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The Birmingham Section is dedicated to the advancement of the automation industry through education and networking. Our annual short course has provided many young engineers and technicians with the fundamentals they need to succeed in there career.


  • ISA Birmingham Section Honors and Awards Dinner

    The Birmingham Section of ISA – International Society of Automation will hold the annual Honors and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the Red Lobster Restaurant, on Highway 31, in Vestavia, AL.  On behalf of the Executive Leadership Team of the section, all section members are invited to attend.   Your spouse/guest/significant other, may attend this event as our guest, with a member charge of $20.  There will be a social time prior to the dinner, an update on ISA today, recognition of all Former Section presidents, and the recognition of this year’s awards recipients.  This has been a lot of fun in the past and should be an outstanding evening for all of us.

     Date:  Tuesday – May 9, 2023

     Time:   Social    5:15 - 6:00 PM

       Dinner:   6:15 - 7:00 PM 
                      Former/President/Spouse/Guest/significant other is complimentary.
    Program:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM       
    Location:   Red Lobster Restaurant - Highway 31 – Vestavia Hills, AL 

    I really hope you can be there and join in the festivities.  We will recognize:
    ISA Birmingham Engineer of the Year for 2021 (Matt Blackmon – Southern Company ),
    the ISA Birmingham Young Engineer of the Year for 2021 (Logan Gibbs – Amerson Engineering), 
    present the Gerney Mitchell Distinguished Service Award for 2021 (John Cover – BBP Company).

    One of our features will be the recognition of all the Section Former Presidents in attendance with an opportunity for some insightful remarks from these veteran sages of wisdom.  Also, there will be the introduction of the new officers for 2023-2024, with the transfer of the president’s gavel from the outgoing president.

    For additional information and to make a reservation, please contact Gerald Wilbanks -

  • ISA Birmingham Section April Meeting

    Setting the Standard for Automation

    International Society of Automation

    You are cordially invited and encouraged to attend the April meeting of the ISA Birmingham Section. 

    Topic:  "Level Measurement Techniques and Technology"

    Date:  Tuesday,  April 11, 2023

    Time:  4:00 PM

    Location:  BBP Company Offices – 1994 McCain Parkway, Pelham, AL

    Actual demonstration of various techniques will follow the presentation on site located in a trailer.

    (Also Virtual on Zoom (presentation only) with connection link shown below)

    Speaker:  Mark Snow :  Vice President Sales– BBP Company

    Mark Snow has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama and over 32 years in specifying instrumentation and control devices.  The background and experience has covered many types of measurement technologies and various methods to obtain data and information for the control systems.


    There are a multitude of methods and devices that are used to measure levels in the various industries.  This presentation will cover many of the techniques that may be employed and the pros and cons of their use.  The desire is to determine the level in an effective and reliable manner, to allow operations the information to control or observe the contents in a tank, vessel or container.  Each application brings various physical characteristics and conditions in to play, so one size does not fit all.  Pressure, temperature, specific gravity, material chemical composition, container conditions, materials of construction, accuracy required, and of course economics figure into the final selection for the application.

    Some of the various techniques and technologies to be discussed include:

    ·       Differential Pressure

    ·       Echo Level – Radar, Ultrasonic, Guided Wave

    ·       Interface Level

    ·       Nuclear


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