When it Comes to Alarm Management, Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

I recently presented at the Ocean Energy Safety Institute Seminar on Focusing on Alarm Management for Safer Offshore Operations. It was exciting to hear what peers in other industries had to say regarding their approach to alarm management. The panel included professors from Texas A&M University and representatives from Schlumberger, NASA, and the chemical, petrochemical, and power industries.At the... Read more

Is Your House in Order?

A few weeks ago, an inspector visited my home as part of a refinance process. My family is good about home maintenance activities, but he did remind us to caulk and patch the exterior of our house each year. This preventative maintenance best practice protects our most valuable asset from the elements. This visit reminds me of another visit – one I recently made to a large power company. We talked at length about... Read more

Don’t Lose Sight of the Forest for the Trees

In a recent interview with Chemical Processing magazine, I was asked about complying with alarm management standards such as ISA 18.2 and IEC 62682. I emphasized the obvious importance of complying with these standards. With compliance a given, we must guard against missing the forest for the trees. Striving for improved Operator Effectiveness (the forest) is the greater goal and focusing strictly on... Read more

A Tale of Two Lines

Change is part of daily industrial operations. Detecting a change and assessing the validity of that change are critical to effective ICS cybersecurity. Let’s say, for instance, that two lines have been removed from an SIS configuration file. Now let’s say this change blinds the operator to the availability of the SIS.How will you know this configuration change occurred? This particular change happens deep... Read more

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