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Guest Speaker: Relentless Data – Fraser Gorrie

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


FraserGorrieGuest speaker Fraser Gorrie will give a presentation how to effectively harness the power of analyzing process data after it leaves the control system.


  • 5:45pm – doors open
  • 6:00pm – dinner & networking
  • 6:30pm – guest speaker: 45 minutes.

A complementary light dinner is being provided courtesy of ISA Hamilton.

NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE.  This event will be held at the Burloak Water Treatment Plant (3380 Rebecca Street, Oakville, ON).   Enter the plant via the front gate and go into the main doors – the talk is going to be held in the board room.  Our host is Bob Loncar (bob.loncar@halton.com, 1-289-795-3085).

This event is not being held at E&H in Burlington.  Incorrect information appeared earlier.

Talk Description

A lot of effort, expertise, and expense goes into the setting up, monitoring, and collection of sensor-produced streams of data. Protocols are in place to ensure that these data are accurate, precise and timely so that business goals and safety are ensured. Monitoring and control systems (SCADA, BAS, etc.) assess these streams and trigger alarms and control devices, but is that all these data are good for?

An overview will be presented of how these streams of data can be analysed AFTER they leave the mission-critical monitoring and control system, with a view to learning more about your system as a whole. We’ll look at: (i) how different streams (including external, unusual data streams) can be combined and post-processed to provide indices of performance, (ii) how to characterize a system’s behaviour as a collection of different states or modes of operation using machine learning techniques, and (iii) how to use these self-generated modes of operation to predict system and component behaviour, all from outside the existing automation infrastructure.

Relentless data can camouflage many interesting, and sometimes important things. But it doesn’t have to keep you up at night. Let’s use these data to give you peace of mind instead.

About the Speaker:

Fraser Gorrie has an MSc in Zoology and has spent the past three decades immersed in data, first in science and the environment and then in various business and industrial settings.  He has created durable data management and analytical tools for everything from monitoring fish populations and ecosystem contaminants to optimizing energy use in commercial buildings and effluent strategies in industrial applications. Fraser is a principal consultant with Technifar and Bio-Software.


RSVP required. Contact program@isahamilton.com to reserve your spot.


Tue, Oct 28, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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ISA Hamilton


Burloak Water Treatment Plant
3380 Rebecca Street
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