November 2021 Technical Seminar

Technical Topic:
Overview of Alarm Management (ISA18)

Recorded Presentation


Seminar Description:

This presentation will provide an introduction and overview of alarm management. We will review a history of alarm management published standards ANSI/ISA18.2, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries, and the IEC version, IEC62682 of the same name. We will provide a brief introduction to what are standards and how they are used by regulatory bodies. In addition, we will review the importance of alarm management and several significant industry incidents which casual factors were due to poor alarm management. 

The alarm management lifecycle from ISA18.2 and IEC62682 will be introduced, and the parts of the lifecycle will be covered. These activities include the alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, basic alarm design, advanced alarm techniques, HMI design for alarms, monitoring, assessment, management of change, and audit. We will discuss the entry points to the lifecycle for starting alarm management improvement projects. 

Participants will learn about the standards for alarm management and the lifecycle and how they address the common problems of alarm systems. 

About our speaker:

Donald G. Dunn is a Senior Consultant with W.S. Nelson and a recognized Industry Leader. He has spent much of his career at end-user organizations in various roles with an impressive track record of more than 30 years of experience in delivering technological innovation to improve processes and procedures and to enhance revenue, efficiency, and market share. He is ISA Fellow and a senior member of the IEEE. He has authored or co-authored more than forty technical papers of which twenty-five were for the IEEE peer reviewed conference, journals, transactions, and magazines. In addition, Mr. Dunn has been an invited author and presenter at over fifty various IEEE and ISA International, National and Regional conferences. He has held numerous leadership positions within the IEEE and the ISA since 1996. He is a member of the IEEE, ISA, NFPA, API and IEC standards working groups and has held numerous leadership positions in those organizations. He co-chairs ISA18 (committee on signals and alarms), chairs IEEE841 & 841.1 is the convener of IEC62682 (committee on alarm management) and has actively led and participated in numerous other standards. Mr. Dunn has served as the IEEE Houston Section chairman in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2011-2012, Vice President for the ISA Standards and Practices Board in 2011-2012, chairman of the IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) for 2012-2014 and chairman of the API Subcommittee on Electrical Equipment 2012-2015. In 2015, he was elected to serve a three-year term on the ISA Board of Directors 2015-2018. Currently Mr. Dunn is the Co-Chair of ISA Technology Search Committee and the Chair of the ISA Technical Activities Board which is over all ISA technical content. In 2016, he received the “Keith Otto Award” from the ISA Publications Department, which recognizes the author(s) of the best article in InTech magazine – July/August 2015 article titled, “Automation IT – Diagnosing your alarm system”. In 2016, Donald also received from the IEEE IAS PCIC their “Outstanding Technical Contribution Award”, which recognizes the dedicated technical contributions of the individual to the Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC). In 2017, he received the Russell W. Mills award, recognizing his outstanding dedication and service to furthering the objectives of the PCIC. Donald is a Certified Automation Professional® through ISA. In 2020, Mr. Dunn was selected to receive the ISA Standards Excellence award and was selected to be elevated to ISA Fellow.

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