Alarm Management and High Performance HMI
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
Almost all industrial processes are controlled by operators using dozens of graphic images. The graphic designs are typically little more than P&IDs covered in hundreds of numbers. This traditional, "low performance" Human Machine Interface (HMI) paradigm is typical in all processes controlled by DCS and SCADA systems. It has been shown to be lacking in providing operator situation awareness and in facilitating proper response to upsets. In many industries, poor HMIs have contributed to major accidents, including fatalities.
HMI improvement has become a hot topic. This talk will cover the history and deficiencies of existing HMI practices and the basics of High Performance HMI. Examples will be given as to how an HF HMI can provides for much improved situation awareness, improved surveillance and control, easier training, and verifiable cost savings.
A major proof test of High Performance HMI concepts was carried out by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and PAS. The test involved a major power plant with a full-fidelity process simulator. Operators were put through various abnormal and hazardous situations using both the traditional graphics and new, high performance graphics. The details and very positive results from this thorough test will be shown, and are applicable to a wide range of processes.
Speaker Bill Hollifield is a Principal Consultant for Alarm Management and High Performance HMI for PAS. He is co-author of The Alarm Management Handbook, The High Performance HMI Handbook, and The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Guideline on Alarm Management. Bill has international experience in all aspects of Alarm Management and HMI development, along with 38 years of engineering and consulting experience in the petrochemical, power generation, pipeline, and mining industries. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Bill has also built his own plane - with a High Performance HMI. He is a member of the ISA-18.2 Alarm Management Committee, ISA SP-101 HMI Committee, API RP-1167 Alarm Management Committee, and Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) Industry Review Group.
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Time: Dinner & Networking: 5:00-5:30. Meeting: 5:30. Program: 5:45-7:00. Location: Alpine Inn Restaurant, Alpine Village, 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90502, just west of the Harbor (110) Fwy, (310) 327-4384,
www.alpinevillagecenter.com Parking Entrance: Enter parking lot from Torrance Blvd. Restaurant is first building on your left. Cost: Non-members $30; ISA members and those who join at the door $10
RSVP and Info: Tracy Green at (949) 378-0372 or
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014
How hard can it be anyway?
Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey
It's a box with holes in it. How do I know which one is right for my application? Let's get our hands dirty: Hands-on industrial Ethernet network setup, including routing! Question and answer if time permits.
Barry Turner has over 16 years of experience in network engineering and administration. He has worked with companies, large and small, such as Ford, Global Foundries, Tesla and many others. All while using his experience in IT to help automation and process control engineers build reliable, resilient and secure industrial Ethernet networks. His focus has been on creating wired and wireless networks to allow secure communications from PLCs to remote I/O & VFDs.
ISA Members Free. Non-Members requested to join ISA when you RSVP or at the door.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Dinner 5:00-5:45; Program 5:45-7:00.
Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey, (562) 861-8612. Between Firestone and Florence.
RSVP and Info: Tracy Green at (949) 378-0372 or
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Los Angeles & Orange County
Annual Christmas Party,
Award Ceremony and
Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park
As of September 25, full tables of 8 at this event were sold out. However individual seats were still available. If seats for dinner are sold out, those wishing to attend the award ceremony will be accommodated, but must have a special reservation. For reservations and more information, please contact
or (909) 948 4120.
Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
Special ISALA Awards Ceremony,
Early Thanksgiving Dinner,
Facility Tour and Program
Moore Industries, Int'l, North Hills
RSVP early. Seats are limited. All members and their guests are invited to be a part of this special Award Ceremony honoring Tom Stout, Max Kopp, Bob Dunaway, Don Wolf, Sr. and Joe Hohn. The holiday dinner will include turkey breast & stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, garden salad with ranch or vinaigrette, bread and apple or pumpkin pie.
Moore Industries International will be conducting tours of its facility beginning at 4pm, followed by a technical presentation on Safety Instrumented Systems. Special thanks to Tom Watson!
