Friday 23 March 2012

Safety expert keynotes at Instrumentation Symposium

Process safety expert Paul Gruhn with ICS Triplex/Rockwell Automation, is to deliver a keynote address at the 58th Annual International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) on Wednesday, 6 June 2012, in La Jolla, (CA USA).

Gruhn will address IIS attendees from around the world on lessons learned from process and aerospace accidents and, more importantly, how to avoid them. His presentation will explore and discuss the importance training, awareness and procedures play in minimising hazardous scenarios. Topics include:

• why everyone needs training
• importance of having people follow procedures
• recognizing that some people don't know what they don't know
• impossible to foresee every possible hazardous scenario
• reusing of software has not always been successful
• near misses are often not followed up
• the past is often ignored

Gruhn is the global process safety consultant at ICS Triplex/Rockwell Automation. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gruhn has been very active with ISA at the section, division and department level for more than 20 years. He became an ISA Fellow in 2001, is a member of the ISA84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems) and the ISA101 standard committee (on human machine interfaces). Gruhn is the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, the author of two ISA textbooks, chapters in other books and more than two dozen published articles. He is the developer of the first commercial safety system software modeling program. Gruhn is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, USA, and is an ISA84 expert.

IIS, ISA’s longest running division symposium, will cover all aspects of instrumentation technologies and applications across the automation field. It offers three full days of technical programming presented by industry experts, as well as a student paper competition, instrumentation exhibition, networking and more. In addition, instructor-led training courses will be held to complement the technical program. Topics covered at this symposium include process instrumentation, sensors technology, tip timing, measurement and virtual instrumentation to name a few.

Attendees will earn Continuing Education Units for completing the training courses and Professional Development Hours for attending the technical sessions.
IIS is sponsored by Honeywell, an ISA Corporate Partner, and by the following ISA divisions: Aerospace Industries, Test Measurement and Process Measurement and Control. Program development is also in collaboration with ISA’s Automatic Controls and Robotics Division and Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division, and the Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group.

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