October 8, 2012

Book Release: Advanced Control Foundation

How about using the best of the written word along with the best of the web? The book "Advanced Control Foundation—Tools, Techniques, and Applications" co-authored by Willy Wojsznis, Mark Nixon and Terry Blevins, will be on display and available for purchase in the ISA booth at Emerson Exchange 2012.
Book Release: Advanced Control Foundation

This is the second book in a series of "Foundation" books we have written. The first book in the series, "Control Loops Foundation," was co-authored by Nixon and Blevins and received the Raymond D. Molloy Award for being the bestselling book published by ISA in 2010.

One of the unique features of the book is that there is a web site,, that goes with it. Accessible on this web site under the Workshops tab are exercises from the book. Tabs lead you to workshop directions (1), information on the simulated process (2) and a YouTube video that shows the expected results (3). There are no restrictions on the web site, so anyone can access the book's workshop exercises and solution videos using a web browser.

The book itself is written to be non-commercial and applicable to any control system. Blevins says that the book is approachable for anyone; it assumes basic control knowledge and builds on it for those who may not have had time to explore advanced control. Each chapter's first part shows how the technology is used. For those who wish to dig deeper, the second part delves into the math behind the concepts. Importantly, one chapter focuses on economic justification of advanced control. As Blevins put it, "Hopefully engineers can learn to communicate with management using that chapter."

The last chapter shows integration of advanced control and with a user’s present DCS system. What if there is no native advanced process control tool? Engineers will then have to layer it over. About that section, written primarily by Nixon, Blevins says, "What we’ve learned the hard way, we’ve put in to help readers."

You can also purchase a copy of the book from the ISA web site.