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2017 Workshop

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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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Presentation Topics

Presentations by industry professionals on topics including:

Giorgio J. Palermo

Senior Project Execution Manager; 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.

Alan Mahoney, Ph.D

Technical and Operations Director; Robin Brooks, Ph.D., Managing Director; 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.

Ray Wilson

Principal Control Engineer; 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.

Lanny E. Gibson

Process Control Group Leader; TOTAL Petrochemicals, USA

Experion Migration from R310 to R430

Gaurav Mahabir

Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineer III; Atlantic LNG

Migration of TPS/TDC System Inclusive of Legacy Logic Manager to Experion C300

Atlantic is the operator of a four-train liquefaction facility located at Point Fortin on the southwest coast of Trinidad, and is the sixth largest LNG exporter in the world. Trains 1, 2, and 3 controlled by a Honeywell DCS (Distributed Control System) and Train 4 controlled by an Emerson Delta V DCS.

Train 1 was commissioned in 1999, and part of the commissioned DCS was a system called the Logic Manager (LM,) which is a PLC type system (Programmable Logic Controller.) In 2005, Honeywell announced plans to withdraw the Logic Manager Product line in 2010, with only a repair/exchange support plan till 2012.

The upgrade had the potential to affect the facility since Train 1 DCS controls the Inlet, Train 1, and Storage and Loading (inclusive of Jetty1 and Jetty2.)

The Logic Manager was upgraded to a C300 controller platform, existing HPM controllers converted to C300 controllers maintaining PMIO, EPLCGs converted to Scada points, and AM programs migrated to the C300 controller platform with the UCN and LCN being migrated to an FTE network.

The presentation will cover the execution strategy for the upgrade reviewing what technical options were evaluated, how risk was mitigated, and impact to Operations was minimised.
• Reasons for upgrade
• Factors considered for upgrade options
• Execution strategy
• SAT and FAT review
• Pre works planning
• Benefits of a phased implementation plan
• Lessons learnt from each phase of execution of project
• Areas for improvement
• What went well

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.

Rick Stopf

Product Marketing Manager; Honeywell

Introduction to Virtualization Technology

Businesses are challenged to reduce costs, shorten project schedules, and increase uptime and reliability. Virtualization of computer platforms allows control system engineers to improve availability, reliability, and disaster recovery while making the system easier to deploy, maintain, and support.

Gaurav Mahabir

Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Engineer III; Atlantic LNG

System Integration (Level 1)

Simon Pate

Key Account Manager; Det-Tronics

Fire and Gas Detection Systems Design

Presentation on the codes and standards applicable to fire and gas systems, and fire and gas detectors. A review of the detection technologies to aid in the selection of the correct technology for specific applications, and criteria for evaluation and verification of the fire and gas system performance.

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; Lin and Associates, Inc.


Ray Wilson

Principal Control Engineer; 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.

Dan Spears

Project Execution Manager; Lin and Associates, Inc.

Industry Tips and Tricks

In these two segments, we will share some of our “tricks of the trade” gleaned from the mirade of Distributed Control Systems we have encountered. We will show some practical demonstration techniques with regards to database configuration challenges and solutions, HMI techniques, best practices, and DCS system design guidelines.

Workshop Schedule


Price List

Workshop Ticket


*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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