72nd Instrumentation and Automation Symposium, Call for Papers!

January 24-26, 2017

Special Focus Areas:

• Partial Stroke Device
• Safety Instrumented Systems
• Asset Management Systems
• Project Management
• Security
• Instrument Mechanical Integrity and Reliability
• Control Valve Sizing
• Enterprise Integration
• Cyber Security
• What’s New in Standards?
• LOPA
• Control Systems
• Safety Systems
• Inferential Sensors
• New Technology
• Back to Basics (for Students)

Abstracts are due by May 30, 2016
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2016 QATAR PROCESS SAFETY SYMPOSIUM

The two-day symposium will allow delegates from industry, regulatory institutions, and academia to hear about safety success stories, incident case studies, best practices, new legislative regimes, and recent advances of research on process safety.

For more information visit: http://qpss.qatar.tamu.edu/

Chemical Engineering Research Featured on Cover of AIChE Journal

Dr. M. Sam Mannan and researchers in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University were featured on the cover of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Journal.

For more information visit: http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2015/11/19/chemical-engineering-research-featured-on-cover-of-aiche-journal

MKOPSC will join Hazards 26 on May 24-26

Dr. Mannan will lead the Future of Process Safety Workshop on May 24, and on May 25, give a research talk on a Framework for Developing Leading Indicators of Offshore Drillwell Blowout Incidents. The full conference program and attendance details are available on the Hazards 26 website.

For more information visit: http://www.icheme.org/hazards26

2016 International Symposium: Early Registration Available Until September 30!

This symposium serves as the crossroads for process safety where industry, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders come together to discuss critical issues of research in process safety. Experts from around the world will gather as part of this two and a half-day symposium, to share the latest information on the hottest topics aimed at making the process industry a safer place.

For more information visit: http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2016-sym

Chancellor Announces $150 Million Research Campus

Chancellor John Sharp unveiled plans to invest $150 million to create a new research and development campus to be located at a revamped and renamed Riverside Campus. The campus initially will include a cluster of seven new buildings and test beds to encourage the private sector to develop secure research facilities adjacent to the System’s site. The planned future headquarters of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center is one of these seven new buildings.

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Prerna Jain receives second place award at the TAMU Student Research Week

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The Texas A&M Student Research Week (SRW) planning committee would like to congratulate Prerna Jain on her second place win in the Engineering and Architecture subject area at the 19th annual Student Research Week 2016. The College of Engineering had the largest number of competitors at SRW, making up 32% of our 740 registered participants. This was double the size of the second largest participating college. This large number of competitors means everyone in this subject area was competing for highly competitive first and second place spots, and it would require a high quality of research and exemplary presentation skills to place in this area of the competition. In addition to this, Texas A&M’s College of Engineering is currently ranked as one of the top schools in the world, and Prerna was competing among some of the best and brightest graduate students from many different departments. Prerna’s judges provided positive feedback to her work and ranked it highly. Her research had many implications for the development of efficient and integrated risk management method within the oil and gas industry, and we want to recognize the importance of this work within the field of chemical engineering and process safety. Her win is a great accomplishment, and we would also like to acknowledge Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at the Chemical Engineering department for supporting Prerna in her success. We look forward to seeing where Prerna’s future research endeavors will take her. (written by Alexandra Hardman, Student Research Week Director)

MKOPSC Participated in the Annual Physics and Engineering Festival


MKOPSC participated in the annual Physics and Engineering Festival on Saturday April 9, 2016. The annual festival, hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and featured free family fun for scientists and kids of all ages.
There were more than 150 interactive exhibits on display at the George P. Mitchell ’40 Physics Building on the Texas A&M campus. MKOPSC’s demonstration focused on hazard detection, emergency response, and human error, taught through a detailed model of a plant and Lego toys.

2016 Annual Physics and Engineering Festival Gallery

For more information about the festival, visit physicsfestival.tamu.edu.

Multiscale Modeling for Process Safety Applications Reference Book Released

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Multiscale Modeling for Process Safety Applications is a new reference and valuable resource for readers interested in theoretical simulations and/or computer simulations of hazardous scenarios. The book, released on December 1, 2015, was authored by Dr. Arnab Chakrabarty, Dr. Sam Mannan, professor of Chemical Engineering and Executive Director of MKOPSC, and Dr. Tahir Cagin, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University. As multi-scale modeling is a computational technique for solving problems involving multiple scales, such as how a flammable vapor cloud might behave if ignited, this book provides information on the fundamental topics of toxic, fire, and air explosion modeling, as well as modeling jet and pool fires using computational fluid dynamics.

The book goes on to cover nanomaterial toxicity, QSPR analysis on relation of chemical structure to flash point, molecular structure and burning velocity, first principle studies of reactive chemicals, water and air reactive chemicals, and dust explosions. It also provides the only comprehensive source addressing the use of multiscale modeling in the context of process safety. To aid understanding and involvement for the reader, the book features worked out examples, case studies, and a question bank. It bridges
multiscale modeling with process safety, enabling the reader to understand mapping between problem detail and effective usage of resources. An overall picture of addressing safety problems in all levels of modeling and the latest approaches to each in the field are presented as well.

Chemical and process safety professionals, industry practitioners, as well as faculty and graduate researchers, will benefit from the detailed coverage provided in this book.

71st Instrumentation and Automation Symposium Exceeds Registration Record

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The 71st Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries was held on January 26-28, 2016, in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) at Texas A&M University. The symposium was hosted by the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

The instrumentation symposium has had a fifth consecutive year of record attendance since 2010. The 2016 symposium saw a pronounced increase of attendees over the past year with ~500 total registered attendees. Keeping up with the latest software, knowledge, and regulations as they affect the instrumentation world is what continues to bring professionals, students, and faculty together each January. This long-standing symposium provides a forum for technical presentations, workshops, networking, and exhibits offering the latest technology for the industry.

Again in 2016, the Instrumentation Symposium featured the 4th Annual Instrument Reliability Network Symposium, which was presented jointly to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. The Instrument Reliability Network’s (IRN) mission is to share historical information and lessons learned in order to minimize environmental harm, improve industry safety, maximize asset performance, and reduce maintenance costs through better lifecycle management of instrumentation and controls applied in the process industry. The IRN is a natural addition to the instrumentation symposium due to the connections to instrumentation and the process industry. This year IRN hosted 3 panel discussions.

In keeping with the number of relevant topics discussed at the symposium, this year featured three Keynote speakers. The first keynote address was given by Jim Haw Manager of Technical Services at OXY Midstream Operations. His presentation discussed the technology and control systems within the big picture. The second keynote address was given by Pierce Cantrell Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University and he focused his presentation on “Safeguarding IT/Cyber Systems-Lessons learned”. A third keynote address was given by Mark Griffon, former board member of US Chemical Safety Board (CSB). His presentation was on lessons learned regarding instrumentation and controls from recent CSB investigations.

Along with the three keynote speakers, the symposium included 22 papers and 15 workshops over three days. The exhibit hall featured 31 companies showcasing their software products, instrumentation goods, and safety instrumented systems. The exhibits provided an opportunity for managers, operators, students, and instrumentation personnel to network with colleagues and seek out new trends and technology that is available to them in their respective areas.

For more information on the Instrumentation and Automation Symposium for the Process Industries, contact Valerie Green, Associate Director, at val-green@tamu.edu or Ms. Amarette Renieri at arenieri@tamu.edu.


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Hazard Analysis for LNG Facilities Short Course-March 1-2

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GexCon in association with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center is presenting an advanced course on the analysis of explosion and other hazards for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities.

The 2-day course will address multiple hazards associated with onshore and offshore LNG facilities including: LNG release and dispersion, explosion modeling, cryogenic spills, prevention and mitigation, probabilistic risk assessments, legislation, accidents, selected case studies.

The course will prove helpful to experienced engineers, safety supervisors, and operating managers who are committed to safe workplaces.

As part of the course, participants will be able to see a live LNG spill and demonstration at the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field . The course will be held March 1-2 in the Jack Brown Building on the Texas A&M University campus. You can register online at https://mkopsc.catalog.instructure.com/courses/mkoc4192

You can find more information on the course here: Program

The course features a LIVE LNG Spill and Demo!

Mannan named first holder of M.A. Naser Chair at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Wang Endowed Professor

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Mary Kay O’Conner Process Safety Center and Regents Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named the first holder of the M.A. Naser Chair by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Mannan was introduced during a ceremony to mark the launch of the chair by Rahman Murshed, president of the BUET Chemical Engineering Association, and Professor M.A.A. Shoukat Choudhury, department head of chemical engineering at BUET.

The chair was established by the BUET Chemical Engineering Alumni Association to recognize the contributions made by Professor M.A. Naser, former vice chancellor of BUET and a pioneer in the field of chemical engineering education in Bangladesh.

Dr. Toufiq Ali, CEO of Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Ltd., Professor Nooruddin Ahmed and Professor Tqbal Mahmud, both former vice chancellors of BUET, gave presentations at the ceremony. Also in attendance were representatives from the Bangladesh National Authority of Chemical Weapon Convention, the Armed Forces Division, Chevron and Dutch-Bangla Bank.

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Sources:
http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2016/01/07/mannan-named-first-holder-of-ma-naser-chair-at-bangladesh-university-of-engineering-and-technology
http://www.bonikbarta.com/2016-01-07/news/details/61858.html

Dr. Mannan Awarded Professional Process Safety Engineer and IChemE Certifies Masters in Safety Engineering Program

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Since 2014, the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), a TEES center, has held events and collaborative projects with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the lead professional engineering organization in Europe. IChemE and MKOPSC’s relationship has led to collaboration in process safety education, CPD products, and strategic leadership and direction.

IChemE recently introduced the Professional Process Safety Engineer (PPSE) registration to provide public recognition of peer reviewed process safety practitioners. The registration is globally recognized and positioned at the same professional level as Chartered Engineer or Professional Engineer. The goal of the PPSE is to distinguish those with a strong process safety competence and be a mark of professional excellence for practitioners worldwide.

At MKOPSC’s 2015 International Symposium, IChemE presented the certification that the degree of Master of Science in Safety Engineering (conferred by MKOPSC) has been benchmarked by IChemE as satisfying the academic requirements for registration as a Professional Process Safety Engineer, and is considered a preferred pathway to obtaining the qualification.

Dr. Mannan is a Fellow of IChemE, and at the 2015 Symposium, was conferred the PPSE qualification. He joins fewer than 100 engineers worldwide who have achieved the qualification.

Associate Pressure Vessel Engineer – Ebra International

Associate Pressure Vessel Engineer – Ebra International

Applications Engineer – Ebra International

Applications Engineer – Ebra International

Project Engineer Manager- Ebra International

Project Engineer Manager – Ebra International

Wang Named Dale Janes Endowed Professor

Wang Endowed Professor

Dr. Paul J. Tikalsky, dean of College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has appointed Dr. Qingsheng Wang holder of the Dale F. Janes Endowed Professorship in Fire Protection & Safety.

Wang is an associate professor in Fire Protection & Safety and a graduate faculty in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and is also a faculty fellow of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Wang’s research is focused on process safety and fire protection engineering. His research group is particularly interested in the prevention, protection and mitigation of fire and explosion hazards in the energy industries. In addition, the group is developing new flame retardant materials which, when exposed to fire, char very quickly, creating a physical/chemical barrier that reduces the original material’s flammability.

The Dale F. Janes Endowed Professorship in Fire Protection and Safety was created in 2007. In 2008, FPST stakeholders donated over $400,000 for the creation of a $1.6 million endowed professorship, for the university’s “40 Days and 40 Nights” fundraising campaign, in which donations of over $250,000 were quadrupled.

Systems Safety Engineer – Parsons

Systems Safety Engineer – Parsons

Plant Manager – Recruiting Source

Plant Manager – Recruiting Source

Production Supervisor – Recruiting Source

Production Supervisor – Recruiting Source

Mannan Delivers First Trevor Kletz Lecture at Hazards 25

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A new lecture celebrating the life of process safety pioneer, Professor Trevor Kletz, was delivered for the first time in Edinburgh, UK at the Hazards 25 process safety symposium. Organised by The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the meeting is Europe’s leading annual process safety conference. Hazards 25 provides an international platform for sharing the latest research and lessons learned from process safety successes and failures. Dr. Sam Mannan, from Texas A&M University’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre delivered the inaugural lecture during the opening day of the meeting on 13 May. The programme also features a stimulating line-up of international keynote speakers including: John Bresland, former chairman of the US chemical safety board; Gus Carroll, UK group head of process safety at Centrica; Dirk Roosendans, head of technological risks at Total and Refining Chemicals in Belgium; and IChemE president, Geoff Maitland. The symposium, which began in 1960 is organised in association with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre.

Kletz was a regular contributor from the outset and he remained active professionally until shortly before his death at the age of 90 in 2013. Mannan said: “Trevor Kletz’ major contribution and lasting legacy in the field of process safety is recognised worldwide. He will continue to inspire generations in academia, industry and government. I’m honoured to provide the inaugural lecture in his memory.” David Brown, chief executive of IChemE, said: “Last year, the insurance provider Marsh reported that losses exceeding US $34 billion have resulted from the 100 largest accidents in the hydrocarbon industry. Eight new incidents have been added to the list since 2011. This provides a stark reminder of the financial impact of process safety failure. “To quote Trevor Kletz – ‘if you think safety is expensive, try having an accident.’ Risk can never be completely eliminated, but it’s through conferences like this and similar events in Malaysia and Australia that we can learn from previous experiences and create a safer working environment.”

Hazards 25 includes more than 60 technical presentations from leading industry practitioners including: ABB, Amec Foster Wheeler, AstraZeneca, BakerRisk, E.ON, Exxon Mobil, Health & Safety Laboratory, Scottish Power, Shell, and others; who will share their process safety knowledge. A major exhibition of products and services will run alongside the event. The event runs from 13—15 May 2015 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Sponsors include ABB, Abbott Risk Consulting, ABS Group, BakerRisk, DNV GL, and MMI Engineering.

You can learn more about Dr. Mannan’s Trevor Kletz Hazards Lecture and hear the full recording of his talk here

Above content taken from the IchemE article. View the original article here

El-Halwagi Explores Energy, Water Nexus

El-Halwagi Explores Energy, Water Nexus

Dr. Luc Vechot Wins 2015 Young Faculty Award from TAMU-Qatar

Luc Vechot

Dr. Luc Vechot, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at TAMU-Qatar and Director of MKOPSC-Qatar was awarded the 2015 Young Faculty Award. Dr. Vechot has worked on process safety related research topics for the last seven years.

    His current research focuses on:

  • Chemical reaction hazards, runaway reactions
  • Pressure relief design and scale up of untempered chemical systems (DIERS and UN methods)
  • Mitigation of the consequences of accidental spills of LNG onto land or water

Dr. Qingsheng Wang Awarded Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award

Qingsheng Wang

Dr. Qingsheng Wang, an alumni and Faculty Fellow of the Center, has won the 2015 Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty Award. Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. The Halliburton Young Faculty award recognizes outstanding contributions to the college by a faculty member aged 40 years or younger, or with 5 or fewer years in a full-time academic position. The recipient is selected by a committee consisting of the Dean or his designee, a previous award recipient, and a senior faculty member from each division of the college of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU.

Mashuga Studies Destructive, Fiery Dust

Mashuga Studies Destructive, Fiery Dust

Safety Climate Research Paper Awarded 2014 JBP Editor Commendation


This year the Journal of Business and Psychology began a new initiative whereby the editors identified papers of particular note published in 2014. These papers then received a “2014 Editor Commendation”. MKOPSC faculty fellows Dr. Mindy E. Bergman and Dr. Stephanie C. Payne and their PhD student Dr. Jeremy Beus (currently at LSU) received 2014 Editor’s Commendation for their safety climate paper in the Journal of Business and Psychology. The paper is titled “The Shelf Life of a Safety Climate Assessment: How Long Until the Relationship with Safety–Critical Incidents Expires?”.

Mannan Interview Featured in Houston Chronicle’s Story

Mannan Interview Featured in Houston Chronicle’s Story

10 Years Later, Texas City Explosion Serves as Benchmark

10 Years Later, Texas City Explosion Serves as Benchmark

Morton Receives First Distance Learning Degree in Safety Engineering

Ryan Morton

“By pursuing the master’s in safety engineering degree, I’ve gained valuable technical knowledge through academia while being able to practice in the workplace,” said Ryan Morton who graduated from the new distance learning program.

“Realizing that my courses were covering the same content and challenges faced at work, I quickly gained confidence and credibility with how I approached problems and generated solutions. I learned philosophical aspects of engineering safety to be better equipped to influence organizations toward safer, engineered products and operations. This type of learning is difficult to find on the job. Another benefit I found was most companies have been interested in supporting this effort financially while working, making the argument to pursue very strong. For anyone who is interested, I suggest starting today and you’ll be done before you realize it.”

Morton is the first student to receive this degree by distance learning. He works as a senior technical safety engineer with Anadarko Petroleum.

