SAIMC


Durban branch

July 2011 SAIMC

There was a record attendance at the June Durban SAIMC technology evening to hear Malcolm Heathfield of Adroit teach us how to take the strain out of information gathering and transform real-time data into an OLAP data cube. Malcolm runs the Scada Intelligence Products business unit at Adroit, driving the new product range including Adroit Scada Intelligence and Alarm Analysis, making him well qualified to tell us about this process. As he explained, most of us probably have an information overload because we get fed ‘data’ and not ‘information’.

Malcolm Heathfield being thanked by branch chairman John Owen-Ellis after the presentation
Malcolm Heathfield being thanked by branch chairman John Owen-Ellis after the presentation

Data analysis is the process of gathering, modelling and transforming data with the goal of highlighting useful information, suggesting conclusions and supporting decision-making. Raw scada data is flat or unstructured so it cannot be grouped easily to give itself meaning in contexts such as shifts, specific process areas or items of equipment.

The solution is a multidimensional data warehouse that lends itself to online analytical processing (OLAP), enabling users to extract and view data from different points of view both easily and selectively.

Before supper was served, DUT instrumentation lecturer, Carl Reinecke, shared information about the proposed changes to the technology university’s engineering curriculum. Feedback from industry will be requested – watch the press for details.

Carl Reinecke addresses the audience
Carl Reinecke addresses the audience

Forthcoming attractions

The July Durban SAIMC technology evening will see Evan Dent present a proposal for a monitoring and targeting strategy that will assist utilities identify the energy saving potential in industrial processes. He will take us through the process from the basics of energy policy and examples of potential savings, to the three key elements of an automatic Monitoring and Targeting solution (aM+T). He will investigate the concept of Energy Accountable Centres (EACs) and discuss these using examples of typical utility systems by considering the monitoring solutions as a cycle of energy-saving strategies. Included will be the methodology of targeting, benchmarking, reporting and action required to realise sustainable savings. He will back this up with an overall conclusion based on industry experience both locally and internationally.

(Please note the date change from the usual first Wednesday format!)

Wednesday 20 July: 17h30 for 18h15.

Venue: Westville Country Club.

1 Link Road, Westville.

Please contact Jane van der Spuy with any queries jane@technews.co.za or +27 (0)31 764 0593.



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
July 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Technology can be a wonderful thing. We have resources that allow us to talk face to face with people thousands of kilometres away. We have the ability to order equipment, furniture, food, or clothing ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Durban Branch: In memoriam - Hendrick Frederik (Hennie) Prinsloo
July 2020 , SAIMC
It is with great sadness that the SAIMC announces the death of branch general manager Hennie Prinsloo after a short but brave battle with cancer. A stalwart and passionate member of the SAIMC since ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
July 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
The branch held an online technical evening on 3 June, which was presented by SICK Automation. Our presenter, Dustin Naicker, has more than 9 years’ experience in analytical instrumentation and analysers. ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Cape Town branch
July 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Technology evenings: Out with the new, in with the old… or not? With the lockdown slowly lifting and life stabilising into a new normal, we at the branch are grateful that another technology event ...

Read more...
In memoriam: Hendrick Frederik (Hennie) Prinsloo
June 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
It is with great sadness that the SAIMC announces the death of branch general manager Hennie Prinsloo after a short but brave battle with cancer. A stalwart and passionate member of the SAIMC since ...

Read more...
SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
July 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Long name change for the SAIMC NPC: Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control.

Read more...
SAIMC: From the office of the CEO
June 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
President Cyril Ramaphosa rightly stated in his letter of 11 May: “Imposing a nation-wide lockdown gave our country a strategic advantage. It bought us valuable time to prepare our health system and put ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
June 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
Here we are at the end of May, still in lockdown Level 4. While we at the Johannesburg branch are doing our best to bring technology to our loyal members, there is still nothing like the human touch.  ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
June 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
On 5 March the first coronavirus case was recorded in South Africa. The government reacted swiftly and called for a nationwide lockdown which commenced on 27 March 2020. Since then there have been extensions ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
May 2020, SAIMC , SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Albert Louw, mobile control systems specialist from ifm electronic, gave a presentation on control systems for mobile machines, applicable to all mobile vehicles from transport ...

Read more...