Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature
October 22-24, 2013
Hilton College Station Conference Center


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22           7:30AM -8:00AM – Continental Breakfast


Frank P. Lees Memorial Lecture: Process Safety – Focusing on What Really Matters – Leadership! – Ms. Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive, UK


General SessionDr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairman,  U.S. Chemical Safety Board


  Director’s Address – Dr. Sam Mannan, MKOPSC

 9:45AM       Break and Exhibit Hall


Track I

Track II

Track III

Track IV






Ray Mentzer, Kathy Shell,
Scott Ostrowski

Michela Gentile, Kiran Krishna, Mike Marshall

Sara Saxena, George King, Ramasamy Ravi, Chad Mashuga

Marc Levin, Maureen Orr,
Anjana Meel, Julie White



Hazard Assessment

Case Study/
Lessons Learned I

Process Mgmt
for Safety I 


Impact of LOPA Uncertainty on Safety Instrumented System Design,” Randy Freeman, S&PP Consulting

Application of the Graph Theory and Matrix Calculus for Optimal HAZOP Nodes Order Determination,” Ryszard Sauk, Office of Technical Inspection (UDT), Poland

Flammable Vapour Cloud Generation from Overfilling Tanks: Learning The Lessons from Buncefield,” Graham Atkinson, Health & Safety Laboratory, UK

HES / Asset Integrity Training & Development Program,” Stewart Behie, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation


Now What?  After the LOPA Is Done,” Michael Schmidt, Missouri S&T

Identification and analysis of the key drivers for a systemic and process-specific Reactive Hazard Assessment (RHA) methodology,” Renato Benintendi, Foster Wheeler

Piper Alpha Revisited,” Kees Van Wingerden, GexCon AS

Utilizing Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) for Enhanced Plant Reliability & Safety,” Vishal  Lagad, Lloyd’s Register


 “Layer of Protection Analysis of Clean Fuels Complex of Refinery,” Rinav Shah, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Process Safety Management for Subsea Production System,” Eric Chang, Shell

 “Case Study: Implementing
Performance Based Gas
Detector Placement per ISA
TR 84.00.07 on a Gas Oil
Hydrotreating Unit
,” Edward
Flint Hills Resources
“Overview on the use of Ammonium Nitrate in the Texas Agricultural Business,” Donnie Dippel, Texas Ag Industries Association

  11:45AM      Lunch and Exhibit Hall


Safety Culture

Process Mgmt
for Safety II  

Hazard Assessment II

Case Study/
Lessons Learned II


Utilizing Field-Based Risk Registers to Improve Process Safety Culture and Competence,” Megan Weichel, DNV

Simplified Process Safety Management for Smaller Companies,” Melody Soderberg, ioMosaic

“Hazard Assessment,”  Chad Mashuga, The Dow Chemical Company

Case Study: A Risk-Based Approach for Combustible Dust Hazard Mitigation,”
Timothy Cullina, Fauske & Associates


API Process Safety Site Assessment Program – Promoting a Culture of Process Safety,” Ron Chittim, API

Overcoming PSM Challenges for Small Sites & Chemical Companies:  Observations, Insights, and Guidance from the Trenches,” Philip Myers, Advantage Risk Solutions

CFD Dispersion Modeling Supporting the Design of a Potential Oil Shale Field Test,” Parag Gupte, ExxonMobil Upstream Research

Case Study: A Risk Based Approach to Disaster Response and Business Continuity Planning,” Charles Soczek, Dupont


Debrief:  The Experiential Learning Cycle, Process Safety Competency, Safe Work Practices, Identifying and Reporting of Near Miss/Incident Data,” Clyde Young, JM Campbell Co

Management Of Life Extension For offshore production Platforms In China,” Liu Yang-Yang, Tianjin, China

From Belts and Suspenders – Or How You Shouldn’t Leave Yourself Exposed Despite Explosion Protection Investments …! ,” Johannes Lottermann, REMBE, Germany

 “Hazards of Gasoline Contamination – Case study of a Tanker Truck Explosion Resulting from Switch Loading,” Scott Davis, GexCon US


Integration of Process Safety in Chemical Process Design: Initiating a Different Way of Thinking,” Khaled Elsaid, Texas A&M University Qatar

Best Practice Management of Change and Pre-Startup Safety Review for the Chemical Process Industry,” Mike Bearrow, Optimized Systems & Solutions Inc

Substances that can be formed during major accidents – legal requirements and procedures,” Agnieszka Gajek, Central Institute for Labour Protection -NRI, Poland

 “Lessons learned from Process Incidents – Viewing Historical Data Through the Lens of “Tenets of Operational Excellence,” Ram Goyal, Bahrain Petroleum Company

   3:00PM     Break and Exhibit Hall


Process Mgmt
for Safety III  

Risk Assessment

Consequence Analysis I

Metrics &
Performance Drivers  


Risk Management Decision Making (RMDM) Methodology,” Ben Poblete, Atkins

Investigating Risk Reduction and Mitigation in the Petroleum Industry,” Mohammad Alkazimi, Missouri S&T

