Birth of the ISA Automation Project Management and Delivery Division

I have the pleasure to announce that ISA has approved the renaming of the Management Division to focus on Automation Project Management and Delivery.

The division will have its own LinkedIn group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8638297/ and its own website at http://isaapmd.com/

A committee was formed to manage the division :

Position Name Email
Director (1430) Andre Michel Amichel300@gmail.com
Director-elect (1530) Kevin Wilhelm 500kaiser@gmail.com
Past Director (3070) Ardis Bartle
Program Chair (0950) Trung Nguyen trung2704@gmail.com
Membership Chair (0790) Michael Baldauff michael.baldauff@fujifilm.com
Newsletter Editor (2970) Ian Verhappen Ian.Verhappen@cima.ca
Standards & Practices (1150) Maurice Wilkins wilkinsmj@gmail.com
Special Assignment Hafiz Banire hbanire@gmail.com
Gregory Bischoff gbischof@amgen.com
Griselle Pratts grisellepr@gmail.com
Carlos McGowan los602@hotmail.com
Carlos Pereira carlospereirag@gmail.com
Rory Moloney rmoloney@ITS.JNJ.com
Maxyme Lachance Maxym.Lachance@tetratech.com


In the next couple of weeks, we will start modifying ISA.org site with updated material.

Our vision is :

Automation and Process Control projects are challenging and can often invoke fear for the newly appointed Project Manager or Project Engineer in charge. In addition to all the usual challenges of any project, this particular type of project is often even more complex. This is the result of a variety of reasons including; integration of multiple engineering disciplines (software, computer systems, networks, and instrumentation), high dependency on User Requirements of disciplines outside of automation, integration of requirements from many areas (business, engineering, safety, environmental), delays in other areas of the project that propagate over into the automation area, new technology or technology constraints, and many more. In addition, Automation is often viewed as a black box by the non-automation community, which tends to isolate these activities and people from the broader project structures and support. Lastly, Automation projects by the very nature of what you are trying to build are extremely complex. It entails building an embedded intelligence into an integrated set of computer and people systems, in many cases to run a manufacturing process that has never been done.

APM Division is recognizing this challenge and provide the APM’s with proposed methods, tools and networking opportunities to support the APM in his journey.

As mentioned in the vision, we want to provide our members with methods and tools to support their project management activities in their project.

This effort has been initiated with a core group of the committee members with a discussion on the project management lifecycle for automation projects. The group is formed of individuals from a variety of backgrounds so different approaches have been proposed:

For each phase, experience APM will use methods and tools which will facilitate his work. Those methods/tools can be categorized in different areas of project management as defined by PMI :

General (PMI calls it Integration )

For each area and for a specific phase of the life cycle, the group will review and discuss methods and tools they have been using in the past to generate a best practice for automation project delivery. This will be a long project (we estimate at 4 years at this point)  but should generate extremely useful information for all APM around the world.

If this adventure is appealing to you, do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members to join us on this journey.

Andre Michel

ISA, APMD Director


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