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Implementing Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

by Michael D. Scott, PE, CFSE, aeSolutions Founder & Brittany Lampson, PhD

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 SIBMS
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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