ISA releases advance program for its 16th ISA LDAR-Fugitive Emissions Symposium

  • April 28, 2016
  • ISA
  • News

April 28, 2016 — The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the release of the advance program for its 16th Annual Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)-Fugitive Emissions Symposium, to be held 17-20 May 2016 in scenic Denver, Colorado USA.

ISA’s LDAR Symposium is the longest-running technical conference in America devoted solely to LDAR and air compliance professionals and their needs and concerns. Highlighting this year’s program is an outstanding schedule of presentations by leading regulatory officials and prominent experts within the LDAR industry—who will be providing the most recent, vital updates on EPA requirements and mandates, and the latest air compliance strategies and best practices.

Attendees will hear—direct from key enforcement officials (from the EPA, NIST and TECQ) and industry innovators—about how to: meet fast-evolving regulatory demands; overcome air emission-reduction challenges; and implement effective, long-term LDAR modernization and maintenance programs.

Air compliance professionals across the US will share their real-world successes, experiences and approaches, along with numerous technical sessions, tutorials and panel sessions that will ensure ample opportunities for discussion and interaction with speakers and thought leaders.

Also featured on the agenda are keynote addresses by industry innovators, two valuable ISA training short courses, an Emission Reduction Technology Forum, an industry exposition showcase representing key suppliers, and an opening night reception (sponsored by Montrose Environmental).

The anticipation is building

“Given the success of last year’s ISA LDAR Symposium, all of us at EMSI Environmental are looking forward to this year’s event. The speakers deliver essential information and the networking opportunities are great.”

--Matt Gobert, ISA LDAR Co-Chair, EMSI Environmental

“The technical presentations at ISA’s LDAR Symposium are always right on the mark—relevant and stimulating. We were very happy to be a part of last year’s record-breaking turnout. We feel honored to be a sponsor for this year’s evening gathering and look forward to this year’s event. Way to go ISA!”

--Richard Stelma, Avanti Environmental

A wide range of topics to be covered Among the many essential topics to be covered during the event are:

  • Consent decrees
  • Compliance sustainability
  • Streamlining LDAR compliance
  • Compliance enforcement
  • QA/QC of LDAR data
  • Developments in LDAR
  • Auditing/Compliance
  • Remote sensing technology
  • Emerging technologies
  • Emission performance
  • Low-leak technologies
  • New EPA alerts and reporting emission regulations

Current list of scheduled presenters and presentation titles

“EPA’s Next Generation Policy and LDAR modernization” Joe Wilwerding Senior Engineer of Air Quality, Compliance, and NextGen programs at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

“A proposal for a new alternative rule for LDAR that decreases costs” Brian Whitley Corporate Compliance Manager at EMSI Environmental Services

“New remote sensing technologies for fugitive emissions” Ken Garing Chemical engineer, EPA’s National Enforcement Investigation Center

“Implementation and maintenance of LDAR programs for oil and gas sites” Calvin Niss Business Unit Leader of Air and Process Services at Trihydro

“Development of emission factors from API 622/624 test data” Graham “Buzz” Harris Chemical engineer at Sage Environmental Consulting

“The Gra/ey areas of LDAR” Rex Moses President and CEO at LDARtools

Two valuable ISA training short courses Attendees have the opportunity to register for two highly popular ISA courses:

LDAR Best Practices – Advanced Edition (SP13PC) This one-day short course—to be taught 17 May—will provide a fast-paced, advanced overview with expert instruction and interpretation, covering frequently asked compliance questions encountered by the regulated community and LDAR contractors.

Implementation and Maintenance of LDAR Programs for Oil and Gas Sites (SP12PC) This practical course—to be taught 20 May—is designed for LDAR coordinators or individuals responsible for the implementation and maintenance of LDAR programs at an upstream and/or midstream oil and natural gas site. Instruction will focus on definition of fundamental regulations, practical implementation strategies and quality assurance/control programs in order to appropriately comply with federal/state regulations.

The Emissions Reduction Technology Forum The forum, to be held following the completion of the technical program, provides a lively information exchange about technologies specifically intended to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions. The latest low-leak technology solutions for reducing and eliminating fugitive emissions and preventing leaks will be examined. To participate in the Emissions Technology Forum, contact Deever Bradley, Co-Program Chair, at

The Product Showcase Exhibit Currently, more than 15 leading companies in the LDAR industry are scheduled to present their products and services at the symposium’s Product Showcase Exhibit. These companies include:

  • A.W. Chesterton
  • CB & I
  • CleanAir Engineering
  • EMSI
  • EnRUD Resources
  • InspectionLogic
  • IRCameras LLC
  • LDAR Solutions
  • Montrose Environmental
  • Solon Manufacturing
  • TEADIT North America
  • Team Industrial Services
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Trihydro
  • Trinity Consultants

Enjoy exciting Denver, Colorado—the Mile High City! This year’s symposium will be held at the beautifully appointed Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, a luxury Denver hotel conveniently situated minutes from downtown and the airport and steps from the Belleview light rail station. Enjoy picturesque views of the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Mile High City skyline as well as great restaurants, activities and recreational opportunities.

Register today! Act now to ensure your attendance at this one-of-a-kind event. To register and to gain all the details, visit the event website at For immediate assistance, email or call +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (

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