As part of our participation and leadership on a number of committees, aeSolutions’ principals and employees are committed to sharing our knowledge and experience with our customers and colleagues through technical papers.
Validating Process Safety Assumptions Using Operations Data
As facilities are assessing risk, making recommendations for gap closure, and designing safety instrumented functions (SIFs), assumptions are made to facilitate calculations in the design phase of protection layers used to reduce the likelihood of hazards occurring. The purpose of this white paper is to identify key assumptions and replace the assumptions with real-world operations data to prove that the risk may be greater than perceptions based on design.
Stopping the Swirl: Facilitation Tools that Improve PHA Results and Efficiency
Effective Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) facilitators combine soft skills with technical knowledge to guide PHA teams through a thorough identification and analysis of process hazards. Facilitators should consider the following examples of tools successfully used to stop the swirl by providing the PHA team with the right information at the right time.
Who and What Equals How I’m Closing My Gaps
Following a layer of protection analysis (LOPA), numerous recommendations and proposals are identified to close gaps associated with process safety performance. This paper explores a methodology created to allocate the targeted risk reduction factor (RRF) between different types of work and stakeholders.
Options for Developing a Compliant PLC-based Burner Management System (BMS)
A consideration of the three approaches to developing a compliant PLC-based Burner Management System including the design and implementation complexities, advantages, and disadvantages of each approach.
A Leader's Tactical Approach to Influence Changes in Process Safety Culture
Once an organization recognizes that a process safety culture change is needed, the question then becomes, how do we engage top level leadership so that they influence culture? And, what tactical activities and behaviors can leaders promote and participate in that will have a notable outcome? Key topics covered by the author include visible leadership, effective communications, risk based decision making, self-assessments, lesson learning, key performance indicators, and active monitoring and feedback.
IPL/CMS - Integrity Management of Non-SIS Independent Protection Layers After the LOPA
A discussion of the identification, selection, implementation and management of Non-SIF IPLs through the process lifecycle.
Impacts of Demand Rates on SIF/SIS Design and Mechanical Integrity
An examination of the differences between Low Demand, High Demand, and Continuous Mode SIFs, and provides examples and practical guidance for SIL Determination, conceptual design, SIL Verification, and long-term Mechanical Integrity considerations for each.
aeSolutions' Safety System Lifecycle Management Solution
ARC Advisory Group provides their view on aeShield Safety Lifecyle Management Solution and how it addresses today's key industry challenges.
Roll Out and Maintenance Integration of SIS Proof Test and Inspection
A review of the technical and management challenges associated with implementing a standard SIS proof testing philosophy and documentation strategy across a multi-facility upstream oil and gas business unit.
Effective Management of PSM Data in Implementing the ANSI/ISA-84.00.01 Safety Lifecycle
An examination of the efficiencies that can be gained by effective PSI and MI data management and coordination.
A Database Approach to the Safety Lifecycle
Using a systematic database approach to design, develop, and test a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) using methodologies in compliance with ANSI/ISA S84.01 requirements can result in improved quality of design deliverables and system configuration while reducing implementation effort.
Industry Update: Safety Instrumented Fire & Gas Systems (SI-FGS)
An exploration of marketplace and industry trends surrounding Fire & Gas Detection Systems and their relationship to Safety Instrumented Systems. Includes results of an informal survey of OEMs, engineering firms, and end users to ascertain driving factors in the acceptance and use of of SI-FGS systems.
Industry Update: Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems (SI-BMS)
An exploration of marketplace and industry trends surrounding Burner Management Systems and their relationship to Safety Instrumented Systems. Includes results of an informal survey of OEMs, engineering firms, and end users to ascertain driving factors in the acceptance and use of SI-BMS systems.
Case Study: Safety Instrumented Burner Management System (SI-BMS)
A discussion of the application of the Safety Lifecycle as defined by ANSI / ISA 84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511 mod) to single-burner multiple fuel boilers. Topics include challenges encountered and project cost savings realized.
What is the Safety Integrity Level of My Existing Burner Management System?
A discussion of the issues, decisions, and challenges encountered when applying the concepts of the Safety Lifecycle per ANSI/ISA 84.01, IEC 61508 and / or IEC 61511 to the design of an existing BMS for a single-burner natural-gas-fired installation. Also discusses identification of typical BMS SIFs and subsequent SIL determination.
Burner Management System Safety Integrity Level Selection
A discussion of utilizing quantitative methods to select the appropriate Safety Integrity Level associated with Burner Management Systems. Focuses on identifying the required amount of risk reduction and how that can impact efficiency and costs.
Identifying Required Safety Instrumented Functions for Life Safety
Systems in the High-Tech and Semiconductor Manufacturing Industries A discussion of issues and challenges encountered when attempting to apply Safety Lifecycle concepts per ANSI / ISA S84.01 to the design of a Life Safety System at a state-of-the-art fiberoptic manufacturing facility. Focus on industry-specific issues associated with the use of mitigation versus prevention techniques (typically encountered in the process industry).
Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems – Requirements for the Paper Industry
A discussion of how to ensure equipment such as dryers, kilns, thermal oxidizers, power boilers and black liquor recovery boilers conform to ANSI/ISA 84, IEC 61508, IEC 61511, NFPA 85, NFPA 86 and BLRBAC guidelines.