February 2014

Principles of Alarm Management for Complex Systems Seminar

Status: Advanced registration for this session is now closed. A limited number of on-site registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Hot Breakfast
8:30 AM-12:00 PM: Principles of Alarm Management for Complex Systems
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2 CANADA

Jeffrey Joyce, P. Eng. – Critical Systems Labs Inc.


Credit: 3.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $219.00 + GST = $229.95 until Jan 29, 2014

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $299.00 + GST = $313.95

Non-Member Price: $299.00 + GST = $313.95

Student Member Price: $149.50 + GST = $156.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 29, 2014 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Principles of Alarm Management for Complex Systems Seminar. A wide spectrum of industries depends on alarm management systems to notify operators of abnormal conditions and help them decide on an appropriate response to avoid or minimize harmful consequences. Alarm management systems are integral part of risk management in products and systems ranging from standalone medical devices to mass transit systems to large industrial plants with control rooms manned 24/7 by operators. This seminar will provide participants with an introduction to the principles of alarm management and strategies for evaluating, monitoring and improving an alarm management system. Key concepts of EEMUA 191 and other authoritative sources of guidance for alarm management will be presented. A variety of accidents linked to problems in the management of alarms will be used to illustrate some of these key concepts.

Seminar Objectives

- gain an understanding of the purpose and role of an alarm management system
- become familiar with typical elements of an alarm management system
- learn key design principles of an alarm management system
- understand the relationship between alarm management and risk management
- become familiar with common deficiencies and other problems of alarm management systems
- learn some strategies for evaluating, monitoring and improving an alarm management system


General familiarity with risk management concepts as well as familiarity with at least one instance of an alarm management system.

Seminar Outline

The tentative outline is:

  • Introduction
  • Incident/Accident Examples
  • Fundamental Design Principles
  • System Architecture and Design
  • Human Factors Considerations
  • Potential Problems and Issues
  • Integration with Safety Management
  • Life Cycle Support
  • Summary


Jeffrey Joyce, P. Eng. – Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey Joyce, P.Eng is the co-founder of a Vancouver-based engineering consultancy, Critical Systems Labs, which is internationally recognized for its expertise in the specification, analysis and verification of safety-critical software-intensive systems. Dr. Joyce’s recent and current clients cover a wide spectrum of technical domains ranging from autonomous vehicles to nuclear fusion reactors. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1990 with earlier degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Joyce has been certified as a TÜV Functional Safety Engineering since 2009.

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