Taylor Schuler


Taylor is a Business Development Manager with aeSolutions Software Products (SP) group. He has more than 16 years of experience in software product management for the oil and gas industry. Taylor has a B.S. in Physics from Roanoke College, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and holds a certification in maintenance and reliability from the University of Tennessee. His hobbies include golf, tennis, and spending time with his family.

White Papers by Taylor Schuler:

Justifying IEC 61511 Spend

Many companies subscribe to the thought process that simply completing compliance documentation identified by IEC 61511 is the end goal. Anything more than that is deemed too tedious and represents a substantial cost center. Unfortunately, documentation is just one aspect of the lifecycle, and one that isn’t substantially making your assets safer from one day to the next. We believe the essence of the standard is to not only generate documentation, but to monitor the performance of protections layers vs. assumptions made in the front of the lifecycle. As poor assumptions are identified, companies can sustain their business by eliminating the root cause, therefore removing the previously invisible risk.

In this paper, we advocate that one should generate compliance documentation as efficiently as possible, but really focus on the impact of bad assumptions and putting a financial basis behind its meaning. This information can then be benchmarked on a monthly basis to set company targets, monitor improvement, and understand the impacts financially.

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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.

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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.

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