MKOPSC Faculty Fellow Dr. Vaddiraju Receives Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award

MKOPSC Faculty Fellow Dr. Vaddiraju Receives Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award

MKOPSC Student Jiaqi Zhang Named Finalist in ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ Contest

MKOPSC Student Jiaqi Zhang Named Finalist in ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ Contest

2014 MKOPSC Awards Presented

2014 MKOPSC Awards Presented

2014 International Process Safety Symposium Continues with Record Attendance

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 17th Annual International Symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” in Association with IChemE, held on October 28-30 drew record attendance for its fourth consecutive year. More than 640 participants from industry, government and academia attended the symposium. Brian Salerno, Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, presented the Frank P. Lees Memorial Lecture entitled, “Reducing Risk Offshore: A Systematic Approach” the first day of the symposium. Eamonn Naughton, Group Head of Risk, Learning, and HSSE at BP presented the keynote address entitled “BP’s Global Process Safety Journey: What are we learning about learning?” on the second day. Dwight Johnston, Vice President of Safety, Environment, and Social Performance in Shell’s Deep Water Business Unit, delivered the day three keynote lecture, “Process Safety Management”.

In addition to the highlighted keynote addresses, nearly 100 presentations were given on various safety-related topics, including safety culture/operational discipline, risk analysis, process management for safety, and inherent safety. Exhibits from 39 companies that demonstrated products, technology and software related to process safety were displayed at the symposium. On Wednesday evening, the Center sponsored a banquet for guests at the Traditions Club. Entertainment for the evening was provided by two Aggie Student organizations, TAMU Bellydance Association and Percussion Studio, and also featured professional classical Indian musicians.

A highlight of the symposium is the presentation of the Merit and Service awards. The annual Trevor Kletz Merit Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of education, research, or service activities related to process safety concepts and/or technologies. The contributions or accomplishments leading to the annual Merit Award need not be associated with the Center, but must fit within the central theme of the Center: Making Safety Second Nature. In establishing the Merit Award, the Steering Committee underscored the importance of promoting and recognizing significant contributions and accomplishments of practitioners and researchers worldwide. The 2014 Merit Award was presented to Paul Amyotte. The Harry H. West Service Award, on the other hand, was established by the Steering Committee to honor and recognize individuals who have contributed directly to the success of the Center and have played a significant role in advancing the mission of the Center. The Service Award was presented to Jack Chosnek.

The Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship was presented to Lubna Ahmed. In fond and living memory of Lamiya Zahin, the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center have established the Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship. On July 31, 2004, an explosion and fire occurred in a university apartment on the Texas A&M University campus. Four members of the family of Saquib Ejaz, a chemical engineering graduate student were critically injured and hospitalized. Saquib’s mother and his four-year old daughter, Lamiya Zahin subsequently passed away a few days later in the intensive care burn unit at Galveston Hospital from injuries sustained in the fire. Graduate students in the department are encouraged to apply for the scholarship by writing a 1000-word essay on “Safety Innovations in Research Projects.” The Honorable Mention recipient was Ravi Chawla.

The symposium and banquet photos are available here: http://psc.tamu.edu/library/photo-gallery

The 18th Annual International Symposium is scheduled for October 27-29, 2015 at the Hilton Conference Center at College Station, TX. The Call for Papers is being solicited through March 13, 2015; information can be found here: http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2015-sym.

For more information on the International Symposium, contact Valerie Green, Associate Director, at 979-845-6884 or val-green@tamu.edu.

BSEE Director Delivers Keynote at 2014 International Symposium

BSEE Director Delivers Keynote at 2014 International Symposium

Dr. Ray Mentzer Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Ray Mentzer Promoted to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Mannan Awarded ChEGSA Service Award


The 2014 Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (ChEGSA) Service Award was presented to Dr. Mannan. The award is bestowed to a Texas A&M faculty or staff member who has contributed the most to ChEGSA success during the year.

Dr. Mannan Awarded TEES Engineering Genesis Award

Dr. Mannan Awarded TEES Engineering Genesis Award

Making safety second nature in Qatar

Making safety second nature in Qatar

Process Safety Consultant – Kestrel Management

Process Safety Consultant – Kestrel Management

Senior Risk Consultant – GexCon US

Senior Risk Consultant – GexCon US

Business Development Manager – GexCon US

Business Development Manager – GexCon US

AVEVA to Host World Renowned Safety Expert at Houston Event

Dr. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), will be presenting his research “Development of an Effective Framework for Shift Handover” at the Houston Petroleum Club on 15 April, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Proper shift handover is critical to the safety and efficiency of a process. Many catastrophic incidents in the chemical industry have been caused in part by poor shift handovers. AVEVA contracted with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) to conduct a thorough literature review on current shift handover practices; conduct a field study and/or survey to understand the nature and severity of problems that commonly occur in shift handover; and identify the gaps and deficiencies in current shift handover practice. To validate this desk research, MKOPSC conducted a survey from a representative range of companies operating a variety of facilities to understand current shift handover practices applied in companies. It addressed four key topics: method of shift handover, quality of shift handover, process information, and improvement of current practices. Our research and the survey results showed that for an effective and efficient handover, the information conveyed should be accurate and detailed. This can be achieved using well-structured software. In addition, a positive working environment must be established to encourage an effective handover. In conclusion, good practices of shift handover and the desirable features of suitable logging software are proposed.

2014 Instrumentation Symposium Proves to be another Banner Year with Record Attendance


The 69th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries was held on January 21-23, 2014, in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) at Texas A&M University. The symposium was hosted by the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. This was the second year in the MSC, solidifying a venue tradition as the symposium moves forward. The exhibit hall space was increase by 50% over what was offered in 2013, and there was a sizable increase in the number of booths present. For the second year in a row, the symposium saw an increase in the number of papers presented by utilizing a dual-track program.

The instrumentation symposium has had a third consecutive year of record attendance since 2010. While the 2012 and 2013 symposia showed a steady increase of attendees, the 2014 symposium saw a pronounced increase of attendees over the past year. This indicates a trend that will likely continue to grow in the coming years. Keeping up with the latest software, knowledge, and regulations as they affect the instrumentation world is what continues to bring professionals, students, and faculty together each January. This long-standing symposium provides a forum for technical presentations, workshops, networking, and exhibits offering the latest technology for the industry.

Again in 2014, the Instrumentation Symposium featured the 2nd Annual Instrument Reliability Network Symposium, which was presented jointly to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. The Instrument Reliability Network’s (IRN) mission is to share historical information and lessons learned in order to minimize environmental harm, improve industry safety, maximize asset performance, and reduce maintenance costs through better lifecycle management of instrumentation and controls applied in the process industry. The IRN is a natural addition to the instrumentation symposium due to the connections to instrumentation and the process industry. This year, the second track of papers for two of the days was focused solely on the IRN and its growth potential.

In keeping with the number of relevant topics discussed at the symposium, this year featured three Keynote speakers. The first keynote address was given by Richard Meserole, Vice President of Construction for the Energy & Chemicals division at Fluor. His presentation discussed the current and projected markets in oil, gas, and chemicals and some of the strategies that instrumentation companies are looking to use as the market grows and changes. The second keynote address was given by Amr El-Bakry, Senior Optimization Advisor for ExxonMobil Production Company. He presented on the topic of the importance of asset management in instrumentation with a presentation titled, “Asset Management: Data-to-Action.” A third keynote address, specifically tailored to the IRN portion of the symposium, was given by Gregory Morales, Site Reliability Director for Dow Texas Operations. His presentation was titled, “Reliability is a Culture,” and focused on how to make reliability a culture and the challenging paradigms to do so.

Along with the three keynote speakers, the symposium included 26 papers and 15 workshops over three days. The exhibit hall featured 38 companies showcasing their software products, instrumentation goods, and safety instrumented systems. The exhibits provided an opportunity for managers, operators, students, and instrumentation personnel to network with colleagues and seek out new trends and technology that is available to them in their respective areas.

The 70th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries is scheduled for January 27-29, 2015 at the MSC at Texas A&M University. The Call for Papers is being solicited through May 31, 2014; information can be found here: http://instrumentation-symposium.che.tamu.edu/.

For more information on the Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries, contact Valerie Green, Associate Director, Administration, at 979-845-6884 or val-green@tamu.edu.

Dr. Sam Mannan Presents Keynote at PSTEM.


Dr. Sam Mannan gave the keynote address entitled “Risk Management in Business Expansion,” at the 2013 Process Safety Technical Exchange Meeting (PSTEM). This fourth conference “Risk Management: A Key to Operational Transformation,” was held at the Le Meridien Al-Khobar hotel in Saudi Arabia on November 13-14, 2013.

The objective of PSTEM is to advance the understanding of process safety. The goals of the conference are to share process safety knowledge and expertise in regional companies, network with experts in the process safety field, and maintain relevance within the industry and help in discussing benchmarking programs

BSEE and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Announce Agreement

BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT – OCEAN ENERGY SAFETY INSTITUTE Fact Sheet

Trevor Kletz Passes Away

On the morning of October 31, 2013, Dr. Trevor Kletz passed away peacefully and calmly. Our hearts are heavy and we are immensely saddened at the passing of Trevor Kletz; however, we must celebrate Trevor’s life and accomplishments. Trevor lived a very successful and productive life. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy that will for a long time impact growth and development in process safety in the chemical industry. Some have characterized Trevor as a scholar, some have called him an astute practitioner, and some hold him in high regard for his unique ability to transform complex issues into simple messages that he communicated in his unique way. Above all, Trevor was a visionary and a trailblazer, the likes of whom come in our midst only every few centuries. The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center has lost a great supporter and friend. I personally have lost a teacher, mentor and friend.
We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences on this sad occasion to the family and friends of Trevor Kletz.

Dr. M. Sam Mannan
Regents Professor and Director
Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
Texas A&M University

Announcing Faculty Position Opening

http://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/jobs

MKOPSC receives five new grants

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2013/08/30/mkopsc-receives-five-new-grants

Adjunct Faculty Joins Center

Dr. Chad Mashuga has joined Texas A&M University’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Mashuga holds a B.S. and PhD. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He has held research positions in process simulation, physical properties and plant distillation for BASF in Wyandotte, MI. In addition, he was the director of experimental safety for BASF in the NAFTA region. Currently Dr. Mashuga is focusing his research expertise in the area of flammability as a member of Dow Chemical’s reactive chemicals group in Freeport, TX.

In addition to his industrial experience, while working for BASF, Dr. Mashuga held an Adjunct Professor position in the department of Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical engineering.

He has authored and coauthored several papers in flammability and contributed to several AIChE texts. He received AIChE’s William H. Doyle Award in 2000 and is a member of the 11a: Safety and Health Division. Dr. Mashuga is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Dr. Sam Mannan, Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Safety Process Center said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr. Mashuga to the Center and the department. I have the greatest respect and admiration for his work and I sincerely believe that he will make significant contributions to furthering the mission of the Center.”

 

 

MKOPSC Faculty Fellow Dr. Victor Ugaz receives AFS Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2013/03/29/engineering-faculty-receive-afs-distinguished-achievement-awards

Dr. Sam Mannan testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2013/07/05/mannan-gives-congressional-testimony-on-explosions-in-texas-and-louisiana

Texas A&M-Qatar launch Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center-Qatar

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2013/07/02/qp-texas-am-university-at-qatar-formally-launch-the-mary-kay-oconnor-process-safety-center-qatar

Workshop brochure update March 12-2

Workshop brochure update March 12-2

2013 Instrumentation Symposium Boasts New Location, Record Attendance

2013 Instrumentation Symposium Boasts New Location, Record Attendance

The 68th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries was held on January 22-24, 2013, in the newly reconstructed and reopened Memorial Student Center (MSC) at Texas A&M University.  This move in venue offered notable improvements to the symposium, including an increase in paper and workshop presentations and an exhibition hall more suited to the expanding program. The symposium was able to offer an additional workshop and nearly double the amount of papers presented by adding a second track to the program due to the increase of available space in the MSC. 

This year, the instrumentation symposiumhas had a second consecutive year of record attendance since 2010. The 2012 and 2013 symposia show a steady increase of attendees that will likely continue to grow in the coming years.  Keeping up with the latest software, knowledge, and regulations as they affect the instrumentation world is what continues to bring professionals, students, and faculty together each January. This long-standing symposium provides a forum for technical presentations, workshops, networking, and exhibits offering the latest technology for the industry.

A unique feature of the 2013 Instrumentation Symposium was the inclusion of the 1st Annual Instrument Reliability Network Symposium, which was presented jointly to raise
awareness and provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. The Instrument Reliability Network’s (IRN) mission is to share historical information and lessons learned in order to minimize environmental harm, improve industry safety, maximize asset performance, and reduce maintenance costs through better lifecycle management of instrumentation and controls applied in the process industry.

This year’s Symposium featured three Keynote speakers.

The first keynote address was given by Joe Gregory, General Manager of Major Capital Projects for the Deepwater Exploration and Projects Business Unit of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. His presentation was titled, “Excellence in Automation: Key Enabler for Business Success,” and discussed the application of technology to maintain a successful business in the process industries.

The second keynote address was given by Marty W. Edwards, Director of the Control Systems Security Program in the National Cyber Security Division of the US Department of
Homeland Security. He presented on the recently relevant topic of cyber security with a presentation titled, “Cyber Threats to Industrial Control Systems: Fact or Fiction.” 

The final day’s Keynote address was given by Ali H. Alawadhi, Specialist of Reliability Management at Kuwait National Petroleum Company. His presentation was directed specifically to the IRN topic and was titled, “Implementing an Instrument Reliability Program in Large Organizations: Challenges and Benefits.” This address helped introduce the IRN to the instrumentation symposium attendees.

The 69th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries is scheduled for January 21-23, 2014 at the MSC at Texas A&M University. The Call for Papers is being solicited through May 31, 2013; information can be found here: http://instrumentation-symposium.che.tamu.edu/2014-sym.

For more information on the Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries, contact Tricia Hasan, symposium coordinator, at 979-458-1863 or triciahasan@tamu.edu.

2012 International Process Safety Symposium Draws Record Attendance

Featuring three keynote lectures from Larry Stanton, Director of Emergency Management at the EPA; Dr. Nancy Leveson, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT; and Steve Flynn, Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment with BP, the 15th annual international symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” drew record attendance for its second consecutive year. This year also included a celebration of Dr. Trevor Kletz’s 90th birthday in recognition of his continuing contribution to process safety awareness and research.

More than 540 participants from industry and academia attended the symposium, which is sponsored by the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and serves as the crossroads for process safety.

In addition to the highlighted keynote addresses, nearly 100 presentations were given on various safety-related topics, including safety culture/ operational discipline, risk analysis, process management for safety, and inherent safety. The symposium also featured exhibits from over two dozen companies that demonstrated products, technology and software related to process safety.

 

 

Laird Named Director of AIChE CAST Division

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2012/09/28/laird-named-director-of-aiche-cast-division/

Mannan to Discuss National Management of Oil, Gas Industry at OSHA Event

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 6, 2012 – M. Sam Mannan, regents professor and director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, is scheduled to discuss the potential impact of a national regulatory management system for the oil and gas industry Sept. 20-21 at a public stakeholder meeting sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The two-day meeting will take place at the College of the Mainland in Texas City and is slated to begin at 9 a.m. in the LRC auditorium on campus. The event is aimed at exploring the use of performance-based, goal-oriented regulatory programs in the United States.

In addition to representatives from OSHA, delegates from a number of agencies with jurisdiction over onshore and offshore oil and gas operations will be in attendance, including those from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation.

Mannan is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. A professional engineer and certified safety professional, he is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and the National Fire Protection Association.

In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors and has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions, lending his expertise on matters of national security as it relates to chemical safety and infrastructure. Mannan is a co-author of “Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance” and editor of the third and fourth editions of “Lees Loss Prevention in the Process Industries,” the authoritative reference on process safety and loss prevention.

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Adjunct Faculty Join Center

Dr. Scott Davis and Dr. Jai Gupta have joined Texas A&M University’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center as adjunct professors.

Dr. Davis is the President and Principal Engineer at GexCon US. He specializes in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the engineering analysis and testing of combustion, thermal, and fluid processes. Dr. Davis earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He is a Professional Engineer and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.

Dr. Gupta currently serves as Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology in Rae Bareli, India. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur. His research interest include Process Intensification, Petroleum E&P and Environment and Safety in Chemical Process Industry. Dr. Gupta earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sam Mannan, Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Safety Process Center said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome these two eminent professionals and researchers to the Center and the department. I have the greatest respect and admiration for their work and I sincerely believe that they will make significant contributions to furthering the mission of the Center .”

Dr. Davis Dr. Gupta

Safety Expert Bresland Joins Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2012/09/03/safety-expert-bresland-joins-mary-kay-o%27connor-process-safety-center/

MKOPSC PhD Students Received Awards

Tony Rocha-Valadez, MKOPSC PhD student in Chemical Engineering, was chosen as a recipient of the 2012-2013 Texas A&M Energy Institute ConocoPhillips Fellowship award, part of the inaugural class of Texas A&M Energy Institute Fellows. Tony will display a poster of his research at the Water and Energy in Texas: Solutions from Texas A&M conference on October 3-4, 2012 at the Hilton College Station & Conference Center.
Diana Castellanos, MKOPSC PhD student in Material Science, received the Best Paper Award at the 9th ISHPMIE in Krakow, Poland. Diana’s paper “The Effect of Particle Size Polidispersity on the Explosibility Characteristic of Aluminum Dust” was selected as one of the five best papers by the Award Committee. While the committee focused on contributions from early-career researchers, its selections identified papers which were felt to be outstanding among all submissions and deserved recognition because of the quality of their scientific content and the clarity of the presentation.

