Process Safety Spotlights | AIChE

Process Safety Spotlights

  • Sunday, March 26 - CDT

    Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
  • The Spotlight Track aims to communicate technical concepts –   The session chairs are interested in papers and presentations that describe approaches or programs designed to help facilitate the communication of technical engineering concepts and/or EHS related topics to internal and external non-technical stake holders (e.g. management, employees, regulators, education, and or public forms). 

    Spotlights Chair

    Encouraged session topics for this symposia include:


    Advances Utilizing Big Data Analytics in Process Safety (Invited Session)

    In this invited session the importance of utilizing big data analytics to impact the process safety area is highlighted. Presentations will cover a wide spectrum of topics from approaches that improve decision making on process safety to how process industries (such as chemical, oil & gas, semiconductor, and food) find actionable insights from Big Data to optimize process operation, and therefore, increase plant reliability and integrity. Big data can be identified by the four Vs (Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity).  With the continuing increase of plant data (Volume), there is a need to identify approaches that efficiently bring relevant information from data to improve process safety (for example, accelerating investigations into the root causes of safety incidents utilizing big data analytics). Speed in data preprocessing and analysis (Velocity) contributes to actions in real-time that avoid disruptions in production; novel approaches to identify process safety indicators that proactively anticipate safety abnormalities are an area of interest for this session. Contributions that benefit from utilizing data from various sources (Variety) and create an impact on decision making, development of leading indicators and Hazard Risk Assessment are also welcome in this session.  Examples of data sources include raw materials, process operation, product quality, customer feedback, and other unstructured sources (i.e., text data, images).  Finally, big data can have biases and inaccuracies (Veracity) that need to be identified and accounted for in order to reduce inference errors and improve the accuracy of generated insights.

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    Big Data Analytics and Process Safety

    Contributions that combine the area of Big Data Analytics and Process Safety are welcome in this session.  Approaches that are capable of analyzing multiple data sources (such as distributed control systems (DCS), historians (ip.21, LIMS), emergency shutdown databases (ESD), operator log books) in order to identify process near-misses and determine the probability of serious accidents are welcome in this section.  Areas of interest include proactive alarm management systems capable of providing real time insight to detect equipment failures, development of novel process safety leading indicators, hazard risk assessment methodologies and Industrial applications that focus on demonstrating improvements on process safety performance utilizing big data analytics are of special interest in this session.

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    Gas, Patch, Intermediate Storage, and Terminal Safety Management Developments

    Papers are invited that describe the application of process safety in natural gas production and pipeline transmission networks along with underground/cavern and terminal storage of gas and associated LPG/NGL/condensate products.   Strategies and technical developments that enable compliance with current US codes and standards are welcome along with solutions for proposed future regulatory requirements. Discussion of recent incidents and ways of managing gas patch safety issues with aging facilities and employment workforces are also solicited.

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    Industial Practices in Process Safety and Sustainability 

    Session Description Coming Soon.

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    Refining Process Safety 

    Oil refining exposes workers to an array of flammable and toxic materials, as well as hazards resulting from high pressure and high temperature operations.  This session seeks papers describing innovative methods for managing these risks, either through administrative/qualitative methods or by ‘technical’/quantitative means. Papers are also invited that describe the ways in which refiners are addressing compliance with current codes and standards, discuss recent refinery incidents, and ways of managing aging facilities.

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    Panel: Safety and Sustainability - Best Practices "Spotlight"

    The Panel will include 4 (four) invited speakers having expertise on Sustainability Education, Sustainability Performance Evaluation, Corporate Practices, and Regulatory Challenges. The speakers will speak for about 5 to 7 minutes each and at the end the Panel will take questions from the audience.

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    Safety & Sustainability - Visions Through to 2030: How Do We Get There?

    This Session will include speakers from the leadership and members of the AIChE Institutes/Divisions/Forums, such as Global/Center for Chemical Process Safety; Safety & Health Division; Institute for Sustainability/Sustainable Engineering Forum;  Fuels & Petrochemicals Division; Environmental Division; Government Legislative Group;  Energy Initiative; Water Initiative; Women's Initiative; and Young Professionals.

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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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