2014 Program

Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature
October 28-30, 2014
Hilton College Station Conference Center



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28           7:30AM -8:00AM – Continental Breakfast


Frank P. Lees Memorial Lecture: Reducing Risk Offshore: A Systematic Approach – Mr. Brian Salerno, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement


Center Activities 2014 Dr. Ray Mentzer


  Director’s Address – Dr. Sam Mannan, Director, 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

Marc Levin, Jack Philley


Risk Assessment/LOPA I

Hazard Assessment

Case Study/Lessons Learned I

Process Mgmt for Safety I  


Making Sense of Risk Tolerance Criteria,” Michael Schmidt, Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Art of Facilitation – Team Building, Bridge Building and Success beyond the HAZOP Boxes,” Laura Bellman, Bayer Technology Services LLC

Runaway Reaction and Catastrophic Reactor Failure During Production of an Azo Dye,” Simon Waldram, MKOPSC

Practical Examples of Alternate Overpressure Protection Systems – An Owner’s Perspective,” Scott Tipler, Dow


An Evaluation of Industrial Risk Management Framework- Indian Perspective,” Anandita Sengupta, Institute of Protection and Security of the Citizen

The Effect of Ignition Modeling on Prediction of Explosion Risk,” Scott Davis and Kees van Wingerden, Gexcon

The Potential Value of a Safety Case Regime in the USA,” Robin Pitblado, DNV GL

SHE&S Management for the Barzan Onshore Project,,” Moataz Nour, RasGas Company


 “Combining Field Failure Data with New Instrument Design Margins to Predict Failure Rates for SIS Verification,” William Goble, Exida

Evaluation of Dust Explosibility Testing Methods,” Calvin Parnell, Texas A&M University

 “Selection of Representative Accident Scenarios (RAS) for Major Accident Industry,” Adam Markowski, Technical University Lodz

Case Study: The Slow and Methodical Destruction of a Process Safety Management System,” Clyde Young, Petroskills

  11:45AM      Lunch and Exhibit Hall


Safety Culture

Process Mgmt for Safety II  

Hazard Assessment I

Case Study/Lessons Learned II


How Often Should I Assess My Organization’s Safety Climate?,” Mindy Bergman, Texas A&M University

Systems-of-Systems Engineering for Safety-Critical Projects,” Paul Fechtelkotter, IBM

Using Multiphysics CFD to Model Water Spray Curtain Effects on Dense Gas Dispersion,”  Sahil Shah, Atkins

Large-Scale Explosion Consequence Modeling: West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Case Study,”
Stephen Koch, Trinity Consultants


Metrics for Safety Performance: Leading and Lagging Indicators Industry vs. Organization,” Gregory Robinson, BSI

The MKN Project: Knowledge Retention and Recovery in Chemical Manufacturing R&D,” Jeff Stemke, The Marrell Group

Combustible Metal Dusts: A Particular Class,” Jerome Taveau, Fike

Flash Fire from a Fractionator Overflow,” Christopher Buehler, Exponent


Application of Operational Discipline Performance Standard,” Ewan Ross, Chevron

PHA’s for Non-Routine Operations,” Christy Blanchard, Huntsman

See Risk Clearly ,” Angela Summers, SIS-TECH

 “A Devastating Metal Dust Explosion in a Crushing Plant,” Kees van Wingerden, Gexcon

   2:30PM     Break and Exhibit Hall



Risk Assessment/LOPA II

Consequence Analysis I

Human Factors Engineering  


Explosion Consequence Modeling: Balancing Model Sophistication with Finite Resources,” Brian Holland, Trinity Consultants

Modeling of the Progression of an Offshore Hydrocarbon Release Accident,” Brian Bain, DNV GL

Process Modeling Requirements for the Safe Design of Blowdown Systems – Changes to Industry Guidelines and How This Impacts Current Practice,” Praveen Lawrence, Process Systems Enterprise

 “Where to Focus Resources – Using Human Performance Reliability to Identify Weakness in Internal Controls,” Greg Oliver, Huntsman, and A.W. Armstrong, Kestrel Management


Fire and Gas Detection Mapping Sample Assessment Report,” Khama Matiti, Monaco Engineering UK

One Company’s Approach on Relative Ranking of Portfolio of Process Safety Risk,” Shakeel Kadri, Air Products

An Integrated Prediction Method for Real-Time Accidental Toxic Gas Release in Industrial Plants,” Bing Wang, Tsinghua University

Human Factors Engineering is Contributing to the Safe Operation and Maintenance of a LNG Plant ,” Timothy Clark and Antonino Nicotra, Bechtel


