With over 380 attendees, the Fieldbus Foundation's 2013 General Assembly—held the week of March 14th in Shanghai—was the largest fieldbus-related event held in China in recent history. The General Assembly, which is the foundation's biggest event all year, included the annual End User Advisory Council meeting, board meeting, and annual business meeting. The highlight of the event was the End User Seminar, attracting over 250 attendees (mostly end users), who were treated to a wide variety of presentations from a number of automation professionals in China.
Fieldbus Foundation President Rich Timoney opened the General Assembly by presenting a plaque to one of the distinguished fellows in the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus, Mr. Huang BuYu, deputy chief engineer of Sinopec Engineering, a key early advocate of fieldbus technology in China.
Fieldbus Foundation Chairman Dr. Gunther Kegel then introduced the event's keynote speaker, Sinopec Engineering Vice Chief Engineer Lin Rong, who discussed his company's ongoing experience with FOUNDATION fieldbus throughout the plant lifecycle. Mr. Lin has more than 26 years of professional engineering experience on large-scale petrochemical projects. He recently served as an instrumentation & control (I&C) team leader for the feasibility study, PMC and EPC phases of the FUJIAN Refining & Ethylene Project, which is a joint venture of Aramco, ExxonMobil and Sinopec. He has also led and assisted on 12 technical research and development (R&D) projects for SINOPEC and SEI.
Mr. Lin was named councilor of the China Instrument and Control Society in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Process Automation degree from Zhejiang University.
Additional General Assembly speakers included: Mr. Wei Hua, China Blue Chemical Ltd, CNOOC, "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Installation and Commissioning;” Mr. Liu Zhiqiang, Guixi Smelt, "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Project Best Practices;” Mr. Huang Weibo, Sinopec Beijing Yanshan, "The Importance of Training;” Mr. Bai Guo Hua, Laizhou Power Plant, "FOUNDATION Fieldbus in the Power Industry;” and Mr. Ye YingMin, Shanghai SECCO, "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Diagnostics and Maintenance."
Fieldbus Foundation Global Marketing Manager Larry O'Brien gave a presentation on the current market outlook for fieldbus products and services, as well as an update on FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology, and Dave Glanzer, director of technology development, spoke about the foundation's overall technology roadmap. These presentations are available online. Video from the event can viewed on Fieldbus Foundation's YouTube Channel.