June 2011

Contents

President's Report

This is my first e-newsletter since I was confirmed as Federal President of the IICA at the May In Person Meetings of the Federal Council and AGM.

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IICA & PACE join forces

Following the exclusive agreement that was finalised between the IICA & PACE mid June, the IICA will use PACE to promote IICA activities and reach its members and others.

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IICA contact details have changed

Please note the new contact details for the IICA:

PO Box 856, Pakenham Vic 3810
Tel 03 9036 0166
Fax number remains the same.

 

Littlest IICA employee

Congratulations to Julie Meynell (Sydney Branch Secretary and Newsletter Editor) and her family on the birth of Charlie William in April.

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Branch News

Brisbane Branch News

Gladstone Branch News

Melbourne Branch News

Murray Region Branch News

Newcastle Branch News

Perth Branch News

Sydney Branch News

 

President's Report

 

This is my first e-newsletter since I was confirmed as Federal President of the IICA at the May In Person Meetings of the Federal Council and AGM.

Firstly, I wish to thank Dirk Kuiper, Federal Executive and all Councillors for their efforts and hard work over the past two years. Much good work has been achieved and I applaud Dirk and the team for their energy, commitment and persistence in overseeing the changes that have been made.

I am grateful for the trust placed in me as your new President and we will continue to work hard to complete those projects that are currently underway or in their initial stages of development. I welcome your input for new ideas and initiatives that come before Council during my tenure as President.

I want to share with you a couple of good news items that have singled out a number of worthy IICA Members. The May Testimonial Dinner was the occasion that presented the 2011 President’s Testimonial Awards to Mark Brereton (Sydney Branch), Mario Dona (Adelaide Branch), and Allen Tighe (Perth Branch). These Awards acknowledge Members for having gone that extra mile on behalf of the Institute and for giving of themselves above and beyond what would be normally expected. Well done Mark, Mario and Allen!

The Testimonial Dinner also saw the presentation of Certificates to three new Fellow Members of the IICA - Cameron Dorrough, Geoff Rogers and Bob Weiss. The three other recipients, Kevin Barnes, Phillip Ring and Frank Schrever were unable to be present at the Dinner. All six new Fellow Members are the first to pass the new requirements necessary for qualification to the re-introduced Fellow Membership category. My congratulations go out to each of you!

On a different topic, one exciting initiative that every Member will progressively notice is the roll out of the Institute’s new Marketing campaign that is designed to provide for a more professional look to everything that emanates from the Institute. This will include flyers for all IICA Events, new Marketing packages for recruitment purposes and banners for our Technology Expos as well as an updated IICA logo that looks sharper and is more defined. Also, from July 1 the existing website will go ‘live’ with the new IICA ‘Look’, and I urge all Members to go to our website and see the difference for yourselves.

Another area of our Marketing campaign has been to broaden our reach to a wider group of potential registrants for our events, especially the training courses via entering into a partnership with PACE Magazine. This will allow us to reach not only the PACE readership, but also open the doors to the other magazines and technical journals that form the REED stable of publishing.

I want to close by inviting Members to e-mail your comments, suggestions & feedback about any aspect of the Institute eg the new ‘look’ website, for example, or any other aspects of the Institute you want me to know about, on the following email: admin@iica.org.au

Brett Simpson
IICA Federal President

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IICA & PACE join forces

Following the exclusive agreement that was finalised between the IICA & PACE mid June, the IICA will use PACE to promote IICA activities and reach its members and others.

“This agreement is a natural extension and in reality, a formalisation of the long standing arrangement that the IICA has had with the PACE," noted Brett Simpson, IICA Federal President. For the past several years, PACE has been featuring the IICA News and Views column each month.

With this arrangement in place, the IICA will be able to better promote its training courses and events. The Institute will be in a position to reach further and wider into other key industry sectors using PACE, and where relevant, other titles published by PACE magazine's parent company, Reed Business Information.

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Littlest IICA employee

Congratulations to Julie Meynell (Sydney Branch Secretary and Newsletter Editor) and her family on the birth of Charlie William in April.

In true IICA spirit, Julie was working the day before Charlie’s birth and was back at work part time with Charlie on her knee soon after.

Elizabeth Murphy will be handling some of the NSW Events for the next few months.

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Brisbane Branch News

Chilean Ash Cloud causes havoc for Brisbane Safety Seminar

The Brisbane Safety Seminar scheduled for 22 June was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to the airline disruptions caused by the Chilean Ash Cloud. Three of the four Speakers were unable to travel with two flights cancelled at the airport whilst the Speakers were waiting for their flights out of Melbourne.

This Seminar has been rescheduled to Wednesday 9 November.

Our thanks go to the Registrants for their understanding and to the Speakers for their efforts in trying to make their way to Brisbane.

Seats are available for the rescheduled date and a new registration flyer will be emailed closer to the time of the Event.

