Joint ISA-IEEE Technical Talk – SCADA Update: Standards, Security & Technology Trends

Date: Tue., Jan 23rd, 2024, 11:30 AM – 01:30 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Platform Calgary, 407 9 Avenue SE, in Classroom 1

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Meal: Meal and beverages provided. (Michael’s Pizza) $10.00 Cdn for ISA and IEEE Members, $15.00 Cdn for Non-ISA Members and Non-IEEE Members (Quests)

Sponsors: ISA Calgary Section, IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. Joint Control Systems Society (CSS), Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) Chapter

Speaker: Ian Verhappen, Industrial Automation/Networking Visionary, Willowglen Systems

Topic: Technical Talk – SCADA Update: Standards (ISA112), Security & Technology Trends

The International Society of Automation (ISA) Calgary Section is pleased to host this luncheon and Technical Talk in promotional collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

SCADA Systems have been used for more than half a century and continue to evolve. Despite their widespread adoption and though there are limited industry specific guidelines available, no definitive standard on the topic has been developed.

The ISA112 SCADA Systems Standards Committee is in the process of developing a series of standards and technical reports to address all phases of the SCADA lifecycle, including obsolescence, and security. This presentation will provide an overview of the ISA112 standards, both the reference architecture and lifecycle model.

One test of a good standard is its relevance for multiple generations of technology. We’ll look at recent SCADA technology trends and show how ISA112 is not only effective for today, but also… can it stand the test of time and be relevant for at least a decade.

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop 2024 (Calgary)

We are pleased to announce the upcoming IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance, and Projects (ESTMP) Workshop, jointly sponsored by the IEEE Southern Alberta IAS Chapters and Northern Canada IAS Chapters, that will ignite your passion for innovation and breakthrough technologies is open for registration. Please register, via the link below, mark your calendars and get ready for a valuable “face to face” experience!

FYI: The ESTMP Workshop provides a forum for exchanging and advancing industry knowledge in the areas of safety, engineering design, and system reliability of electrical systems and technologies for the execution of projects. The Workshop focus is to share innovative concepts, successes as well as lessons learned in the areas of: 1) advancing state of the art knowledge and best practices, 2) stimulating innovation to create the next generation of technology and 3) design and implementation of Projects. The 2024 Workshop will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency and Telus Convention Center (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) from Mon., Mar. 25th to Wed., Mar. 27th, 2024.

This prestigious workshop will offer a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and exploration of the latest trends in technology, electrical safety, engineering, maintenance, project optimization and reliability of electrical systems.

  • Attend diverse technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of emerging topics.
  • Take part in interactive workshop topics and panel discussions led by industry experts.
  • Network with like-minded professionals, fostering new collaborations and partnerships.
  • Discover ground-breaking innovations showcased by leading technology companies.
  • Save the date and keep an eye out for further details and registration information coming soon!
  • The ESTMP Vendor’s Exhibit is always the very best opportunity to get up close and personal with the best equipment and customers anywhere in Canada.

We are very pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the upcoming workshop — the renowned Canadian astronaut, Dr. Thirsk will discuss how astronauts hone their skills and instincts on the ground prior to flight, the training processes and tools that are used to enhance mission safety and reliability.

Please visit the ESTMP Workshop website: Registar On-line Now.

Early registration closes Thu., Feb 01st, 2024.

Changing the Medical Landscape with Large Language Models (LLM’s)

Date: Thu., Jan 11th, 2024, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT), Humangineering Series

Speaker: Medical Student, Eddie Guo, University of Calgary

Topic: Changing the Medical Landscape with Large Language Models (LLM’s)

Eddie Guo is a medical student with the University of Calgary and president of the Calgary Medical Student Association. His interests in machine learning and medicine inspired him to develop OSCE-GPT, a GPT-4 powered application for helping medical trainees practice communication and diagnostics. In this talk, Eddie will showcase his use of LLM’s for medical applications and share his thoughts about the future of technology in medicine for the next step in health innovation.

OpenPMU, PTP, and Time Synchronized Sampled Values

Date: Wed., Dec 13th, 2023, 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. Control System/Industrial Measurement Chapter, CS23/IM09

Speaker: Prof. David Laverty of Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Topic: OpenPMU, PTP, and Time Synchronized Sampled Values

“When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.”
— Lord Kelvin.

