Practical Alarm Systems Management for Engineers and Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

It is 6.00 in the evening after a hot summer’s afternoon and the shift has just changed over. The control room has been rather quiet through the day with the odd alarm punctuating the serene silence. In fact this plant has been a truly contented baby with no major problems for over 18 months since it was commissioned. Apart from the inevitable mechanical wear and tear associated with a new plant. Suddenly there is an explosive roar outside and the control room door bursts open with the shift foreman dripping with sweat shouting: “We’ve just lost Unit 3, I’m not sure what is happening…can you tell me what is going on”. Within seconds the alarms start pouring in. The operator starts to systematically work his way through the overview displays trying to identify what is going on. But he is slowly overwhelmed by the sheer number of alarms which are flitting across the screen so fast that he cannot even read them. And Unit 3 is now starting to lurch into a dangerous state with pressures, flows and temperatures well outside acceptable operating ranges. So it looks like an immediate shutdown of the plant is going to be required with some very unhappy customers over the next few weeks.

Was there any other approach possible?

Hopefully this is not the scenario on your plant; but could this just perhaps happen? Does your alarm system ensure the operator stays unerringly focussed on the source of the problem or is there a possibility that he could get overwhelmed and distracted by the number of alarms where many of them may not be relevant to the immediate problem?

It is important that throughout the plant that a consistent philosophy is adopted for alarms and that your operators are not distracted from the main ball game of operating the plant.

This workshop will give you the necessary information to ensure that your alarm system is well designed and provides your operators with the best picture of the operations of the plant. The workshop focuses on simple and practical information for personnel ranging from operators all the way up to supervisors, engineers and managers.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone involved in the installation, design and support of alarm systems
  • Design engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation technicians
  • Electrical engineers
  • Instrumentation and control system engineers
  • Instrumentation technologists and engineers
  • IT managers working with networks
  • Maintenance engineers and supervisors
  • Operations managers
  • Plant engineers
  • Process control designers and systems engineers
  • Process control engineers and technicians
  • Process engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Systems engineers

CONTENT SUMMARY

SAFETY EXAMPLES OF SYSTEMS

  • Why alarm systems need to be managed?

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF ALARM SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

  • Philosophies of alarm management

DESIGN OVERVIEW

  • Human and ergonomic factors
  • Structure of good alarm system
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL)

DEFINITION OF STRATEGY

MEASUREMENT OF THE ALARMS

  • Audit the current alarm status

ANALYSE THE ALARMS

DESIGN OF ALARM SYSTEM

MEASUREMENT OF PERFORMANCE

MANAGEMENT OF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

  • Alarm review
  • Elimination of spurious alarms
  • Process alarms
  • Intermittent and fleeting alarms
  • Control of modifications

HAZOPS AND ALARMS

  • Establish a strategy

TIE IT ALL TOGETHER

  • The way forward
  • Summary of key concepts

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