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The late Vernon Trevathan

Last 12th of May we reported in our News 09.05 Section the sad and unexpected death of Vernon Trevathan, “the father of CAP” (Certified Automation Professional). He was VP of ISA’s Professional Development Dept at the time. He is worthily remembered in the growing number of people who  proudly bear these initials after their name.

However there is another reminder of the debt owed to this gentle man in the book entitled A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge. This 2nd Edition can truly be said to be the best and most comprehensive educational resource one can find.

It features concise and relevant information on all the major topics of instrumentation, automation, and control, written by 35 of industry’s foremost experts. This second edition has been updated with critical and current additional topics covering

custom software control equipment structure continuous emissions monitoring systems

These further subjects, along with the existing body of knowledge, better provide the reader with a more thorough and current knowledge of automation.

Nick Sands, who succeded Vernon to the VP of Professional Development Department gives us some of the background. “During the development of the Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program there was a thorough review of the body of knowledge, or the concepts and practices documented in books and articles. There were gaps. Vernon Trevathan, the Vice-President of ISA’s professional development department, and the father of the CAP program, edited this almost comprehensive guide to the body of knowledge. It is modeled after the analogous guide available from the Project Management Institute. Vernon is an ISA fellow with more than 40 years of automation experience, most with Monsanto. Many of the 34 authors are ISA fellows or authors.”

The person who needs to polish skills, or expand their knowledge into new areas? For those hose who are engaged in instrumentation, automation, and control, A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, 2nd Edition, is the best and most comprehensive educational resource you can find.

A worthy memorial to a great ands consumate Automation professional. May we never forget him.

Read also Walt Boyes Tribute last May.