Agenda: The Key Topics in the Process Industry
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Day 1, Wednesday, 24 October



Registration and breakfast

(Executive lounge for VIP networking)


Opening, Inauguration and Welcome to VIPs

Sankar Ramakrishnan

Friedhelm Best
Vice President of HIMA Asia Pacific


HIMA Opening Address: A New Era in Process Safety

Steffen Philipp   
HIMA Owner & Managing Partner


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Are Professional Engineers Ready for The New Industry Norm?

All industries, including Oil & Gas, are seeking to implement digital transformation as part of Industry 4.0. This ‘new norm’ has been gaining traction over a number of years and from all directions. Digitization and modern technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data and IIOT, make their way on to our computer screens every day. The business landscape is promised to be leaner, more efficient, and faster, with lower costs and greater benefits compared to the past. The promised benefits that will assist engineers in some of their functions and augment their competency are compelling. Engineers are still necessary because they hold more intelligence and other vital skills necessary for the business. But with the rapid increases in technology, will our engineers get left behind?
The presentation describes the challenges that the ‘new norm’ is bringing to organizations and the requirements of adaptability for engineers moving forward.   

Taweelarp Pornkul
Vice President at PTT Energy Solutions


Southeast Asia Oil & Gas Capital Project Mid-Term Outlook

Industrial Info Resources (IIR) is currently tracking almost 158,000 active capital and maintenance projects valued at well over $13.8 trillion across 12 industrial energy and heavy infrastructure industries globally. Shaheen Chohan will present a mid-term project spending outlook with a specific focus on the Southeast Region. The presentation will look at some of the market trends and drivers shaping the size, timing and composition of planned capital project activity across the main upstream and midstream Oil & gas markets.

Shaheen Chohan
Industrial Info Resources IIR


Networking break


Functional Safety in Today’s Connected World

Functional safety has a well-established field of application today. Technological advances, mainly from other areas, have initiated major changes in many industries. It is therefore necessary to understand if and how realization of functional safety has to evolve in the future. This presentation will explore trends in safety and security that are being imposed by both customer needs and technological advances, as well as discussing HIMA's future plans and how we will react to those upcoming challenges.

Dr. Alexander Horch
HIMA Vice President Research, Development & Product Management




APAC Process Safety Systems Market & Digital Disruption

This presentation covers APAC process safety systems market, including Fire and Gas Systems, Emergency Shutdown Systems, Burner Management Systems, High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems, and Turbo Machinery Control Systems, mainly for applications in Oil and Gas industry, Power generation industry, Refining industry, Chemical and Petrochemicals industry with competitive analysis among process safety systems competitors in APAC region. This presentation will also cover trends of digital disruption impact to the industrial automation industry with Industrial Internet of Things(IIoT), future trends of process automation, relationship between Information Technology (IT) and Operation Technology (OT), industry convergence, roles of IIoT, and opportunities for value chain participants.

Pasamon Pechrasuwan
Frost & Sullivan


Safety Becomes Smart

How do you protect your industrial plants throughout their safety lifecycle? In this presentation, you will learn how HIMA's concept for safety and security helps you master rising challenges in the process industry. You will gain valuable insights into how HIMA provides a seamlessly coordinated combination of products, applications, and services to ensure the reliability and profitability of your assets.

Stefan Basenach
Head of business segment process, HIMA


Panel discussion

  1. How Oil & Gas companies are keeping pace with technology
  2. How can IoT benefit Oil & Gas companies
  3. Ageing Assets challenges on Safety Systems
  4. How can Big Data improve the safety of chemical plants?

VIP's of global Oil & Gas companies such as PTT, PETRONAS etc.


Networking break


Process Safety Systems: Market Trends and Strategies for Success APAC

ARC Advisory Group, which has been researching the process safety systems market for many years, reveals the latest growth trends across regions and across industries. This paper will also recommend strategies that End Users should adopt to ensure successful process safety systems implementation.