Effect of Confinement due to Parallel Vapor Barriers on Vapor Cloud Overpressures,” Josh Richardson, MKOPSC

“Safety Summaries, Numbers, Charts, Graphs, YTD vs YTD, Projected TRIR,……SO WHAT? ,” Larry Kistler, ExxonMobil


 “Development of an Effective Framework for Shift Handover,” Sonny Sachdeva, MKOPSC  “Performing Assessments of Mechanical Integrity Management Systems,” Mark Bell, PinnacleAIS

An Easy and Accurate Method to Design Gas/Vapor Relief,” Guibing Zhao, Chilworth Technology

Use of KPIs for Process Safety,” Prasad  Goteti, Honeywell Process Solutions


“The Role of Chemical Reactivity Data in Process Safety Management,Michelle Murphy,” ioMosaic

The Bumpy Road to Better Risk Control,” Hans Pasman, MKOPSC

Blast Wave Clearing Behavior for Positive and Negative Phases,” Quentin Baker, BakerRisk

An Industry’s Journey to Use Metrics to Improve Process Safety Performance,” Karen Paulk, Phillips 66 Company


Safety Culture – Relationship to High Consequence/ Low Probability Events,Sunil  Kumar, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Wellbore Safety and Integrity during Hydrocarbon Production,” C.S. Kabir, Hess Corp.

Condition Based Monitoring Redefined,” Majdi Rajab CBM Enterprise Solutions

Operational Discipline: Panacea for Performance? ,” Brian Rains, Dupont

5:30-7:00PM     Cocktail Reception 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23         7:30AM -8:00AM – Continental Breakfast


Keynote Lecture Chevron’s Journey in Process Safety  – Wesley E. (Wes) Lohec, Vice President, Health, Environment and Safety, Chevron


Center Activities 2013 – Valerie Green, MKOPSC


Presentation of Annual Merit Award, Harry West Service Award, and the Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship

Dr. Sam Mannan, Director, MKOPSC

  9:30AM – Break and Exhibit Hall


Track I

Track II

Track III

Track IV






Ray Mentzer, 
Kathy Shell,
Scott Ostrowski

Michela Gentile, Kiran Krishna, Mike Marshall

Sara Saxena, George King, Ramasamy Ravi, Chad Mashuga

Marc Levin, Maureen Orr,
Anjana Meel, Julie White



Consequence Analysis II

Resilience/ Sustainability



Safety Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks as IPLs,” Angela Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions

Use of HotSpot Dispersion Model to Establish Extent of Downwind Contamination,” Wayne Davis, URS Professional Solutions

Building Resilience – A
Risk-Based Approach to
Disaster Response and
Business Continuity
,” Charles Soczek,

Numerical Analysis of Dense Gas Dispersion: Effect of Continuous and Staggered Fences,” Francesco Colella, Exponent Inc.


SIS System Gap Assessment and Closure Plan,” Armando Lara, Lyondellbasell

Public Health Consequences of Acute Ammonia Releases,” Maureen Orr, ATSDR

Are Today‘S Engineering Designs Preventing Tomorrow‘s Process Safety Incidents?,” Sheila Van Geffen, The Dow Chemical Company

Assessment of LNG Pool Spreading Behavior in Brayton Fire Training Field Tests,” Nirupama Gopalaswami, MKOPSC


Procedural Automation,” Tom Williams, Honeywell Process Solutions

Modelling of Time-Varying Dispersion For Elevated Pressurised Releases Without Rainout,” Henk Witlox, DNV, UK

Future technology – Thermal Management Systems for Li-Ion Batteries,” Simon Waldram, MKOPSC

Advanced Tools to Improve FLNG Design through Probabilistic Explosion Hazard Analyses ,” Scott Davis, GexCon US


Dealing with an Imperfect World,” Robert Brown,
Consultate LLC

Evaluating the Consequence of Sustained Casing Pressure during Well Integrity Testing,” Tony Rocha-Valadez, MKOPSC

“Modeling Capability Development of Thermal Safety and Cracking in Batteries,” Partha Mukherhjee, Texas A&M University

Validation of Liquid Nitrogen Vaporisation Rate by Small Scale Field Experiments and Analysis of the Heat Transfer to the Pool,” Tomasz Olewski, , Texas A&M University Qatar

  12:00 ­ 1:30PM     Lunch and Exhibit Hall  


Relief Systems

Risk Assessment II

Process Mgmt
for Safety IV

Hazard Assessment III


Pressure Relief Valve Failures in Tank Cars Statistics and Assessment of Causes,” Phani Raj, Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Administration

Understanding, Measuring and Managing Uncertainty – The Role of RBI,” Greg Alvarado, Equity Engineering Group

A Methodology for Identifying and Addressing Dead-Legs and Corrosion Issues  in a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA),” René Murata, Risk Integrity Safety knowledge

Evergreen HAZOP as an Essential Part of Your PSM System,” Graeme Ellis, ABB Consulting, UK


Before You Fix the Relief Valve Problem – Careful Considerations When Mitigating Inadequate Relief Systems Designs,” Jason Spearow, Smith & Burgess

Development of Risk Screening Tool for Enhanced Oil Recovery Operation Using CO2,”  Yuan Lu, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation

Risk Assessments for Brownfield Modifications to Promote Inherently Safe Processes,” Varsha Pedhireddy, Scandpower Risk Management Inc.

