November 2014

Principles of Alarm Management for Complex Systems

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Thursday, November 20, 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: Vancouver, BC CANADA
Presenter: 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 Nov 3, 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
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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
General familiarity with at least one instance of an alarm management system
Seminar Outline
The tentative outline is:
  1. Introduction
  2. Incident/Accident Examples
  3. Fundamental Design Principles
  4. System Architecture and Design
  5. Human Factors Considerations
  6. Potential Problems and Issues
  7. Integration with Safety Management
  8. Life Cycle Support
  9. Summary
The Instructor
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.

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