Bob Gill
ARC Advisory Group


Updating and Migration of programmable safety systems to remain compliant with IEC61511

During the lifetime of plants, safety systems will need to be replaced or upgraded. This can be a daunting and risky project that needs careful thought. Technological advances and standards recommendations for separation of safety systems from control systems may be a cause for concern. However, with careful planning and risk management, this concern can be addressed. This paper will discuss a methodology that may be employed during this replacement/migration/updating to remain compliant with IEC61511 and IEC 62443. The strategic option for migration will also be discussed to ensure that the best architecture is chosen.

Peter Sieber
Vice President Norms & Standards, HIMA


Closing remarks   

Friedhelm Best
Vice President of HIMA Asia Pacific


Informal networking

Summary of Solution Breakout Sessions

Yield Improvements
New process optimization potential is opened up by integrating mathematical and statistical models for dynamic process control or by more frequent sampling of process values within the safety system. Critical processes with continuously changing process variable values can thus be run closer to the limit ranges. For example: If the dynamic process value temperature in an ethylene cracker can be kept 1 to 2 degrees closer to the critical limit, plant productivity increases considerably, while full process safety and availability are maintained.

Compressors & Turbomachinery Control and Protection

  • Covers all turbomachinery functions in a single system to reduce complexity and system cost (operation and safety)
  • Overspeed controller with reaction time of <20ms functions independently of the safety controller CPUs
  • Double/triple redundancy options meeting API RP 67 / VGB-R 103-M
  • SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61508, IEC 61511, and IEC/EN 62061
  • Ensure highest efficiency, profitability, and reliability of operations by safely running turbomachinery at its limits
Furnace & Boiler Control and Protection
  • Combined controls and protection systems (supports multiple burners)
  • Supports fuel-air ratio monitoring, start/stop sequences, boiler process protection, and local operation monitoring (HMI)
  • Integration into any control system (DCS, SCADA, etc.)
  • TÜV-tested BCS/BMS function blocks
  • Single burner pre-configured controllers
  • SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61511 / EN 5156 / EN 746
Pipeline Control, Protection, and Leak Detection
  • First hybrid safety pipeline emergency shutdown and leak detection system up to SIL 3
  • Complies with IEC 61511, TRFL, API 1130

  • HIMA's leak detection software FLOWorX:
    • Detects leaks
    • Detects leak location
    • Reduces false alarms
    • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Various detection methods such as volume balance, pressure drop, negative pressure wave, real-time transient modeling (RTTM), etc
High-Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS)
  • Turnkey HIPPS solution by HIMA, reduced engineering cost with global standardization, best-in-class products
  • Certified to functional safety management standards
  • SIL 3 in compliance with IEC 61508, IEC 61511, 97/23/EC, API RP 14C, API RP 551, API RP 521
  • HIMA Planar4
  • SIL 4 logic solver
  • Completely cybersecure with non-programmable, solid state logic solver
  • Built-in diagnostics, sequence of events (SOE), partial stroke test, and input deviations monitoring with SIL 3 drift detection
CapEx Reduction
During P&ID development and HAZOPs, safety systems are specified by the study team and then passed to the instrumentation design group, which carries out detailed designs and produces specifications. EPC contractors have an incentive to purchase as much equipment as they can because they make margins on the value. We have seen many instances where protective equipment is over-specified, too complicated for purpose, and has a negative impact on maintenance and scheduled testing. Correct specification needs functional expertise and understanding of the whole safety system lifecycle.
Asset Life Studies of Safety Systems
All equipment, such as field sensors, logic solvers, and actuators, has a finite life. Over time, field equipment deteriorates due to the environment, contact with chemicals, and maintenance regimes. Failures put the plant at risk for these vital protective systems. A comprehensive study should be carried out after a number of years in operation to ensure the original design intent is met and that integrity is maintained throughout the future life of the plant. This includes SIS / SIF compliance with the latest version of IEC 61511, security against cyberattacks, and overall functional safety management. We will discuss the study process, outputs, and benefits for your business.

