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Fieldbus Foundation Names Wes Meger To End User Advisory Council

Automation industry veteran has extensive fieldbus technology experience

HOUSTON, Texas, February 22, 2007 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting its 2007 General Assembly in Houston, Texas, today announced that Wes Meger has been named the Canadian representative on its End User Advisory Council (EUAC).  Meger is founder and owner of Stonehaven Quality Controls Ltd., an instrumentation firm providing maintenance support in the oil sands industry of Northern Alberta, Canada.

The Fieldbus Foundation's board of directors established the EUAC as a high-level end user advisory board reporting directly to foundation management.  The EUAC represents the interests of fieldbus End User Councils (EUCs) around the world.  It provides input on the direction of the Foundation automation infrastructure, and puts forth user requests for further development and enhancement of the technology.

In addition to Meger, current EUAC representatives include: Tim Lim/Jim Russell (Australia), Chris Baltus (Europe), Satoru Nunokawa (Japan), Luay H. Al-Awami, (Saudi Arabia), Herman Storey (United States), and John Rezabek, Chairman.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney welcomed Meger to the EUAC post.  "We are pleased to have Wes Meger join this important fieldbus end user organization," said Timoney.  "Wes is an automation industry veteran with many valuable insights on end user requirements for process control and instrumentation systems.  He is a strong advocate of digital control technology, and has extensive experience using Foundation fieldbus in the oil sands industry."

Meger is presently contracted to Suncor Energy, working as control systems lead for Suncor Firebag Operations, one of the largest Foundation fieldbus installations in the Alberta region.  Suncor's Firebag in-situ operations are located 40 kilometers northeast of the company's original oil sands plant.  As a key part of Suncor's plans to increase bitumen supply to its upgraders, in-situ technology opens up the potential to recover large reserves that can't be reached economically by traditional mining methods.

Meger is a native of Alberta, Canada, and has been working in the oil & gas industry since 1978.  He has been involved in instrumentation for 18 years.  Meger and his wife, Sandra, reside in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.  Visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.

 

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