51st Annual Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS) | AIChE

51st Annual Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS)

  • Sunday, March 26 - CDT

    Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
  • The Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS) is one of four parallel symposia that comprise The Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS). The purpose of the LPS conference is to present technological advances in process safety, explosion prevention, fire protection and lessons learnt from incident investigations. This year’s theme: “Looking forward – new developments, cutting edge solutions, innovative and novel approaches”.

    The conference agenda will consist of nine sessions, each with three 25-minute presentations. Papers are selected by session chairs based on an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract must offer a brief account of the contents, conclusions, and the relevance to the topic area. Submitted abstracts must include the author, their affiliation, full address, email, and phone number. The papers will be published in the GCPS proceedings. 

    LPS Chair


    Encouraged session topics for this symposia include:

    Fires, Explosions, and Reactive Chemicals

    The analysis, prevention, protection and mitigation of fire and explosion hazards has been important to the loss prevention community. This session invites papers that identify, characterize, or offer design and operational guidance with a focus on new, novel or cutting edge approaches to the subjects.

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    Facility Siting, Consequence Analysis and Risk Assessment

    The application of facility siting principles continues to expand as part of project or facility risk assessment activities. This session seeks papers describing applications and recent advancements in Facility Siting and Quantitative Risk Analysis, as well as integration and application of such tools and techniques into corporate risk assessment, with a special emphasis on fire/toxic exposures and hazards posed by projectiles.  Papers discussing best practices, case studies, and lessons learned are encouraged.

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    Combustible Dust Hazards and Their Mitigation

    This technical session is seeking full length technical papers presenting new data on dust hazards and their mitigation. The second half of the session will feature a balanced panel of stakeholders, such as owner/operator representatives, standard makers, enforcers, and experts. After a brief presentation from each panel member, audience questions and other special topics will be discussed by the panel.

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    Novel Topics in Loss Prevention – Future of Process Safety

    This session invites abstracts that take a look into the crystal ball and describe what Loss Prevention will look like 20-25 years into the future.  How will trends in data analytics, cloud computing, and predictive statistics align themselves in helping us prevent fires explosions and toxic exposures from accidental releases? Will we have real-time risk analysis that is always running in the background to prevent an operator from making mistakes (similar to the auto stop features currently available in some cars)?  Put on your thinking caps, start dreaming, and share your vision with the LPS audience.

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    Mechanical Integrity, Asset Integrity, Damage Mechanisms, and Condition Monitoring

    Managing asset integrity involves designing, procuring, constructing, and maintaining process facilities that provide robust and reliable containment and control of process hazards over the entire facility lifetime. Damage mechanisms such as corrosion, erosion, fatigue, embrittlement, mechanical damage, including damage mechanisms resulting from operating a process outside of its integrity operating window, can lead to loss-of-containment events. This session is an opportunity to share new learnings about damage mechanisms and advances in condition monitoring techniques to detect damage mechanisms.  Papers are also welcomed on other aspects of mechanical integrity programs such as addressing aging plants; deficiency management; identifying critical equipment; and determining inspection, testing and preventative maintenance strategies using risk-based methods.

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    Case Histories - GCPS Joint Session

    Reviews of process safety incidents provide valuable learning opportunities.  This session invites papers to help understand the causes and lessons learned from incidents in the industry with an emphasis on events that have helped define and develop the process safety field over the years. 

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