Checkout notes from our Januray 12, 2011 meeting: How to select the proper Pressure Gauge


Frebruary Meeting --Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

The New Control Room Management (CRM) Rules for Pipelines with Important Messages for all Industry

On November 1, 2010, the amended US pipeline regulations (49 CFR 192 & 195) became law. By this August 1, 2012, all pipelines must be in full compliance. The amendments were proposed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) through its Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This dramatically changes the control room “ground rules” for operation of both liquid and gas transmission of hazardous materials. The most important changes involve three key aspects of pipeline operations: {1} Controller fatigue (industry calls “controllers” “board operators”) must be explicitly understood, properly planned for, and effectively managed; {2} operational procedures must be explicit, comprehensive, effective, and fully trained for; and {3} the current best practices in alarm management (API RP-1167, ANSI/ISA-18.2, and EEMUA 191) must be fully integrated into all appropriate aspects of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) operations. Most would agree that pipeline operations should significantly improve in safety, reliability, and environmental compatibility. What isn’t so apparent is that the pipeline approach has important messages for all industrial manufacturing using control rooms. This presentation will review the dramatic incidents that provided the impetus for change. It will continue with the National Transportation Safety Administration’s (NTSB) 2005 study that exposed the broad critical weaknesses of current pipeline operations. It will close with an important tool for control room use that will change the “game” in the minute-by-minute challenge of managing incidents and accidents.


Doug has a broad background in academia, industrial process control, and consulting. He is the author of Alarm Management for Process Control, the leading reference book in this field. He has several patents in instrumentation and automatic controls and was recently awarded one in alarm management. He is the recipient of the 2005 Cleveland Technical Society’s Educator Award. Doug has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He taught engineering at Case Western Reserve University and worked for Sohio and then later BP. Currently Doug runs a small engineering consulting firm specializing in alarm management, control room operator display design, and operational safety.

Dinner Location: Harry’s Steakhouse in the Derby Room

5664 Brecksville Road

Independence, OH 44131


Dinner Menu

Entries: Chicken Marsala, Baked Lemon Pepper Scrod, Seasoned Baked Potatoes, Pasta Marinara. (Please advise in advance if a separate vegetarian dinner is preferred - Vegetable Lasagna)

Dinner Includes

Fresh Garden Salad, Rolls & Butter, Chef ’s Vegetable DuJour, Assorted Pastries, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea.


When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012



5:30-6:00 PM Arrival & Social

6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 PM Presentation

ISA Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Students: $10


Contact: Harriet Radvansky


PHONE:(440) 239-9176

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