 “Inherently Safer Technology – Making it Second Nature,” Kelly Keim, ExxonMobil

 “Integration of Human Reliability Analysis in Oil & Gas QRA,” Anh Bui, MMI Engineering

Experimental Study on Propane Jet Fire Hazards: Assessment of the Main Geometrical Features of Horizontal Jet Flames,” Delphine Laboureur, MKOPSC

Improving Human Performance in Field Data Collection – Impact of Granularity and Validation at the Point of Service,” Greg Alvarado, Mobideo


“Using Incident Risk Analysis to Learn from Near Misses,Sharon Tinker,” ExxonMobil

Comparative Risks Associated with the Transport of LPG by Pipeline, Railcar, and Tanker Truck,” Daniel Denslow, Quest Consultants

Defining Process Safety in Practical Terms,” Trish Kerin, IChemE

Lessons Learned from the Application of Human Factors Engineering in Process Safety Assessments,” Benjamin Poblete, Atkins

5:00-7:00PM     Cocktail Reception 

5:30-7:30PM     Poster Session – Outside Ballroom 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29         7:30AM -8:00AM – Continental Breakfast


Keynote Lecture BP’s Global Process Safety Journey: What are we learning about learning?  – Eamonn Naughton, BP


Presentation of Trevor Kletz Merit Award, Harry West Service Award, & Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship

Dr. Sam Mannan, Director, MKOPSC

  9:00AM – Break and Exhibit Hall


Track I

Track II

Track III

Track IV






Ray Mentzer, 
Ray Mentzer, Kathy Shell,
Scott Ostrowski

Michela Gentile, Kiran Krishna, Mike Marshall

Sara Saxena, George King, Ramasamy Ravi

Marc Levin, Jack Philley




Resilience/ Sustainability



Understanding Process Safety Challenges Associated with Heater Operations in the Process Industry,” Dal Vernon Reising, Human Centered Solutions

Case Study: Laser-based gas detection technology and dispersion modeling used to eliminate false alarms and improve safety performance on Terra Nova FPSO,” Rajat Barua, Senscient; Are Bratteteig, Gexcon; Edward Sharpe and Zona Bath, Suncor Energy

Implementing SIS Metrics for Life Cycle Management,” Keith Lapeyrouse,

Simulation of Accidental Releases of LNG: Pool Spreading, Vapor Dispersion and Fire,” Rune Kleiveland, ComputIT Norway


Validating Process Safety Assumptions Using Operations Data,” Taylor Schuler and Jim Garrison, aeSolutions

Black Swans are Red Herrings,” Stephen Shaw, ERM

Methods for Simulation of Multi-phase and Multi-component Venting,” Xinrui Li, Bureau Veritas North America

Mechanical Integrity Considerations in LNG Depressurization: A Sensitivity Analysis,” Daniel Nguyen, ioMosaic


Time To Make All Your Safety System Digitals Line Monitored?,” Manuel Hernandez, Fluor

Subsea Blowout Preventers Risk Model,” Mike Crosby, Lloyd’s Register

Life-cycle Management of Safety Instrumented Systems,” Bernd Schroers, Bayer AG Germany

CFD Based QRA of an LNG Liquefaction Facility ,” Filippo Gavelli, GexCon


Good till the Last Drop,” Karen Study,

A Supercritical Pressure BLEVE in Nihon Dempa Kogyo Crystal Inc,” Jiaqi Zhang, MKOPSC

Becoming a World-Class HSE Organization,” Jack Chosnek, KnowledgeOne

Quantitative Risk Assessment Study of LNG with the Inclusion of HOF and Advanced Consequence Modelling,” Mehmood Ahmad, D’Appolonia

  11:30AM     Lunch and Exhibit Hall  


Relief Systems

Risk Assessment/LOPA III

Process Mgmt for Safety III

Hazard Assessment II


Analysis of Pressure Relief System Deficiencies,” Zubin Kumana, Siemens

Anatomy of Human Error and Reliability in Modern Age Plants Subject: Human Error and Reliability,” Michael Washington and Sumit Anand, BASF

Risk Management at the Source,” Ed Gibson, MetaPower

Experienced Facilitators Use Baffles to Stop the Swirl and Improve Study Results,” Jacob Lindler, aeSolutions


Sizing of Rupture Disks for Two-Phase Gas/Liquid Flow According to HNES-Model,” Juergen Schmidt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Initial Investigative Facts in the West Fertilizer Explosion,” Scott Davis, Gexcon

