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Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation in the Power Industry Volume 42
Keywords Instrumentation, Automations, Measurement
Since 1998 ISA, the international society for measurement and control has been producing "Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation in the Power Industry" on CD-ROM alone. Volume 42 contains the papers which were presented at the conference that was held at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, St Petersburg, Florida on 14 to 18 June 1999.
The conference was made up of seven sessions addressing: Year 2000 control and DAS issues, Merging process control with business applications, Environmental monitoring & control optimisation, Nuclear plant instrumentation and control techniques, Industrial cogeneration applications, Emerging applications, and Instrument sensing & control technology. Papers which may be of interest to readers include: Predictive maintenance expands to controls and instrumentation; Model based control for process performance enhancement; Using open systems to integrate process control and business systems; Digital sampling of control and protection signals in nuclear power plants; and An automated system for pressure transmitter calibration. Other papers of interest address: Advanced sensor and new I&C maintenance technologies for nuclear power plants, steam turbine optimisation, mathematical models in cogeneration optimisation, and a non-extractive NO sensor for power plants.
Overall, "Instrumentation, Controls, and Automation in the Power Industry" is easily accessible and simple to navigate. Being on CD-ROM it is possible to search for any word which may appear in the text. The majority of papers presented at the conference do not require advanced technical or mathematical knowledge, making them suitable for a wide audience. Personally, as the cost of the CD-ROM is no cheaper than the original books, I would prefer a more convenient and easier-to-read professionally printed copy.