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New book on situation management available ISA Energy and Water Automation Conference 38 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2019 WWW.ISA.ORG association news | Highlights & Updates The new book, Situation Manage- ment for Process Control (www.isa. org/situationmg- mt), is intended to unify industry u n d e r s t a n d i n g of how to deliver real value to con - trol room opera- tions. Written by Douglas H. Rothenberg, PhD—an expert in alarm management and operator sup- port technology—the book explores con- trol room management as a discipline, fo cusing on the applicable tools, technol- ogy, and methodologies that foster safer, more effective control room functioning and improved industrial production. Situation management is the sum total of the real-time decisions and actions that the operator makes to determine wheth- T he ISA Energy and Water Auto- mation Conference, scheduled for 7–8 August 2019 at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Fla., will have interactive sessions led by ISA's power generation, alternative energy, municipal water, and industrial water ex- perts. The conference program will cover technologies and best practices that apply to multiple infrastructure sectors. Challenges the industry faces today in - clude using data analytics in a meaningful way, navigating the new world of Indus - trial Internet of Things with safety and cybersecurity in mind, and applying the insights of recent "Smart Cities" initiatives to improve operations. "Part of ISA's mission is to increase technical competency by connecting auto - mation professionals, and this event is a perfect example of how that can benefit our industries," said ISA Executive Director Mary Ramsey. "Technology applications that are working in one sector can often translate to another, but users and solu - tion providers have to engage in mean- ingful dialogue to find those synergies. ISA can be a venue for those discussions in multiple ways, from standards devel - opment to content creation to in-person events." ISA's Water/Wastewater Industries Divi- sion will bring expertise and content fo- cused on effective utility management, water/wastewater operations and main- tenance, IT/OT coordination, engineering best practices, integration/programming, supervisory control and data acquisition, programmable logic controllers, instru- mentation, cybersecurity, and asset man- agement related to the treatment and distribution of water and the collection er or not the enterprise operates safely and productively. These include accurate- ly and appropriately assessing the current operating environment, transforming that assessment into needed action for proper management of abnormal situa- tions, and validating the effectiveness of the action. "Properly understood and executed, it is a game changer in safe and effective operation of industrial plants and opera- tions," states Rothenberg. "It advances a firm technical framework that ties to - gether all of the traditional individual aspects (e.g., procedures, the human- machine interface, control room design, and more) into a technology to under- stand and design effective control room management operations. This is a unified approach with explicit tools to deliver situation management to control room operators. The tools to see problems are followed by the tools to manage them." and treatment of wastewater. ISA's Power Industries Division plans to host sessions covering automation and control solutions for oil and gas explora- tion, processing, and refining with a focus on power generation methodologies, in- cluding harnessing wind and solar energy. Many industries rely on sourcing, trans- porting, handling, recycling, and dispos- ing industrial water as a core element of their power generation strategies. Infra- structure that supports both power and water are also at the heart of the "Smart Cities" initiatives. For more information about the event, visit https://isaautomation.isa.org/ ewac2019. n New contributions, Rothenberg points out, are the concepts and technology of weak signals and their use to supple - ment the alarm system and cover situ- ations that alarms are not intended or able to manage. "Weak signals are small indicators of things that don't appear quite right," he explains. "They can be discovered every- where; understanding and exploiting them will lead to valuable clues and the ability to confirm something likely going amiss." Rothenberg emphasizes the impor- tance and relevance of the book to man- agers, supervisors, operators, human- factors engineers, safety personnel, and technicians in industrial enterprises and operation centers. It will also be useful for regulators, specialists, engineers, sys- tem designers, and trainers at commercial firms who create monitoring and controls hardware, software, and technology for end users. n "Part of ISA's mission is to increase technical competency by connecting automation professionals, and this event is a perfect example of how that can benefit our industries." —Mary Ramsey

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