The 61st Analysis Division Symposium in Galveston, Texas

April 24 – 28, 2016
Hilton Galveston Island Resort Hotel
5400 Seawall Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77551
+1 (409) 744-5000

Join us in Galveston for the opportunity to learn, network, and enjoy at the 61st Analysis Division Symposium. This long-running spring symposium, sponsored by the ISA Analysis Division, continues to offer an outstanding forum for the discussion of new and innovative processes and other analytical techniques, developments, and applications. A full program will include expert-led training, technical presentations, social functions, and more at a stunning location..


Join 250+ of your peers to hear the latest in applications, developments, and solutions with analytical technologies. Hear experts in the fields of sampling, chromatography, spectroscopy, chemiluminescence, and other analytical techniques.


This is your opportunity to network and enjoy the relaxed, social atmosphere presented by AD 2016. Exhibits of current analytical instrumentation will be available during morning and afternoon breaks, at lunch time, and after the technical presentations on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings.

This is the 61st Annual ISA Analysis Division Spring Symposium. Each year, this conference grows in attendance, quality of paper presentations and technical content. For additional information, contact Cindy Cauthen or refer to our Contact Us page.

AD 2016 Events and Schedule

Fundamentals of Process Analysis
Sunday April 24st

trainingThis event is held every year on the Sunday before the Symposium. Organized by the Education Chair, this 1 day short course is presented by the top professionals in the industry who generously contribute their time to give a primer on process analytic fundamentals. The course content is modified and updated each year, and in this past year included Gas Chromatography, Spectroscopy, Discrete Gas Analyzers, System Design, Sample Conditioning Systems and Communication Networking.

Advanced Courses

Increasing Sample System Reliability by Better Design

meThis is a fast-moving course that explains many of the engineering procedures needed to design a gas or liquid sampling system for a process analyzer – all in about 7 hours of class time. The subjects to be covered include: • Sources of time delay • How to calculate transport lag for liquid and gas samples • How to evaluate a process tap location • The advantages of using a sampling probe – or not • Probe resonance calculations • The ideal fluid velocity in sample lines • Velocity and flow rate in complex sample lines • Turbulence and pressure loss in complex sample lines • How to determine friction factors • How to optimize the sample line sizes • Why partial pressure causes condensation • How to calculate the amount of condensation • Understanding the wet and dry basis of analysis • How to decide the temperature of heated lines or cabinets • How to solve the two big vaporizer problems • Why a phase diagram is a useful tool • The very strange consequence of allowing any condensation at all

Attendees will receive a course workbook that contains all of the presentation slides and detailed descriptions of the procedures used. The workbook also contains several class exercises that are completed during the course – most involving calculations. Since this is an advanced level class, the Instructor will assume you are aware of the basic objectives of a sampling system: to deliver a compatible, timely, and representative sample to a process analyzer in a reliable, cost-effective and safe manner.

Use of statistical control charts to determine Process Analyzer “fit-for-use”

alex-lauAdvanced training for Analytical Quality AssuranceThis seminar / workshop will teach the use of statistical control charts to determine the “fit-for-use” of results from Process Analyzers. The primary target audience are process analyzer technicians with no prior knowledge or exposure to control charting. After an introductory overview of measurement variation, basic statistical theory behind control charts and associated work process will be presented, followed by a simple hands-on manual work up on the set up of a control chart using real world data. A simple Excel-based tool will then be demo’d and distributed to participants. Benefits associated with use of control chart will be discussed, including how to quantify normal deviation between lab versus process analyzer results. Workshop will close with an open-forum discussion on candidate Process Analyzer KPI’s that can be established using control charts.

In the current quality conscious and cost competitive environment., the ability to demonstrate “statistical control” of measurement processes for product manufacturing and release is a key mutual expectation between suppliers and customers. Being “in statistical control’ implies the measurement process is operated in a manner that is stable, with quantifiable precision, and is in reasonable agreement with other processes that provide similar measurements when compared using industry standard protocols such as ASTM Standard practices.

This seminar will present the core statistical thinking principles, concepts, and tools related to precision and bias performance of measurement processes, Industry standard metrics such as repeatability, reproducibility, intermediate precision, bias and applications will be discussed.

Symposium Technical Program

Monday April 25th – Wednesday April 27th

The core event of the symposia is a three day program of 25-30 technical papers organized in 10-12 consecutive sessions. All papers submitted for the Analysis Division Symposia are peer-reviewed and edited by a panel of industry subject matter experts.  The panel includes division Past Directors, ISA fellows, Ph.D.s, with a combined experience of over 120 years in the industry.  The feedback offered is invaluable.  All papers are formatted and published in the symposium proceedings which is given to all attendees as part of the registration.  The non-commercial requirements of the written paper and the symposium presentation ensure a high quality technical meeting.

Professional Development

Thursday April 28th

Vendor Training

Each year, a number of vendors of process analytical equipment provide hands on training for specific products. At the 2015 AD Symposium – Eight vendor training sessions were given.

Company: ABB Training
Class: PGC5009 (SimDis) and STAR Client (Gas Chromatograph)
Duration: 4 hours

Hands-on training will start with a brief overview of the PGC5000 system including the PGC5009 Fast Simulated Distillation Analyzer (reference methods ASTM D3710 and D2886) and the enhanced Single Board Computer. Discussion will involve the following: upgrading the current Single Board Computer to the enhanced Single Board Computer, configuring the enhanced Single Board Computer, and operating the Simulated Distillation Analyzer (PGC5009) for significant savings in refinery processes. Hands-on training will include simulation of a real world environment and place the user in control of Simulated Distillation Analyzer operations. After being familiarized with the PGC5009, the STAR Data Management System tool will be introduced and discussed including, STAR Client operations, STAR Server operations, how to remotely manage all files on all analyzers, and linking existing VistaNET networks and hardware with STAR including 3rd party OPC servers. A question and answer session will conclude the hands-on training.