New Publication Details Future of Process Safety for Academia, Industry

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2012/08/06/new-publication-details-future-of-process-safety-for-academia-industry/

MOU signing to Establish a Process Safety Program and Facility

Representatives from the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on campus June 18. The MOU established a joint collaboration between the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) on behalf of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. Pictured left to right: Dr. N.K. Anand, TEES associate director and executive associate dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering; Dr. J.P. Gupta, director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Areli, India; and Dr. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.

A special thanks to TEES Engineering News for the story. Click here to view the news.

Process Safety Research Agenda for the 21st Century

“PROCESS SAFETY RESEARCH AGENDA FOR THE 21st CENTURY,” is a policy document developed by a representation of the global process safety academia following the unprecedented workshop held on October 21-22, 2011, at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Mannan says, “I firmly believe this document will shape the research and academic activities related to process safety in the 21st century.”

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Industrial Hygienist – OSHA

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Safety and Occupational Health Specialist – OSHA

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Mannan Honored with Guest Professor Distinction

Regents Professor and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, M. Sam Mannan, has been honored with the title of Guest Professor by China’s Nanjing University of Technology.

While visiting Nanjing University to take part in formal recognition ceremonies, Mannan delivered a presentation titled “Society’s Choices” to the faculty of safety engineering and discussed the Columbia disaster with undergraduate students in safety engineering.

Nanjing University of Science and Technology was founded in 1953 and is one of the first groups of national key universities. Composed of 26 colleges and serving nearly 30,000 students, including overseas students, undergraduates and master’s and doctoral degree candidates, Nanjing emphasizes outreach and collaboration with universities throughout the world in an effort to promote cooperative agreements and exchange programs.

Holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in Texas A&M’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Mannan is a professional engineer and certified safety professional. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association.

In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has provided testimony on multiple occasions to Congress and served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Mannan Honored with Bush Excellence Award

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2012/04/19/mannan-honored-with-bush-excellence-award/

El-Halwagi, Kuo Honored with AFS Distinguished Achievement Award

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2012/03/30/el-halwagi-kuo-honored-with-afs-distinguished-achievement-award/

Texas A&M Hosts Process Safety Meet

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=493326&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

Advantages and pitfalls of Mechanical Integrity Programs

http://www.apmadvisor.com/archivearticle.asp?id=260&is=51&ord=1

El-Halwagi, Kao Honored by Dwight Look College

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/11/21/el-halwagi-kao-honored-by-dwight-look-college/

Health & Safety: Leadership Position – ERCO Worldwide

El-Halwagi Pens New Textbook on Process Design

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/11/01/el-halwagi-pens-new-textbook-on-process-design/

International Workshop on Loss Prevention and Safety

The International Workshop on Loss Prevention and Safety will be hosted by The Institution of Engineers in Bangladesh beginning on December 31, 2011. Engineers from all engineering disciplines will attend the two-day workshop, which will be presided over by Prof Dil Afroza Begum, Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Divisional Committee, IEB. Special guest will be the Ministry of Environment, GoB.

The workshop will consist of five sessions presented by Dr. Sam Mannan, director and several Center research associates.

The sessions will include Inherently Safer Design presented by Dr. Mannan and Professor Jai Gupta. Dr. Gupta is Professor and Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli.

Layers of Protection Analysis will be presented by Professor Hans Pasman and Dr. Mannan. Dr. Pasman is Emeritus Professor of Chemical Risk Management at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and Visiting Research Professor at the Center.

Also being presented at the workshop is the topic ATEX: European Legislation for Explosive Atmospheres presented by Prof. Adam Markowski and Prof. Pasman. Dr. Adam Markowski is Head of the Department of Process and Ecological Safety at the Technical University (TU) of Lodz, Poland.

Systematic Evaluation of Reactive Hazards will be presented by Professor Maria Papadaki of the University of Ioannina and Dr. Mannan. Dr. Papadaki is Professor in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management at the University of Ioannina, Greece.

The workshop will conclude on January 1, 2012 with a certificate ceremony and dinner.

2011 International Process Safety Symposium Draw Record Attendance

Featuring an impassioned address on the nation’s energy policy by former Congressman and leading authority on national security Lee H. Hamilton, the 14th annual symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” drew record attendance this year.

More than 500 participants from industry and academia attended the symposium, which is sponsored by the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and serves as the crossroads for process safety.

In addition to Hamilton’s keynote address, nearly 100 presentations were given on various safety-related topics, including safety culture/ operational discipline, incident analysis, process management for safety, and consequence analysis. The symposium also featured exhibits from two dozen companies that demonstrated products, technology and software related to process safety.

 

 

Inaugural International Workshop Aims to Enhance Process Safety Research

Key discussions generated from a first-of-its-kind international workshop on process safety research are helping to guide future research endeavors in the field.

Held at Texas A&M University, the inaugural “Process Safety Research Agenda for the 21st Century” provided the opportunity for authorities on process safety from 17 countries to exchange knowledge on critical issues facing the process safety field. The workshop was sponsored by the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.

“The two days [of the workshop] were highly successful and exceeded all expectations for broad agreement on key process safety research that should be pursued and funded on a global basis,” said M. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and regents professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M.

At the workshop, nearly 40 participants engaged in a series of thought-provoking presentations and discussions, which positioned the group to outline key topics that were then pursued by various breakout groups.

Proceedings of the meeting are being prepared, a summary of which will appear in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries (JLPPI).

 

Chemical Process Safety Engineer

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton to Discuss Energy Issues, Safety

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton to Discuss Energy Issues, Safety

2042 Layer of Protection Analysis
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3121 Reducing Human Error in Process Safety
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Senior Process Safety Risk Engineers – BakerRisk

Location: Houston, TX

Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants provides services to industries and governments around the world to assess the consequences and risks associated with potentially catastrophic events including explosions, fires and toxic material releases. Our research and development programs make us a technology leader with the most advanced methodologies and tools to predict potential consequences, analyze risk, and design protection, prevention, and mitigation systems for such catastrophic events.

Description: Seeking senior level engineers to assist with risk engineering and PSM.
Qualified candidate will:

  • Participate/facilitate Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) activities such as HAZOPs, “what ifs”, etc., as well as Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) studies and address action items resulting from these studies, audits, incident investigations, etc.
  • Document safety requirement specifications and perform calculations to determine the required integrity level of each Safety Instrumented Function (SIF). Modifies or designs Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) to meet the required Safety Integrity Level (SIL).
    • Key Understanding of ISA 84, IEC 61508, IEC 61511 and OSHA 1910 standards
    • Certification as a Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) desired
  • Document projects to include developing testing requirements
  • Validates SIFs to ensure they have the desired functionality
  • Maintains performance of SIFs and monitor changes to SIS that might affect SIL
  • Audits designs, procedures and installations
  • Provide Safety Requirements Specification (SRS)

Provide SIF Conceptual/Detailed Design. Must be able to manage and execute safety, risk or related projects and activities. Must also be able to demonstrate a comprehensive history of active project management specific to consequence and risk analysis and similar studies. Must have effective verbal and written communication skills while interfacing with clients and other staff members. Assignments may include tasks in design and development, testing of materials, preparation of specifications, process study, research investigation, accident investigation and report preparation.

Requirements: BS or MS in related Engineering field with 5 plus years of experience. Experience in Process Engineering, Risk Management, Consequence Analysis, Quantitative Risk Analysis, PHA/HAZOP/LOPA Facilitation, Fire Protection, SIS/SIL, and/or PSM/RMP.

BakerRisk offers a competitive salary and benefit package including holiday, vacation and sick- leave pay, medical/dental insurance, matching 401K and potential for a significant year end bonus.

For additional job postings and information or to apply for this position, please see our website at http://www.bakerrisk.com/Careers/Apply or e-mail resumes directly to Resumes@BakerRisk.com.

Please reference job code PSSR0911TAMU

Process Safety Engineer – aeSolutions

Position Summary
Provide consulting services for risk assessment and process hazard analysis, including HAZOP and LOPA studies for oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical companies. Support projects in specialized areas of PSM including procedure development, training course delivery, management of change system development and compliance audits. Assist Safety Systems Team in development of Safety System Engineering related deliverables.

Essential Duties:

  • Risk assessment and process hazard analysis facilitation, including HAZOP, LOPA and QRA studies
  • Technical lead on specialized process safety lifecycle services including procedure development, training course delivery, management of change system development and compliance audits
  • Assists Safety Systems Team in development of safety instrumented system front end loading related deliverables

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Experience in performing process hazard analyses (PHA) and risk assessment studies, including HAZOP, What-If, HAZID
  • Knowledge of Safety Integrity Level (SIL) identification and Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) preferred
  • Experience in quantitative risk assessment and facility sitting analysis valued
  • Experience in developing, implementing or managing process safety/risk management programs (e.g. OSHA PSM, EPA RMP) a plus
  • Team management, consulting, project management and client development strongly desired
  • Experience working in industry as process safety consultant or subject matter expert
  • Bachelors degree in Engineering
  • FE certified. PE, CSP or CFSE certified is preferred
  • 5 to 7 years related work experience
  • Formal PHA/LOPA/QRA training or equivalent practical experience
  • Must have experience with upstream oil and gas
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis or able to obtain TN VISA with minimal company involvement. Must be legally able to drive in the US including having a valid driver’s license.

Compensation:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package available includes:
    • Medical, dental, vision insurance
    • Life and disability insurance
    • 401(k) plan
    • Paid vacation and holidays

about aeSolutions
In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a complete supplier of performance-based process safety engineering and automation solutions. We support manufacturing, oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical companies throughout the Process Safety Lifecycle. We offer opportunities to take your engineering career to the next level in a challenging and fast-paced environment that values creativity, problem-solving and drive.

If you’re ready to channel your talent, knowledge and experience into a gratifying career, apply for this great opportunity with aeSolutions today at Process Safety Engineer Application! Resumes should be sent to Resumes@aesolns.com after completing the application process

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Job ID #567713

4072 Gas Explosion Hazards for LNG Facilities
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Mannan to Receive Honorary Degree from University of Lodz

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Aug. 15, 2011 – M. Sam Mannan, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the honorary degree of doctor honoris causa by the senate of the Technical University of Lodz in Poland. Mannan was recommended for the honor by the faculty council of the university’s Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering. He will be formally recognized at the University of Lodz convocation ceremony, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

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PSM Manager – Capital Resin

Diverse chemical manufacturing company seeks an individual who will be responsible for maintaining the Process Safety Management (PSM) Program. Applicants with 3 – 5 years experience/training in PSM will be considered.

PSM responsibilities include ensuring that the current program complies with all requirements of the OSHA PSM standard. This individual will be responsible for enforcing/facilitating compliance.

Successful candidates must be detail oriented and well organized. A four year technical degree (such as Engineering, Chemistry…) is preferred. Competitive salary commensurate with experience and educational background. Complete benefit package including family medical, dental, life insurance, 401K, paid holidays, paid vacations ….. and more.

For consideration, fax (614) 445-7290, email to jobs@capitalresin.com or mail resume to HR Manager, 324 Dering Ave., Cols., OH 43207

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2052 Process Hazard Analysis Leadership Training
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2073 SIS Implementation
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Senior Safety and Risk Engineer – GL Noble Denton

Safety and Risk Engineer – GL Noble Denton

J. Hahn Named Associate Editor for Automatica

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/06/16/j-hahn-named-associate-editor-for-automatica/

J. Hahn Named to IFAC Policy Committee

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/05/24/j-hahn-named-to-ifac-policy-committee/

2011 International Symposium, October 25-27

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PSM and EHS Compliance Project Scientist/Engineer – Golder Associates

Job Description

Founded in Canada in 1960, Golder Associates is a respected, employee-owned, global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Our clients span the world’s major economic drivers: oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, power, transportation, water resources, and more. Our 7,000 people deliver deep technical understanding, cross-disciplinary thinking and a passion to help our clients succeed.

The Golder U.S. team (Golder Associates Inc.) is consistently voted a top consulting firm to work for and operates out of more than 40 offices across the country from Anchorage, Alaska to Tampa, Florida. Since the first office opened in 1968, we have built a reputation for providing innovative, quality solutions. From our initial strength in geotechnical engineering, our services expanded to meet the increasing range of client needs, including environmental compliance and remediation.

Golder Associates Inc. is currently seeking a PSM and EHS Compliance Project Scientist/Engineer for the Jacksonville, FL office. This individual will be responsible for providing technical support on a variety of process safety management (PSM) and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance projects. Job tasks will include:

  • Developing PSM and Risk Management Plan (RMP) Programs
  • Assisting with Process Hazard Analyses (PHA)
  • Assisting with Offsite Consequence Analyses (OCA) and RMP Submittals
  • Assisting in the development of EHS compliance programs for industrial clients, including developing procedures and permits, preparing and submitting periodic regulatory reports, and preparing EHS training programs
  • Conducting field assignments, such as performing EHS compliance audits, conducting training, chemical inventory assessments, job hazard assessments and similar assignments
  • Preparing technical reports, including documentation of audits and field investigative procedures, data management and interpretation, and development of graphical and tabular presentation of data

This position requires travel to and work at client sites for information gathering and client meetings. This person will gain increasing responsibility for project and proposal management through training provided by Golder and will work closely with and support senior PSM and EHS compliance practitioners and project managers. Interacting with clients and regulators to meet task and budget requirements is a key to success in this position.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years of related work experience;
  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Safety Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering or similar scientific discipline;
  • Knowledge of and experience with OSHA and EPA regulations is required;
  • Experience with development and auditing of PSM and EHS programs in industrial settings as well as experience in conducting or scribing Process Hazards Analyses preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and web-based applications;

We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about Golder Associates or to apply online, please visit our Career Page at www.golder.com.

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Gas explosion demos

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Mentzer Scholarship to Support Process Safety at Texas A&M

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/05/16/mentzer-endows-process-safety-scholarship-at-texas-am/

Spring 2011 Centerline Newsletter

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/about-the-center/centerline-newsletters/2011/SPRING%202011.pdf

Spring 2011 Director’s Corner

http://psc.tamu.edu/research/directors-corner

Mill Process Safety Coordinator – Crossett Paper Operations

Job Description

Supervisor: James W. Cutbirth
Date: May 4, 2011

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Mill Process Safety Coordinator (MPS) will serve as the MPS Compliance System Owner for the Crossett facility. This person will coordinate the establishment of site-specific MPS procedures and guidelines for the required MPS program elements as well as monitor the compliance status of these guidelines and elements.

The MPS Coordinator will ensure that all required internal assessments are conducted, manage the Management of Change (MOC) process; be or become a PHA Leader (process hazardous analysis), etc. The MPS Coordinator will maintain a tracking system for all open MPS action items to ensure timely resolution and provide overall support to the operation and maintenance areas affected by the MPS standard.

EDUCATION:
A Bachelors Degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering is preferred. Work experience could mitigate this requirement.

BASIC QUALIFICATION:
Two to Three years working as a MPS Coordinator or exposure to managing/involvement in the overall MPS Program or EHS program at a manufacturing facility. Excellent people skills and a strong work ethic are essential.

KNOWLEDGE-SKILLS-ABILITIES:
The candidate will preferably have a strong understanding of manufacturing processes and EHS aspects of the process associated with the Pulp & Paper industry. Knowledge of Mechanical Integrity requirements is essential. The candidate must be able to handle multiple tasks, be able to work with others, lead PHA/MOC meetings etc. Have the ability to suggest and provide analytical suggestions / solutions to ongoing elements associated with MPS.

Key attributes include (1) sense of urgency (2) team work (3) communication (4) Influencing & building relationships (5) Leading w/ courage.

EXPECTATIONS of Position:

  • Provide Structure, Guidance and Supervision for implementation of MPS elements and drive the Management of Change (MOC) process for continuous improvement.
  • Provide leadership and direction to achieve the MPS vision through management commitment and employee ownership.
  • Review and update the facility MPS Guideline Manuals.
  • Organize and conduct Process Hazard Analyses for non-covered processes.
  • Conduct Periodic Internal Audits. Track all audit items/findings and ensure the findings are closed in a timely manner.
  • Track and follow up on any open tasks or findings or recommendations from Risk Assessment, MOCs, and PHA etc. using the Action Plan Tracker or TRAX.
  • Train and re-train new and current employees on MPS and its elements.
  • Maintain PHA Leader certification and MPS Coordinator certification (Offered by GP as CPS Certification course).
  • Manage and control files and documents pertaining to MPS i.e. webpage and library.
  • Review and communicate the continuous improvement metrics to the affected employees.
  • Ensure all elements (EP, OP, TRG, MOC) requirements as defined in the GP MPS Compliance Standard are met on the required basis.
  • As applicable, work with personnel working in Process Areas to troubleshoot process issues and develop possible resolutions.
  • Assists facility leadership with the development of short-term and long-term MPS objectives, targets, strategies, and measures that prioritize and mitigate risks.

Please contact James W. Cutbirth at James.Cutbirth@GAPAC.com

Primary Chemical Process Coordinator – Crossett Paper Operations

Job Description

Supervisor: James W. Cutbirth
Date: May 4, 2011

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Primary Chemical Process Safety Coordinator (CPS) will serve as the CPS Compliance System Owner for the Crossett facility. This person will coordinate the establishment of site-specific CPS procedures and guidelines for the required CPS program elements as well as monitor the compliance status of these guidelines and elements.

