Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 30 to June 5: Binary-coded decimals, Big Data in the market, engineering career advice, more

Articles about binary-coded decimals and PLCs, Big Data and the oil and gas market, engineering career advice, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, and artificial intelligence conversations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 30 to June 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra June 6, 2016

The top 5 most read articles online, from May 30-Jun. 5 for Control Engineering covered binary-coded decimals and PLCs, Big Data and the oil and gas market, engineering career advice, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, and artificial intelligence conversations. Link to each article below. 

1. Binary-coded decimals and PLCs

Binary-coded decimal (BCD) is a class of binary encodings of decimal numbers where each decimal is represented by a fixed number of bits, usually four or eight, which goes against the way humans compute data. This disconnect can cause problems for programmable logic controller (PLC) users.

2. Is Big Data the means for survival in a down market?

In an uncertain market, more oil and gas producers are relying on advanced analytics to make intelligent cost-cutting decisions. 

3. Engineering career advice from the 2016 Control Engineering salary survey

Many subscribers taking the 2016 Control Engineering salary survey provided write-in advice about engineering careers; education, workplace strategies, and project management are among engineering tips and reminders.

4. Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey, 2016

Control Engineering research shows nearly a 5% increase in salaries among respondents to an average of $94,747; analysis of salaries by years with employer shows upward salary pressure for engineering new hires. 

5. Artificial intelligence that programs itself to change the conversation

Siri CEO Dag Kittlaus demonstrated Viv, which is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables developers to distribute their products through an intelligent, conversational interface.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, May 30 to June 5, for articles published within the last two months.  

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.