keynote presenters, participate in Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) industry meetings and ISA standards committee meetings, visit with industry vendors, honor colleagues at an awards banquet, and enjoy numerous social and networking gatherings.

“Given the rich and multi-faceted quality of the program and agenda, I am confident that all those who attended this year’s POWID Symposium were able to come away with valuable knowledge that they can apply to improve their technical expertise, organizational efficiency and competitiveness,” states Bill Sotos, senior consulting engineer at Hurst Technologies, and the General Symposium Chair for this year’s conference.

Keynote speakers included Kenneth B. Medlock III, vice president of Academic Affairs at the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE), and Scott Fowler, electrical and controls engineer at Lakeland Electric. Medlock is the James A. Baker, III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Fowler oversees Distribution Control Systems (DCS) throughout Lakeland Electric’s Power Production Division as well as electrical generation equipment throughout all system plants.

Other notable event speakers included: Dr. Koon; Jim Colgary, director, Government Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute; and Robert Peltier, editor-in-chief, Power Magazine/Trade Fair Group.

The three ISA training classes conducted on site were:

  • Introduction to Boiler Control Systems (ES15C)
  • Boiler Burner Management Systems: Meeting NFPA Standards (ES16C)
  • Transducer/Transmitter Installation for Nuclear Safety Applications Using ANSI/ISA-67.01.01 (IC67)

“On behalf of the symposium planning team and the ISA POWID Executive Committee, I want to thank all of the attendees, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and ISA staff for their efforts in making the event a remarkable success,” Sotos says. “And I want to invite everyone to mark their 2014 calendar for ISA’s 57th Power Industry Division Symposium, which is scheduled to take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.”

The General Symposium Chair for next year’s symposium is Aaron Hussey of Expert Microsystems.

ISA’s POWID Symposium is sponsored by ISA’s Power Industry Division. The division, one of the largest within ISA, is a recognized leader in developing and communicating the highest standards of information exchange, practices, environmental awareness and safety of information exchange among engineers, scientists, technicians, students/universities, and management involved in instrumentation and control relating to power generation.

About ISA
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.

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