Chemical Process Safety consist of managing all aspects of Process Safety Management (PSM – 29 CFR 1910), Risk Management Program (40 CFR Part 68), process covered under the General Duty clause of the Title V Program 40 CFR Part 70) and the Chemical Reactivity Hazardous Management (CHRM) standard implemented by Georgia-Pacific. CHRM is a program whereas all new chemicals entering the mill are evaluated in terms of use and how these chemicals could cause adverse reactions within the mill. General Duty is really an extension of the PSM standard for covered processes beyond methanol, chlorine, chlorine dioxide and turpentine. The General Duty program requires those process systems using 50% hydrochloric acid, 50% sulfuric acid, 50% hydrogen peroxide and the generation of non-condensable gases (NCG’s) to be managed by the same 14 PSM elements.

The CPS Coordinator will ensure that all required internal assessments are conducted, manage the Management of Change (MOC) process; either be or become a PHA Leader (process hazardous analysis), understand the requirements of the required Mechanical Integrity program etc. The CPS Coordinator will maintain a tracking system for all open CPS action items to ensure timely resolution and provide overall support to the operation (covered processes) and maintenance areas affected by the CPS standard.

EDUCATION:
A Bachelors Degree in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering is preferred. Work experience could mitigate this requirement.

BASIC QUALIFICATION:
Three to five years working as a CPS Coordinator or exposure to managing/involvement in the overall CPS Program at a manufacturing facility. Excellent people skills and a strong work ethic are essential.

KNOWLEDGE-SKILLS-ABILITIES:
The candidate will preferably have a strong understanding of PSM and General Duty covered processes associated with the Pulp & Paper industry. Knowledge of Mechanical Integrity requirements is essential. The candidate must be be able to handle multiple tasks, be able to work with others, lead PHA meetings etc. Have the ability to suggest and provide analytical suggestions / solutions to ongoing elements associated with CPS.

Key attributes include (1) sense of urgency (2) team work (3) communication (4) Influencing & building relationships (5) Leading w/ courage.

EXPECTATIONS of Position:

  • Review and update the facility CPS Guideline Manual and obtain all approval signatures on an annual basis.
  • Organize and conduct Process Hazard Analyses.
  • Work with operations to implement CRHE recommendations, Locked Tank Audits, and manage the CRHM component of CPS at the facility.
  • Follow up on Incident Investigations to ensure reports are entered and completed utilizing GP’s tracking program.
  • Follow up on Audit/Internal Assessment, MOC’s, PHA recommendations etc.
  • Train all new and transfer employees working in CPS covered process area on Hazards associated with the processes/areas in which they will be required to work.
  • Maintain PHA Leader and CPS Coordinator certifications.
  • The RMP Plan (CFR Part 68) is to be maintained up to date.
  • Assist with establishing departmental operating budgets for chemical process safety policies and procedures as requested (ongoing)
  • Ensure all training requirements as defined in the GP CPS Compliance Standard are met on the required basis. (annual)
  • Facilitate the process of training a second (back-up) CPS coordinator for the Crossett mill. (Back-up candidate to be identified).
  • Attend the CPS Coordinators meeting annually.
  • Assist Optimizer/Asset Availability Leader in implementation and completion of small projects.
  • Work with personnel working in Covered Process Areas to troubleshoot production issues and develop possible resolutions.

Please contact James W. Cutbirth at James.Cutbirth@GAPAC.com

Industrial Safety Director – Rig-Up Services

Rig-Up Services, Inc. (www.rigupservices.com) is seeking an Industrial Safety Director to head our corporate safety program. The director would supervise several direct reports, including administrative staff and safety specialists. The candidate should show an ability to lead and direct, plan work schedules, assign or delegate work on a daily basis, develop and mentor employees and take corrective actions when necessary.

The candidate should demonstrate an extensive knowledge of safety rules and regulations at all levels of government, including federal, state and local.

The candidate should also show an ability, through demonstrated experience, to accomplish the following:

  1. conduct safety audits and inspections to ensure compliance with occupational and environmental health and safety requirements;
  2. develop, implement and maintain employee training programs;
  3. establish and maintain complete safety and training records; and
  4. develop, update and manage workplace safety programs, procedures and policies.

The candidate should also have at least four years management experience in industrial safety and employee training.

The candidate must have demonstrated computer skills, including a proficiency in using common word processing software, spreadsheet software, database applications, project and presentation software, and email, contact management and scheduling software.

The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in safety management, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational environment health and safety, or a related field. A master’s degree is preferred. Extensive experience and knowledge of environmental and occupational health and safety, along with an establish track record of success, may be considered as a substitute for the educational requirements.

Salary range $90,000 to $110,000 plus benefits.

Please contact Roy Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at rjohnson@rigupservices.com

Sound Science, Updated Safeguards Vital to Chemical Security, Texas A&M Prof Tells Congress


Please view video at http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/posts/testimony_02112011.wmv

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 11, 2011 – Because the nation’s chemical infrastructure was never designed with regard to preventing or responding to acts of terrorism, intensive research is needed to determine the most effective ways of safeguarding its existing aspects as well as new components, said M. Sam Mannan, a Texas A&M University chemical engineering professor, testifying Friday before a key U.S. House of Representatives homeland security subcommittee.

Addressing the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, Mannan underscored the importance of the development of updated standards and procedures for new chemical plants and delivery systems as well as the need to determine realistic implementation of safeguards for existing chemical plants.

Mannan, who is director of the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, did however caution that mandating the evaluation and implementation of such inherent safety options must be based on sound science.

“Requirements for inherently safer technology should be based upon good science aimed at making the industry secure, avoid over-regulation, and create a level playing field,” Mannan said. “U.S. facilities could be at a competitive disadvantage if required to implement unproven technologies simply to meet a regulator’s position that such technology is more inherently safe.”

Furthermore, added Mannan, in some cases, a seemingly clear choice with regard to inherent safety may create some undesired and unintended consequences, such as reducing risk associated with transport of a chemical while increasing the risk of storing that chemical.

Given this potential, issues such as risk migration, reduction of overall risk and practical risk reduction should be evaluated whenever an inherent safety option is considered, Mannan said.

In addition to focusing on prevention of and protection from chemical-related disasters resulting from acts of terrorism and natural disasters, Mannan also emphasized the importance of response and recovery plans.

Most of the large, multi-national facilities that are members of major industry associations, he noted, have voluntarily conducted some form of vulnerability analysis. What is not clear is whether these analyses have been used to integrate planning for response and recovery efforts in coordination with local agencies and the public, Mannan said.

“One very stark lesson from the 9/11 events is that the ‘first’ first-responders are usually members of the public,” Mannan stated.

“Whether natural or man-made, disasters will continue to happen,” he added. “However, as we have seen with the 9/11 events, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and chemical incidents such as the Bhopal disaster, planning and response is crucial in being able to reduce the consequences and to recover from the disaster more rapidly.”

Towards this goal, it is essential to conduct vulnerability analysis, and response and recovery planning on a chemical plant-specific level, an area-and region-specific level, and a national level, Mannan explained.

In addition, Mannan called for science and technology investments across a wide variety of areas and leading to the development of incident data bases, which could be used for improving planning, response capability and infrastructure changes.

“Recent experience in this regard is the improvement in planning and response for the hurricane Rita from lessons learned from the hurricane Katrina,” Mannan said.

He also emphasized the need for research to be conducted on decision-making, particularly under stress, with the aim of improving management systems; basic and fundamental research on design of resilient engineered systems; and research on self-healing materials and biomimetics.

“Chemical security and protection of the chemical infrastructure is of extreme importance to our nation, and I am pleased that the U.S. Congress is continuing to pay attention to issues relating to chemical facility anti-terrorism,” Mannan said.

A professional engineer and certified safety professional, Mannan is a Regents Professor, fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association. In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center was established in 1995 through the generosity of T. Michael O’Connor. His goal – and the center’s mission – is to improve safety in the chemical process industry — to make safety second nature. The center seeks to develop safer processes, equipment, procedures, and management strategies that will minimize losses in the process industry.

Mannan Featured on CBS National News

Sam MannanCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 20, 2011 – Regents Professor and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University M. Sam Mannan was recently featured in a CBS national news story for his research involving developing a national system of state-based surveillance measures in order to more effectively prevent and mitigate the consequences of hazardous substance-related incidents.

The CBS report “Oil spills, leaks happen daily across U.S.” featured Mannan, who commented on research he and center colleagues published as a white paper titled, “Developing a Roadmap for the Future of National Hazardous Substances Incident Surveillance.”

“If you don’t even know how many releases are occurring, if you don’t even know what the overall consequences are, you can not answer the question of whether we are safe enough.” Mannan stated in the nationally televised report.

An excerpt from the executive summary of the white paper on which Mannan based his comments states, “Currently, the United States is not yet utilizing all the tools at its disposal to prevent, as well as mitigate, the consequences of hazardous substance incidents. In order to properly manage something, it must be measured. Currently, the US does not even have an estimate of the magnitude of the consequences of hazardous substance releases.”

The full paper may be downloaded at: http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/library/center-publications/white-papers-and-position-statements/Developing%20a%20Roadmap%20for%20the%20Future%20of%20National%20Hazardous%20Substances%20Incident%20Surveillance.pdf

Holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in Texas A&M’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Mannan is a professional engineer and certified safety professional. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association.

In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has provided testimony on multiple occasions to Congress, served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

View CBS News report: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7362587n

Laird Receives Prestigious Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/04/12/laird-receives-prestigious-wilkinson-prize/

Mannan to Deliver Keynote Address at National Conference

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/04/11/mannan-to-deliver-socma-keynote/

El-Halwagi Named Texas A&M AIChE Faculty of the Year

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/04/11/el-halwagi-named-texas-am-aiche-faculty-of-the-year/

Hall To Lead Research And Graduate Studies At Texas A&M University At Qatar

http://rgs.tamu.edu/news/hall-to-lead-research-and-graduate-studies-at-texas-a-m-university-at-qatar

A&M System And Lisam Systems Of Belgium Announce Joint Formation Of Lisam America Inc.

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2011/02/25/am-system-and-lisam-systems-of-belgium-announce-joint-formation-of-lisam-america-inc/

Risk Analyst Engineering Consultant – Aon Energy Risk Engineering

Job Description

Aon is a global leader in risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting, and outsourcing with more than 43,000 employees in 500 offices in more than 120 countries. We integrate customized services, leverage expertise across industries and apply business knowledge to our clients’ strategic goals. Aon helps clients anticipate how change intersects with opportunity. Each of our clients has unique business needs, so we have developed expertise for a complete range of business processes, products and industries. Aon’s account and relationship managers form a comprehensive perspective of our clients’ organizations, matching our expertise to their business strategy.

Aon Energy Risk Engineering specializes in safety and risk management consulting services for customers in industries ranging from oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, and manufacturing to food, pharmaceutical and public utilities.

We currently have a career opportunity in our League, TX office for a Risk Analyst-Engineering Consultant.

The position requires a minimum of a BS Degree in Engineering, combined with relevant professional experience in formal safety assessment techniques (or related experience) used to demonstrate facility safety.

Candidates must meet the following requirements, as a minimum:

  • BS Degree in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, or Safety Engineering and/or related engineering degree
  • Previous safety and risk projects and/or consulting experience
  • Relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), Safety Audits, Consequence Modeling, Quantitative Risk Analysis, Facility Siting, Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Process Safety Management (PSM), EPA Risk Management Plan, Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) analysis
  • Excellent PC skills using MS Office
  • Outstanding interpersonal and project management skills

In addition, the following skills are highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of phenomenological modeling tools for dispersion, jet/pool fires, Vapor Cloud Explosions (VCEs), etc. (e.g., PHAST – SAFETI computer code)
  • Background in marine operations, refineries, chemical plants and/or offshore platforms
  • Experience in executing and documenting Safety Cases (regulatory or non-regulatory)
  • Ability to assist in preparation of proposals and training materials
  • Experience with specialized engineering-related software (e.g., AutoCAD, MATLAB, Crystal Ball, fault tree/event tree codes, etc.)

Aon offers competitive compensation, exceptional benefits, continuing education & training, a unique internal advancement program, and tremendous potential with a growing worldwide organization.

Aon’s professionals are unwavering in their client focus and integrity. We promote diversity, professional development, frugality and stewardship, applying a disciplined non-bureaucratic approach to help our clients realize their business potential. Drawing on our experienced team as a competitive advantage, Aon employees have the freedom to take risks, foster innovation, champion for change and replicate best practices.

Aon recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. Aon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are evaluated without regard to race, creed, sex, age, national origin, color, sexual orientation, handicap, or disability. An internship with Aon does not confer permanent full-time employment status. Interns are not entitled to employment benefits.

For more information about Aon Corporation and to apply, visit our website at www.aon.com.

Energy Forum 2011: Energy Security and Sustainability-Global Challenges

Dr. Sam Mannan was moderator of the “Safety Engineering in the Energy Sector” Special Session at the Energy Forum 2011: Energy Security and Sustainability- Global Challenges. Members of the panel included David Miller, Director, Standards at the American Petroleum Institute, and Robin Pitblado, Energy Director at HSE Services DNV (Det Norske Veritas). The panelists discussed the attention to and concern over the safety of deepwater offshore energy systems. More broadly, safety engineering in the energy sector is more important than ever as we explore the viability of new sources of energy; conversion processes; logistics; distribution infrastructure; and end use technologies integrated within existing systems. Intelligent risk-based decision making must enable new energy industries rather than impede them, while ensuring the absolute safety of workers. The panel explored safety engineering and discussed its importance in the broad energy sector.

The Forum, sponsored by ConocoPhillips, was held at the Hilton in College Station, Texas, on February 1-2, 2011. The two-day Energy Forum was hosted by the Texas A&M Energy Engineering Institute (EEI). The event included a keynote speech presented by Dr. Arun Majumdar, Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E), a U.S. Department of Energy program office. The Forum also included expert panel discussions, exhibits and tours.

This forum assists in advancing communication between attendees, energy engineering researchers, and industry and government members on the problems this sector is currently facing. The Texas A&M Energy Engineering Institute, established under the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), continues to foster relationships in order to promote research and development of energy resources.

Laird Named Holder of Neely Faculty Fellowship in Chemical Engineering

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2011/02/15/laird-named-holder-of-neely-faculty-fellowship-in-chemical-engineering/

El-Halwagi Appointed National Chair for CAST, Academic Trustee for CACHE

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2011/02/10/el-halwagi-appointed-national-chair-for-cast-academic-trustee-for-cache/

Trevor’s Corner #15

http://psc.tamu.edu/research/trevors-corner

2011 Symposium Call for Papers

Abstracts are due no later than March 1, 2011
Submit abstracts to Dr. Sam Mannan, mannan@tamu.edu
Abstract example

For more information, please go to: http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2011-sym.

Tech Safety Intern – Shell

Job Description

Contact Mark.Broadfoot@shell.com for more information.
Estimated internship duration 12 weeks
From (date) May
To (date) August
Location of internship Houston, TX
Project title(s) Onshore Gas Production Facility Design Catalogue Development
Brief overview of project(s) Compilation/Creation of a best practice On-Shore gas HAZOP: develop a comprehensive list of Scenarios/controls and what is acceptable risk in a template that can be used for onshore gas facilities. This list of threats and controls can then be used as the justification to develop an onshore “RP- 14C/OPOSSUM” document that would set safety system design requirements. This would also be the base work for detailed “DownStream” type bowtiesor or equipment specific bowties.
 
Also develop a well documented modular SHEPHERD model for the standard onshore equipment (Wellheads, flowlines, separators, amine, glycol, tanks) that could be quickly rearranged and updated to determine risk contours for catalogue designs, and; a well document spacing chart for onshore that clearly links back to HSE consequences and models. A separation of HSE requirements from Asset protection requirements. This may be best accomplished with the current onshore spacing spreadsheet made easily updatable.
Intern competencies/skills required Graduate engineering degree in progress preferred, process safety research background. Ability to communicate and work effectively with different groups. Must have self initiative to research and study up on onshore facilites, analysis methodologies and applications.
Project Deliverable one Compilation/Creation of a best practice On-Shore gas HAZOP: develop a comprehensive list of Scenarios/controls and what is acceptable risk in a template that can be used for onshore gas facilities. This list of threats and controls can then be used as the justification to develop an onshore “RP- 14C/OPOSSUM” document that would set safety system design requirements. This would also be the base work for detailed “DownStream” type bowtiesor or equipment specific bowties.
Relevance to business Part of the overall onshore catalogue design work being led by the Asset Integrity group – provides technical requirements of the module.
Estimated time to complete 6 weeks
Deliverable two Also develop a well documented modular SHEPHERD model for the standard onshore equipment (Wellheads, flowlines, separators, amine, glycol, tanks) that could be quickly rearranged and updated to determine risk contours for catalogue designs, and; a well document spacing chart for onshore that clearly links back to HSE consequences and models. A separation of HSE requirements from Asset protection requirements. This may be best accomplished with the current onshore spacing spreadsheet made easily updatable.
Relevance to business Part of the overall onshore catalogue design work being led by the Asset Integrity group – provides technical requirements of the module.
Estimated time to complete 6 weeks
Please indicate how the project(s) will:

  • Allow candidates to independently manage their own area of responsibility in their preferred way of working, whilst still receiving management support
  • Candidate will have autonomy in data collection approach and development of the template and its format.
    Candidate will also be able to participate and be a part of the Shell TS Safety team.

