2016 Symposium Program Sneak-Peek

Here are some of the invited speakers you will hear at the upcoming 2016 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium:


Speaker: Greg Lehmann, Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®)
Presentation title: “ISA101: “Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems: What it is and Why it is Needed – Status Update and Current Activities”

Greg Lehmann will deliver a talk about ANSI/ISA-101.01-2015, the new ISA-101 Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems standard. The new standard addresses the design, implementation and maintenance of HMIs from a holistic standpoint, identifying documentation and design practices that will lead to more effective and maintainable HMI implementations.

Lehmann is a Process Automation Technical Manager with more than 30 years of experience in engineering, design, construction supervision, start-up and commissioning of process equipment, instrumentation and control systems used in oil & gas, mining, manufacturing, food & beverage, and water treatment facilities. Employed by AECOM, Lehmann is currently assigned to AECOM’s Denver, Colorado Oil & Gas office. He serves as Co-Chair of the ISA-101 Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems standard committee.


Speaker: Dean Ford, CAP®, PE
Presentation title: “Applying the Automation Competency Model: Taking Advantage of the ACM in Developing the Future Workforce”

Dean Ford, an Executive Vice President at Westin Engineering, will provide an overview of the Automation Competency Model’s development and application within the industry. He will discuss effective model implementation methods designed to deliver practical results and proven professional and organizational benefits.

Ford’s entire career (greater than 20 years) has focused on industrial automation.  As a CAP® and licensed CSE, he promotes the value of manufacturing and automation to government and the public. He is an active Senior Member in ISA and serves on many Standards Committees. He also serves on the Automation Federation’s Government Relations and Workforce Development committee. As an advocate for the automation profession, Ford regularly travels to Washington, DC, to educate policymakers and the public on the importance of advanced manufacturing and automation.


Speaker: Bryan Singer, CAP®, CISM, CISSP
Presentation title: “Demystifying Cyber Attacks on ICS: How They Work and How to Use Engineered and Cyber Layer of Protections”

Bryan Singer, a principal investigator at Kenexis Security Corporation, possesses more than 23 years of experience in information technology security, including 16 years specializing in industrial automation and control systems security, critical infrastructure protection, computer and ICS forensics, counter-terrorism, network design and software development.

At Kenexis, Singer is responsible for development, deployment and management of industrial network design and security services from both a safety and system architecture perspective.

He served as the founding chairman and co-chairman of the ISA/IEC 62443 (ISA-99) Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Standards Committee. He is a former board member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Process Control Systems Forum.


Speaker: Kevin Morley, Ph.D.
Presentation title: “Water Sector Approach to Cybersecurity”

Kevin Morley is the Security & Preparedness Program Manager at the American Water Works Association (AWWA). In this role, he works closely with a variety of organizations (such as DHS/FEMA, EPA, USACE, CDC and the Water Sector Coordinating Council)   to advance the security and preparedness of the nation’s critical infrastructure. These efforts include expanding mutual aid and assistance through the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN).

In addition, Dr. Morley supports the development of water sector standards and guidance for security and preparedness. Most recently, he helped develop a resource guide, Process Control System Security Guidance for the Water Sector, and a use-case tool that provides a water sector-specific approach to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Dr. Morley received a doctorate degree from George Mason University for his research assessing the resilience of the water sector through the development of the Utility Resilience Index (URI). He holds a master of science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University.


Asset Management Workshop Session
Session moderator: Tom DeLaura, PE

The asset management workshop session will explore asset management requirements and challenges, examining the specific plant and system assets that should be managed, the tools in place today to conduct this work, and the extent and degree of EPA involvement. A panel of industry leaders will direct an interactive discussion on the current state of best practices and recommendations for future improvements. All attendees are encouraged to participate in what promises to be a lively exchange of ideas.

Thomas DeLaura, PE, the Executive Director of the Instrument Testing Association (ITA), will serve as session moderator. Throughout his more than 40 years of automation experience, DeLaura has gained first-hand exposure to how automation solutions support and enhance all facets of the wastewater industry. He particularly focuses on applying industry best practices to enhance operational performance, improve well-informed decision making, and better leverage human and automation resources to deliver optimum results.

DeLaura is actively engaged in initiatives involving ISA, WEF and AWWA at both national and local levels—providing him with a unique perspective on the many challenges and changes within the industry. He is a member of numerous AWWA and WEF committees, and previously served as the Chair of WEF’s Automation & Information Technology Committee.

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About GrahamNasby

Graham Nasby, P.Eng., PMP, CAP is a project manager and automation engineer who lives in Guelph, Ontario Canada where he is the Water SCADA & Security Specialist for the City of Guelph Waterworks. Graham was the chair of the 2012 and 2013 ISA water/wastewater symposiums, and is currently the editor of the ISA Water/Wastewater newsletter. He can be contacted at www.grahamnasby.com