Synchronized measurement technology, more specifically the Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU), has yielded tremendous insight into power system phenomena over the last decades. The PMU, however, is an instrument that is not itself well understood by many who make use of its measurements. The time synchronized phasor, or synchrophasor, is a double-edged sword; on the one hand it has made it possible to apply classical methods of power system analysis to “real” data from real systems. On the other hand, the synchrophasor dispenses with all the nuance of the voltage or current waveform that was present in the sampled values from which it is estimated.
What if we just keep all of the time synchronized sampled value (TSSV) data, and use that for our studies? Building machines which can do this is more than feasible. This talk will discuss approaches and challenges that engineers pursuing this strategy face, in particular the not so small matter of the many terabytes of data such a system will create, with “needle in a haystack” levels of useful information. The talk will describe an effort on the island of Ireland to build a national system to record TSSV and also synchronize using PTP in preference to GNSS and its “space-based” vulnerabilities.

IEEE SAS Young Professionals – End Of Year Bowling Fun Night (2023)

Date: Tue., Dec 12th, 2023, 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Calgary Winter Club, 4611 14 St NW, Calgary, AB, Canada

Register Online Here, before Fri., Dec, 08th, 2023

Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta Young Professionals (YP)

Cost: $5.00 Cdn. for IEEE Members

Event: IEEE SAS Young Professionals – End Of Year Bowling Fun Night (2023)

Join the IEEE Southern Alberta Section Young Professionals for our End Of Year Bowling Fun Night, open to all IEEE Members, Non-Members and Guests! You are invited to the Calgary Winter Club for an evening of strikes (both 5-pin and 10-pin), followed by networking at the R&R lounge and yummy bites. In addition to bowling, your ticket includes dinner and drinks. Registration closes on December 8th and we have limited spots, so don’t delay! We hope to see you there.

The Truth About the Phasor Measurement Unit

Date: Wed., Dec 06th, 2023, 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. PES/IAS Chapter, CH07034, Ottawa Section Chapter, IM09, Ottawa Section Chapter, PE31

Speaker: Harold Kirkham of DRM Associates, Richland, WA, USA

Topic: The Truth About the Phasor Measurement Unit

If you look up “Phasor Measurement Unit” on Wikipedia, you will learn a little about PMU that is right and a lot that is wrong. (To start with, phasors predate Steinmetz.) If you turn to the various papers and books that have been written on the topic, you will still not get the whole truth. Even the IEEE and IEC standards about PMUs have got significant parts wrong! If a PMU is built so as to fully comply with the standards, it will be an under-performing device that breaks the fundamental rules of measurement. The presenter, Dr. Harold Kirkham, is listed as a member of the working group that wrote the 2011 IEEE PMU standard. However, he was so upset by it that he is NOT listed as having voted for it! It has taken him a long time to figure out exactly what is right and what is wrong about the standard. This webinar will set the record straight and explain what is wrong with the current treatment of the subject.

IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date: Tue., Nov 28th, 2023, 06:15 PM to 10:30 PM (MST)

Location: Carriage House Inn, Calgary, AB, Canada

Presented by: The IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) Executive Committee (ExCom)

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As an IEEE Member, in good standing of the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), you are cordially invited by the SAS Executive Committee (ExCom), to the IEEE SAS, 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s (2023) meeting, will be held once again as a “in person” format, (at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary, will provide the Section Membership with an update over the past year, (from Nov. 2022 to Nov. 2023), on the activities of the following groups:

all based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Furthermore, during the IEEE SAS 2023 AGM, we will also recognize the IEEE SAS 2023 Award Recipients, including IEEE SAS 2023 Scholarship Award Winners/Recipients, for the IEEE SAS 2023 (AGM/Awards) Calendar Year (Oct. 01th,, 2022 to Sep. 30th, 2023).

Our Special Guest: Rob Anderson, IEEE Canada President, will be giving the Southern Alberta Section an address after dinner.

Presentation: Powering Progress: The Evolution of Rural Electrification in Alberta

Join us for an insightful presentation with two distinguished speakers, Glen Fox and Bill Bergman.

Glen Fox will explore the unique role of Alberta’s Rural Electrification Associations (REAs) in powering rural communities, highlighting Equs, Canada’s largest member-owned utility. Following Glen, Bill Bergman will delve into the selection and application of the single wire earth return (SWER) distribution system for rural electrification. Together, they will shed light on the historical journey and ongoing evolution of rural electrification in Alberta.

IEEE SAS AGM (2023) Poster

ISSCC 2023 Short Course: Cryoelectronics for Quantum Computing: Technology, Circuit Design, and Future Directions

Date: Tue., Nov 21st, 2023, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM (MST) Alberta

Location: University of Calgary, ICT 424C

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Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. CAS04/SSC37 Society Chapters

Speaker: Professor Joe Bardin, of ECE at UMass Amherst, Google, Team Lead, Development of Integrated Circuits for Large-Scale Quantum Computers.

