OTC is coming! Each year in Houston during the month of May about 80,000 of our closest friends gather at the Reliant Center for the annual Offshore Technology Conference, commonly referred to as the OTC. Did you know that ISA is a supporting organization of the OTC? The ISA Houston Section will be helping to man the ISA booth at OTC again this year, so be sure to stop by! In order to avoid a conflict with the OTC we will be holding our monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of May instead or our usually scheduled first Wednesday of the month. Enjoy your time at the OTC, but remember to attend the ISA Houston Section Meeting on May 14, 2014!

The 2014 Scholarship Golf Tournament on April 11th was a huge success! This year we had close to 60 teams (foursomes) competing on two courses at Kingwood Country Club. The weather was fantastic and a splendid time was had by all!

Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to our winners from each course!

On the Lake Course –

1st Place – the team of Craig Longcor, John Kelly, Casey Fries and Michael Greens, sponsored by TechStar

2nd Place – the team of Lisa Souther, Gary Souther, Greg Leach and Mary Myers, sponsored by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklifts America

3rd Place – the team of Steve Sharp, Messrs. Bochm, Pitts and Geoffroy, sponsored by Sandelius

Longest Drive: Mary Myers
Closest to the pin: Johathan Prothro

On the Marsh Course –

1st Place – Scott Stuart, Bob Fletcher, Jim Tomlinson and Frank Richardson, sponsored by RAWSON

2nd Place – the team of Doug Zimmerman, Messrs. Hall, Freeman and Durviva, sponsored by Lockwood International

3rd Place – the team of Scott Scasny and Mssrs. McMullen and Harrison

Longest Drive: Jacob Aldridge
Closest to the pin: Jason McMullen

As you know, the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, along with the Fall Chili Cook-Off and Expo are the two major fundraising events of your ISA Houston Section each year. I would like to thank all of the sponsors, participants and volunteers who contribute so much to make these events a huge success. Because of your involvement we are able to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students from our community as well as offer continuing education opportunities to the local automation community.

ISA Technical Training Camp will be held in Houston this June, with four consecutive weeks of training being offered. ISA’s world-renowned subject-matter experts will assemble here to conduct ISA’s most popular, world-class technician, automation engineering, and safety courses. You may choose to register for just one or any combination of these outstanding courses, but remember all courses will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so sign up now! See section website for more information and to register. Many thanks to Rawson, LP for stepping forward and hosting these training courses for us!

As I mentioned above, our meeting for May will be held on Wednesday, May 14th and folks, this is one you will not want to miss!

Over the past nine months we have had presentations inspired by the six knowledge areas which make up the NCEES Exam Specifications for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination for Control Systems Engineering. Thus far we have touched on the first five knowledge areas of:
I. Measurement (20%),
II. Signals, Transmission, and Networking (15%),
III. Final Control Elements (20%),
IV. Control Systems (22%), and
V. Safety Systems (15%).

VI. Codes, Standards, and Regulations makes up the remaining 8% of the exam, so for the final installment in the series we will have a presentation on a new standard that is currently in development.

You may have seen Paul Studebaker’s articles in recent issues of CONTROL magazine lamenting the general failure of end users to exploit the valuable amounts of intelligence available from so-called “smart” field devices (e.g. “Smart Devices Fail to Fulfill Destiny” in the April 2014 issue) beyond initial installation and commissioning. Our May speaker, Mr. Herman Storey of Herman Storey Consulting, LLC, is co-chair of the ISA108, Intelligent Device Management standard committee. The purpose of ISA108 is to define standard templates of best practices and work processes for implementation and use of diagnostic and other information provided by intelligent field devices in the process industries. The initial meeting of the ISA108 committee was held in September 2012 in Orlando, Florida during Automation Week, and a great deal of work has already been done toward development of this new standard. Whether you are an end-user, supplier, manufacturer or specifying engineer you will want to hear this informative update from Mr. Storey!

Are you getting the most out of your ISA membership? I urge you to maximize the value of your membership by attending meetings and getting involved. The Houston Section has so many opportunities that I am confident you will find an area of interest where you can participate. So, why would you want to get involved? Well, I can think of several reasons, including 1) to benefit yourself professionally and/or personally, 2) to benefit your employer, or 3) perhaps you just want to “give back” to the society and/or section which has benefited you. Plus, you meet the nicest people! I invite you to speak with myself or any of the section leaders about this. We sincerely welcome your involvement.

Let us know if you are not receiving our email announcements. Check the section website often (www.houstonisa.wpengine.com), join our group on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter ([@HoustonISA](https://twitter.com/houstonisa))!

We continue to work hard to make the ISA Houston Section not only the largest but the best section in ISA! I hope to see you at a meeting or event soon!

Clifford D. Wuertz
ISA Houston Section President, 2013-14

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