  • Allow candidates sufficient exposure to the Shell environment, by meeting and working with a variety of people
  • The candidate will be interfacing with people from various organizations within Shell (Production, Engineering, Environmental, Projects, and Consultants.

  • Allow candidates freedom to incorporate their own ideas into their work
  • Candidate will have autonomy in data collection approach and development of the template and its format.
    Candidate will also be able to participate and be a part of the Shell TS Safety team.

  • Enable candidates to put into practice and develop skills that they currently have, as well as those important in an organizational environment.
  • The candidate’s engineering background will be a foundation for understanding process hazard analysis, onshore facility design as well as understanding the overall onshore business.

El-Halwagi Appointed to Advisory Board for Center for Energy Initiatives

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/chemical/2011/01/27/el-halwagi-appointed-to-advisory-board-for-center-for-energy-initiatives/

Safety Associate/Manager – TRDI

Job Description

Company: Training, Rehabilitation & Development Institute, Inc.
Title: Safety Associate
Location: San Antonio, TX
Employee Type: Full-Time
Years of Experience: 2 years +
Education Level: Associate Degree or Better
Career Level: (Manage Safety Program)

 

Company Description

Training, Rehabilitation and Development Institute, Inc. (TRDI) was established on November 4th, 1999 as a Texas Non-Profit Corporation. TRDI was organized exclusively for providing occupational opportunities for persons who are severely disabled through performance of contracts with federal government under the AbilityOne Program and similar state and federal programs.

TRDI began as a one (1) person operation with its first service contract for Training Ammunition Inventory, with annual revenue of $48 thousand. Training Ammunition Inventory Service Contract allowed TRDI to serve one (1) AbilityOne Client. TRDI currently has over 30 service contracts with annual revenues exceeding $14.5 million allowing TRDI to employ over 350 individuals and serving 250 AbilityOne Clients. TRDI geographic coverage is throughout includes both Texas and New Mexico.

Mission Statement

Training, Rehabilitation & Development Institute, Inc. makes a difference in the lives of severely disabled individuals by creating and providing employment opportunities for all employees to realize their full potential.

Job Summary

The role of the Safety Associate/Manager is to promote the health, safety and environmental protection at Training, Rehabilitation and Development Institute, Inc. by providing professional knowledge and expertise in the administration and support of environmental health and safety programs. Responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of environmental health and safety programs to assure compliance with any laws, regulatory agency guidelines, and company policies. If interested please send resume and cover letter to john.rangel@trdi.org

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement safety policy (for multiple sites).
  • Serve as a member of the management team of the company (advisory role; share safety trends within the company and the industry at large).
  • Oversee the safety inspection/audit program (good practices, compliance).
  • Establish the qualifications and the training and development activities necessary for each job classification.
  • Establish accident/injury investigation procedures; develop related record keeping and analysis system.
  • Develop measurement criteria and controls to ensure accountability.
  • Recommend equipment/equipment safety standards to those responsible for purchasing.
  • Continually study government agency regulatory requirements to ensure company compliance.
  • Review the company’s records to identify trends in unsafe practices, accidents and injuries.
  • Identify/analyze potential workplace hazards to establish procedures to avoid accidents/injuries.
  • Design/evaluate/revise the company safety program.
  • Work with other departments to ensure that safety policies and practices are integrated into the Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Work with Supervisors to ensure that the work is performed safely.
  • Define safety training and development requirements for existing employees and coordinate delivery of necessary skill building activities.
  • Screen, orient, and train new drivers and other employees.
  • Conduct company safety meetings.
  • Use internal and external measurement standards to quantify the savings and cost-avoidance gained from operating safely. [Quantify the ROI for operating safely].
  • Use internal and external measurement standards to quantify the hidden and ignored costs of not operating safely.
  • Continually work toward improving personal skills, knowledge, and professional development.
  • Serve as an advisor to the company CEO/President on training issues.
  • Handle workers’ compensation claims.
  • Handle vehicle accident claims.
  • Perform accident investigations: on-scene? desktop?
  • Handle environmental issues.

Experience Requirements:

  • A Degree or Certification in Safety Engineering with minimum of two (2) years experience as Safety Officer.
  • Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain any clearances and certifications required for the position.

Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Understanding of CompliPoint or equivalent program
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Bilingual a Plus

Phd Student Diana Castellanos Doing Dust Explosion Research at UiB and Gexcon

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/about-the-center/centerline-newsletters/2011/SPRING%202011.pdf

Visiting Professor Presented Seminar on Process Integration Strategies

Visiting research professor Dr. Arturo Jimenez-Gutierrez presented his seminar “Applications of Mathematical Programming Techniques for the Synthesis of Mass Integration Networks” to the faculty and graduate students of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering and the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. The seminar discussed his work on the application of mass integration networks to minimize the use of natural recourses and production of waste in the chemical engineering industry.

Dr. Jimenez is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Instituto Technológico de Celaya in Mexico. He has received many awards and accolades in chemical engineering, including recently receiving a career award from the National Association of Engineering Schools in Mexico. He is working jointly with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center for six months. The seminar was held on January 7, 2011.

PSM Consultants – AcuTech

Job Description

AcuTech Consulting Group, a premier provider of process safety management services since 1994, is expanding worldwide and seeking highly qualified PSM managers, engineers and contract consultants for positions in our Houston (TX), San Francisco (CA), Princeton (NJ), McLean (VA), and Dubai (UAE) offices, and at other US and international project locations. Virtual offices considered. Join a highly respected team of PSM experts on higher level projects for many of the world’s largest corporations. Please see our website at www.acutech-consulting.com.

Positions include:

  • PSM Managers – an opportunity to develop and lead consulting teams with the backing of AcuTech’s leading market position, technology and strategic leadership
  • PSM Consultants – PSM consultants needed for the following positions:
    • Technical process safety consultants for PHA, LOPA,SIL and other safety consulting assignments
    • Management systems consultants including systems development, auditing, change management, systems implementation, organizational culture and benchmarking
    • Functional safety experts/professionals (FSE/FSPs) for SIS projects
    • Training specialists with a successful record of providing training on PSM
    • QRA specialists including consequence modelers for fire, explosion, and toxic release estimation, quantitative methods including FTA, ETA

Successful candidates will have:

  • BS/MS in related engineering field (chemical, electrical, mechanical, safety) or associated science degree.
  • Entry level 2-5+ years and senior consultants 10-15+ years in process safety management , health, safety and environment (HSE), related experience in process or engineering design environment, manufacturing operations, and/or consulting environment.
  • Experience in developing, implementing, or managing PSM programs
  • Experience in developing, writing, and implementing PSM plans, procedures, design philosophies, design bases, engineering specifications, standard operating procedures
  • Experience developing and evaluating HSE management systems and advising management at all levels of the organization to effect positive change.
  • Experience in performing process hazard analyses (PHA), and risk assessments, or related studies, such as HAZID, What-If, HAZOP, FMEA, fault tree/event tree analysis, fire and explosion modeling, safety integrity level (SIL) assessment, or level of protection analysis (LOPA).
  • Recognized knowledge of IEC61511/61503 standards
  • Ability to develop consulting business, including developing proposals and making presentations
  • Self-motivated, independent, strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and client service
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and facilitation skills and a consultative approach in supporting customer projects

These positions offer an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth. AcuTech is well established, successful, and employee-owned company that offers full time employees competitive salary based on experience and position, bonus and benefits. AcuTech is an equal opportunity employer. Please email resume, salary history and preferred office location to our recruiting manager at recruiting@acutech-consulting.com.

AcuTech Group, Inc. 1600 Tysons Boulevard • Suite 800 • McLean, VA • 20012 • Tel: 703.245-3015 • Fax: 703-842-8854

Pasman and Mannan Speaking in India

Cholamandalam MS Risk Services- Chennai, India

On December 14 and 15, in Chennai, India, Dr. Sam Mannan and Dr. Hans Pasman presented a workshop titled “Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA).” This marked the first time MKOPSC held this workshop in India. The workshop, hosted by Cholamandalam MS Risk Services, focused on all aspects of LOPA, including scenarios, risk tolerance criteria, causes and effects and methodology.

Cholamandalam MS Risk Services is a risk consulting company that concentrates on safety, health and the environment. The company has implemented more than 2000 successful safety projects and has been recognized for its achievements with many awards, including Asian Insurances Industry Award “Risk Manager of the Year” in 2007.

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology/ Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur- Mumbai, India

Following the course in Chennai, on December 16 and 17, Dr. Sam Mannan and Dr. Hans Pasman also will be teaching the two-day workshop “Global Concerns About Energy Security and Safety” in Mumbai, India. This workshop will discuss security challenges that the energy industry is facing, as well as safety issues. All of these topics will be discussed in an interactive format, giving attendees an opportunity to participate in the workshop. Dr. JP Gupta, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, has organized this workshop in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MOP&NG), Government of India set up The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Jais, Dist. Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh through an Act of Parliament. The prime objective of the institute is to provide world class education, training and research to roll out efficient human resources to meet the growing requirements of the petroleum and energy sector. The aspiration is to develop India as a global manpower hub for the entire petroleum and energy sector. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur carries out original research of significance and technology development at the cutting edge.

Mannan Delivered Two-day Course to Society of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries- Singapore

Dr. Sam Mannan led a two-day course on “Consequence Analysis & Inherently Safer Design” on December 6 and 7 at the Singapore Polytechnic Graduates’ Guild. The event was organized by the Society of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. The course covered consequence modeling principles and inherently safer design, including research information and lessons on the application of these concepts.

The Society of Loss Prevention is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote loss prevention in the process industries; facilitate the exchange of loss prevention; disseminate information on recent advances in industrial practices ; and hold meetings and exhibitions, and other related activities.

Mannan Slated to Deliver Keynote on Safety at Bangladesh University

Dr. M. Sam Mannan

M. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center is slated to deliver the keynote lecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Saturday (Dec. 11).

Mannan, who holds the title of Regents Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, is scheduled to present “The Relationship of Safety and Risk Management to Engineering for Sustainable Development.” His address is part of a two-day international short course on process safety and risk management sponsored by the university’s Chemical Engineering Forum.

The short course is expected to attract a large group of technical personnel that includes chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, safety and health personnel, industrial hygiene personnel and operations and maintenance supervisors.

Mannan, a professional engineer and certified safety professional, is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association. In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

BUET is the oldest institution for the study of Engineering and Architecture in Bangladesh. Both undergraduate and postgraduate studies and research are now among the primary functions of the university, which has produced more than 25,000 graduates in different branches of engineering and architecture while establishing worldwide reputation for the quality of its programs.

Written by Ryan Garcia, ryan.garcia99@tamu.edu
http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2010/12/09/mannan-to-give-keynote-talk-in-bangladesh-tomorrow/

 

Press Coverage

Director Process Safety Management

JobID: CAN01
Date: 11/18/2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Degree: B.S. minimum
Major: Engineering
Salary: $150K + bonus
Industry Segment: Chemicals, Oil & Gas – E&P, Refining

Job Description:

Our client is a global, diversified, upstream oil and gas company, headquartered in Canada. The company’s three main operating areas are North America, the North Sea and Southeast Asia. They are committed to conducting business safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The position is responsible for Managing The Process Safety function for the company. Will supervise all PSM Engineers on a global basis. This is a director level position based at corporate headquarters. The company has a strong benefits and Bonus program. Requirements are a BS Degree in Engineering with 10-20 years experience in EHS management from the Oil & Gas or Petrochemicals industry with an emphasis on Process Safety Management.

Please send your resume in Word format to: Greg Downs at gtdowns@downssearch.com
Downs Associates, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, 501-868-7117

Fall 2010 Centerline Newsletter

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Fall 2010 Director’s Corner

http://psc.tamu.edu/research/directors-corner

Cheng’s Research Links Damaged Organs to Change in Biochemical Wave Patterns

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2010/11/18/chengs-research-links-damaged-organs-to-change-in-biochemical-wave-patterns/

J. Hahn Named to Journal of Process Control Editorial Board

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2010/11/19/j-hahn-named-to-journal-of-process-control-editorial-board/

2011 Continuing Education Class Schedule

http://psc.tamu.edu/education/schedule-of-classes-registration

Grad Student Ozturk Honored with Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2010/11/16/grad-student-ozturk-honored-with-zahin-memorial-safety-scholarship/

Stretch in Technology and Gaps in Process Safety for the Hydrocarbon Industry

Occupational Safety & Health Specialist – Circle Safety & Health Consultants

Circle Safety & Health Consultants
TSA Project
Occupational Safety & Health Specialist – Entry-Level

Circle Safety & Health Consultants, LLC (www.circlesafety.com) is seeking one entry- level professional in the South Central region (UT, CO, KS, MO, OK, TX, NM, AZ). This announcement is dated October 25, 2010.

Candidate will provide safety and health consulting services to a federal agency. Candidate will manage safety or occupational health program elements. Specific tasks could include (1) developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses; (2) applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements; (3) inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards; (4) designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards; and (5) training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.

Candidate must have an undergraduate degree in a technical, scientific, or engineering discipline. Candidate must also have one to two years or more of related experience and knowledge of federal, state, and local safety legislation as they apply to industrial organizations. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as is the ability to work independently.

Candidate must be a US citizen, and able to pass a rigorous background check and federal security clearance by TSA. This position is assigned to the project’s SC region. The region’s main office is located in Dallas/Fort Worth area. The candidate will work from a home-based office within the region. Occasional travel is required. Annual salary will fall within the Grade 6 – 7 Base General Schedule pay scale based upon experience. (see http://www.opm.gov/oca/08tables/pdf/gs.pdfl).

If interested, please submit a cover letter with your resume, salary history and a writing sample by email to:

This announcement is dated: October 25, 2010

Grad Student Diana Castellanos Accepted to the University of Bergen in Norway for Study Abroad

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center would like to congratulate Diana Castellanos on her acceptance to The University of Bergen in Norway for study abroad. She will be joining their Department of Physics and Technology to work on research involving Dust Explosions. There is a critical need for research to characterize the explosion behavior of dusts so that strategies can be developed to handle dusts safely and to minimize the possibility and severity, and therefore the risk, of industrial dust explosions. Diana will be working with GexCon R&D and The University of Bergen to develop safer processes in this area. GexCon has a research partnership with The University of Bergen. They are an independent consulting company aiming to be world leading in the field of gas dispersion, fire and explosion safety. Diana will spend almost 7 months in Norway.

 

2010 Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium

Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature

The 2010 International Symposium is being held October 26-28, 2010 at the Hilton Conference Center in College Station, TX. This annual event is a two and a half day workshop focusing on process safety in the chemical engineering industry. This year’s guest speakers include the Honorable Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, and Dr. Paul Amyotte, Professor at Dalhousie University.

Tuesday, October 26
Track I

  • Safety Climate/ Safety Culture
  • Risk Assessment I
  • Human Factors
Track II

  • Inherent Safety/ Chemical Security
  • Regulations
  • Safety Climate/ Culture II
Track III

  • Process Management for Safety I
  • Case Histories I
  • Mitigation Systems
Track IV

  • Facility Siting
  • Hazard Assessment I
  • Contractors
Wednesday, October 27
Track I

  • Risk Assessment II
  • Hazard Assessment III
  • Case Histories II
Track II

  • Reactive Chemicals/ Flammability I
  • Consequence Modeling
  • Offshore I
Track III

  • Process Management for Safety II
  • Reactive Chemicals II
  • Database/ Analysis
Track IV

  • Hazard Assessment II
  • LNG I
  • Risk Assessment III
Thursday, October 28
Track I

  • Metrics and Performance Drivers
Track II

  • LNG II
Track III

  • Offshore II
Track IV

  • Risk Assessment IV

For more information, and to register for the International Symposium, please visit our website at http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2010.

Ugaz Selected to Lead Biotechnology Program

http://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2010/09/02/ugaz-selected-to-lead-biotechnology-program/

CFD Consulting Engineer – GexCon US

GexCon US is an engineering consulting company whose offices are located in Bethesda, Maryland. GexCon US provides the following services:

  • Risk and Safety Studies using the industry-leading CFD software FLACS
  • Accident Investigation, Failure Analysis and Prevention
  • FLACS Software Sales and Support
  • R&D and Experimental Testing

GexCon US is seeking to strengthen our CFD consulting team. We are looking for a well qualified person with a MS or PhD degree and an established CFD background from academics and previous work, who has an analytical approach and good written and oral communication skills. The candidate should be prepared for travel. The goal is for the successful candidate to become an expert user of our software FLACS and to apply FLACS to consulting projects. Projects could include government contracts, litigation matters and risk studies.

The following skills are not required but will be considered a “plus”:

  • Experience with hazard consequence analysis, such as deflagration and explosion dynamics, explosion overpressure effects, unconfined vapor cloud explosions, BLEVEs, and flame radiation
  • Strong technical background in combustion and/or fire dynamics
  • Knowledge of Linux environment

The candidate must be a US citizen or have the necessary work permits.

