PIC2019: 4-6 November, Houston, TX | ISA

 Conference: 4 - 6 November Training: 7 November Houston, TX USA  

ISA PIC 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 PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference combines the technical expertise, knowledge, and experience of ISA—the global leader in process automation standards, training, and education—along with leading experts across critical areas covering: process instrumentation/control, cybersecurity & safety systems, open architecture & infrastructure, and operational excellence. 


By offering a leading-edge technical program for addressing the demands of a changing world, ISA PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference 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. 
  • Comprehensive 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.



Authors and presenters, we welcome your participation in the upcoming ISA PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference!  

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

Important Deadlines  

  • Abstracts—1 March STILL BEING CONSIDERED
  • Acceptance—5 April 
  • Draft Papers/Presentations—1 August  
  • Reviewer's Comments to Authors—1 September
  • Final Papers/Presentations—1 October
  • Speaker Registration—1 October

Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

Process Control:

  • Alarm Management 
  • Automation Projects (PLCS, DCS, & SCADA) 
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Intelligent Device Management 
  • Maintenance 
  • Model Predictive Control
  • Operator Training 
  • Pipeline Automation 
  • Procedural Control Applications
  • Process Optimization
  • Smart Manufacturing with MES/MOM Applications
  • Smart Sensors & IIoT

Safety Systems: 

  • Functional Safety Lifecycle 
  • Risk Analysis 
  • SIL Determination/Verification
  • Operation and Maintenance 
  • Proven In Use Justification 
  • Product Certification


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

Advanced Technologies — NEW!

  • Open Architecture & Infrastructure
  • Operator Performance/Operational Excellence
  • Robotics & Intelligent Systems
  • Industrial Robots & Robot System Safety
  • Computing & Visualization 


For more details, download the Call for Papers PDF
Rights & Responsibilities Form


Convince Your Boss form

Need help in justifying your attendance at this relevant, one-of-a-kind professional development event? Get the justification you need for 2019 budget approval with our Conference Attendance Toolkit (aka Convince Your Boss), which provides all the right information you need to prove ROI through your attendance to enhance your skills/expertise, make valuable contacts and bring back value to your organization following the event.


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


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: 11 October 2019 To reserve your hotel room online click HERE or call The Westin at +1 281-501-4300.


Hotel: self-parking is available in 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. 


PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference 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.

More about the venue

Event Refund-Cancellation Policy While we hope your plans do not change, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you cancel at least two weeks before the start date of the event, you can receive a full refund. If you cancel less than two weeks before the event start date, you can utilize your credit to transfer to a future technical event offering in the remaining year, or use for the purchase of other ISA products/services of comparable value, but there will be no refunds. In the unlikely occurrence of an event cancellation and circumstances beyond our control, ISA will also attempt to notify all registrants no later than ten days prior to the scheduled event date. ISA is not responsible for any travel or related scheduling expenses incurred prior to a cancellation decision. Please note that all outstanding registration fees are also due prior to your event attendance. 

Registration Fees 

EARLY BIRD Full Conference (on or before 31 August)

ISA Member: 640 USD Non-Member/List: 800 USD 

Author/Speaker (One-Day): 175 USD Author/Speaker (Two-Day): 350 USD Author/Speaker (Three-Day): 525 USD  

Student/Retirees: 100 USD

Full Conference (after 31 August)

ISA Member: 750 USD Non-Member/List: 900 USD 

Author/Speaker (One-Day): 225 USD Author/Speaker (Two-Day): 450 USD Author/Speaker (Three-Day): 675 USD 

Student/Retirees: 125 USD  

Note: Exhibitors may register up to two additional personnel for 250 USD per person, per day.

Exhibit Showcase Opportunities!

PIC 2019 will give exhibitors 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.  


For questions about exhibiting or to save your space, contact one of our event specialists below for more information:  

Richard Simpson +1 919-414-7395 rsimpson@isa.org  

Chris Nelson +1 919-990-9265 cnelson@isa.org


Thank you to our 2018 Champion Sponsors!

Gold Champions

Thank you to our 2018 Exhibitors! 



Emerson Automation Solutions 


Draeger, Inc.  

Mangan Software Solutions 

ProComSol Ltd. 

R Stahl Inc. 

RTP Corp


Van London Co  

VSI Controls S.R.I