Measuring & Managing Process and Occupational Hazards Side by Side in a Gas Fired Power Station,” Russell Mills, GHD


A New Approach to Offshore Risk Modeling,” Cynthia Spitzenberger, DNV

Research on the Correlation of the Info Activities with the Safety Behavior on the Offshore Platform,” Xuan Shi, Tianjin, China

Selecting Effective Inspection & Testing Methodology for Fixed Equipment,” Russ Davis, Mistras

   3:00PM        Break and Exhibit Hall


Process Mgmt
for Safety V

Facility Siting  

Consequence Analysis III 

Reactive Chemicals


Paradigms of Process Safety,” Adam Markowski, University of Lodz, Poland

Enhancing Facility Siting Studies with Process Hazard Analyses,” Jay Patel, MMI Engineering

Improved Far-Field Blast Predictions from Fast Deflagrations, DDTs and Detonations of Vapor Clouds Using FLACS CFD,” Olav Hansen, GL Noble

Study of the N-Oxidation of 3-Picoline using a 2K Factorial Design of Experiments,” Alba Pineda, MKOPSC


Establishing a Superior Bottom Line via PSM Excellence,” Brian Rains, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Facility Siting Study with Pressure Vessel Bursts,” Seungho Jung, Air Products

A Stochastic Approach for Risk Analysis in Vapor Cloud Explosion,” Clementina Ramirez, Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya, Mexico

Thermal Hazard Assessment about Reaction of Ozone Oxidation 2-Butene-1,4-dioldiacetate by RC1,” X.H. Pan, Nanjing University of Technology


Keep a Sense of Vulnerability:  For Safety’s Sake,” Roy Sanders, MKOPSC

Leveraging Multi-User Virtual Plant Environments and 3D Interactive Visualization to Optimize Plant Safety,” Sloane Whitely, AVEVA

Impact of Vapor Cloud Detonation Propagation from a Congested Area on Building Blast Loads,” Kelly Thomas, BakerRisk

Ammonium Nitrate Thermal Decomposition With Additives,” Zhe Han, MKOPSC


Engineering Ethics Session (1 hr)


Symposium Banquet at Traditions Club

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24         7:30AM -8:00AM – Continental Breakfast


Keynote Lecture  Making Safety Real, A Journey to High Performing Safety CulturesProf. Gord Winkel, Chair and Industrial Professor for the Safety and Risk Management Program, University of Alberta

  9:00AM        Break and Exhibit Hall


Track I

Track II

Track III

Track IV






Ray Mentzer, Kathy Shell,
Scott Ostrowski

Michela Gentile, Kiran Krishna, Mike Marshall

Sara Saxena, George King, Ramasamy Ravi, Chad Mashuga

Marc Levin, Maureen Orr,
Anjana Meel, Julie White



Risk Assessment/

Human Factors

Consequence Modelling IV


Reliance verification of Safety Instrumented Systems,” Bernd Schroers, Bayer AG, Germany

A Quantitative Assessment of the Placement Practices of Gas Detectors in the Process Industries,” Alberto Benavides, MKOPSC

Using human factor data to evaluate risk controls and identify areas for improvement,” A.W. Armstrong, Kestrel Mgmt Services

Explosively Generate Pipe Collapse,” Phillip Mulligan, Missouri S&T


Control Systems – The Distinguishing Factors between Common Cause and Systematic Failures,” John Kelley, aeSolutions

Bridging the Competence Gap in Technical HS&E,” Kris Smith, Risktec Solutions

Countermeasures to Improve Workers’ Performance and Reduce Errors due to Inadequate Sleep and Fatigue,” Susan Murray, Missouri S&T

Consequence Modeling for Hydrocarbon Pipeline using a Geographic Information System GIS,” Luis Zabala, Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia


Implementation of Safety System Programming Changes at an Operating Facility,” Manuel Hernandez, Fluor

The Importance of Effective Sensitivity Analysis in Design HSE Activities,” Stephen Johnson, Fluor Canada

The Cost of Operator Errors and What You Can Do to Minimize,” James Henry, ProSys

Blast Loads from Elevated Pressure Vessel Burst,” Jihui Geng, BakerRisk


Safety Control in Process Operations – Petroleum Refineries & Gas Processing,” S.L. Chakravorty, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, MOP&NG, India

Development of a Novel Communication System to Facilitate Navigational Guidance for Operators in Emergency Situations,” Thomas Ferris, Texas A&M University

 “Modelling of the Venting of an Untempered System
Under Runaway Conditions
Valeria Casson, Texas A&M University, Qatar

  12:00 Noon – Close