That’s a Wrap! – 2014 FOUNDATION Fieldbus Seminar Series is Complete

Last week, the Fieldbus Foundation completed the last two seminars of 2014, ending a year of successful events in North America. 2014 brought many new challenges as the marketing committee, alongside a small group of dedicated folks, committed to the full revamp of the seminar program. A major part of that revamp project was to create a new demonstration unit, except with some new constraints.

Previously, our old demo units were massive steel “trees” with instruments hanging off them. While it made showcasing instruments easy, and the layout simple, they consumed a ton of space and were expensive and difficult to ship. Each case averaged about 3’x4′ in size and weighed roughly 300 lbs. We hoped to downsize dramatically to make a more compact demo that would fit within 3 or 4 medium sized Pelican cases. It’s is quite the task. Adding additional challenge to the downsizing, we wanted to create an actual working demo capable of running a live process. Letting uses see devices on a “tree” hooked up and communicating is great, but when you can show them the same instruments actually running a process and how they react during interruptions, that is just plain cool.

As readers of this blog may have seen, Fieldbus Foundation actually put together a blog post on the new demo unit already. You can check it out HERE.

All-New 2014 Live Process Demo

All-New 2014 Live Process Demo

Also revamped in the 2014 program were the presentations by the speakers. The idea was to base the entire day seminar on a full project lifecycle from inception to FEED and all the way through construction, operations and maintenance phases of a plant. The idea being to showcase FOUNDATION fieldbus along each step of a project. It proved to be a smashing success.

Houston Agenda Print

2014 Seminar Agenda

By conclusion of the series last week, evaluations have shown the seminars were very highly acclaimed with attendees calling it “The best seminar yet” and “Awesome”. In fact, each agenda item throughout the day were better reviewed than 2013. The program was given an average of 4.4 out of 5.0 by attendees on the year. A big part of making our seminars interactive and worthwhile for the attendees is the lighthearted atmosphere where speakers allow discussion during presentation and reward conversation. In the Baton Rouge & Houston seminars we passed out a fieldbus beaniecopter to the nerdiest (a.k.a. the best) question asked during the day. Below is a picture of the group awarding Mr. Hotaling for his great questions.

Mr. Hotaling won the Fieldbus Beaniecopter for the best question of the day

Mr. Hotaling won the Fieldbus Beaniecopter for the best question of the day. From left to right: Talon Petty, Mike Clark, David Lancaster, Eric Hotaling, John Rezabek, Alan Dewey, Ray Azizian

If you missed out on the seminars in 2014, or there wasn’t one in your area be sure to keep an eye out in 2015 as we move forward on the seminar series. Dates & Locations are yet to be determined so if you’d like to see a seminar in your area be sure to contact the Fieldbus Foundation. You can keep up with our Events page or subscribe to our e-Newsletter for the latest information on seminar events in 2015.

About FieldComm Group

The FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. The FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. For more information, visit their web site at

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