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2017 Workshop

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and help celebrate 25 years of excellence!

2017 Marks 25 Years of L&A

We thought there was no better way to celebrate this achievement than to host another workshop with our valued clients and friends. You have been an integral part of the journey and we want nothing more than to celebrate this milestone with you.

So plan on joining us April 17-21, 2017, in sunny Phoenix, AZ, and help us make this our best workshop yet!

We have some great things on the agenda for this workshop so please be sure to check this page frequently for updates.


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Book your room now and take advantage of our special group rate! (valid through March 20 only)

Presentation Topics

Presentations by industry professionals on topics including:

Alan Mahoney, Ph.D

Technical and Operations Director; Robin Brooks, Ph.D., Managing Director with Process Plant Computing Limited

Using Plant History in Alarm Rationalization and Event Prediction

Process history is essential when reviewing operator alarm limits in the context of alarm stewardship and formal rationalization. Far too often, limits are implemented on a ‘try-it-and-see’ approach that leads to higher operator load weakening the operators’ trust in the alarm system, potentially leading to delays in acting, and extra work later in re-review. Reasons for not making full use of the process history currently in review may include the complexity of the data and perceived overhead of including it in the review. This session will introduce techniques of data analysis based on the parallel coordinate plot that enables full consideration of process operating envelopes in all alarm reviews while still dramatically reducing time.

These operating envelopes that are implicit in the plant historical operating data can also be used for real-time process monitoring, producing models much more sensitive than single-variable limits used today. These models can be built cheaply and easily by process and process control engineers. We will look at applications in fault detection and event prediction, showing how geometric process control models can be used in condition monitoring and event prediction, leveraging data already collected in the plant historian.

Giorgio J. Palermo

Senior Project Execution Manager with Lin and Associates, Inc.

MAC Approach on ICSS Projects

When working on Large Capital Projects, and those including multiple Engineering, Procurements, and Construction (EPC) firms, how important is it to have a Main Automation Contract (MAC) approach with well-defined document scope and responsibilities?

These days, almost all Automation equipment vendors are offering MAC services, but do they really understand their scope of work boundaries and responsibilities to drive success on projects?
This presentation focus on MAC scope definition examples, including Management interface responsibilities, to ensure proper data is available and on-time.

Ray Wilson

Principal Control Engineer with Lin and Associates, Inc.

Alarm Rationalization: A Practical Approach

Lessons and techniques learned from two large alarm rationalization projects will be presented, with a view toward identifying common pitfalls and challenges. Advanced alarm techniques will be discussed, but the two case study projects were initial rationalization efforts and advanced alarming was not part of the scope.

Tyson Johncock

Director of Project Engineering; Tri-Sen Turbomachinery Controls

Migration of Compressor Surge Controls within DCS

Compressor surge control presents challenges separate from normal regulatory control strategies. The understanding of compressor surge algorithms requires the control engineer to understand compressor design and operation. Effective surge control requires controller execution times measured in milliseconds. In the past, purpose built controllers or PLC’s were utilized to achieve the required scan time for reliable surge detection and control.

Recently, DCS controller technology has emerged with scan times in the 20-millisecond range. This allows the end user to utilize the DSC controller for compressor surge control. The DCS surge control approach streamlines the operation and life cycle management of the compressor control system.

In summary, our presentation will cover the following items:
• Introduction to surge control algorithms
• DCS control platform requirements for effective surge control
• End-user benefits of DCS surge control
• Review of a recent DCS surge control project
• DCS platform improvements for effective surge control

Giorgio J. Palermo

Senior Project Execution Manager with Lin and Associates, Inc.


Ray Wilson

Principal Control Engineer with Lin and Associates, Inc.

Applying API556 to Gas Fire Heater Control and SIS Designs

On April 2011, the API recommended Practice 556 was updated. This time, vendors and End-Users agreed to include important references to a prescriptive practice. These references related to the Safety Instrumented System.

This presentation focuses on the main updates of the API 556 guidelines that specifically apply to Controls and Protective System installations for Gas Fire Heaters in petroleum production, refineries, petrochemical, and chemical plants.

Lanny Gibson


Migration and Console Upgrade


Fire and Gas Design Strategies

Ian Nimmo

President and Founder, User Centered Design Services, Inc.

THE Enemy Within

Lurking within our control rooms is a demon, who strikes at the worst possible time in the life of a control room. During the early hours of the morning driven by poor lighting, unhealthy environmental controls, fatigue takes its toll - with no fatigue countermeasures in place the operator faces the perfect storm.

Displays with poor design making it difficult to distinguish change because the salience is too high, alarms overwhelm operators, and due to poor configuration make it difficult to use them. The alarms had been rationalized but not documented, not prioritized correctly, and alarm set points incorrectly set.

The net result an Organizational Accident with large loss of life and catastrophic environmental effects, the perfect storm.

These major accidents keep happening, and we do not seem to be able to learn the lessons from them and implement practices that will mitigate them?

The major issue: many companies use multiple vendors to implement their alarm Systems, different ones to design and implement their HMI’s, and others to design and build their control rooms with no common philosophy or goals. So each does what they think is best and overall nothing works towards a common goal. What is that common goal? It is Situation Awareness, and more specifically, the control room operator’s ability to Detect, Diagnose, and Respond to an Abnormal Event.

The solution is a High Performance Control Room that integrates Alarm Management, HMI, and control desk ergonomics into a solution founded on Human Factors in design. Integrated with new technology in the form of SMART keyboards by Weytec providing seamless mouse movement across multiple workstation displays, Prysm Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) tiles, and LCDs have almost imperceptible touch latency and render high-resolution, realistic images that are sharp and bright — even in ambient light. And fianlly, speakers that keep the sound within the radius of a console.

Dan Spears

Project Execution Manager with Lin and Associates, Inc.

Industry Tips and Tricks

. . . and more to come!

Price List

Workshop Ticket


*Special early-registration price, available thru March 12, 2017 - book now, prices will go up to the regular ticket pricing of $495 beginning March 13, 2017! --- Includes access to all 3 days of the workshop (April 18-20,) the Meet and Greet (April 17,) L&A Open House (April 18,) and the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (April 19.)

Model-less Process Control Technology
Deployment Workshop [RPC and XMC™]


Reserves one seat - 4-hour training course (morning session) on Friday, April 21.

ALTIUS Configuration


Reserves one seat - 4-hour training course (afternoon session) on Friday, April 21.

Beginner HMI Scripting


Reserves one seat - 4-hour training course (morning or afternoon session) on Friday, April 21.

Intro to C300 Applications


Reserves one seat - 4-hour training course (morning or afternoon session) on Friday, April 21.

Hotel Reservations


*Special group rate with the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale valid through March 20, full price approximately $269/night.


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