Tom Williams, Director of the ASM Consortium, wrote a viewpoint article in the October issue of Hydrocarbon Processing ‘Improve safety and performance: Abnormal Situation Management Consortium celebrates 20 years’. The articles focuses on the 20 years of the ASM Consortium’s journey in improving safety and performance in process plants. November 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the ASM Consortium. Over the 20 years, the ASM Consortium has developed knowledge, tools, and products designed to prevent and manage abnormal situations in the process industry.
Subhankar Dey, Program Manager of the ASM Consortium, presented on ‘What’s new in Abnormal Situation Management’ at the plenary session of the 2014 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) - Asia Pacific. The Asia Pacific HUG was held at Gold Coast, Australia on 21st -23rd September. The presentation gave an overview about the ASM Consortium and its contribution towards process safety for the past 20 years since its inception. The ASM Consortium, also, had a demo booth at the Knowledge Centre of the conference to interact with interested operating companies which showcased the ASM guidelines.
This year the ASM® Consortium is celebrating 20 years of its thought leadership in the industry. As part of the 20th year celebration the ASM logo has been revised to reflect its strong leadership in the field of process safety for 20 years. The seven diamonds in the logo represents the seven practice disciplines of the ASM Consortium – Understanding, Organizational, Knowledge, Communications, Procedures, Work Environment and Monitoring.
In June, one of the top most read articles on ControlEng.com was ‘Creating an ASM-compliant HMI goes deeper than screen color selection’. The article was authored by Dr. Peter Bullemer and Dr. Dal Vernon Reising of Human Centered Solutions, an associate member of the ASM Consortium. The article focuses on implementation of a holistic HMI framework to achieve ASM compliance that supports proactive operator situation awareness and effective interaction, rather than only applying grey scale to existing displays. It also highlights the significant changes to the newly revised ASM guidelines document ‘Effective Console Operator HMI Design Practices’. The goal of following the new ASM guideline is to achieve a compliant holistic HMI framework that maximizes console operator effectiveness.
This year the ASM® Consortium is celebrating 20 years of its thought leadership in the industry. The ASM Consortium grew out of a grassroots effort begun in 1989 by Honeywell’s Alarm Management Task Force to address Alarm Floods. Honeywell spearheaded the development of a proposal to the US NIST, Advanced Technology Program to form a Joint Research & Development Consortium. The proposal sought to address the challenging problem of abnormal situation management. In preparing for this proposal effort, Honeywell and its collaborators created the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Joint Research and Development Consortium (referred to as ASMC) under the U.S .Cooperative Research and Development Act. In November 1994, the ASM research joint venture received $16.6 million in funding for a three year study program, including $8.1 million from ATP and industry cost-sharing of $8.5 million.
The first QRM of 2014 was successfully concluded in April at Honeywell’s Houston office. The QRM attendees who are the operating company members and Honeywell customers- BP, Sasol, Phillips66, Total, ExxonMobil, and Shell discussed the 2014 research proposals and also participated in a workshop to understand the change management practices in deploying ASM HMI guidelines in plant operations.