4:00-5:00 Facility Tours & Networking
5:00-6:00 Turkey Dinner
6:00 Special Recognition and Award Ceremony
6:20 Technical Program - Safety Instrumented Systems
$15 for ISA regular members, student members and their guests with RSVP by Nov 15. $20 after; $40 for Non-members
Location: Moore Industries International, 16650 Schoenborn St., North Hills
A special holiday dinner of turkey breast & stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, garden salad with rancho & vinaigrette, bread, apple pie & pumpkin pies, and soft drinks. Vegetable dinners available with advance request.
Scholarship Presentation Ms. Manmeen Kaur, of Califoria State University, Long Beach, will be presented with the 2013 ISA Los Angeles Section George Platt Scholarship.
Special Recognition and Award Ceremony Mr. Max J. Kopp, Former ISA Society and Los Angeles Section President, will be recognized with the William L. Campbell Golden Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional contributions to ISA and to the Section throughout his 45 years of membership.
Honorary Fellow Dr. Thomas M. Stout, P.E., will be recognized with the presentation of the first annual Thomas M. Stout Engineering and Technology Award which will be awarded in future years in his honor to ISA members who have made outstanding achievements to the licensing and certification of both engineers and technicians working in process automation. Dr. Stout is recognized for over 60 years membership in the Los Angeles Section of ISA.
Don Wolf, Sr., received his award in June. Awards not presented at this event will be presented at the Annual Christmas Party and Award Ceremony to be held at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel on December 7 or at a later date. For information about attending the Knotts Berry Farm Event, please contact Linda Meyers (see next meeting announcement below).
Technical Program Safety Instrumented Systems will be presented by one or more specialists from Moore Industries following the award ceremony.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
Digital MultiMeter Training Class
Includes dinner. Instructor: John Bowman, Wilmington Instruments. ISA Members Free; Non-Members can join ISA at the class. Meters provided. RSVP and Info:
or (714) 235-1964.
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
This 1.7 million square foot facility is located on a 95 acre site and has a capacity of 12 million barrels per year. The tour will begin with the unloading of railroad cars of grain and follow the entire process to shipping of the end products. RSVP and Info:
Tracy Green or (949) 378-0372.
Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013
Detecting Gas Leaks When It Matters
The use of ultrasonic gas leak detection for monitoring pressurized gas systems
This first presentation of the 2013-14 year is an excellent overview of ultrasonic gas leak detection and its application to industrial safety by Edward Naranjo of General Monitors. Guidelines for the allocation, commissioning, and maintenance of these instruments based on actual field experience will be offered. The best practices described are the result of performing over 3,000 installations during the last 10 years.
Date: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013 Time:
5:00-5:30 Networking and Dinner (ordered off the menu); 5:30 Section Business; 5:45 Program
"Alpine Inn Restaurant" at Alpine Village, 833 W Torrance Blvd, Torrance, just west of the Harbor (110) Fwy. Enter parking lot off Torrance Blvd . (310) 327-4384;
www.alpinevillagecenter.com. Cost: Non-members $30; ISA members and those who join at the door $10. RSVP:
or (949) 378-0372
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Tour of THUMS White Island
Boat Leaves from Port of Long Beach
Tour is limited to 20, the capacity of the boat. Advance RSVP is required. A discussion and walking tour of the island will be about 1-1/2 hours.
Those not able to go on the tour are invited to join us at 4:30 at the
Congregation Ale House
at the corner of Broadway and Promenade in Long Beach for networking and snacks.
Special tour clothing requirements: Flat closed toed shoes (tennis or walking shoes) and comfortable clothing. Sandals or open toed shoes are not allowed. The group will also be required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses, which the facility will provide at the time of boarding the crew boat.
THUMS TOUR RSVP Required: Tracy Green at
or (949) 378-0372 Date: June 18, 2013. Rain cancels. Time: Arrive at boat dock at 1:30pm. Tour 2:00-3:45pm Location: Port of Long Beach. Directions: will be given when you RSVP.
