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Here’s a run-down of the best events the Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation’s (IICCA) has to offer in 2009, writes Dirk Kuiper. Don’t miss out!

New South Wales

The IICA NSW Division event calendar for 2009 will kick off with an @Home event night held by NESS Security Products/APCS at Seven Hills on Tuesday, February 24th at 6pm. Along with specialist presentations, there will be a guided factory tour. Come along to experience an insight into this integral Australian electronics manufacturer.

For March we head out west to Bathurst for our first Table-Top exhibition for the year — Wednesday 25th, 3pm. This is an event for everyone involved in the engineering field… from the shop floor to the top door… designers, engineers, technicians and operators, purchasing and management.

We are also confirming some interesting site visits and technical nights for the next few months. For those on the Central Coast there will be a Table Top held in Newcastle on 23 April.

For further information on how to register for these events, please go to and click on the NSW map or contact Julie Meynell m) 0410 334 333


The Victorian Division is planning a busy year ahead with Table Top Exhibitions in Ballarat, Traralgon, Hobart, Portland and Moorabbin. Also planned is an Industrial Wireless Integration Symposium in July as well as a Xmas in July Dinner for Members and their partners.

The usual monthly Member meetings will be held with the first meeting being a site visit to MiniFAB in Scoresby and a number of interesting presentations are planned for the remainder of the year. Also to be held during the year will be some ISA one day courses. Keep an eye on the IICA website at for further information.

The Murray Region Branch in Albury Wodonga will hold its usual Member nights and are already planning for the Albury Table Top to be held next year.


I would like to thank our QLD members for supporting our table tops and events throughout 2008 and thank our past chairman Sean Murdoch who has recently retired from the IICA. The IICA QLD Division event calendar for 2009 will start with an interesting visit to the Calton brewery in March that has been overwhelmingly supported in past years, followed by a Caltex refinery tour guided by the Projects Manager to look at the Clean Fuel project.

The middle of the year will be a busy time with the scheduled program of table tops and the traditional Xmas in July function where we plan to have also have presentations on the night.

For October we are planning to have at look at the recently upgraded and commissioned Hyperbaric chamber at the Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital that will be presented to by the specialist company Fink Engineering who have the expertise to answer any questions on the night. The year will finish with a Brisbane Industrial Wireless Integration Symposium on the 27th August that should be of interest to our members and for everyone involved in the engineering field.

For those in Central Queensland there will be a Gladstone Table Top & Industrial Wireless Symposium and also a Table Top in Mackay.

South Australia

The South Australian Division will be holding it’s usual successful Table Top Exhibition at the AAMI Stadium on 3 September and an Industrial Wireless Integration Symposium on 28 May. Also planned for 2009 are a number of ISA one day courses on various topics.

Please visit the IICA website at on a regular basis to check what is happening in your region. The SA Division is looking for some additional Committee members. If you are interesting in being part of the Committee please contact Cathie Tynan on 03 9772 0944 or

Western Australia

The IICA in WA will have an interesting year this year. With a few sites closing down and other sites decreasing production it will allow some of our members a chance to catch their breath and concentrate on furthering their skills. Allan Tighe is busy with the ISA training courses and has a full program ready for 2009. Get in early to avoid disappointment as these courses are great.

We have a full calendar planned for this year, kicking off with a family visit to the Perth Observatory. Our first seminar for the year is Industrial Wireless, followed with a second seminar later in the year on Instrumentation needs for Chemical process.

Along with the technical evenings once a month, our Annual Quiz Night and the Table Top, then ending the year with our Christmas breakfast there’s plenty of activities planned for this year. Look forward to seeing you there.


Dirk Kuiper, vice president

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