ISA Analysis Division Virtual Conference

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 -- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET


March 23, 2021

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About the Event

This virtual conference event experience combines the technical expertise, knowledge, and proven history of ISA - the global leader in process automation standards, training, and education – along with LIVE presentations by leading experts across critical topics including: spectroscopy, chromatography, electrochemistry, sample handling and more!

The ISA Analysis Division Virtual Conference is THE outstanding forum for expert discussion of new and innovative analytical techniques, developments and applications for process and laboratory applications.

Jump into the new normal of networking and join us for a full-day of expert presentations, interactive chat activities, and access to technology products and solutions through our sponsored virtual exhibition hall.

Schedule at a Glance*

*Times subject to change

  9:00 AM ET

Exhibit Hall Opens

  10:00 ET

Keynote Presentation: Innovations in Online Analyzers: An End Users Perspective

JD Tate
Dow Chemical Company
  10:30 ET


  11:00 ET

Automated Sampling of Hydrocarbon Liquids

While online process analytics flourishes, often it is laboratory analysis which defines final product quality and which provides the yardstick against which analyzer performance will be measured. The lab ensures appropriate quality control for refinery finished products and individual refinery finished products and individual unit operations and provides necessary laboratory support for activities such as operations analysis. In other applications, such as custody transfer, the laboratory analysis becomes the defining arbitrator regarding product specifications Custody transfer occurs when fluids or gases are exchanged between parties, and are based on contractual agreements regarding product quality and volumes. Payment is usually made as a function of the amount of fluid transferred, but in many cases product quality factors such as chemical composition or physical properties may affect the final price. As a result, it is imperative that the fluid be sampled, analyzed and product quality determined. Automating the sampling process reduces the likelihood of human error biasing the sample, and improves data acquisition and retention of chain of custody information. Automated samplers may be used to obtain spot samples or composite samples. Spot samples are taken at one time at one point, while composite samplers are acquired over time and provide a means to determine time or flow weighted averages. The design and implementation of sampling systems requires significant experience and a thorough understanding of design requirements. Requirements for proper sampling will be discussed, as well as automated systems for both spot samples and composite sampling


Phil Harris
Insight Analytical Solutions
  11:30 ET


  12:00 PM ET

Rethinking Calibration for Process Spectrometers

Optical spectroscopy is a favored technology to measure chemistry and is ubiquitous in the hydrocarbon processing industry. In a previous paper, we focused on a generic, machine-learning approach that addressed the primary bottlenecks of mustering data, automating analyzer calibration, and tracking data and model performance over time. The gain in efficiency has been considerable, and the fact that the approach does not disturb any of the legacy (i.e., no changes or alterations to any analyzer or software in place) made deployment simple. So, we have set the standardized procedure for doing calibrations that adheres to best practices, archives all data and models with easy access in mind, and delivers the models in any format. What remains is to assess the speed of processing and the quality of the models. To that end, a series of calibration experts were tasked with model optimization, restricting the work to selecting the proper samples to include in the computation and setting the number of factors in PLS. The amount of time and the quality of the models were then compared. The automated system performed the work in minutes rather than hours and the quality of the predictions at least matched the best experts and performed significantly better than the average expert. The conclusion is that there is a large amount of recoverable giveaway that can be avoided through automation of this process and the consistency it brings to the PLS model construction.


Brian Rohrback
  12:30 ET

Lunch Break

  13:00 ET

Technology Demonstration: Small Sample Gas Cooler, BIG Diversity

Sponsored by Buhler Technologies, LLC

Join our AD 2021 Technology Demonstration Sponsor who will provide a state of the art technical presentation relating to the latest and greatest products/services offered in the analytical sciences.


Removing any moisture from the gas is an important step in sample gas conditioning. To achieve this, suitable coolers are applied to reduce the gas temperature below the dew point in order to condense the moisture. To secure a reproducible analysis result the dew point must remain as stable as possible even when the ambient temperature fluctuates. The required cooling capacity depends on the temperature fluctuations at the sampling site (which may vary over the course of the year), the specific material combination for the heat exchanger to meet the sample gas composition and the energy-efficient operation of the cooler. The coolers are primarily electric gas coolers, either thermoelectric or compressor style, the selection determined by the requirements or the operating conditions. Replaceable heat exchangers in a variety of material compositions and helpful accessories and monitors complete the product portfolio. Especially in hazardous locations, these options can be simplifying the installation and reduce the effort for electrical connections.