Directions to Congregation Ale House: 201 E Broadway
at Promenade. Exit 710 at Downtown Long Beach (left
lane). Then exit Broadway (left lane). Restaurant will
be on the left at Promenade. Parking is metered (coins
only) street parking and a $5 flat rate lot at Broadway
and Long Beach Blvd. Rain cancels.
C-House Parking Map
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Choosing the Right Level Technology
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
Anyone who selects, specifies, installs, commissions or maintains level instruments should attend this program held at the Alpine Village in Torrance. After a delicious dinner, Mark Klee of Siemens Industry, Inc., will discuss the five most common level technologies -- ultrasonic, radar, capacitance, pressure and guided wave radar. The pros and cons of each, where they work well, where they don't, installation tips and tricks and selection criteria will be covered.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013
Measuring H2S in Gas Processing Plants
Sam Miller of SpectraSensors will discuss this application in H2S plants and the measurement of H2S using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS). One of the first steps in a typical gas plant is the removal of H2S. The Natural Gas product will typically have maximum allowable H2S concentrations <4ppm. There are a variety of H2S removal systems, utilizing either liquid chemicals such as amine (MEA, MDEA, aMDEA, etc), or solid granular media in large scavenger beds.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
Scientific Predictions of the Future
of Energy Production
Energy Resource Center, Downey
Dr. Scott Tinker, University of Texas petroleum geologist, is not out to advocate for one technology over another or to suggest how the inevitable transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources should happen - but to try to determine how it actually would happen. On Feb 19th, we will present a special screening of this new 90-minute documentary which is the result of 7 years of scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy. Produced for adults, this has spectacular photography and is also an excellent film for students of all ages to see.
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
Fire Suppression Systems
for the 21st Century
This presentation will discuss hybrid nitrogen-water fire protection systems (FPS) for areas that do not have room integrity or expensive replacements of halogenated or inerting gases after a discharge. Frank Broidy, president of Fire & Pump Service Group has over 34 years of fire protection service, installing and maintaining large and small systems throughout the west coast region.
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012 New West San Fernando Valley Location!
Game-changing measurement technologies for safer and more profitable plants
Non-intrusive and remote measurement technologies are becoming more available to safely measure plant process parameters, i.e. fluid temperature, pressure, flow, liquid level, as well as displacement/vibration of the plant internal elements (pumps, fixtures, tubes, etc.), without requiring any ports or holes in the plant pipes or vessels. They can withstand severe earthquakes without releasing any sensor parts into the fluid systems or causing any leakage/fire. Furthermore, they provide faster, more accurate, extremely repeatable and drift-free measurements, without any "foul-ups", thus reducing the measurement uncertainty, allowing plant operation at higher power levels and with less false shutdowns.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Basic Techniques of Field Calibration
Speaker Neil Finch is a professional trainer and an IC&E Technician at Southern California Edison's Mountainview Power Plant, a 1,054 megawatt capacity plant which began commercial operation in 2005 and was the first new major Los Angeles Basin power plant to be built in 30 years. Neil is also a former President and Education Chair of ISA Los Angeles Section.
Have you ever wondered about what that ol' instrument guy was doing with all the calibration stuff, well here is a chance to see what it takes to do field calibrations. Using everything from a couple of 9 volt batteries, a 250 ohm resistor and couple pieces of tubing, you might just have all you need for field calibration. It just sounds a bit strange, doesn't it! But if you are able to swing by our monthly meeting and meet Neil Finch, you will get a chance to touch and feel a smorgasbord of calibration gauges, drivers, flukes, transmitters, I/P's, a bucket, rope and whatever else he can find in his garage.
Lately Neil has been a busy guy the last few years, between supporting Edison Power Production as an ICE Tech and running Pathfinder Instrument Inc. there is never a dull moment. He has provided training with ISA and nationally with other training groups. He says he is still very much in the learning curve because of our ever-changing industry, but the basics still remain the same. So if you get a chance to break away for an evening and maybe pick up some tips on calibration techniques, come by and join us.
