Safety Instrumented Systems – Avoidance and Control of Systematic Failures

 

Title: Safety Instrumented Systems – Avoidance and Control of Systematic Failures
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110-12AV SW
Details: Registration

Safety Instrument Systems (SIS) intend to control risk of hazards to a tolerable boundary by reducing dangerous failures rate. There are two types of failures; random and systematic. Random failures occur at random times and result from one or more degradation mechanisms. Systematic failures, however, are related to a deterministic way to a certain cause, which can only be eliminated by a modification of the design or manufacturing process, operational procedures, documentation or other relevant factors. Both systematic safety integrity (to avoid systematic failures) and hardware safety Integrity (to avoid random failures) are needed to meet the required risk reduction target for a SIS. Thus, if systematic integrity is missed, much is neglected. Studies show that many catastrophic accidents occurring in process industries address multiple systematic failures. Unlike random failures, systematic failures cannot be analyzed straightforwardly. The author’s experiences in automation field of process industries shows avoidance and control of systematic failures in SIS are not being highlighted as much as random hardware failures. This talk focuses on systematic failures and discusses procedures, techniques and measures to be used for avoidance and control of systematic failures.

Pipeline Leak Detection Methods, Requirements, and Practical Considerations

 

Title: Pipeline Leak Detection Methods, Requirements, and Practical Considerations
Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110-12 AV SW
Details: Registration

There is increasing interest in understanding more about pipeline leak detection methods and how to implement them for liquid pipelines. Leak detection is a diverse topic drawing on a broad range of technical skills and experience. This presentation will provide an overview of leak detection methods focussing on their applicability for upstream and midstream liquid pipelines. Also, the latest pipeline regulatory requirements, including how leak detection fits into Pipeline Safety and Loss Management programs, will be presented. The presentation will close with a discussion of practical applications and lessons learned on recent projects.

Industrial Internet of Things/Edge Processing

 

Title: Industrial Internet of Things/Edge Processing
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110 – 12 Ave SW
Details: Registration

The cloud offers near infinite storage and compute power to perform advanced analytics and machine learning, but edge processing on-site can also add value in many scenarios. Moving services typically run in the cloud such as machine learning, video/picture analysis, and stream analytics to the edge, whether it is a well site, plant, or substation can have significant benefits. Industry adoption of protocols such as MQTT and OPC UA, as well as new software gateways make connecting brownfield equipment to the cloud easier than ever. Come to learn how the Internet of Things is changing industry and new tools you can use to reduce cost, improve safety and develop new services.

Introduction to IEEE Standards and the Recent Revisions of IEEE 1584 – Arc Flash Calculations

 

Introduction to IEEE Standards and the Recent Revisions of IEEE 1584 – Arc Flash Calculations
Presented by: Daleep Mohla and Wei-Jen Lee
Date: Wed Jul 31, 6.30-8.30pm
Location: 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/200718 Advance Registration Only. Registration closes Jul 28, or once full.
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Southern Alberta is pleased to host Daleep Mohla, Chair of the IEEE 1584 Working Group, and Wei-Jen Lee, IEEE IAS President-Elect, for a seminar discussing the changes in the 2018 revision of IEEE 1584. The seminar begins with an introduction to the IEEE Standards Association, and the standards development process.

Join us to hear about important changes to IEEE 1584, and this unique opportunity to ask your questions directly to members of the Working Group.

Building Blocks of a Smart City

 

Building Blocks of a Smart City
Presented by: Ahsan Upal, P.Eng. PMP
Date: Tues May 14, 5.30-9.00pm
Location: 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/191506 Advance Registration Only. Registration closes 13 May.

The convergence of multiple technologies has created the potential for communities to get much more
out of public and utility assets. No one knows city infrastructure better than the local municipalities and
utilities, which gives these stakeholders a unique position to help develop smart cities that connect basic
neighborhood infrastructure to synergistically improve operational excellence, revenue potential and
sustainable lifestyles. The presentation will explore: What are the smart cities; the role of municipalities
and utilities in enabling the transition; who are the key players and allies?

Call for Nominations: 2019 Southern Alberta PES Outstanding Engineer Award

 

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the power engineering profession at the local level. Contributions may be technical, leadership-related, educational, service or a combination of these. Two Outstanding Engineer awards will be presented annually, based on years of experience: 1 for 15 years or less and 1 for more than 15 years. An Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award will also be presented, recognizing outstanding service to the Southern Alberta PES/IAS Chapter. Awards will be presented at the Southern Alberta Section’s Annual General Meeting in November 2019. Nominations are due Jun 15, 2019.

Nominators must be IEEE members, and nominees must also be members of PES in addition to being IEEE members. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Submit a nomination at: https://goo.gl/forms/lvSotUy7Xyt8vrdE3

2019 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference

 

2019 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference
Date: Monday May 6 – Thursday May 9 2019
Location: Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Register in advance or on site: http://site.ieee.org/icps2019/ Discounted online advance registration is open until May 8.

The 55th annual IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference will take place in Calgary in May this year. The Conference reflects the activities of the I&CPS Department of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of the IEEE. Over its 55 year history, the conference has been the forum bringing together IAS’s experienced engineers and our younger engineers. Many aspects of Industrial & Commercial Power Systems are presented and discussed in relevant papers sponsored by one of the four I&CPS Department Committees participating in this conference. The Technical Committees participating in this conference are:

  • Codes and Standards
  • Energy Systems
  • Power System Engineering
  • Power System Protection

A centerpiece and key activity of this conference is the development and updating of one of the most comprehensive series of IEEE Standards on Recommended Practices for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (formerly known as the 13 Color Books). Standards Series 3000 working groups have assigned panels, presentations and comments discussion sessions in this conference aimed completing the review and publication efforts of the set which articulates many of best practices for designers and maintainers of industrial and commercial power systems.