TRACK 9 – Special Topics

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Phillip Lange, Technical Sales Manager
Performing blast tests is a critical component of putting a blast-resistant building to market, but many companies skip this important step. This presentation will shed light on why field testing is important, even when mathematical models suggest a design hits the mark. The presenter will examine the data from the RedGuard blast test, conducted in 2020 by independent third-party engineers. The test used an explosive charge of 6000 pounds of ANFO and recorded 37 channels of data. It will delve into the set-up and testing goals for the live field test, as well as analyze structural response, sliding and anchor response, foundation response and human response. Participants will leave with an understanding of how a proper blast test is conducted and understand why third-party testing is imperative to protect the lives of those who work in hazardous areas.

What attendees will learn

  1. Set-up and testing goals for live blast
  2. Structural response of blast resistant buildings, post-blast test
  3. Sliding and anchor response of blast-resistant buildings, post-blast test
  4. Foundation response, post-blast test
  5. Human response for blast-resistant module occupants

Jon Cox, Principal Analytics Engineer
Browser-based advanced analytics software applications like Seeq fill the gaps left by spreadsheet-based calculation and reporting tools. Advanced analytics applications provide out-of-the box connectors to process data historians and SQL-based contextual databases—making process, maintenance, quality, and other data available in a single application.

The combination of condition-based contextualization tools and asset integration enables rapid iteration of data analyses and scaling across assets. Periods of interest can be identified quickly, with process performance metrics calculated based on those periods and notifications triggered based on complex analytics.

A set-it and forget-it dashboarding and reporting tool with a live connection to the underlying data saves engineers significant time, which was previously spent updating and formatting reports. Scheduled report configuration ensures high horsepower calculations are run at optimal times. Built-in analytics functionality enables a wide spectrum of unit as well as enterprise level manufacturing reports: production, reliability, sustainability, etc.

What attendees will learn
Attendees will learn examples of the following advanced data analytics workflows and use cases:

  1. Adding context to raw data to focus calculations on time periods of interest
  2. Scaling and monitoring calculations across similar assets
  3. Developing auto updating dashboards and reports
  4. use cases: production, reliability, sustainability

Ian Willetts, Vice President, Process Simulation, AVEVA
Multiple workers must complete similar tasks on a daily basis on their jobs, so how do you make sure that everyone uses the same procedure and best method consistently? How do you eliminate the risk of two employees receiving different instructions when we all have our own way of doing things?

Standardizing training at an enterprise level can ensure consistent quality across the organization and avoid divergent practices at similar facilities. Staff in one location should be trained on the same material and in the same way as staff in another location, especially regarding matters of company procedures and best practices.

This presentation will showcase how simulators and XR technology can be integrated as part of a comprehensive unified learning framework to standardize knowledge and improve performance. Hardware and software requirements were a barrier in the past, but today even the most complex training programs can be centrally developed and deployed using cloud technology.

What attendees will learn:

  • How to improve safety and operational performance at an enterprise level
  • How to meet operational excellence goals through training
  • What technologies are being used today to effectively train workers and sustain results
  • How to create worker engagement and retain talent

Speaker TBA

The need to modernize with mobile and digital processes is critical for most enterprises to increase productively and keep up with the competition. Staying competitive while meeting ambitious and innovative goals requires being able to work better and faster, easier workflows with more visibility of information, and lower cost solutions.

For many organizations, the ability to gather data input at the point of discovery is critical in improving efficiency. But many companies find it expensive and difficult to find the right partner to support such transformations quickly. That’s why rapid application (low-code and no-code) platforms like Neptune DX Platform [DXP] are key –– they considerably reduce the threshold, concern, complexity, and time to market without breaking the bank.

In this session, learn how Neptune Software helped Eastman Chemical in their digital transformation journey using easy to utilize mobile applications and how we can help bring digital transformation to your warehouse.

Learn how a low-code application development platform can:

  • Unify your systems and processes
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Improve plant availability
  • Increase wrench time
  • Reduce training time
  • Provide solutions that are both online and offline ready, out-of-the-box
  • Provide a flexible solution at a transparent and predictable cost

As industrial organiza/ons look past the pandemic and into the future, they have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate how they operate and make the best use of their most valuable asset: Workforce. Connecting workforce skills and competency directly to intelligent operations enable industrial organizations to optimize productivity and drive higher efficiency for every task. Every worker in the plant should be well equipped to solve mission critical problems in real-time, work with data-driven insights to reduce losses and increase operational efficiency.

What attendees will learn:

  • Maximizing the use of skilled talent, workforce related challenges
  • Influence of AI, VR and emerging technologies to support your workforce related programs
  • A six-step methodology towards building workforce resilience
  • Honeywell’s approach: end-to-end workforce management

When it comes to plant operation, something going wrong can quickly lead to safety incidents, personal injuries, and ultimately large financial losses. Studies have proven the effectiveness of virtual immersive trainings, allowing operators to respond quickly and reliably in emergency situations. In this presentation, we describe the different uses of a 3D virtual reality software in process industries projects, the necessary steps to implement it and examples from benefits achieved by customers with different set ups.

What attendees will learn

  • How visualization and rendering of massive 3D process plant models can enable immersive training
  • How 3D Stereo and Virtual Reality hardware provides an intuitive and game-like user experience
  • How other sources of information can be visualized on top of the model to provide additional context
  • The benefits of visualizing real-time and historian DCS data alongside the model data
  • How to reuse and maintain CAD and reality captured models
  • How to easily create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and HSE scenarios for multi-user
    trainings
  • How a multi-user environment incorporates the process dynamics and the control rooms operators
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