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation
RSVP: Paul Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Meeting and all you can eat buffet are free for members, $10 for non-members and guests.
Location: Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey,(562) 861-8612;
Online Map & Directions
Cost: All you can eat buffet & meeting free for members, $10 for non-members and guests. Free to new members who join ISA at or before the meeting.
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012
Instrumentation Tubing and Tube Fittings
This program will concentrate on instrumentation tubing and tube fittings. Tube selection, compression fitting function and operation, and safety aspects related to both will be discussed at length. Also included is a hands-on portion that includes tube bending techniques, tube end preparation, and compression fitting make-up and re-make. The tools required will be supplied by Trenton. Just bring an open mind and an empty belly.
Trenton Davis is the Parker Hannifin Instrumentation Territory Manager responsible for California and Arizona. Previously, he worked for Danaher Industrial Controls in Chicago, Illinois as a Key Account Manager for the West, Midwest and Canada. Trenton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. In his free time, Trenton does stand-up comedy all over the US.
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012
ISALA Family Day at the Races
ISALA Picnic and BBQ at Santa Anita Racetrack! The infield of the racetrack provides a perfect setting to mingle with members, friends, and family while enjoying the excitement of live horse racing. For more info,
This program will be of particular interest to plant engineers, facility engineers, process engineers, plant managers and energy managers. Limit 35 attendees for this meeting. Please RSVP early at
Case studies on implementations of "Automated Demand Response" in large industrial and process plants will be presented. Jack Rosenthal, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Technical Auditor and Technical Coordinator (left) and Michael Richardson, Technical Coordinator & Product Development Automated Demand Response both from Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions will share case studies of how Automated Demand Response can save money, provide systems expandable in the future and explain the Open Architecture.
Other topics: Update on the latest bill introduced in Sacramento to convert the Control System Engineering PE license from "title" to "practice," along with information about the March 23 Golf Tournament and April 7th Family Day at the Races at Santa Anita.
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012
Vibration Monitoring - De-Mystified
Winston Mizelle of SEC of America has been in the vibration monitoring industry for 13 years as a Field Service Engineer, Technical Trainer, Applications Engineer and Corporate Reliability Manager and will present the basics of the Time Waveform, Frequency and Spectral analysis and how this data can become valuable information for operational, maintenance and productivity decision making.
Tues, Nov 8, 2011
Special Joint Meeting With
Leo Staples, ISA Society President The Value of Active ISA Membership
to Members and Their Employers
Location: Fluor Irvine's Spectrum facility
Members of all Southern California Sections are invited to attend this program coordinated by ISA Orange County Section. Mr. Staples will give a presentation on the benefits of ISA membership and the current and future state of the society. A delicious BBQ dinner will be served at no cost to all who attend.
More info and RSVP.
ADMITTANCE TO EXHIBIT HALL REQUIRES $395 CONFERENCE PASS
MOTION SUBMITTED TO RESTORE ISA EXPO NOT ALLOWED TO BE DEBATED AT COUNCIL OF DELEGATES
A motion submitted to restore open and low cost access to the annual ISA exhibition sponsored by ISA members and the process industry was blocked on Saturday by the ISA leadership and was not allowed to be presented for a vote or discussed in the Council of Delegates held on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
The motion, which was sponsored all 17 active sections in districts 9 and 11, represented over 13% of ISA society membership.
The key points of the motion included:
(1) Restoring the annual ISA Exhibition to the large international event with 300-600 exhibitors held each year prior to 2010, and eliminating the requirement that exhibit hall attendees purchase a conference pass of $395 or more;
(2) Requiring that the exhibition be rotated each year among four major metropolitan areas in the US, near multiple large companies in several process industries, served by an international airport as in years prior to 2010; and
(3) Mandating that the exhibition be retained by ISA and not sold or transferred outside of ISA, the name of the exhibition (ISA Expo) be trademarked, its renewal be kept current and not sold or transferred.
