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Do we really put safety first?

By Bernt Eldor on 15/09/21 09:06

Everyday life puts all of us in situations where we must make decisions, some of them concerning safety. Think about the last time you overtook another car. What kind of safety margins do need to decide to step on the gas?

Topics: Situational awareness Root causes
3 min read

Planning and introducing modifications with control room operators

By Bernt Eldor on 04/05/21 09:03

Imagine that your car changed behavior overnight so that the next morning when driving to work you notice that the location of the brake pedal has changed. Would you feel confused and unconfident? It is easy to understand the importance of introducing modification to the control room and changes to the process in a planned and controlled manner, when considering the car scenario. All operational personnel should be kept updated about coming changes. The most important personnel with respect to these kinds of changes are the control room operators.

Topics: Situational awareness Sharing human knowledge
4 min read

How to keep asset knowledge while going from local to remote control centers

By Pierre Schäring on 20/04/21 09:27

Recent developments in technology, with safe high-speed communication lines combined with numerous digitalization solutions for automation and control, has opened up for new opportunities on how to design and set up the control function. The main objectives being increased personal safety (as fewer people will be working in hazardous areas) and cost savings, remote centralized control centers are now often preferred for new assets and upgrade projects.

Topics: Control Room Efficiency Sharing human knowledge
3 min read

Is it possible to learn from others as control room operators?

By Bernt Eldor on 23/03/21 10:18

Being a control room operator is very much experience based, so how can they learn how to maintain safe operation?

Topics: Situational awareness Sharing human knowledge
3 min read

Top 5 issues in the control room

By Bernt Eldor on 09/03/21 09:03

An effective control room is crucial to ensure the safe and efficient operation of any plant. The amount of work in a control room is dependent on the size and complexity of the plant, and the level of automation. The control room responsibilities may vary based on the plant, but will generally cover the following main tasks:

Topics: Sharing human knowledge
4 min read

Can we help the operator run a control room without alarms?

By Bjarne André Asheim on 16/02/21 08:53

Imagine a control room without alarms... Can you see it?

For decades, alarms have been the way we signal and inform the operator that something is about to happen. A sign to look closer at something or a warning. The problem has been that we have an increased need for automation or digitalization, and we are currently struggling to provide a better way for the operator to get data, other than by presenting an alarm. The development over the past decades from analogue alarm lamps, digitalizing those signals and putting them into a computer, has made the situation even harder for the operator. The challenge is that the modern digitalized systems have the same approach to alert and inform the operators with tools for help that are comparable to the analogue solution, but the number of alarms has increased exponentially. Every problem faced in the operation of a plant is fixed with another alarm implemented, meaning the situation for the operator is only getting worse. The more automation, the harder it is for the operators to understand the situation, react in time, and intervene in the correct way when needed.

Topics: Production optimization Alarm management
5 min read

How efficient are the alarms in modern plants?

By Bernt Eldor on 02/02/21 10:39

Operators in today’s modern control rooms face serious challenges to understand what’s going on inside their plants as the number of alarms increase. Configuring an alarm has never been easier.

Topics: Digitalization Artificial Intelligence Alarm management
6 min read

What is the problem with alarms in the control room?

By Bernt Eldor on 19/01/21 08:53

The role of a control room operator is to monitor and take control if and when the automation and safety systems fail to provide safe and efficient production. This role remains the same even with increased level of autonomy and more remote control.  

Topics: Situational awareness Alarm management
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Artificial intelligence for safer and optimized production

By Bernt Eldor on 19/05/20 09:02

The history of Artificial Intelligence goes all the way back to the classical antiquity where the idea of intelligent robots (such as Talos) and artificial beings, such as Galatea and Pandora, were a part of Greek Mythology (McCorduck, P., 2004). Talos was a giant automatic machine circling the shores and protecting Europe from pirates and invaders.

Topics: Situational awareness Artificial Intelligence Production optimization
4 min read

How can we use digitalization to increase plant performance?

By Bjarne André Asheim on 05/05/20 09:07

Most production loss and safety-related issues start with a small incident that escalates. How can we smartly use the data to mitigate small incidents and avoid disturbances? The goal is to operate as close to the theoretically possible limit, while at the same time being able to handle incidents.

Topics: Digitalization Control Room Efficiency
3 min read

How to improve situational awareness by using data analytics

By Bjarne André Asheim on 21/04/20 08:54

The term data analytics refers to different ways of analysing raw data, using both qualitative and quantitative techniques and processes, to make conclusions about the information. In a control room, the goal is to improve the situational awareness for faster and more targeted decisions. Big data is extremely large data sets that may be analysed by computers to reveal patterns and trends.

 

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Topics: Digitalization Situational awareness
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The impact of human error on process safety and performance

By Ian Hamilton and Claus Myllerup on 01/04/20 09:09

Industrial accidents occur in most sectors where humans are exposed to heights, speed, or heavy powerful machinery. While each accident is tragic, the consequences are often limited to the casualties and their relatives.

Topics: Situational awareness Control Room Efficiency
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What is the value of real-time decision-making?

By Bernt Eldor on 24/03/20 09:54

The value of real-time decision-making in an oil & gas production process or at a petrochemical plant is closely related to situational awareness. In this setting, real-time is defined as time-critical decisions within seconds based on live real-time data. The control room operator normally operates in a time frame of seconds to minutes, but not all decisions are equally time critical. The reason we specify our understanding of real-time is to make a distinction to real-time that is also used for systems working on real-time data, but offline non-time critical. These kinds of applications are often used more as back-office support for operation and maintenance.

Topics: Digitalization Situational awareness Real-time
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How digitalization in production facilities can reduce downtime

By Bernt Eldor on 17/03/20 09:03

All production facilities will experience downtime sometime during production, where the facility will fail to operate within safe limits. The root causes or reasons behind this are either technical, operational, or organizational. 

Topics: Digitalization Downtime