• Mission

    Operating teams empowered and enabled to proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact while allowing the processes to be pushed to their optimal limits.

  • Definition

    A detailed definition of what an abnormal situation is and how it relates to process operations.

  • Challenges

    The challenges facing the industry in handling abnormal situations. These are described in the context of the anatomy of a catastrophic incident.

  • Sources

    A discussion of the key sources or causes of abnormal situations, including people and work context factors, equipment factors, and process factors.

  • Impact

    A discussion of the disruptive and financial impact of abnormal situations on the chemical processing industry.


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  • The ASM Consortium makes Keynote presentation at the 2015 CCPS European Workshop on Process Safety

    At the CCPS European Workshop on Process Safety, the ASM Consortium gave a keynote presentation on ‘Effective HMI Design for Safety-Instrumented Systems ’. The paper covered the key challenges and requirements for console operator situation awareness for SIS HMI design. The presentation was done by Dr. Peter Bullemer and Dr. Dal Vernon Reising of Human Centered Solutions, associate member of the ASM Consortium.
  • The ASM Consortium Discusses Human Reliability at Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 2015 International Symposium

    At the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 2015 International Symposium, the ASM Consortium presented a paper summarizing the 20 years of journey of the ASM Consortium and progress made so far against ASM requirements in the industry. The ASM historical perspective was intended to show where progress has been made and where there are still gaps in effective solutions to improve human reliability and process safety. The paper was presented by Dr. Peter Bullemer, Senior Partner, Human Centered Solutions, Associate Member of the ASM Consortium.
  • The ASM Consortium Talks about High Performance HMIs at AFPM 2015

    At the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ 2015 annual meeting, the ASM Consortium’s members Dr. Peter Bullemer and Dr. Dal Vernon Reising of Human Centered Solutions presented paper titled “Operator Situation Awareness and Delivering ASM Compliant High Performance HMIs: Failure Modes and Success Factors”. The paper focuses on challenges, failure modes, and success factors that the Consortium members have witnessed while conducting HMI upgrade projects that were attempting to apply the ASM HMI design guidelines to deliver high-performance HMIs that improve operator situation awareness.
  • The ASM Consortium has revised the HMI Guidelines book

    The HMI guidelines book has been revised by the ASM Consortium this year. A second edition of the book is now available for purchase- Effective Console Operator HMI Design- Second Edition Revised. The book has corrected all the errata of the previous editions and has also revised few sections and figures. The paperback copy of the book is available on Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com.
  • ASM Director’s Article on Improving Safety and Performance Features in Hydrocarbon Processing

    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.
  • The ASM Consortium Delivers Plenary Session at 2014 Honeywell Users Group -Asia Pacific

    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.

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