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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aeSolutions’ Cyber PHA featured on the Unsolicited Response Podcast: Truth or Consequences

June 12, 2019

The aeCyberPHA methodology is a practical application of the ISA 62443 cybersecurity risk assessment requirements. The method links realistic threat scenarios with known vulnerabilities and existing countermeasures and couples that with credible consequences from the PHA to determine cyber risk. Earlier this year, John Cusimano, vice president of cybersecurity at aeSolutions, participated in a panel […]

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Test the Integrity of your Process Safety Program with a Drill Down Audit

June 5, 2019

A hazard scenario-based, drill-down audit can uncover systematic issues brewing beneath the surface not often uncovered from a traditional compliance audit. This methodology exposes the pain points and, most importantly, the sources of those points by digging deep into the management system processes around Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)/Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Process Safety Information […]

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Thank you ! – Making It Real

May 28, 2019

Thank you to all who attended our Industrial Process Integrity Seminar, Making It Real. And thanks to the partners and vendors that helped make it such a success. Check out our Events page to see your next opportunity to meet one of our experts in person.

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Cost considerations for burner management systems (BMS)

May 17, 2019

(and where picking safety integrity levels on burner management systems makes sense) Safety is always a primary concern at any industrial site, and for good reason. But how much should you pay for that safety? While that question may have seemed blasphemous in days gone by, in today’s highly competitive business environment, unnecessary costs of […]

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Leveraging Mature Process Safety Risk Management Techniques to Address Industrial Cybersecurity Risk

May 8, 2019

Leveraging Mature Process Safety Risk Management Techniques to Address Industrial Cybersecurity Risk Functional safety assessments have been a well‐established practice since the 1990’s to help organizations identify and manage industrial hazards. One of the most important is the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) requirement and its associated Hazards and Operability Study (HAZOP) methodology, a technique used […]

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