Topic: ISSCC 2023 Short Course: Cryoelectronics for Quantum Computing: Technology, Circuit Design, and Future Directions

In this talk, we give an overview of emerging IC technology for the readout and control of superconducting quantum processors. After a brief introduction, the talk will describe the prospect of using SiGe HBT-based LNAs for qubit readout, including a discussion of technology optimization for reducing noise. We then will discuss control ICs, including experimental challenges and characterization techniques using quantum control experiments. The talk will end with a discussion of open challenges.


Joseph Bardin is a Professor of ECE at UMass Amherst and a Research Scientist with the Google Quantum AI team. At UMass, he leads research in the area of low-temperature integrated circuits, with applications in radio astronomy and the quantum information sciences. At Google, he leads the team working on the development of integrated circuits for large-scale quantum computers.

Electrical Design Considerations for EV Infrastructure

Date: Tue., Nov 14th, 2023, 12:00 PM (noon) – 01:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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Sponsor: IEEE Southern Alberta, Jt. Chapter, PES/IAS Society and Northern Canada, Jt. Chapter, PES/IAS Society

Speaker: Jeff L. Small Sr. — owner of Curve Technology LLC.

Topic: Electrical Design Considerations for EV Infrastructure

In the rapidly evolving landscape of electric vehicles (EVs), ensuring a seamless and safe charging experience is paramount. “Electrical Design Considerations for EV Infrastructure” delves into the critical aspects of designing and implementing EV charging infrastructure, addressing the growing demand for sustainable transportation solutions. The presentation will highlight Charger Ratings and Topologies, shedding light on the various charging options available and their implications for design. Exploring the importance of Site Power Distribution Options, the presentation outlines strategies to optimize power delivery while considering practical constraints. Special attention is given to Designing Grid-to-Charger (G2C) Circuits, providing insights into the intricacies of electric grid integration. Join us in this enlightening presentation to explore the pivotal role of electrical design in shaping the future of EV charging.

Virtual Workshop: Negotiate for the Compensation You Deserve

Date: Wed., Nov 15th, 2023, 12:00 PM (noon) – 01:00 PM (MST) Alberta

Location: Virtual

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Sponsor: IEEE Quebec Section WIE/YP Affinity Groups and the Montreal Section WIE Affinity Group, IEEE Southern Alberta Women in Engineering (WIE) and Young Professionals (YP) Affinity Groups.

Speakers: Jillian Climie of The Thoughtful Co. and Sophie Warwick of The Thoughtful Co.

Topic: Negotiate for the Compensation you Deserve

In conjunction with the Quebec Section WIE/YP Affinity Groups and the Montreal Section WIE Affinity Group, we are pleased to offer an online workshop on how to negotiate for the compensation you deserve. See below for more information.

The Thoughtful Co, invites you to take part in a transformative event that can change the way you approach your career and compensation. This Workshop is designed to empower you to confidently ask for the compensation you truly deserve.

This workshop will enable you to feel confident in asking for the compensation you deserve. We cover everything from how to navigate asking your manager for more money, to what you should be looking for before signing a new employment contract. We leave time for group discussion and Q&A to ensure all your questions are answered. This workshop is led by Jillian Climie, who has spent her career in executive compensation, and Sophie Warwick, who specializes in developing in-house gender equity policies and chairing Employee Resource Groups.

Speaker Biographies:

Jillian Climie

Jillian Climie of The Thoughtful Co.
Co-Founder of The Thoughtful Co, has spent her career advising and leading teams in executive compensation and corporate governance, both as a consultant, and in-house at two global retailers. Most recently at Lululemon, she led the global equity compensation and executive compensation programs. After taking a pause, she realized she wanted more of three things in her professional life: thoroughness, passion and freedom. She Co-Founded The Thoughtful Co so she can leverage her niche and technical experience, coupled with her passion for gender equity, to empower women to get paid what they deserve.

Sophie Warnick

Sophie Warwick of The Thoughtful Co.
Co-Founder of the Thoughtful Co, specializes in developing in-house gender equity policies and chairing Employee Resource Groups and advocacy groups. She uses her data analysis expertise from her engineering background to define targets and track growth and retention. In 2018, she Co-Founded Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE), a non-profit organization with over 500 members and monthly events to support and empower women in engineering. She co-founded The Thoughtful Co so she could build more gender inclusive workplaces and build representation of women at senior levels in all industries.