Oil & Gas Solution Breakouts

1 Yield ImprovementTurbo, Furnace & BoilersAsset Life StudiesCapEx ReductionPipelines & HIPPS
2Turbo, Furnace & BoilersAsset Life StudiesCapEx ReductionPipelines & HIPPS Yield Improvement
3Asset Life StudiesCapEx ReductionPipelines & HIPPS Yield ImprovementTurbo, Furnace & Boilers
4CapEx ReductionPipelines & HIPPS Yield ImprovementTurbo, Furnace & BoilersAsset Life Studies
5Pipelines & HIPPS Yield ImprovementTurbo, Furnace & BoilersAsset Life StudiesCapEx Reduction
DemoSILworXHardware & Software DemoSILworX Hardware & Software DemoSILworX

Day 2, Thursday, 25 October



Registration and breakfast


Hacking Demonstration

In this live demonstration, you will see firsthand how industrial control systems and IoT systems can be manipulated through a cyberattack. This highlights the reality of cyberthreats in the connected age and underlines the importance of robust cybersecurity.

Thomas Quek Principal Security Advisor, REDCON Security Advisors


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How Assets manage Cybersecurity and its Effectiveness
PETRONAS has assets upstream, downstream and midstream across the globe. Technology is advancing exponentially and the 4th Industrial revolution with IIOT for process plants is causing the Oil & Gas Industry to assess how to capitalize and exploit these new technologies. However, with these new technologies a new risk is unfolding and needs to be addressed to ensure that the safety of assets is not compromised. Cybersecurity is the new challenge and needs to be managed and integrated with safety and control systems.

Sharul A Rashid
PETRONAS Principal Engineer, Instrument and Control


Implication of IEC61511 Edition 2 on Functional Safety Management

More than 10 years ago the first edition of IEC 61511 standard was published defining the requirements for "Functional Safety of Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector".After revision of the generic standard IEC 61508, the IEC61511 has now also been reviewed and the second edition has been published in February 2016.This second edition contains many changes - clauses of the IEC 61511 have been removed, added and changed and better aligned to the IEC 61508 requirements. Some of these changes and additions are minor, but many have a significant implication on engineering of systems.

This presentation will focus on the Edition 2’s implication on Functional Safety Management for different stakeholders of SIS.

Nick Stantzos
Vice General Manager
TÜV Rheinland


Networking break


Holistic Approach for a Secure Last Line of Defense

In times of increasing cybercrime, a holistic approach to security is needed. This should cover the core SIS, including final control elements, logic solver, and I/O module and sensors. But it should also extend to the SIS environment, such as the engineering station, asset management tools (AMS), handhelds, and field entry panels and HMIs. By complementing the SIS with the “HIMA Security Environment for Functional Safety,” this approach takes all important security-relevant aspects of industrial control systems (ICS) into account. These include the five following areas: Controller hardware and firmware, engineering toolkit, PC infrastructure, communication infrastructure, and lifecycle management.

Sujith Pannikar
Director Consulting HIMA APAC


Robotic Inspection for Asset Integrity in SCG

SCG has built an integrated system of reliability-centered approach to maximize asset integrity over the aged facilities. The advancement of digital era enables plant reliability even more effective and efficient. The asset data are all digitalized and digital data is collected from equipment and inspection tasks. These data provide input for in-depth mechanical integrity. An example of the applications is robotic inspection, which has been developed in-house at Chemicals Business of SCG for nearly 10 years. Robots have been used to collect greater number of data than conventional human inspectors. Furthermore, robotic inspection offers greater personal safety, including confined space entry and work at height, while consumes lesser time than conventional approach. The in-house developed robotic inspection for furnace tubes have recently been launched to provide service in several petrochemical plants around the globe.

Piyavudh Vonglertvidhya




Oil & Gas solution breakouts and demonstrations   



Closing remarks

Sankar Ramakrishnan