PCS2018: Oct 29 - Nov 1, Houston, TX | ISA

Training: 29 October Conference: 30 October - 1 November Houston, TX USA  


ISA PCS is THE Process Event for Industry Professionals

This year’s event has been expanded to deliver more comprehensive technical content to a broader range of professionals in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries. 

ISA PCS 2018—Process Industry Event combines the technical expertise, knowledge and experience of ISA—the global leader in process automation standards, training and education—along with two other leading engineering and manufacturing associations: 

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. 
  • The society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP), an association committed to improving plant maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management. 


By offering a leading-edge technical program for addressing the demands of a changing world, ISA PCS 2018—Process Industry Event is the process industry event that engineers, and automation professionals can't afford to miss. 

  • Keynote presenters will reflect on the imagination of today’s thought leaders and innovators, and provide perspective on the latest advances and trends in manufacturing technologies and applications. 
  • Six technical tracks will cover the crucial issues facing today’s manufacturing decision-makers—and those expected to determine both success and failure in the years ahead. 
  • Expert-led training courses will provide an added advantage for professional development on topics related to industrial cybersecurity, alarm management and safety instrumented system criticalities. 
  • An Exhibitor Showcase of networking and promotional opportunities featuring nearly 7,000 sq. ft. of industry products/services and solutions.  

See photos from last year's event here.

Process Control

  • Process Optimization
  • Procedural Control Applications
  • Automation Projects and Project Management
  • Operator Performance (HMI, Alarm Management, and Training)
  • Instrument Calibration
  • Intelligent Device Management
  • SCADA Projects and Applications


  • Cybersecurity and Functional Safety Lifecycle
  • Supply Chain Cybersecurity
  • Best Practices in Cyberecurity Risk Assessment

Safety Systems

  • SIL Determination
  • Functional Safety LIfecycle Data Flow


  • Electrical Engineering Basics
  • Electrical Standards
  • Equipment - Motors/Switchgear
  • Power Protection
  • Electrical Network and Controls
  • Maintenance & Reliability


Authors and presenters, we welcome your participation in the upcoming ISA PCS 2018—Process Industry Event!  

In accordance with the Call For Papers, below you will find the remaining deadlines as it relates to the submission of your presentation materials.  

Important Deadlines • Draft Papers/Presentations—3 August • Reviewers' Comments to Authors—7 September • Author Rights and Responsibilities Form—5 October • Final Electronic Presentation Materials—5 October  

If you have any questions, please contact your Session Developer or one of the Program Chairs. Thank you once again for providing your valuable content as a part of this technical conference experience.  


All engineers, automation professionals, industry leaders, business owners, and others representing major oil, gas and chemical companies in midstream and downstream sectors as well as engineering and manufacturing groups and associations. 

Young engineers will find the event particularly valuable as it's a single gathering for obtaining the essential foundational knowledge and training upon which vital, on-the-job skills develop and lasting professional expertise and success is based.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 

1. View state-of-the-art products and technology services and solutions 

2. Gain a competitve edge by participating in ISA training courses

3. Attend thought-provoking keynote sessions delivered by industry leaders

4. Participate in a variety of technical tracks and topical sessions

5. Network with peers and make valuable professional connections


Tuesday, 30 October

The State of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: A Government Perspective Andrew Bochman Senior Grid Strategist, Idaho National Laboratory

Mr. Bochman provides strategic guidance on topics at the intersection of critical infrastructure security and resilience to senior U.S. and international government and industry leaders. His career began with the US Air Force, and before joining INL, was in several cybersecurity start-ups, was Global Energy & Utilities Security Lead at IBM, and a Senior Advisor at the Chertoff Group in Washington, DC. A member of the global advisory board for the Control Systems Cyber Security Association International (CS2AI), Mr. Bochman is on the advisory committee to the SANS security training institute and a cybersecurity subject matter expert listed with the U.S. State Department Speakers Bureau. In 2018 his publications include "The Missing Chief Security Officer" (CXO) and "Internet Insecurity: the Brutal Truth" (HBR), and “Supply Chain in the Software Era” (Atlantic Council). 