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Gladstone Branch News

The next few months will be a busy time for the Gladstone Branch with the following Events being held:

Gladstone Technology Expo
Wednesday 27 July 2011

(IC30C1) Introduction to SCADA Systems Integration - Gladstone
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

AS 4024 Safety of Machinery workshop - Gladstone
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

(EI10C) Industrial Flow Measurement Overview - Gladstone
Thursday, 28 July 2011

Safety Seminar - Gladstone
Wednesday, 24 August 2011

We are looking to ‘revitalise’ the Gladstone Branch Committee. If you would like to be part of the new Committee please contact Cathie Tynan admin@iica.org.au or 03 9036 0166

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Melbourne Branch News

Hobart Technology Expo

This year’s Tasmanian Technology Expo was held in Hobart on 29 June at the picturesque Wrest Point Casino. 39 Exhibitors came together to display their products and advertise their services.

A total of 49 attendees spent some time visiting the Exhibitor tables and collecting stamps to qualify for one of the many door prizes on offer. A great day of Networking for Exhibitors & Visitors alike.

Melbourne Branch Christmas in July Dinner

The IICA Melbourne Branch Christmas in July Dinner will again be held at Milanos Tavern in Brighton Beach. Dinner is free for IICA Members and their partners with the opportunity to bring along a potential Member and their partner also free.

A raffle with fantastic prizes will be held on the night with proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation. Another great Networking opportunity for Members, partners and invited guests.

Keep Saturday 23 July free and register online at www.iica.org.au or by email to events@iica.org.au

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Murray Region Branch News

Unfortunately the IICA Murray Region Branch has closed due to reduced Member and Committee numbers.

An excerpt from the Chairman’s report:

Over the last few years it has been increasingly difficult to attract new members. Most of the people in the appropriate field in the region have had a relationship/experience with the IICA at some point in their past. I believe it is getting harder to interest people to give up their own time to talk about work related things. I am seeing that most people are taking the attitude that if work wants me to know it, they will pay me to hear about it. This is disappointing, as it is what we rely on to have new members.

I would like to thank all the Murray Region members, both past and present, for their time and effort they have put into this committee over its life.

Todd Kluver
Former Murray Region Branch Chairman

The existing Members will be absorbed into the Melbourne Branch and the Albury Technology Expo and support of the Solar Car Challenge will be handled from the Federal Office.

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Newcastle Branch News

Newcastle Branch Safety Seminar 11th May 2011

The Safety Seminar held at Wests Mayfield in Newcastle saw 15 attendees, 7 Sponsors / Exhibitors, and 4 Speakers turn out for a very informative day on industrial safety.

An excellent mix of speakers covered topics which included OH&S Legislation and our legal obligations, details on changes to various standards, and alarm management strategies. The afternoon session was a practical look at HAZOPs and also provided a clearer picture on how the various standards and associated tools fit together in the process of managing the safety requirements relating to process and machinery.

All speakers did an excellent job covering the range of safety topics presented and was very much appreciated by all those in attendance.

Overall an excellent day resulting in a much better understanding of industrial safety, so a sincere thank you to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.

Stuart Henderson
IICA Newcastle Branch Secretary

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Perth Branch presented Latest in DCS/SIS Systems

There was a very good turnout for the "DCS/SIS of the Future" Seminar in Perth with a head count of 62 at one point.

Most of the DCS vendors were represented & offered a little of what might be the direction of the future. With the fast changing field of smart instrumentation, most indicated that the plant of the future will be heavy on asset management and "process" diagnostics at the field point. As the size of the DCS hardware becomes smaller and faster there is an increasing emphasis on the software component of Control Systems. This is starting to produce more requests from end users for open protocols such as OPC.

All in all there was general feeling that the DCS/SIS of the Future will require more IT skills for both the Controls and Instrumentation personnel.

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IICA Sydney Branch Event Draws Big Crowd In Wollongong

The IICA Wollongong Technology Expo held on Wednesday May 18th at WIN Stadium once again proved to be a popular event with more than 50 exhibitors and over 100 visitors. This event is held every second year in Wollongong and deems to be a permanent fixture on the IICA Sydney Branch Calendar. Exhibitor Space is always limited at this venue so please book early for 2013.

In other Sydney news, the Branch held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday April 15th, 2011 at Strathfield Golf Club. The committee would like to announce Craig Lingard and Chris Hoey as Co-Chairmen for 2011. Thank you to Richard Gobee who took up the position as Treasurer after our long serving treasurer, John Immelman stood down. The new committee for 2011 is Fred Azzi, Nigel Billinge, Mark Brereton, Hubert Habicht, Mark Phillips, Mark Pescud, Craig Southwell and Rod White.

Special thanks for Brett Simpson, 2010 who has stood down as co-chairman to take up the role of IICA Federal President. We wish you all the best in this crucial role. Brett remains on the committee. Thanks also to Ray Pavri, another long serving member of the committee who has stood down due to work commitments. The Branch would like to thank you for your diligence and enthusiasm.

On June 21st, the branch held an @Home Event at Rockwell Automation, 32 Sirius Rd, Lane Cove. The topic “Rockwell Automation Integrated Condition Monitoring (ICM) Strategy” was an excellent insight into this product. Condition monitoring is a proven valuable tool for optimising maintenance strategies. Andrew Hoch and Bob Hicks, Rockwell Automation Integrated Solutions Architects, explained how integrated condition monitoring can provide even greater production and maintenance efficiencies, through streamlining realtime information flow. Thank you to Rockwell for putting on this event.