Oliver Fries
Vice President
  13:30 ET

Maximizing Data Integrity and Ensuring Compliance for Emission Data Warehousing

Emissions data warehousing presents special challenges that don’t meet the typical strengths and applications of a plant control system. To maximize data integrity and ensure compliance, manufacturers are more frequently looking to Data Acquisition and Handling Systems (DAHS), such as NetDAHS Edge supplied by Cemtek KVB Enertec. The DAHS is built from the ground up to collect air emissions data and perform all calculations to prove compliance with all air permit conditions. The DAHS infrastructure also provides long term data storage and usability functions to allow the facilities to access data, perform analysis, and many other features.


William Montag
  14:00 ET


  14:30 ET

Use of Excimer UV Fluorescence (EUVF) to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 Sulfur Regulations and the American Tier III, European Euro 6 or the Indian Bharat VI Standards

Excimer UV Fluorescence (EUVF) is a relatively new technology that has demonstrated an unsurpassed linear dynamic range than that achievable with conventional UV Fluorescence analyzers. This has allowed it to successfully meet sulfur measurement and calibration requirements of regulatory standard US EPA 40 CFR Part 60.18 Subpart Ja, using a single valve and calibration standard over the entire measurement range.

EUVF has also demonstrated excellent sensitivity making it ideal for accurate, low-level measurement of sulfur in fuels, to meet required reductions in global emissions. Standards such as the American Tier III, European Euro 6 and the Indian Bharat VI set quantitative limits on permissible amounts of specific pollutants that can be released during combustion where emission of oxides for both Sulfur and Nitrogen are regulated. Data will be presented showing successful compliance to repeatability requirements within limits set by these standards.

EUVF has also been shown to exhibit unsurpassed nitrogen interference, making it the choice for precise measurement of low sulfur levels required by these regulations, particularly when high nitrogen content is present. EUVF is now a proven technology with ATOM Instrument being the only manufactured brand incorporating this superior version of UV fluorescence in their analyzers.


Franek Olstowski
COSA Xentaur Corporation
  15:00 ET


  15:30 ET

An Evolution in Liquid Analytical Sensing Technology – The Complete “Digital” Loop

The presentation will address how smart digital sensors in combination with digital transmitter outputs enable advanced diagnostics and quick calibration of your pH, ORP, conductivity, and oxygen sensors in the analyzer shop or lab. Areas covered include: Analog vs. digital communication with liquid analytical probes; tools for simple pre-calibration of smart digital sensors in the shop or lab; enabling better sensor management with continuous diagnostics monitoring through transmitter outputs; and, maintenance cost reduction with simpler installation and replacement.


Tony Sandfoss
  16:00 ET

Happy Hour Chat & Scavenger Hunt/Gamification Sponsor

  17:00 ET


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Watch a full-day of online presentations from top industry experts/speakers
  • Participate in live Q&A dialogue with the presenters following each session
  • Download presentation materials to use as a resource/reference long after the live event
  • Visit virtual exhibits and engage with sponsors to find information on products and solutions to your most pressing industry concerns
  • Chat live with Presenters, Sponsors and Attendees at networking breaks, lunch and happy hour
The cost is complimentary for a limited time only. Following the special offer, cost will be $80/ISA members and $100 non-members/list.
You do not have to be an ISA member to attend, and it is open to the general public. However, for more information on ISA membership, visit:
Through your participation in both the live conference sessions in the Auditorium, and the interactive virtual kiosks in the Exhibit Hall, you have the opportunity to engage with a wealth of ISA subject matter experts, ISA staff, Event Speakers, Event Sponsors and Exhibitors to create a network, gain valuable information, answer questions or find solutions.
Yes. Please contact Data Analytics in Upstream Oil and Gas Conference Contact & Events Manager, Morgan Foor at for more information or details.
Yes. Like any in-person event, we will have a swag bag for you to collect valuable information and giveaways! By visiting the online Resource Center and each sponsored virtual exhibit booth, you can choose from an array of available documents. You just add the selection to your online swag bag and email them to yourself, or you can forward resources with friends and colleagues by simply entering their email address.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in the virtual event. You only need to have good quality internet access.
Yes, you will be provided login credentials ahead of the live event to test the system, ensure the appropriate requirements, and get familiar with the interface, so that you are ready for maximum participation.
Your login instructions will be emailed to you ahead of the event with all the details you need for access on the day of the live event.
No, it is not required in order to participate as an attendee. Some speakers may use webcams for their presentations, in addition to their audio and visual presentations.
Google Chrome and/or Firefox are the recommended browsers.
Good quality internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming. An unstable internet connection may hinder viewing of certain portions of presentations, where applicable.
For technical assistance or trouble accessing on the day of the event, please email: .
Yes, the conference recordings will be available to all registered attendees following the live event, so you can still listen to content on-demand, have access to the platform and not miss a beat. However, you must register ahead of time.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 30 days following the live event to all registered attendees. You just login with your same credentials from the live event until the deadline.

We look forward to having you VIRTUALLY with us this March !