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2023 Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress for Process Safety

March 12, 2023 - March 16, 2023

GCPS 2023


Monday, March 13, 2023 | 10:30 am
George R. Brown Convention Center – Room 360

A Holistic Approach to Asset Risk Management: The Benefits of Combining Mechanical Integrity and Reliability Programs
Presented by Nicolas Obando, Engineering Director

Many organizations tend to develop and implement mechanical integrity (MI) and asset reliability programs separately. Still, the industry is moving towards holistic asset risk management with the increased implementation of ISO 55000 programs. We will discuss the similarities between MI and reliability programs, how to effectively combine them, the expected benefits of doing so, and a vision for the future of combined MI and reliability in the digital world.

Monday, March 13, 2023 | 1:30 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center – Room 361

Back to Basics
Presented by Chris Armitage, Principal Reliability Engineer

In many cases, maintenance systems are over-burdened with OEM requirements, knee-jerk inspections instituted due to a significant failure, or growth due to inefficiencies. The organization begins to lose sight of what they are trying to achieve and thus become very reactionary to asset behavior. By getting back to the fundamental basics of what is the relative importance of the assets (Right Assets), what fails, what should be done to restore or maintain the inherent reliability (Right Maintenance), and at what frequency should those actions be accomplished (Right Time), a Maintenance Organization can become more effective and then more efficient through the use of the latest technologies.

Monday, March 13, 2023 | 4:00 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center – Room 361

Contextualizing Cyber Risk to Chemical Processes
Presented by Blake Benson, Principal Consultant

Petroleum and chemical processing facilities have multiple layers of protection to prevent major accidents that can also prevent cyber attacks from resulting in operational, safety and environmental consequences. By leveraging studies they already perform, organizations can contextualize cyber security risks from an operational and safety perspective by systematically evaluating each critical scenario and considering questions related to cyber-initiated events and safeguard performance. The team then develops an asset risk profile and recommendations to reduce unacceptable scenarios by adding cyber and engineered safeguards.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | 8:00 am
George R. Brown Convention Center – Room 370

Fire Modeling Using a Solid Flame Approach Including Obstructions, Thermal Shielding, and Evacuation Path Thermal Dose Integration
Presented by Albert Paterson, Lead Engineer

ABS Group has developed an intermediate approach for fire modeling in process industries which considers line-of-sight obstructions, thermal shielding, and evacuation routes to predict the vulnerability of evacuating personnel. This methodology utilizes geometric simplifications with refinements and provides more accurate predictions by considering the impact of obstructions and shielding effects on reducing thermal radiation and improving evacuation speed.

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