NEXT EVENT – DATE FOR THE DIARY: Tuesday August 23rd, 2011
“Verification VS Calibration of Magnetic Flow Meters”
Presented by DAVID BROCK, Flowmetering Calibration and Maintenance, SYDNEY WATER

More details will be emailed shortly. If you would like to pre-register for this event, please email nsw@iica.org.au

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Networking Calendar   

JULY

Melbourne Branch Christmas
In July Dinner

Saturday 23 July
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Gladstone (QLD)
Technology Expo

Wednesday 27 July
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Sydney Branch Christmas
In July Dinner

Friday 29 July
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AUGUST

Mackay Area (QLD) Technology Expo
Wednesday 3 August
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Werribee (VIC) Technology Expo
Wednesday 10 August
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Newcastle (NSW) Technology Expo
Wednesday 17 August
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Brisbane (QLD) Technology Expo
Wednesday 31 August
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SEPTEMBER

Adelaide (SA) Technology Expo
Wednesday 7 September
Email events@iica.org.au
for more details

Albury (NSW) Technology Expo
Wednesday 15 September
Email events@iica.org.au
for more details


 

Education Calendar   

JULY

(FG21C) Ethernet & TCP/IP
on the Plant Floor - Sydney

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
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(IC30C1) Introduction to
SCADA Systems Integration

Gladstone

Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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AS 4024 Safety of Machinery
workshop - Gladstone

Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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(EI10C) Industrial Flow
Measurement Overview -
Gladstone

Thursday, 28 July 2011
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AUGUST

AS 4024 Safety of Machinery
workshop - Mackay

Wednesday, 3 August 2011
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(FG05C) Overview of Measurement
& Control Fundamentals - Perth

Thursday, 4 August 2011
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(TI21C) Grounding & Noise Reduction
for Control Equipment - Melbourne

Wednesday, 10 August 2011
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AS 4024 Safety of Machinery
workshop - Werribee

Wednesday, 10 August 2011
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(EI10C) Industrial Flow Measurement
Overview - Melbourne

Thursday, 11 August 2011
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(TI21C) Grounding & Noise
Reduction for Control Equipment
Newcastle

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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AS 4024 Safety of Machinery workshop
Newcastle

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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(EI10C) Industrial Flow Measurement
Overview - Newcastle

Thursday, 18 August 2011
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FOUNDATION TM Fieldbus Course
Tuesday 23 August 2011 &
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
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Safety Seminar - Gladstone
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
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(TI21C) Grounding & Noise Reduction
for Control Equipment - Brisbane

Thursday, 25 August 2011
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(IC85C) Industrial Wireless Systems
Brisbane

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
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SEPTEMBER

AS 4024 Safety of Machinery
workshop - Adelaide

Wednesday, 7 September
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(FG30C) Picking the
Right Bus - A Comparison
of Field & Device
Networks - Adelaide

Wednesday, 7 September
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(TI21C) Grounding &
Noise Reduction for
Control Equipment - Adelaide

Thursday, 8 September 2011
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AS 4024 Safety of
Machinery workshop - Albury

Thursday, 15 September
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Safety Seminar - Perth
Tuesday 20 to
Thursday 22 September
In conjunction with
IDC Safety Conference

Register your expression
of interest to
events@iica.org.au

 

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Burkert Fluid Control Systems
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Control Components
Corke Instrument Engineering (Aust)
CRS Executive Search & Selection
Daesim Technologies
Dart Instruments
Delta Automation
Dwyer Instruments
EDAC Electronics
Elpro Technologies
Emerson Process Management
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Fluke Australia
Fox All Fidera Group
Haldatec
Hatch Associates
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Invensys Triconex
IOpen
I S Systems
Itech Corporation
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Macquarie University � Dept Electronic Engineering
Macquarie Valley Control
Madison Technologies
Matrikon
Micromax Sensors & Automation
Moore Industries
Mount Druitt College of TAFE
MTL Instruments
National Instruments Australia
Network Automation
Norgren
Norton Consultants
Novaris
Oceanic Controls
OEM Technology Solutions
Omron Electronics
P B Automation
PACE Engineers
PDC Group (Aust)
Pentair Technical Products
Pepperl + Fuchs (Aust)
Phoenix Contact
Power Shield
Pricam Automation

Process Control Services
Prochem Pipeline Products
Pyrosales
Ramelec
RMIT University
Rockwell Automation
Rotork Australia
Samson Controls
Schneider Electric (Australia)
Sick
Siemens
Supplied Solutions
Sustainergy
Swagelok WA, SA, NT
TAFE NSW � Sydney Institute � Petersham College
Teksal Controls
Temperature Controls
Territory Instruments
TEW Engineering (Australasia)
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermon Australia
TR Corporation
Transtech Electronic Controls
Transtek
TUNRA Clean Coal
VEGA Australia
Weidmuller
Western Process Controls
WIKA Australia
Yokogawa Australia
Zedflo Australia