Plans are already being made to re-submit the motion as soon as sections representing 2/3 of the ISA members agree to sponsor the resolution. As of October 4, nineteen ISA Sections from San Diego to Seattle to New Jersey and Mobile, representing over 15% of all ISA members are in favor of restoring the annual ISA Exposition as the low cost event open to all ISA members and those in the process industries.
The coalition of ISA sections grew from 7 to 19 sections in the four days preceding the Council of Delegates meeting of October 3, 2010.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Pressure Relief Valve Seminar
Mike Rainguet of Tyco Flow Control will present a shortened version of his two hour seminar. Items retained would be ASME and API definitions and requirements, technology differences, i.e. conventional vs. pilot operated PRV's, liquid trim, and inlet loss and back pressure effects on PRV operating characteristics.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A Warped View of Embedded Software
Legal, Social, Scientific and Mythic Perceptions of Breath Alcohol Testers
John Wisniewski, President of Winc Research, will discuss the technology behind common alcohol breathalyzers which information he has researched to provide technical consultation as an expert witness for two upcoming state supreme case hearings. Winc Research provides services that include product development, marketing, project management, reverse engineering, troubleshooting, and software design, development and testing relating to embedded software.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Data Communication Update and
Hands-On PLC Training Workshop
Charlie Black, PLC & HMI programming and data communications instructor, will give a short presentation on the latest developments in data communications technologies and conduct hands-on self-paced training. Training stations will be available for up to 18 students maximum. RSVP is required to have a seat at a training station.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Introduction to Virtual Instrumentation and LabVIEW®
Dr. Norali Pernalete, Associate Professor in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology at Cal Poly Pomona, will present an overview of the basic applications, common functions, graphical programming techniques and subroutines of LabVIEW® and the basics of data acquisition. A door prize will be awarded.
LabVIEW® is a registered trademark of National Instruments
Thursday, Feb 18 2010
Expo - Training - Career Fair
ISA Los Angeles Section's annual exhibition is being held at the Carson Center once again. For all information, including how to pre-register, LACSD tour sign-up, exhibitor & sponsor info, training classes and workshops please visit
Instrumentation2010.com. As of February 13, there were 65 exhibitors, 32 training classes, 2 workshops and 3 self-paced all-day labs for training on PLC's, HMI, SCADEA, WebServer & Programmable Automation Controllers.
Tuesday, Jan 19 2010
Roundtable: Status of the PE License in California
The Jan 11th hearing in Sacramento on Senate Bill SB275 which would convert the "title acts" to "practice" will be discussed. The hearing transcript will be read, and the previous hearing recording will be played.(The program on Virtual Instrumentation & LabVIEW® is being rescheduled.) Backlinks to this website
FOX TO AIR BATTLEBOT COMPETITION
FEATURING CAL STATE LONG BEACH'S
"SHARKTOOTH" SPONSORED BY
ISA LOS ANGELES SECTION
Above, about a month ago Walter Martinez of California State University Long Beach was asked to film a short video clip showing a teacher teaching a student how to build a robot. This video was produced for a show called To The Max and will also be posted to over 200 different popular websites also.
Walter also organized a group of students to build a robot for the TV show Battlebots and took the team to a competition this in May 2009. The competition was video recorded with the intent that it be televised on CBS College Sports Network or FOX Network. New info will be posted as it becomes available.
"ISA should get lots of hours of publicity," writes Walter. "It should be fun - watch and support the Cal State University, Long Beach Team!"
Each year the Expo features self-paced all-day labs for training on devices such as PLC's, HMI, SCADA, WebServer & Programmable Automation Controllers, and 30+ free technical classes on all I&C topics. The 2013 version of ISA Los Angeles Section's annual exhibition is already in the planning stages and a link will be posted here soon.