Applications should be sent by email to (GexConUS@gexcon.com) or alternatively by mail to our business address (att: Filippo Gavelli) and include CV and transcripts.

Questions on the position can be addressed to Dr. Filippo Gavelli (301-915-9925).

GexCon aims at offering a challenging position with competitive compensation (salary + benefits) for the successful candidate. The deadline for applications is November 6, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://www.gexconus.com/index.cfm?id=217339.

Mannan Discusses Process Safety at World Conference on Safety of Oil, Gas Industry

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Oct. 12, 2010 – Discussing the status and trends in process safety technology employed throughout the world, M. Sam Mannan, director of the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, delivered a keynote address at the 2010 3rd World Conference on the Safety of Oil & Gas Industry (WCOGI) in Beijing.

Mannan, who holds the title of regents professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, presented “Globalization and its Challenges in Industrial Process Safety” as part of the conference. This year’s conference theme was “Building the Human Centered Safety System for Oil & Gas Industry.”

Mannan, a professional engineer and certified safety professional, is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association. In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

WCOGI was launched in 2006 by government departments and universities related to the oil and gas production safety from the United States, Korea and several European countries. The international conference is held in a different country every two years.

This year’s conference was sponsored by HSE Department of China National Petroleum Corporation, Safety and Environmental Protection Bureau of China Petrochemical Corporation and HSE Department of China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

WCOGI aims to strengthen the international academic exchanges and cooperation for oil and natural gas safety science and engineering, promote the applications of modern safety science and technology in oil and gas industry, improve the establishment of a people-oriented oil and natural gas safety engineering technology system, reduce the oil industry accidents as well as production losses, and realize the essence of security of oil and gas production. Full Story

Trevor’s Corner #14

http://psc.tamu.edu/research/trevors-corner

Visiting Professor Gave Lecture on Safety Climate and Culture

Dr. Zohar is visiting the Center from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology where he is a Professor on the Faculty of Management. He will be with visiting the Center until mid-October, and his visit will include many trips to Houston and the surrounding areas to discuss safety culture. On October 5, Dr. Dov Zohar presented a lecture entitled “Safety Climate/Culture: Key Leverages for Improvement in the Oil Industry” to professors and graduate students of the Chemical Engineering Department. This lecture highlighted his work on the importance of understanding the safety climate and culture of a company and what that means to the company as a whole, focusing mainly on characteristics found in the oil industry.

Dr. Zohar also presented this lecture in Houston and was hosted by Siemens October 11. It was held at 4615 SW Frwy, Suite 900, Houston, TX, on October 11, 2010 from 1:00-3:30.

 
 
 

Chemical Engineer – OSHA Texas

Job Title: Chemical Engineer
Department: Department Of Labor
Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Sub Agency: U.S. Department of Labor
Job Announcement Number: DE-10-DAL-OSHA-0213

SALARY RANGE: $53,496.00 – $69,539.00 /year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 to Tuesday, September 28, 2010
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0893-09/09
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 12
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Houston, TX
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals. This position is also being advertised as Vacancy Announcement Number MS-10-DAL-OSHA-404 for status applicants and, to be considered for both status and non-status, you must apply to each.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is located in the Houston North Area Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region VI to provide technical advice and assistance involving OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard region wide.

This position has a promotion potential to the Grade of GS-12

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

Applications for this vacancy will be accepted on-line by clicking the Apply Online button below.

The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Requires a medical examination.
  • Subject to extensive travel throughout Region VI.
  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.

For more information, please visit: http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=90744668&aid=36682185-16910&WT.mc_n=125.

Ph.D. Chemical Engineer – Exponent

Ph.D. Chemical Engineer w/ experience in chemical process industries

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, physicians, and regulatory consultants brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve complicated problems facing corporations, insurers, government entities, associations and individuals. Our approximately 900 staff members work in 24 offices across the United States and abroad. Exponent has over 600 consultants, including more than 350 that have earned a doctorate in their chosen field of specialization.

Exponent’s Thermal Sciences Practice provides consulting services in a wide array of engineering applications including residential and vehicle fire analysis, the investigation of fires and explosions at chemical processes, petrochemical, manufacturing and other industrial facilities, and fire protection engineering. Our engineers also specialize in fluid flow evaluations, such as smoke and plume propagation modeling. We routinely assist our clients in solving their design challenges involving household, commercial and industrial appliances, including heaters, furnaces, boilers and turbines.

We are recruiting for a Chemical Engineer in the Thermal Sciences Practice in our Lisle, IL office. The successful candidate will be involved in the investigation of fires, explosions and chemical releases. They will use their expertise in chemical engineering sciences to perform accident investigation and prevention, equipment failure and reliability analysis, process hazard and risk analysis, and chemical process analysis.

    Qualifications for this position include:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
  • One to two years postgraduate work experience in the chemical process industries desirable
  • Strong interest and demonstrated ability in chemical process dynamics and control, chemical process design and synthesis, chemical reactor design and analysis, or separation systems
  • Strong skills in laboratory methods including construction of experimental apparatus, instrumentation, data acquisition and data analysis
  • Strong quantitative skills including mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, probability and statistics
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Enduring commitment to professional development as evidenced by track record of peer-reviewed publications, participation in technical conferences and commitment to professional engineering licensure or professional certifications
  • Strong desire and ability to tackle a wide variety of engineering problems within and outside their direct areas of specialization

For consideration, contact Jenny Irwin at jirwin@exponent.com with resume & reference ‘2678’

www.exponent.com/careers

Gas Explosion Hazards on Offshore Facilities

On August 30-31, 2010, The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, in conjunction with GexCon US, hosted the Gas Explosion Hazards on Offshore Facilities course. The 75 participants from industry and government participated in this two-day advanced course to discuss all aspects of explosion hazards: ignition processes, release and dispersion, explosion mechanisms, blast loads and modeling of all these aspects. The course culminated in a tour of TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field, including a view of numerous industrial live fire training projects being used by clients. These projects included a chemical complex; a process unit; a loading terminal; an interior structure; an LPG transport, storage & pump facility; a marine ship deck, superstructure & engine room; high angle rope, confined space & specialized rescue areas; hazardous material pipeline, transport, rail & container areas; and a tour of the Disaster City area. In addition, a live LPG liquid / vapor release & fire was conducted on Project #66, utilizing a fixed deluge system. The class was a very successful chance for industry leaders around the globe to discuss such a pertinent topic.

Dr. Mannan Interview with KHOU TV of Houston

The complex aspects of diesel engine explosions and their relation to the BP accidents of this year and 2005 were recently discussed by Regents Professor and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Sam Mannan as part of a news story by KHOU of Houston.

The June 8 story “The Diesel Connection: Investigators looking at similarities in BP explosions” features Mannan speculating on possible causes of both explosions. With his vast knowledge, and the wealth of information available through the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Mannan was able to assist in understanding the causes behind these tragic events.

“All ignition sources are not alike,” Mannan noted. “[A diesel engine] creates what’s known in the science as a bang-box type of explosion, which has more probability to lead to a high-intensity explosion.” For more information, please go to: www.khou.com.

J. Hahn Named 2010 CAST Outstanding Young Researcher

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Laird Named Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar

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Ugaz Selected to Lead Biotechnology Program

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Field Trainer/Analyst – UT Austin

To apply for this job posting go to web link http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/index.WBX
submit your resume, cover letter, and three references. If you have questions call (512) 471-4633.

Job title Field Trainer/Analyst
FLSA status Exempt
Posting number 10-08-04-01-8114
Job status Open

Basic Information

Date available Immediately
Position duration Funding for this position is based on availability of funds and continuation of grant.
Position open to all applicants
Monthly salary $3541 negotiable depending on qualifications.
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Location Austin – J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Hiring department Professional Development Center http://www.utexas.edu/ce/txmshp/
Number of vacancies 1
General notes Funding for this position is based on availability of funds and continuation of grant. Extensive travel in Texas, 75 percent of the time.

Additional Information

Purpose of position Provide training and curriculum development for the Texas Mine Safety and Health Program.

Essential functions Plan, organize, coordinate, conduct, and evaluate full day training programs. Handle inquiries from clients concerning safety training and assist with creating training plans for clients. Review and develop training programs, techniques, and materials for safety programs. Keep abreast of new developments in training, hardware and software technology. Present at safety councils though out the state of Texas. Function as a project manager on departmental programs and projects. Assist with the coordination of two conferences. Drive personal and or rental vehicle to various intrastate and interstate locations. Extensive travel throughout the State of Texas and some travel outside of Texas.

Licenses: Class “C” Operator’s Driver’s License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver’s License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a field related to work. Five years of experience training adults. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) approved instructor. Experience with MS Office and Outlook. Use of personal computer and other standard office equipment. Interpersonal communication skills, work as a team member, excellent command of English language and grammar, and the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred qualifications Master’s degree in a field related to the work. More than five years of experience training adults, in both the public and private sectors and experience in developing programs and writing training materials. MSHA approved instructor is preferred over OSHA approved instructor. Credentials in First Aid, CPR, AED, and those required by MSHA. Excellent command of Spanish and English language and grammar.

Working conditions May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. Climbing of ladders. Lifting and moving. Lifting and moving training material up to 50 lbs. Extensive travel to training sites throughout the State of Texas.

Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

To apply for this job posting go to web link http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/index.WBX
submit your resume, cover letter, and three references. If you have questions call (512) 471-4633.

Texas Mine Safety and Health Program Coordinator – UT Austin

To apply for this job posting go to web link http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/index.WBX
and submit your resume, cover letter, and three references. If you have questions call (512) 471-4633.

Job title Texas Mine Safety and Health Program Coordinator (Coordinator)
FLSA status Exempt
Posting number 10-07-01-01-0426
Job status Open

Basic Information

Date available Immediately
Position duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Monthly salary $5000 negotiable depending on qualifications.
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Location Austin – J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)
Hiring department Professional Dev Ctr http://www.utexas.edu/ce/pdc
Number of vacancies 1
General notes None

Additional Information

Purpose of position Responsible for all phases of the Texas Mine Safety and Health Program (TMSHP) development and coordination in accordance with University policies and procedures and OBM Circulars A-110, A-21, A-122, and A-131.

Essential functions Administers, coordinates and markets activities involved in the TMSHP. Maintains interactions with University departments, Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration, maintenance and facilitation including start-up of state safety councils and district councils. Write grant application. Oversees the grant requirements are met and establish a yearly grant budget. Supervise program staff. Work with internal staff to maintain web site. Work with clients to schedule training and help develop training plans. Provide technical assistance as needed to the mining community including but not limited to training plan implementation, training topic selections, and guidance on Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations for minerals parts 1-199. Schedule internal and contract trainers and maintain the training calendar. Evaluate trainers, review course materials and coordinate the translation of materials as needed for the Spanish speaking mining community. Serve as the coordinator for two yearly conferences by representing the University and the department and making sure the financial aspects of the conference are within University policies and procedures. Attend and speak at monthly safety council meetings to promote safety throughout the State of Texas. Coordinates special projects as funds allow such as video creation, video translation, and other projects as
assigned or requested from the Department of Labor. Ensure that program is being administered as per required OMB Circulars.

Licenses: Class “C” Operator’s Driver’s License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver’s License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications Bachelor’s degree in related field and five years of experience coordinating a project or a Federal program. Three years experience managing self-directed staff. Experience on a personal computer using Microsoft Work, Excel, and Outlook. Experience writing grant applications for funding, scheduling events, reporting, and managing a budget. Ability to present to small and large audiences. Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal communication skills. Work as a team member and have a professional demeanor. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred qualifications Bachelor’s degree in business administration. Three years of experience working with federal grants. Knowledgeable about workplace safety principles. Knowledge and/or experience in mining safety training. Knowledge of DVD duplication, Adobe, Dreamweaver, InDesign, WS_FTP, HTML, Evolis, and FileMaker software. Excellent command of Spanish and English language and grammar.

Working conditions May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. Lifting and moving. Position requires travel to two conferences outside of Texas and extensive travel in the State of Texas each year.

Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

To apply for this job posting go to web link http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/index.WBX
and submit your resume, cover letter, and three references. If you have questions call (512) 471-4633.

Summer 2010 Centerline Newsletter

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/about-the-center/centerline-newsletters/2010/SU10.pdf

Center and Department Expands Process Safety and Chemical Engineering to Tianjin University, China


Continuing its efforts to provide students with enhanced study aboard opportunities throughout the world, the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering recently offered a three-week faculty-led study abroad program in Tianjin, China this past spring.

The program, which partners with Tianjin University, offers chemical engineering students the opportunity not only to broaden their technical skills but also to become familiar with one of the most dynamic and culturally significant countries in the world. “As we educate leaders of the future, this study abroad program will play a significant role in giving the students a once in a lifetime experience that will be of tremendous help in their careers,” Mannan says.

Tianjin University, established in 1895 with the name of “Peiyang University,” is the first educational institution of higher learning in China. More than 1,800 students attend its School of Chemical Engineering where they receive instruction from 300 faculty members.

“It’s imperative that chemical engineering students gain an international perspective that enables them to not only develop world-class leadership skills but also to appreciate diversity of both culture and thought when it comes to defining and overcoming engineering challenges,” said Department Head and Charles D. Holland ’53 Professor Michael V. Pishko.

Jeong Honored with Teaching Excellence Award

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 9, 2010 – Hae-Kwon Jeong, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award, issued as part of a voluntary, student-selected honors program of The Texas A&M University System.

The winners represent the top 20 percent of participating faculty members from all 11 campuses of the Texas A&M System. Awards are based on rankings from evaluations created and administered by students, with weighting for factors such as class size, and all faculty members are eligible.

This semester Jeong teaches “advanced nanostructured materials”, which introduces the chemical synthesis and characterization of materials with structures and properties in the nanoscales.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Jeong conducts research focusing on the development of novel methodologies to design, modify, deposit and microfabricate nanostructured materials and to build them into hierarchical structures and complex forms for wide ranges of applications including separation membranes, selective catalysts, adsorbents as well as micro systems, fuel cells, bio-separation and micro photonics. Full Story

Cheng Receives Tenure, Promotion to Associate Professor

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 9, 2010 – Zhengdong Cheng, a faculty member in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received tenure and promotion to associate professor.

Cheng’s research focuses on the self-organization of intelligent colloids and anisotropic particles, the fabrication of photonic crystals and integrated photonic circuits, solar hydrogen production via water splitting, and the application of microfluidics to bio-encapsulation. The techniques developed are applicable to the modeling of phase transitions and liquid crystal materials, the engineering of nano-composites and semiconductor of light, solar energy harvesting, and a wide range of therapeutic treatments.

Cheng completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Science & Technology of China before earning his master’s degree at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing. He received his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1999. Full Story

Laird Named Student Organization New Adviser of the Year

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 12, 2010 – Carl Laird, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the Registered Student Organization New Adviser of the Year for 2009-2010 by Texas A&M University’s Department of Student Activities.

Laird has since 2008 served as adviser to the Texas A&M chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon, the National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering. He will be formally recognized with the university-level award at a Division of Student Affairs Awards Ceremony, scheduled for May 5.

“Dr. Laird has made a tremendous contribution to OXE through his continuous support and guidance he provides to the organization and the officers,” said Kelsey Fuller, president of Omega Chi Epsilon.

In a letter nominating him for the award, Laird was lauded for providing “the perfect balance between advising and allowing the officers to create, develop and run the organization on their own – a true skill and an exceptional accomplishment to achieve.” Full Story

TAMUQ Announces Visualization Contest Winners

DOHA TEXAS A&M University in Qatar (TAMUQ) announced the winners of its Visualisation Development Competition.

Dr Nesrin Ozalp and her research group with their project, ‘Visualisation of carbon particle tracking and hydrogen production in a vortex flow solar reactor’ won the first prize.

Dr Simon Waldram and his research group were awarded second place for their “Visualisation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Spill and Dispersion: Safety Assessment” project.

The winners were awarded prizes at a function recently.

It was attended by representatives of QSTP, QF, ExxonMobil, RasGas, Sidra and Qatar University. Full Story

Gas Explosion Hazards on Offshore Facilities: Advanced Course

http://psc.tamu.edu/education/continuing-education/gas-explosion-hazards-on-offshore-facilities

Process Safety Center Presents at Safety 2010, June 13-16, 2010

This year at Safety 2010 Dr. Mannan presented during the session titled “How Can Academia and the Safety industry Support Each Other?” His presentation entitled, “The role of different stakeholders with regard to safety education,” addressed importance and significance of the role played by academia, industry, and government in developing a partnership for improved chemical process safety education. Safety must be integrated into the curriculum at different levels. First, it must be woven throughout the chemical engineering curriculum by incorporating safety-related problems in all courses. Second, chemical process safety must be taught as a stand-alone course that brings together all the fundamentals in a comprehensive course. Third and finally, safety must be a required and significant component of the senior design course. Academia, government, and industry all have a role in making this happen.

Safety 2010, sponsored by The American Society of Safety Engineers, was held in Baltimore, Maryland June 13-16. It is a premier conference that offers the chance for safety professional from many fields to gather and discuss their perspectives, expertise, products and education resources. The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center was honored to take part in this conference.