Company: Siemens Industry, Inc.
Class: Maxum edition II (Gas Chromatograph)
Duration: 8 hours

After a brief product update on the Maxum GC platform, training will be given on upgrading a Maxum GC to use the new color touch screen display. A free 60-day demo CD of the Gas Chromatograph Portal (GCP) will be given to class attendees as part of hands-on GC workstation training. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops for assistance in installing the software. There will also be a review of using the Maxum’s advanced maintenance functions by reviewing the Statistic Monitoring (StatMon) and Analytical System Monitor (ASM) software package. P lus a summary of maintenance and operational highlights and requirements for compliance analyzers such as on Flares (Total Sulfur, H2S, BTU), Cooling Towers (HRVOC) and Furnaces (CEMS). Finally, we will have an open session to discuss specific topics of interest by the attendees.

Company: Yokogawa
Class: GC8000 (Gas Chromatograph)
Duration: 4 hours (afternoon)

Class will start with brief overview of Chromatography basics to establish a common footing for all present. Primary component service procedures and recommendations will then be covered, for such items as Oven Valves, Liquid Sample Valves, and key parts. Programming and program modification will be next topic as done both on the unit and remotely accessed. This will cover standard chromatography, concurrent chromatography, and parallel chromatography as done on the GC8000 platform. The attendees will have the opportunity to actually perform these normal operations (change gate times, valve timing, standard area, cal factor etc.) and as well as the re-integration function on training units present.

Company: Yokogawa
Class: TDLS8000 Quick Startup, Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Duration: 4 hours (morning)

Topics will include the following:

  • Basic Theory of the TDLS
  • Understand Application Essentials
  • Use the TruePeak Software Learn Calibration and Validation
  • Learn to use Troubleshooting
  • Diagnostics

Company: AMETEK Process Instruments
Class:WDG-V Series of Combustion Analyzers for Control &SIS Implementation
Duration: 6 hours

The measurement of combustion oxygen, combustibles (COe), and Hydrocarbons will be reviewed as applied to Fired Process heaters and Boilers for control and SIS (safety) implementation. Theory of sensor measurement, sample system, and installation guidelines will be reviewed. The AMETEK WDG-V series of combustion analyzers provides advanced diagnostic capabilities and communication options that allow reduced maintenance, automatic operation validation, and data logging for Asset management and SIS. The analyzer diagnostics, required actions, recommended periodic maintenance guidelines, and communication interfaces will be discussed with equipment provided for hands on instruction.

Company: Servomex
Class:Combustion Analysis – ServoTough 2700 FluegasExact analyzer
Duration: 4hours

In partnership with the 2016 ISA AD Symposium in Galveston Servomex is pleased to announce a ½ day ‘Hands on Training Course’ for the 2700 FluegasExact combustion analyzer. This training course will cover the basic fundamental requirements for combustion analysis, operation and installation of the FluegasExact analyzer along with hands on operation. This course will provide a step by step flow analysis of the analyzer components with maintenance and troubleshooting recommendations for the zirconium and combustible sensors along with all system components.

Company: Servomex
Class: Combustion Analysis – ServoTough 2700 FluegasExact analyzer
Duration: 4hours

In partnership with the 2016 ISA AD Symposium in Galveston Servomex is pleased to announce a ½ day ‘Hands on Training Course’ for the 2700 FluegasExact combustion analyzer. This training course will cover the basic fundamental requirements for combustion analysis, operation and installation of the FluegasExact analyzer along with hands on operation. This course will provide a step by step flow analysis of the analyzer components with maintenance and troubleshooting recommendations for the zirconium and combustible sensors along with all system components.

Company: Liquid Analytical Resource Training
Class: Quick COD_Lab
Duration: Afternoon

Company: Falcon Analytical and Infometrix Training
Class: Fast Process GC: Startup to Shutdown
Duration: 4 hours

The current generation of fast gas chromatographs is not restricted to simple fixed gas analysis and can handle a wide variety of applications without sacrificing their hallmark speed. What this means is that a GC does not need to be relegated to doing after-the-fact monitoring or postmortems. With a 3-5 minute cycle time and up to C44 resolving power, a fast GC can be used for active control of most any process.

This class will cover the basics principles of gas chromatography instrumentation primarily focusing on key differentiators that make fast and micro gas chromatography work. During introductory comments we will discuss sampling, separation, sensing and software, applications, automation and advanced data processing. There will be hands-on time and participants are invited to bring their own 2 ml auto sampler vial of gasoline range up through atmospheric distillate samples (fuel and fuel blend components) for analysis. No toxic or hazardous samples please.

Vendor Displays and Hospitality Suites

Sunday April 24th — Wednesday April 27th
The top names in process analyzer manufacturing and services gather at the annual Symposia. The vendor companies make their top people available for discussion on applications, technology, and new products. The latest symposium had 36 vendors that covered every conceivable detection principle as well as systems integration and sample handling hardware. The most concentrated forum for process analyzer hardware in one location, more than any other trade show, is coincident with every AD Symposium. Also, the vendor suites provide a great opportunity to unwind, socialize and network after the days events.

Analysis Division Banquet and Keynote Speech

Tuesday April 26th
The Analysis Division Banquet is held each year and provides yet another opportunity to network with new colleagues from around the world. This evening event features a fantastic meal, a bar graciously by several of the vendors, and a fascinating after-dinner speech by a new keynote speaker each year.