Heard, Understood, Acknowledged and Action (HUAA) When Learning and Sharing are Not Enough!,” Michael Bearrow, Controls and Data Services

Identifying True Safety Critical Equipment By Evaluating an Asset’s Major Hazard Potential,” Jennifer Morgan, Shell


Failed MOCs with Respect to Relief Systems,” Jason Spearow, Smith & Burgess

Application of Inherent Safety Concept in Preliminary Design Stage to Eliminate or Minimize the Potential Accident due to BLEVE,” Azmi Shariff, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Growing your PSM Program,” Steve Marwitz and Jaime Tseng, Formosa

Who and What Equals How I’m Closing My Gaps,” Taylor Schuler, aeSolutions

   2:30PM        Break and Exhibit Hall


Process Mgmt for Safety IV

Facility Siting  


Reactive Chemicals


Safe & Reliable Manufacturing – MIQA Perspective & Challenges,” Anand Umakanthan, Reliance Industries

Modeling of Tent Response to Blast Loads to Support Siting in Accordance with API RP 756,” Raymond Bennett, Baker Engineering

The Use of Bowtie Theory to Develop and Deliver Process Safety Indicators,” Alec Harley, Lockheed Martin

Current Status of Nanopowder Dust Explosion Research: A Critical Review,” Paul Amyotte, Dalhousie University


IntelliRed System for Autonomous Detection of Hydrocarbon Releases,” Hazem Abdel-Moati, ExxonMobil Qatar

Fire Risks Associated with Control Rooms Located in Oil and Gas Facilities, with Analysis of Fire Protection Options inside these Buildings,” Cecilia Palma, SK E&C

Experimental Study on Propane Jet Fires: Comparison on Geometrical Features between Experiments and Empirical Models,” Yi Liu, MKOPSC

Scaling Of Metal Dust Explosions,” Kees van Wingerden, Gexcon


Partial Stroke Testing Devices – Why Users Correctly Distrust their PSTD’s Ability to Prohibit Spurious Over-Travel, and a Logical Solution,” Jonathan Matthys, QTRCO

Evaluating Emergency Shelters in a Facility Siting Study,” Gary Fitzgerald, ABS Consulting

Challenges of Explosion Risk Management in Arctic Environments,” Derek Engel, Gexcon

Study of Ammonium Nitrate Thermal Hazards with Additives,” Zhe Han, MKOPSC


Engineering Ethics Session (1 hr)


Symposium Banquet at Traditions Club

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


Keynote Lecture  Process Safety Management Dwight Johnston, Shell

  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

Marc Levin, Jack Philley


Competencies in Fire Protection and Process Safety

Risk Assessment/LOPA IV

Human Factors

Consequence Modelling II


Leveraging Fire Protection Research to Boost Process Safety,” Qingsheng Wang, Oklahoma State University

Risk-Based Equipment Spacing for Process Safety in Onshore Shale Development and Production Facilities,” Chandra Gulati and Peng Lian, Shell

Investigating Display-Related Cognitive Fatigue in Oil and Gas Operations,” Ranjana Mehta, Texas A&M University

Inherent Safety Quantification for Toxic Release at Preliminary Design Stage,” Dzulkarnain Zaini, PETRONAS


Fire Protection as the Underpinning of Good Process Safety Programs,” James Milke, University of Maryland

Bayesian Network Based Dynamic Operational Risk Assessment,” Shubharthi Barua, MKOPSC

There Will Be Blood: API 770 and Human Error Prevention in Process Safety,” David Hollaway, ABS Consulting

Estimation of Explosion Loading on Equipment from CFD Simulations,” Olav Hansena, Lloyd’s Register


Practical Examples of Fire Protection Engineering Practices and Technology,” David Moore, Acutech

Effect of Inert Species on the Laminar Burning Velocity of Hydrogen and Ethylene,” William Lowry, Baker Engineering

Selection of Inherently Safer Strategies to Reduce Human Error,” Risza Rusli, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

On the Use of LOPA and Risk Graphs for SIL Determination,” Alejandro Torres- Echevarria, Risktec Solutions Inc


Process Safety Management Certification and Credentialing,” Andrew Fowler, HFL Risk Services

Review of the Risk Analysis Option in NFPA 59A (2013),” Jeffrey Marx, Quest Consultants

Are Your Procedures for Humans?,” Elliott Lander, ATR

 “Prediction of Fire Behavior and Thermophysical Properties of Polymer Composites using Mathematical Modeling,”
Qingsheng Wang, Oklahoma State University

  12:00 Noon – Close