Mannan Appointed to the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Mannan has been appointed to the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). As an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment, Dr. Mannan will serve on the board, which has the primary mission of increasing WPI’s level of engagement with both industry and the outside academic community in order to enhance its education and research. The board also aims to promote greater involvement by members of WPI’s external constituencies in the affairs of the institute and provide support to advance WPI’s mission. “Your knowledge and experience will be extremely valuable to us in our continuing efforts to nurture and grow the excellence of our academic programs, wrote WPI Provost and Senior Vice President John A. Orr in a letter to Mannan.

Founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1865, WPI was one of the nation’s earliest technological universities. Today, WPI’s 80-acre traditional, New England campus is home to 13 colleges and more than 35,000 students, offering more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences and the humanities and arts.

 

 

 

Process Safety Center presents at the Loss Prevention 2010 June 6-9, 2010

In addition to Dr. Mannan giving one of the keynote talks on day 2 of the 13th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industry in Bruges Belgium on June 6-9, 2010, he also presented 3 papers. Dr. Mannan’s speech was entitled, Challenges and needs for process safety in the new millennium. In order to be sustainable, the chemical, petroleum, food, pharmaceutical and other such industries must strive for a balance between process operations and process safety. There is no doubt that process safety must be treated as an integral part of the wide-ranging plant operations. These expectations have come from a need for sustainable development and the painful lessons learned from tragedies such as the Bhopal gas disaster (1984) and the Flixborough incident (1974).

The presented papers were authored by students and research staff in the Center. The presentations included: Recent advances in LNG field experiments and modeling of LNG, release and mitigation scenarios; M.A. Rana, R. Qi, G. Yun, D. Ng and M.S. Mannan; Medium scale LNG experiments at Brayton fire training field, Texas and their relationship to process safety in the LNG industries in Qatar, R. Qi and S. Mannan; and A new approach to optimizing facility layout by mapping risk estimates on plant area, monetizing and minimizing, S. Jung, D. Ng, H.J. Pasman and M.S. Mannan.

The International Symposium on Safety & Loss Prevention in the Process Industries is an important forum for experts in the field of process safety to gather and share information. The symposium encourages papers describing practical applications as well as new research. The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center was delighted in being a part of the conference this year.

 

 

Dr. Mannan invited to give a speech at Five Year Anniversary Event of BP Texas City Accident

Dr. Mannan detailed the progress made in industrial plant safety as a result of the $12.5 million dollars donated to Texas A&M University. To watch the speech, please go to: http://www.rememberthe15.com/fiveyearevent?id=5.

Visit the “Remember the 15″ website (http://www.rememberthe15.com/site/index) to learn more about this event.

Safety First

http://studentaffairs.tamu.edu/node/156

Awards Presented at International Symposium

The 2008 Merit Award was presented to Mr. Tim Overton. Overton is chief process safety engineer for The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. He serves on the Center’s Steering Committee. The 2008 Service Award was presented to Ms. Kathy Shell. Shell is senior client service manager at RMT, Inc.in Dublin, Ohio.

http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/awards

Operating Procedures Survey Conducted

As many of you already know, having good operating procedures that are regularly reviewed and updated is a vital part of the management process and helps ensure safety. Recently, an industry group conducted a survey on five major companies. See the Directors Corner for the survey questions and the responses of these surveyed companies.

Dr. Mannan Recognized as Regents Professor

Eighteen professors and administrators within The Texas A&M University System received the designation of Regents Professor or Regents Fellow for 2007-2008 during a December 4, 2008 meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents.

http://test.che.tamu.edu/faculty/mannan-named-regents-professor

In Memory of Mary Kay O’Connor

October 23, 2009 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Mary Kay O’Connor in the Phillips Petroleum accident in Pasadena, Texas.

http://psc.tamu.edu/about-the-center/in-memory-of-marykayoconnor

Mannan to Present Lecture at Qatar

http://www.che.tamu.edu/news/2010/01/20/mannan-to-present-lecture-at-qatar/

Mega Disasters: Toxic Cloud

Mannan interviewed for History Channel Program

Aired Monday July 22, 2008 on the History Channel

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Engineers, Thermal Sciences – Exponent

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, physicians, and regulatory consultants brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve complicated problems facing corporations, insurers, government entities, associations and individuals. Our more than 850 staff members work in 24 offices across the United States and abroad. Exponent has approximately 600 consultants, including more than 325 that have earned a doctorate in their chosen field of specialization.

Exponent’s Thermal Sciences Practice provides services in a wide array of engineering applications and problem-solving ranging from residential and vehicle fire analysis to the investigation of fires and explosions at chemical processes, petrochemical, manufacturing and other industrial facilities. Our engineers also specialize in fluid flow evaluations, such as smoke and plume propagation modeling. We routinely assist our clients in solving their design challenges involving household, commercial and industrial appliances, including heaters, furnaces, boilers and turbines.

The Thermal Sciences Practice is currently hiring Engineers in our Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Phoenix area offices. This position will be responsible for conducting scientific investigation and analysis of thermal processes, ranging from residential and vehicle fires to the investigation of fires and explosions in chemical, mining, and petrochemical industries. Specific duties will include preparation of proposals, examination of physical evidence, conducting engineering calculations, planning and executing experimental test programs, preparing technical reports, and presenting findings to clients.

Exponent’s Thermal Sciences services include:

  • Fire cause, origin, and propagation analysis
  • Fire protection engineering
  • Testing of ignition and combustion properties
  • Explosion and detonation investigations
  • Thermal design analysis
  • Motor vehicle fires
  • Smoke and plume propagation modeling
  • Heat transfer and thermodynamics analysis
  • Heating and cooling equipment design and operation review
  • Chemical kinetics and reactions assessment

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on Thermal Sciences
  • Strong technical background in combustion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and numerical methods
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Hands-on experience in executing experimental programs and the desire and ability to tackle a wide variety of problems within and outside their direct area of expertise

Exponent provides healthy and competitive compensation, an excellent benefits package, including company-subsidized medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and a 401(k) Retirement Program, with a 7% company contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For consideration, please contact Siobhan Costello at scostello@exponent.com with resume, and reference Requisition No. “2678” as the keyword.

Senior / Principal Process Safety Engineer – Atkins

Atkins is one of the world’s largest global design consultancies providing technical safety services worldwide through our 200 overseas offices.

Our Oil and Gas Division is a leading independent supplier of engineering and specialist services to the Oil and Gas industry, and we have been providing solutions to the Oil and Gas sector since 1975.

We provide consultancy services across a wide range of disciplines and facilities covering offshore, terminals, refineries, petrochemical plants and pipelines. We work on some of the most exciting and varied projects in the sector and have a proven track record of providing quality technical support.

We are looking for experienced Principal Technical Safety and Process Safety Engineers with the following attributes to join our Houston Office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and developing local client relationships with the major operators and engineering companies that are our core business.
  • Assignments will include project support, ongoing asset safety support or local client secondments
  • Liaison with other groups and departments within Atkins to provide an integrated solution to the client, which includes process, dynamic simulation, structural, CFD, reliability, environmental, human factors.
  • Lead as a Project Manager on a variety of projects, in charge of a team of engineers and reporting directly to the HSE Manager.
  • You will have proven business and technical skills will enable you to contribute to developing the numerous business activities that Atkins provides to the Oil and Gas industry.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline (Chemical, Mechanical, Safety Risk Engineer)
  • Substantial offshore, terminal or refinery experience (7+yrs)
  • Professional Engineering License preferred
  • Strong business development/management skills
  • Experienced project and line manager
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • The successful candidate must have proven technical competence in undertaking and delivery risk analysis and risk management, with demonstrated strong skills in the following:
  • PHA facilitation (What if, HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, SILetc.)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)
  • Consequence modeling of hydrocarbon release, dispersion, fires and explosions. In addition to having up to date knowledge and practical experience of software used to support consequence modeling.
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Safety Case/COMAH reporting
  • Authoring ALARP documentation
  • Consequence Modeling
  • Safety Case/COMAH reporting
  • Self-motivating, with the ability to supervise a team of safety engineers
  • Understands projects, operations & integrity interfaces with a good appreciation of client’s business risk drivers

Benefits:

  • 15-25 days Paid Vacation
  • 8 days paid public holidays
  • 8 days paid sick leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • 401K

Additional

  • There may a requirement for you to occasionally travel to other company/client sites (both locally and internationally)
  • Preferred candidates will have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than your current employer

To apply, please go to www.atkinsglobal.com/careers/usenergyjobs and click on position EN0108.

Senior / Principal Reliability Engineer – Atkins

Atkins provides unrivalled resources – and we want you to be one of them.

The Energy business of Atkins has been providing engineering solutions to the Oil & Gas industry since 1975. As the world’s fourth largest global design consultancy, we provide services across a wide range of disciplines and applications covering fixed and floating offshore structures, terminals, refineries, petrochemical plants and pipelines.

As part of our global growth strategy to become the world’s leading infrastructure consultancy, we are always on the lookout for Reliability Engineers that are interested in becoming a member of our team.

As a Reliability Engineer based in our Houston office, you will be working within a multi-disciplinary team focused on developing optimum business solutions for our Oil and Gas industry clients. You will be expected to have strong analytical skills which will be used both within the Reliability Group and in support of other departments within the wider Atkins Health, Safety, Environmental and Reliability (HSE&R) Group, as well as the other Americas Oil and Gas Division groups (process, structures, engineering and subsea, and FMS / GIS).

Responsibilities

Your proven business and technical skills will enable you to contribute to developing the numerous business activities that Atkins provides to the Oil and Gas industry. You will:

  • Act as a Project Manager on a variety of projects, including new project support and support to existing assets.
  • Work with our Principal Engineers to develop integrated solutions for clients that will require you to liaise with other departments within Atkins such as safety, process, structural, dynamic simulation, CFD, human factors and environment.
  • Support the Principal Engineers in project work, ongoing client consultancy activities as well as possible secondments into our client offices.
  • In addition, we have an extensive overseas client base and there would be opportunities for you to use your skills and experience in support of our International Clients and overseas Oil & Gas offices.
  • You will be a vital member of our team and as such you will be encouraged to develop your technical skills as a Project Manager to effectively lead small teams of other engineers and gain the experience necessary to take the next step to becoming a Principal or Chief Engineer.
  • You will be required and train and develop junior staff

Your assignments will predominantly be conducted from our Houston office, but may require communication/liaison with major operators and engineering contractors, globally. You will be expected to prepare and deliver reports and presentations in a concise and professional manner, and to participate in the preparation and submission of proposals. In support of our consultancy activities, you will be expected to travel occasionally to client offices, and participate in short term secondments as required.

Requirements

Atkins is interested in candidates having the following qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum Bachelors degree in mechanical or chemical engineering
  • Minimum 8 years experience working on reliability projects in an engineering consultancy or operations environment, preferably in the Oil and Gas sector.
  • PR preferred

The successful candidate will have experience in the application of reliability methods and techniques including:

  • Statistical Data Analyses
  • Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analyses
  • Root Cause Failure Analyses
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Analysis
  • Fault Tree Analyses
  • Reliability Simulation Modeling

The candidate should have familiarity with recognized industry standards relating to reliability assurance and SIL analysis such as IEC 61508 and 61511, and be familiar with common software applications such as AvSIM or MAROS used in reliability analyses.

The candidate will be:

  • Highly numerate with strong analytical skills
  • Articulate, at ease when liaising with clients and when delivering presentations
  • Inquisitive, keen to understand the underlying causes which determine a process
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team
  • Reliable, consistent and mature approach to work
  • Able to accept responsibility for own work and the checking of others’ work
  • Flexible in working hours when required

Benefits:

  • 15-25 days Paid Vacation
  • 8 days paid public holidays
  • 8 days paid sick leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • 401K

Additional

  • There may a requirement for you to occasionally travel to other company/client sites (both locally and internationally)
  • Preferred candidates will have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than your current employer

To apply, please go to www.atkinsglobal.com/careers/usenergyjobs and click on position EN0111.

Corporate Director, Process Safety

Company: Austin Group
Contact Name: Becky Daniel
Email: bdaniel@agrlp.com
Phone: 281-497-8595

Reports to: Executive Director of PSM and this position is being hired to be this manager’s successor who will retire in the next couple of years Location: Prefer NY because will have 4 direct reports there, but could do the job out of Danbury, CT

Travel: 35% travel globally

JOB PURPOSE:
This position directs, organizes, and maintains safety programs, policies, and procedures on a global basis.

SCOPE:
As a member of the Corporate Safety and Environmental Services organization, the Corporate Director, Process Safety will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing global safety programs in all areas related to Praxair operational safety.

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Global leadership and sharing of safety best process safety practices across all Praxair business units and global regions.
  • Development and implementation of processes to ensure continuous improvement of process hazards risk assessment and prevention programs.
  • Central review and oversight of all process safety activities to ensure consistency and quality.
  • Responsible for partnering with regional safety directors worldwide to ensure support is effectively provided in achieving our zero performance goal in safety, health and environmental areas.
  • Interfaces with business and functional leaders across the company on process safety issues.
  • Develops, distributes, updates and provides training for new process safety programs.
  • Responsible for the identification of applicable externally imposed process safety standards and regulations and establishes procedures for their implementation.
  • Leads internal process safety audits/assessments programs and provides assistance in implementing needed changes in order to achieve acceptable results.
  • Conducts accident investigations including Root Cause Analysis of Process Safety events and key incidents.
  • Investigates corrective actions following citations or safety incidents.
  • Ensures compliance with process safety regulations.
  • Provides effective leadership to direct reports through training, coaching, career planning and performance management.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree (Chemical or Mechanical Engineering) required.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 5+ years process safety experience in the chemical process industry required.
  • 5+ years operations management experience in the chemical, refining or related industries required.
  • Certified / Qualified Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) Leader with experience in HazOp, SIS and LOPA.
  • Working knowledge of engineering, operations and safety standards.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA PSM and EPA RMP regulations.
  • Proven ability to work effectively at all levels internal and external to the organization.
  • Experience in writing technical standards and procedures is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement global safety and environmental programs.
  • Ability to influence leaders at all levels.
  • Excellent program and project management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Six Sigma and/or Lean Manufacturing experience strongly preferred.

Process Safety Management Manager

Georgia or Open Locale
New!

Company: Austin Group
Contact Name: Becky Daniel
Email: bdaniel@agrlp.com
Phone: 281-497-8595

The purpose of this position is to design and implement engineering programs, policies, and practices to ensure that all facilities are in full compliance with required OSHA Safety programs, Process Safety Management (PSM), EPA Risk Management programs, and other Federal, State and Local regulatory programs as required by law. Must have an in-depth knowledge of all elements of the OSHA/PSM standards including Audit Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Programs (RMP) in order to insure compliance.

  • Will assist facilities in the process of bringing their programs into full compliance, track deficiencies noted during facility audits, design & conduct annual training required by the PSM & RMP programs.
  • Will monitor facility PSM and RMP programs to identify high risk areas of non-compliance and interpret OSHA/EPA regulations and apply to everyday business in the areas of safety & compliance.
  • Will lead Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) including “What-If” and other methodologies analysis on covered processes.
  • will facilitate PSM culture change across the company as well as develop and maintain a high level of expertise in both Safety and Compliance domains and other duties as required.

Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a business related area, and 8 + years experience in the Regulatory Compliance or Safety field required. A current or former OSHA/PSM Inspector experience highly desired and experience with ammonia systems desirable and strong overall computer skills required, (Microsoft Word, Excel, Project are required). Solid practical understanding of OSHA/PSM program and EPA RMP programs and experience with development and management of regulatory compliance and safety systems across multi-site locations desired. Strong organizational skills are mandatory with the ability to deploy programs company-wide. Project management skills required to keep projects on target as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels of the organization, solid decision making skills utilizing sound judgment. ISO 9001 / 18001 experience is a plus; Six Sigma Experience is a plus; Fluency in Spanish is a plus and MUST BE ABLE TO TRAVEL up to 75% of the time (International experience and ability to travel internationally is desirable).

Value Added Information: A leading third-party provider of supply chain solutions in the consumer packaged goods industry. Located in 38 states, with over 6000 associates. This Company upholds integrity, teamwork, accountability, and excellence and strives to provide their customers with innovative solutions using a balance of people, processes, and technology.

TCC/ACIT EHS Seminar Committee says thanks!