Wednesday, 31 October

The Next Bhopal Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE ISA 2018 President-Elect/Secretary  

Paul Gruhn is a Global Functional Safety Consultant with aeSolutions in Houston, Texas. Paul is an ISA Life Fellow, a 25+ year member and co-chair of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, the author of two ISA textbooks, and the developer of the first commercial safety system software modeling program. Paul has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, a member of the Control Systems Engineering PE exam committee, and both a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and an ISA 84 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert. Paul is currently the 2018 ISA President-elect Secretary.

Thursday, 1 November

Standards and Practices for Industrial Systems Cybersecurity Eric C. Cosman Principal Consultant, OIT Concept, LLC Co-Chair ISA99/IEC 62443 Standards Committee

Eric C Cosman provides consulting and advisory services with a focus on the management of IT solutions in Operations and Engineering. With over 35 years of experience in the process industries he has held several positions related to industrial applications of information technology, with responsibilities in system architecture definition and design, project management, technology life cycle management, and integration planning.

He has contributed to various standards committees, focus groups, and advisory panels. He has served as the vice president of standards and practices at The International Society for Automation (ISA) and as a member of the ISA Executive Board. Eric has recently been elected as ISA president elect and secretary for 2019. 

Eric is an industry leader in the development of standards and practices for industrial control systems security. He is a founding member and currently serves as the co-chair of the ISA99 committee on industrial automation and control systems security.  

Tuesday, 30 October:

7:00AM — 5:00PM Registration

7:00AM — 8:00AM Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits

8:00AM — 9:00AM Welcome Remarks, Keynote Presentation

9:00AM — 10:00AM Networking Break and Exhibits

10:00AM — 11:30AM Session 1 Track Break Outs  

11:30AM — 12:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

12:30PM — 1:30PM Lunch/Networking/Exhibits

1:30PM — 3:00PM Session 2 Track Break Outs

3:00PM — 3:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

3:30PM — 4:30PM Session 3 Track Break Outs 

5:00PM Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, 31 October:

7:00AM — 5:00PM Registration

7:00AM — 8:00AM Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits

8:00AM — 9:00AM Keynote Presentation

9:00AM — 10:00AM Networking Break and Exhibits

10:00AM — 11:30AM Session 1 Track Break Outs  

11:30AM — 12:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

12:30PM — 1:30PM Lunch/Networking/Exhibits

1:30PM — 3:00PM Session 2 Track Break Outs

3:00PM — 3:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

3:30PM — 4:30PM Session 3 Track Break Outs 

5:00PM Evening Reception 

Thursday, 1 November:

7:00AM — 5:00PM Registration

7:00AM — 8:00AM Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits

8:00AM — 9:00AM Keynote Presentation 

9:00AM — 10:00AM Networking Break and Exhibits

10:00AM — 11:30AM Session 1 Track Break Outs 

11:30AM — 12:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

12:30PM — 1:30PM Lunch/Networking/Exhibits

1:30PM — 3:00PM Session 2 Track Break Outs  

3:00PM — 3:30PM Networking Break and Exhibits

3:30PM — 4:30PM Session 3 Track Break Outs  

Download the ISA PCS 2018 Mobile App

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Cutting-edge technical training for the everchanging automation industry

To complement the content you gain through your attendance, a number of ISA-sponsored, technical training courses will be offered before and after the event. 

Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards (IC32C)

Date: Monday, 29 October 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .7  

Member: $650.00 Affiliate Member: $730.00 Community Member/List: $815.00  

This seminar teaches you the basics of the ISA/IEC 62443 standards and how these can be applied in the typical factory plant. In this seminar, you will be introduced to the terminology, concepts, and models, as well as the element of creating a cybersecurity management system will be explained along with how these should be applied to industrial automation and control systems.

Introduction to the Management of Alarms Systems (IC39C)

Date: Monday, 29 October 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .8  

Member: $650.00 Affiliate Member: $730.00 Community Member/List: $815.00  

This course focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle provided in the ANSI/ISA18.00.02 standard, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries. The activities include the alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, basic alarm design, advanced alarm techniques, Human Machine Interface (HMI) design for alarms, monitoring, assessment, management of change, and audit.

An Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems (EC50C)

Date: Monday, 29 October 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .7  

Member: $650.00 Affiliate Member: $730.00 Community Member/List: $815.00  

There are many ways of designing a safety instrumented system (SIS). Questions like these are being asked by users and engineering firms alike:  

Which technology should be used (electric, electronic, programmable)? What level of redundancy is appropriate (single, dual, or triple)? How often should systems be tested (monthly, quarterly, yearly, or once per shutdown)? What about field devices (technology, level of redundancy and test intervals)?  

Debate continues at to how one even makes these choices (past experience, qualitative judgement, quantitative analysis, etc.) This seminar will cover the basics of what needs to be done in the design and selection of safety systems. 

PRE-EVENT WORKSHOP: Using the Power of Analytics to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Sponsored by: Siemens 

Date: Monday, 29 October 2018 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Magnolia 1 & 2 (Second Floor) Cost: Free, registration is required 

Operational technology (OT) cyberattacks are getting more frequent and severe, and as the media continues to report, these hackers are increasingly focusing on the energy sector. Meanwhile, recognition by energy companies of the growing OT cyber threat is leading to greater demand for machine learning technology. Artificial intelligence is rising in stature and security analytics are more widely viewed the most effective advanced technology to secure the OT environment. Now is the time for government and industry to come together and share how they are each approaching analytics and detection against the OT cyber threat. Leading U.S. Government and O&G industry officials will share their perspectives on how O&G companies can develop the right strategy, leverage the latest technologies in security analytics to harden their operating environments and develop the capacity to monitor, detect and respond. Click here for more information and to register.

Note: Registration for training courses is separate from, and in addition to, your conference registration fee.  

For more information or to register, click on the course link above, or contact ISA at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  


The Westin Houston, Memorial City 945 Gessner Road Houston, TX 77024 Phone: +1 281-501-4300 

ISA Discounted Rate: $189.00/per night Reservation Deadline: 9 October 2018 

Make your reservation today!

Parking Hotel self-parking is available i the adjacent parking garage and/or secondary lots. Valet service is also available. No in and out privileges.

Self-parking: $4.00/day Valet parking: $7.00/day  

Follow the signs upon entry on the property. 

PCS 2018—Process Industry Event will be held at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. Located in the heart of the exciting Memorial City District, the hotel connects to the Memorial City Mall via skywalk. The mall offers an extraordinary shopping experience with a large variety of national and international brands and stores. A family-friendly destination, the Memorial City Mall is also home to the Cheesecake Factory and Cinemark 16-screen movie theater, a double-decker carousel, Ice Skate USA, the Children’s Play Castle, and the Loco-Motives train.

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Attendee Registration

ISA/IEEE/SMRP Member: $645.00 USD Affiliate Member: $730.00 USD Non-Member/List: $810.00 USD Student: $125 USD Non-working Retiree: $275 USD 

Speaker Registration

1 Day Event Speaker: $100.00 USD 2 Day Event Speaker: $200.00 USD 3 Day Event Speaker: $300.00 USD 


Thank You to Our Current 2018 PCS Champions!

Gold Champions

Silver Champion

Media Sponsors




Emerson Automation Solutions 


Draeger, Inc.  

Mangan Software Solutions 

ProComSol Ltd. 

R Stahl Inc. 

RTP Corp  

Van London Co  

VSI Controls S.R.I  




Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities! 

PCS 2018 will give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a variety of industry decision makers searching for solutions, products, services and partners they can trust to make their jobs easier.  

Guarantee your access to this prime audience of prospects, customers, buyers, and influential leaders in the process control and safety industries. Contact one of our event specialists below for more information!  

Laura Martinez 919-314-6708 lmartinez@automation.com  

Chris Nelson 919-990-9265 chris@automation.com  

Richard Simpson 919-414-7395 richard@automation.com