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Building a cybersecurity program

September 18, 2019

There are three significant challenges when building a cybersecurity program. They are 1) getting executive commitment, 2) building a security culture, and 3) understanding the relationship between resiliency vs. security. Let’s look at the first in more detail in this blog. Getting executive commitment From an executive perspective, there are two primary obstacles. The first […]

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SIL ratings and certification for fire & gas system hardware; Is industry barking up the wrong tree?

September 5, 2019

There are many devices (sensors, logic solvers and final elements) used in safety instrumented systems that are independently certified for use in safety applications to different safety integrity levels (SIL). There is considerable debate however whether fire and gas system hardware should have SIL ratings at all. Vendors are naturally interested in promoting independently certified […]

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Best practices for gas detection system design

August 13, 2019

Warren Johnson, senior project manager for consulting, engineering and integration firm aeSolutions, was featured in CONTROL magazine discussing his presentation covering the essential aspects of gas detection system design at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit. [In the United States, it’s the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set limits on employee […]

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aeSolutions is excited to be offering two upcoming professional training courses in Anchorage, Alaska this month.

August 6, 2019

August 20th & 21st we’ll be holding the Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems Training Course taught by Usman Kahn. Fired equipment is found throughout the process industry in many applications, including various types of boilers, ovens, kilns, incinerators, reboilers, bath heaters, process heaters, furnaces, etc. The hazards associated with the burner operation are managed by […]

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The top 5 reasons why people don’t want to evaluate human factors and barrier reliability… but should

July 29, 2019

The concept of barriers as discrete layers consisting of administrative controls, alarms, instruments, mechanical devices, and post‐release mitigation is highly idealized. It may in fact be misleading because it blinds us to the reality that all barriers rely on people. These groups of people consist of operations, maintenance, technical staff, contractors, and management. These groups […]

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E&E News : Battle lines form over pipeline cyberthreat

July 25, 2019

Marco Ayala of aeSolutions, was featured today in an E&E News article about possible cyberattacks on U.S. oil and gas pipelines.  The following is a short excerpt : “It’s a political football,” said Marco Ayala, senior life-cycle solutions manager at aeSolutions in Houston, who often works with pipeline companies on their cybersecurity practices. “DOE’s point […]

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aeSolutions FM approved FGS1400 MKII fire panel

July 19, 2019

Industrial fire panels must monitor and control fire system I/O, combustible gas, toxic gas, oxygen depletion detectors, initiate suppression, control HVAC, and perform safety actions. Systems must meet appropriate local and state codes and standards (OSHA, NFPA, ISA), as well as the approval of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). However, many legacy systems are built […]

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Accounting for human factors in layer of protection analysis

July 10, 2019

When a layer of protection analysis (LOPA) calculation shows an event to have a predicted likelihood of occurrence of 1e-4 per year (or less), the result is subject to more than just random uncertainty. Such predictions can look downright silly to someone versed in systems thinking. Are you confident in the numbers?  If you are, […]

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A simple strategy to drive consistency in the design of burner management systems (BMSs)

July 2, 2019

Everyone wants to provide a safe atmosphere for workers, facilities and the surrounding environment. The greatest risk in many process facilities comes from fired equipment. Burner management systems (BMSs) are the safety instrumented systems specific to fired equipment. The greatest challenge many asset owners face while evaluating the adequacy of their existing BMS designs comes […]

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