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/home/current-news/TCC-ACIT-Thanks.pdf

2010 Symposium Program

http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2010/symposium-program

Trevor’s Corner #13

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/research/trevors-corner/tcorner13.pdf

Fall 2010 Distance Learning Courses

http://psc.tamu.edu/education/distance-learning/fall-2010-courses

Spring 2010 Centerline Newsletter

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/about-the-center/centerline-newsletters/2010/SP10.pdf

Spring 2010 Director’s Corner

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/research/directors-corner/2010spring.pdf

3rd Annual MKOPSC Alumni Reunion

http://psc.tamu.edu/links/events/3rd-annual-mkopsc-alumni-reunion

Process Safety & Risk Management Coordinator – Intercontinental Terminals Company

Employer:                Intercontinental Terminals Company

Location:                  La Porte, Texas

Salary Range:          $70,000-$90,000

Requirements:          B.S. engineering

5+ years experience in petrochemical environment

Responsibilities:

  • Plant-wide coordination of Process Safety, Risk Management, Management of Change and RC 14001 efforts.
  • Serve as technical liaison to Terminal Management, keeping them informed of Terminal and Corporate level Process Safety, Risk Management, and RC 14001 performance, activities, and opportunities.
  • Coordinate activities within the Process Safety, Risk Management, and RC 14001 processes with those associates assigned the responsibility of implementing or managing the activity to help ensure that:
    • The program maintains compliance with Regulatory and Corporate requirements
    • The particular element receives the proper level of attention by Terminal Management
    • Appropriate communication exists between the upper levels of management and the specified owners of each element in the terminal.
  • Provide direction and leadership in the development of strategic action plans for PSM, RMP, and RC 14001.
  • Maintain and implement, as needed, the PSM, RMP, MOC and RC 14001 technical plans programs, files, policies, procedures, standards, goals, and objectives.
  • Provide assistance to owners of operational procedures, training, contractors, hot work, incident investigation, and emergency planning / response, and coordinator of each of these elements relating to PSM, RMP, and RC 14001.
  • Develop and provide training to associates relative to PSM, RMP, and RC 14001.
  • Participate in PSM and RMP process safety engineering related issues in external professional and trade organizations.
  • Participate in PSM and RMP review of significant capital projects to help ensure compliance to the regulations, standards, and codes.
  • Develop comprehensive PSM, RMP, and RC 14001 goals in line with ITC expectations, values, and company goals.

Please submit your resume to resumes@iterm.com

Trevor’s Corner #12

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/research/trevors-corner/tcorner12.pdf

A Memorial Tribute to Carolyn Merritt

http://psc.tamu.edu/symposia/2009/carolyn-merritt-memorial-tribute-video

Mannan Slated to Deliver Keynote at Iowa Governor’s Conference

http://test.che.tamu.edu/faculty/mannan-slated-to-deliver-keynote-at-iowa-governor%E2%80%99s-conference

Fall 2009 Centerline Newsletter

http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/about-the-center/centerline-newsletters/2009/FA09.pdf

BP, MKO Recognize Chemical Engineering Students

http://test.che.tamu.edu/student/bp-mko-recognize-chemical-engineering-students

OSHA PSM and NEP Training

January 14 – January 15, 2010
8:00am – 4:30pm

OSHA PSM and NEP Training – $495
Instructor: Don Winn
Location: Phoenix Contact, Houston
1.5 CEUs/15 PDH
Course Description and Agenda
Save The Date Flyer
Register for this course

Carreto-Vazquez Receives Zahin Memorial Scholarship

http://test.che.tamu.edu/student/carreto-vazquez-receives-zahin-memorial-scholarship

2010 Schedule of Classes

http://psc.tamu.edu/education/2010-schedule-of-classes

Process Safety Symposium to Feature Noted Australian Safety Expert

http://test.che.tamu.edu/department/process-safety-symposium-to-feature-noted-australian-safety-expert

Grad Student Carreto-Vazquez Honored by BASF

http://test.che.tamu.edu/student/grad-student-carreto-vazquez-honored-by-basf

Chemical – Process engineer/technologist – ACM

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Chemical – Process engineer/technologist

THE OPPORTUNITY

ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc., is Canada’s leading independent consulting and technology provider in the fields of Process/Functional Safety Management, Risk Assessment and Process Safety Lifecycle services.  Over the last 15 years, operating from our head office in Calgary, ACM has helped some of the world’s largest operating and engineering companies become self-sufficient leaders and ambassadors for Functional Safety.

ACM presently requires Chemical-Process Engineers / Technologists to compliment a team of employees who are passionate about process safety, exhibit attention to detail and provide excellence in project delivery.

THE ROLE

Our ideal candidate is a new graduate, current coop-student or early career Chemical/Process professional.  Progression in this role demands that you have strong presentation and leadership skills.  Although experience is not necessary, exposure to engineering, operations or maintenance in a plant environment would be an asset.

THE INDIVIDUAL

You have demonstrated a passion for safety and are keen to grow your career with a world leader in the rapidly evolving fields of Process/Functional Safety.  We will not only help you acquire the skills you need but keep you challenged applying them.

We want an engineer or technologist who is proactive in their own career development and has the ability to align their career ambition with the direction of a fast growing company.  Ultimately, if you are innovative, passionate about safety and are eager to learn, you have the character, motivation and capabilities we need.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist Facilitator and Safety Lifecycle Leaders in planning and organizing Process Safety studies.
  • Review Process Safety information for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  • Assist in upgrading or modernizing of client safeguarding systems.
  • Assist with Safety and Risk training seminars and presentations.
  • Assist with Reliability and Availability analysis of Control and Safety Systems.
  • Study client P&ID’s and define process nodes for hazard analysis studies.
  • Assist in providing written reports to clients.
  • Develop ability to facilitate risk assessments.

Education and Qualification:

  • Engineering degree or 4th year Co-op Engineering student or Engineering Technologist diploma.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Able to work in an office environment and at remote sites.
  • Entrepreneurial aptitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (written and oral), proactive, organized, self motivated.
  • Excellent typing skills.
  • Strong narrative writing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Adept at common software applications. (MS Office Suit).

Preferred Experience:

  • Engineering and or co-op experience in petrochemical, gas, pipeline, heavy oil, fertilizer, mining and utilities industries.
  • Facilitation experience, technical or non technical.
  • Team Leadership.
  • Engineering and design experience with control systems & programming (i.e. DCS, PLC, SIS).
  • Hands on experience with operations, maintenance and engineering functions at plant sites.
  • Participated or facilitated HAZOP, SIL Determination or Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) studies.

THE LOCATION

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

THE CONTACT

Please go to www.acm.ab.ca to submit your cover letter and resume as well as the Self-Evaluation Experience form to resume@acm.ab.ca

ACM’s overall compensation package offers a competitive wage, a comprehensive Benefits Plan with a Group RRSP, a 4 ½ day work week and a refreshing workplace environment.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in ACM Facility Safety and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

PHA Facilitator – ACM

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

PHA FaCilitator

THE OPPORTUNITY

ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc., is Canada’s leading independent consulting and technology provider in the fields of Process/Functional Safety Management, Risk Assessment and Process Safety Lifecycle services.  Over the last 15 years, operating from our head office in Calgary, ACM has helped some of the world’s largest operating and engineering companies become self-sufficient leaders and ambassadors for Functional Safety.

ACM presently requires PHA Facilitators to compliment a team of employees who are passionate about process safety, exhibit attention to detail and provide excellence in project delivery.

THE ROLE

Our ideal candidate is an early to mid-career Engineer or Technologist who has demonstrated leadership in PHA (HAZOP, FMEA, What-If, HAZID) and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) studies for clients with on-shore and off-shore oil and gas projects.  You have 3 – 10 years of experience in the world of Process Safety Management in the petrochemical sector.  Technical facilitation experience in other areas such as Reliability Centered Maintenance is also acceptable.

THE INDIVIDUAL

You have demonstrated a passion for process/functional safety and are keen to elevate your career in Process Hazard Analysis through innovation and a mind set of continuous improvement with a world leader in the rapidly evolving fields of Process/Functional Safety.

We want a leader who can drive results while fostering strong relationships with clients, regulatory bodies and industry leaders.  Ultimately, if you are innovative, passionate about process safety, a trustworthy mentor and a reliable leader you have the character, motivation and capabilities we need.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leading PHA (HAZOP, FMEA, What-If, HAZID) and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Determination studies for clients.
  • Provide Risk Identification/Assessment Services
  • Prepare for, facilitate and write reports for PHA (HAZOP, FMEA, What-If, HAZID) studies.
  • Prepare for, facilitate and write reports for SIL Assessment and Validation studies.
  • Assist in the upgrading or modernizing of client Safeguarding Systems.
  • Assist with Process Safety and HSE/Risk Management consulting projects.
  • Assist with Safety and Risk Training seminars and presentations.
  • Assist with Reliability and Availability analysis of Control and Safety Systems.
  • Potentially assisting in the delivery of ACM Training Courses.

Education and Qualification:

  • Engineering degree or technologist with experience in engineering, operations or maintenance.
  • Experience in facilitating PHA or SIL studies in the Energy sector is preferred, although ACM will consider engineers who have been members of numerous PHA and SIL review teams, have extensive operations experience and possess a strong desire to learn how to lead such studies.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the oil and gas industry.
  • Excellent skills in facilitating group meetings.
  • Entrepreneurial aptitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Aptitude for innovation.
  • Excellent computing and typing skills.

Experience required:

  • Experience in reading process and mechanical drawings (PFD, P&ID).
  • PHA facilitation experience or extensive participation experience with a passion to learn.
  • Process, mechanical or chemical design experience or extensive operating experience in Oil & Gas facilities.
  • Experience in producing technical reports.
  • Able to read and interpret shutdown keys, instrument diagrams, etc.
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Systems (i.e. fire & gas, deluge, ESD, SIS).
  • Knowledge of Process Safety Management.
  • Experience working in a consulting engineering office environment.
  • Experience with PHA software (ie, PHAPro).
  • PHA/HAZOP/SIL Instrumentation Knowledge.

THE LOCATION

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

THE CONTACT

Please go to www.acm.ab.ca to submit your cover letter and resume as well as the Self-Evaluation Experience form to resume@acm.ab.ca

ACM’s overall compensation package offers a competitive wage, a comprehensive Benefits Plan with a Group RRSP, a 4 ½ day work week and a refreshing workplace environment.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in ACM Facility Safety and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Team Leader – Senior Controls Engineer/Technologist – ACM

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Team Leader – Senior Controls Engineer/technologist

THE OPPORTUNITY

ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc., is Canada’s leading independent consulting and technology provider in the fields of Process/Functional Safety Management, Risk Assessment and Process Safety Lifecycle services.  Over the last 15 years, operating from our head office in Calgary, ACM has helped some of the world’s largest operating and engineering companies become self-sufficient leaders and ambassadors for Functional Safety.

ACM presently requires a Team Leader – Senior Controls Engineer / Technologist to lead a team of employees who are passionate about process safety, exhibit attention to detail and provide excellence in project delivery.

THE ROLE

Our ideal candidate is a mid-career Controls professional who has demonstrated experience assessing and implementing Safety Instrumented Systems or Process Safety Management activities  in a variety of fields (petrochemical, gas, pipeline, heavy oil, fertilizer, mining, utilities).  Across your career you have 3-5 years of experience focused on the design and implementation of SIS Systems or Process Safety Systems in the Oil and Gas industry.  Over your 5–15 year career you have exhibited strong team leadership skills and are adept at taking a project from concept to completion.

THE INDIVIDUAL

You have demonstrated a passion for process/functional safety and are keen to elevate your career in Process Safety Management through innovation and a mind set of continuous improvement with a world leader in the rapidly evolving fields of Process/Functional Safety.  To match you accomplishments you have obtained TÜV-SIS Functional Safety Engineer accreditation or the equivalent across your career.

We want an engineer or technologist who is a leader and can drive results while fostering strong relationships with clients, regulatory bodies and industry leaders.  Ultimately, if you are innovative, passionate about process safety, a trustworthy mentor and a reliable leader you have the character, motivation and capabilities we need.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide project management and team leadership to:
    • Develop and analyze control system requirements for existing and new facilities (i.e. petrochemical plants, pipelines and utilities).
    • Evaluate existing/new control systems for reliability, availability, life cycle, testing procedures, maintenance and operating procedures.
    • Analyze specifications for safety and control systems; produce block diagrams; propose control systems & instruments bus architectures; incorporate review comments into design requirements.
    • Complete and report on SIL Determination and Validation Studies, Safety Requirements Specifications and Contingency table development.
    • Evaluate control and safety system alternatives; prepare preliminary cost estimates; prepare reports with recommendations.

Education and Qualification:

  • Engineering degree or Engineering Technologist diploma with I & C background.
  • TÜV-SIS Functional Safety Engineer accreditation or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in control systems.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience focused on the design and implementation of SIS systems in the Oil and Gas industry.
  • Strong narrative, procedure writing, and presentation skills.
  • Able to work in an office environment and at remote sites.
  • Entrepreneurial aptitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (written and oral), proactive, organized, self motivated.
  • Long term career interest.

Experience required:

  • Team Leadership and Project Management.
  • Experience in petrochemical, gas, pipeline, heavy oil, fertilizer, mining and utilities.
  • Engineering and design experience with control systems & programming (i.e.: DCS, PLC, SIS).
  • Hands on experience with operations, maintenance and engineering functions at plant sites.
  • Generation of loop drawings, instrument specifications, and cable schedules, etc.
  • Experience with HMI programming and data tables.
  • Control panels design and control network architecture.
  • Technical writing and presentations.
  • Experience in development of shutdown keys, instrument systems, and fire & gas system.
  • Vendor experience with ICSTriplex, Triconex and other SIS systems is an asset.
  • Commissioning & start-up of SIS systems.
  • Developed Safety Requirements Specifications, completed SIL Validation analysis and Safety Instrument Specifications.
  • Facilitated HAZOP, SIL Determination/ Layer of Protection Analysis studies.
  • Conducted Risk Assessment/reduction/acceptance studies and has applied a variety of Risk assessment techniques.
  • Produced/assessed tolerability and ALARP arguments for clients.
  • Familiar with recognized standards and procedures (ie. IEC 61511/61508 and ISA 84.).
  • Proficient with the application of safety and general purpose computer tools/software.
  • Conducted training courses in the field of Functional Safety, (SIL Determination and SIL Validation).

THE LOCATION

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

THE CONTACT

Please go to www.acm.ab.ca to submit your cover letter and resume as well as the Self-Evaluation Experience form to resume@acm.ab.ca

ACM’s overall compensation package offers a competitive wage, a comprehensive Benefits Plan with a Group RRSP, a 4 ½ day work week and a refreshing workplace environment.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in ACM Facility Safety and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Intermediate Controls Engineer/Technologist – ACM

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Intermediate Controls Engineer / Technologist

THE OPPORTUNITY

ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc., is Canada’s leading independent consulting and technology provider in the fields of Process/Functional Safety Management, Risk Assessment and Process Safety Lifecycle services.  Over the last 15 years, operating from our head office in Calgary, ACM has helped some of the world’s largest operating and engineering companies become self-sufficient leaders and ambassadors for Functional Safety.

ACM presently requires Intermediate Controls Engineers / Technologists to compliment a team of employees who are passionate about process safety, exhibit attention to detail and provide excellence in project delivery.

THE ROLE

Our ideal candidate is an early to mid-career Instrument & Controls professional who has some direct experience working with Safety Instrumented Systems, either through a vendor, EPC firm, owner/operator or perhaps a boutique firm like ACM.  You have 3 – 10 years of experience in the world of controls on oil and gas installations.  Direct field experience with the installation and commissioning of PLC, DCS and SIS systems would be an asset.

THE INDIVIDUAL

You have demonstrated a passion for process/functional safety and are keen to expand your Controls knowledge with a world leader in the rapidly evolving fields of Process/Functional Safety.  If you do not have your TÜV – SIS Functional Safety Engineer accreditation, we will not just help you acquire it but keep you challenged applying it.

We want an engineer or technologist who is self managed and comfortable working with a minimum of direct supervision once you’re clear on your goals.  Ultimately, if you are innovative, passionate about process safety, can liaison with clients directly and manage client expectations, you have the character, motivation and capabilities we need.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and analyze control requirements for existing and new facilities (i.e. petrochemical plants, pipelines and utilities).
  • Evaluate existing control systems for reliability, availability, life cycle, testing procedures, maintenance and operating procedures.
  • Analyze specifications for safety and control systems; produce block diagrams; propose control systems & instrument bus architectures; incorporate review comments into design requirements.
  • Manage project planning, execution, installation, commissioning and system validation.
  • Complete and report on SIL Determination and Validation Studies, Safety Requirements Specifications and Contingency table development.
  • Evaluate control and safety system alternatives; prepare preliminary cost estimates; prepare reports with recommendations.

Education and Qualification:

  • Engineering degree or Engineering Technologist diploma with I & C background.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in control systems.
  • Procedure writing skills.
  • Narrative writing skills.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Able to work in an office environment and at remote sites.
  • Entrepreneurial aptitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (written and oral), proactive, organized, self motivated.
  • Long term career interest.

Experience required:

  • Experience in petrochemical, gas, pipeline, heavy oil, fertilizer, mining and utilities.
  • Engineering and design experience with control systems & programming (i.e.: DCS, PLC, SIS).
  • Hands on experience with operations, maintenance and engineering functions at plant sites.
  • Generation of loop drawings, instrument specifications, and cable schedules, etc.
  • Experience with HMI programming and data tables.
  • Control panels design and control network architecture.
  • Experience in Project Management.
  • Technical writing.
  • Experience in development of shutdown keys, instrument index systems and fire & gas systems.
  • Vendor experience with ICSTriplex, Triconex and other SIS systems would be an asset.
  • Commissioning & start-up of control systems or SIS.
  • Participated or facilitated HAZOP, SIL Determination or Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) studies.

THE LOCATION

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

THE CONTACT

Please go to www.acm.ab.ca to submit your cover letter and resume as well as the Self-Evaluation Experience form to resume@acm.ab.ca

ACM’s overall compensation package offers a competitive wage, a comprehensive Benefits Plan with a Group RRSP, a 4 ½ day work week and a refreshing workplace environment.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in ACM Facility Safety and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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