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2005 southern African scada and MES conference

July 2005 News

On 11 and 12 May, IDC Technologies hosted the Southern African scada and MES Conference at the Eskom Convention Centre.

Sixteen speakers from around the world were invited to share their expertise. Andrew West, an Australian, was the opening speaker - a scada expert who chairs one of the premier, international scada committees. Other speakers included Alexander Ebert, from Germany, who presented a case study entitled 'Saar Energy - From Mining to Energy Trading in Germany'. Wimpie van der Merwe, the scada system administrator at Eskom, looked at GPRS and the scada system and Dave Macdonald, an instrumentation engineer from the United Kingdom, closed the conference with a presentation on scada and safety.

Dave Macdonald, a speaker from the UK, Andrew West, a speaker from Australia and Steve Mackay
Dave Macdonald, a speaker from the UK, Andrew West, a speaker from Australia and Steve Mackay

Delegates from all over southern Africa attended. The many companies they represented included, among others; Eskom, Siemens, Citect, Yokogawa, Nissan, Assmang and ABB - Botswana.

Mike Barker, from Mike Barker and Associates, Ziggy Govender, Tony Holme, from Citect and IDC Technologies’ CEO, Steve Mackay
Mike Barker, from Mike Barker and Associates, Ziggy Govender, Tony Holme, from Citect and IDC Technologies’ CEO, Steve Mackay

As in the past, a number of final year engineering students were also provided places at the conference. This is part of IDC Technologies' continued commitment to assist in the education of budding South African technicians and engineers.

Feedback has indicated that delegates found the two days worthwhile and useful: Barend Esterhuizen of Eskom - Lethabo Power Station - commented that it was an 'Excellent event!' whereas Christo Slabber from Eskom Distribution wrote: "High quality throughout - well done." Marius Malan of Assmang seemed surprised: "For people far from JHB it was an eye opener to see what is happening in other places." And a colleague of his - Jorge Goncalves called it "Very professional." Sponsors have much to do with the success of a conference. Technews, Yokogawa, Siemens, Citect and Crown Publications certainly contributed to the favourable outcome of this conference.





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