Mike Scott


Mike has over 25 years of experience in risk analysis, safety instrumented systems and control systems engineering. He has performed conceptual design, detailed design, configuration, commissioning and startup on many projects in the process industry. Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states, a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE), an ISA Fellow, a voting member of both the ISA 84 and IEC 61511 committees on safety systems, chair of the ISA 84 fire & gas working group, and liaison to the America Boiler Manufacturer's Association (ABMA) and NFPA 86. Mike is co-inventor of 6 patents on safety system lifecycle tools and implementation. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Mike is an avid fisherman, and his 14 year old son is even more fanatical. Living in Alaska allows them both to feed their fishing addiction in the land of the midnight sun chasing salmon, trout, pike, and more. Mike also enjoys hunting and basketball.

Posts by Mike Scott:

June 29, 2016

Chemical Processing – Ease Burner Management System Upgrades

Many plants must contend with outdated burner management systems (BMSs) on all sorts of equipment — boilers, process heaters, thermal oxidizers, incinerators, reformers, vaporizers, dryers, ovens, sulfur recovery units, kilns, calciners, furnaces, etc. Some of these brownfield installations may date back 40 years or more. Most systems originally were designed according to prescriptive standards, almost […]

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White Papers by Mike Scott:

Case Study of a Safety Instrumented Burner Management System (SI-BMS)

This case study will discuss the application of the safety lifecycle as defined by ANSI/ISA 84.00.01‐2004 (IEC 61511 mod) to two single burner multiple fuel boilers. Each boiler is capable of firing natural gas, oil and/or waste gas, in order to supply the plant header with 1,365 psig steam at a maximum capacity of 310,000 lb/hr. The project team included the end client task force at the manufacturing facility, the engineering firm with design/procurement responsibility, the boiler OEM, the burner/gas train OEM, and the safety instrumented system consultant.

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Burner Management System Challenges and Opportunities in Brownfield Installations

A two‐prong templatized approach to multiple brownfield burner management system upgrades can result in significant cost savings. The first step requires coming up with an equivalent design for the safety instrumented burner management system following the ISA 84 safety lifecycle, as allowed in current NFPA standards. The second step utilizes a templatization approach for multiple units with common functionality that will allow an organization to further maximize savings. Actual experience doing this on repeat BMS projects indicate the level of overall savings can be as high as 75% on the safety lifecycle, 70% on the control system design and integration, and 35% on the operation and maintenance activities. The combined overall savings are roughly 60%.

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Implementing Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Implementing a Safety Instrumented Burner Management (SI‐BMS) can be challenging, costly, and time consuming. Simply identifying design shortfalls/gaps can be costly, and this does not include costs associated with the capital project to target the gap closure effort itself. Additionally, when one multiplies the costs by the total number of heaters at different sites, these total costs can escalate quickly. However, a “template” approach to implementing SI‐BMS in a brownfield environment can offer a very cost effective solution for end users. Creating standard “templates” for all deliverables associated with a SI‐BMS will allow each subsequent SI‐BMS to be implemented at a fraction of the cost of the first. This is because a template approach minimizes rework associated with creating a new SI-BMS package. The ultimate goal is to standardize implementation of SI‐BMS in order to reduce engineering effort, create standard products, and ultimately reduce cost of ownership.

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Codes and Standards Update: Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems (SI-BMS)

Invoking the concept of a Safety Instrumented – Burner Management System in all three of the NFPA 85, 86 and 87 series of codes / standards is a significant milestone for industry. This paper will explain changes as they apply to the concepts of Safety Instrumented Systems and include a discussion on equivalency clauses and / or linking paragraphs to ISA S84.00.01 – 2004 (IEC 61511 Mod) possibly allowing deviation from prescriptive requirements. Modification of logic solver requirements with inclusion of a direct reference mandating the use of Safety PLCs with minimum SIL capabilities in certain instances and changes related to sensors and valve requirements will be shared. This paper will also highlight areas where the concepts of Safety Instrumented Systems in the author’s opinion have been potentially misapplied within the NPFA series.

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Is Cost Effective Compliance with the IEC61511 Safety Lifecycle Sustainable?

While the concept of execute, monitor and sustain seems straightforward, for a variety of reasons, most companies who have committed to the IEC61511 journey, are solely focused on the execution of safety lifecycle documentation. This myopic approach will result in their failure to realize the full benefits to their organization of a cost effective risk management program. In addition, without development of a holistic multi-year plan for safety lifecycle compliance, end user companies can expect to incur significant regret costs and schedule delays as they attempt to change the safety culture of their organization around adoption of IEC61511. In this paper, a proven roadmap for efficient and cost effective safety lifecycle compliance and risk management will be defined, which emphasizes the use of an evergreen work process to support the concepts of execute, monitor and sustain.

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