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First Functional Safety and SIL Workshop at Mumbai Automation Expo 2017

Risknowlogy conducts Functional Safety and SIL Workshop at Mumbai Automation Expo 2017.

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First functional safety conference in Venezuela

CSF organised the first functional safety conference and training in Lechería, Venezuela, from 22 to 26 of May 2017. Due to a strategic alliance between CSF and Risknowlogy it was possible for Venezuelan engineering professionals to get trained and certified as functional safety engineers and professionals for safety instrumented systems according to IEC 61511. It

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Risknowlogy SIL Training for 100 participants at 2017 OISD Workshop

Risknowlogy delivers SIL Training for 100 participants at 2017 OISD Workshop. The training was well received.

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3rd Functional Safety Engineer and Professional certification course in Delhi is a fact

From 19-22 June Risknowlogy India organised the 3rd Functional Safety Engineer and Professional certification course in Delhi. The course was attended by participants from Larsen & Toubro, ICONS Engineering Services, IRCA, Petrofac, GE, and Deccan Fine Chemicals. The participants got trained in the fundamental concept of the 2nd edition IEC 61511 with exam.

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5ht PRIME INTELLIGENCE Helsinki 15 May 2017

On 15 May 2017 Safety Advisor and Risknowlogy Switzerland organised the 5th PRIME INTELLIGENCE event in Helsinki, Finland. Risknowlogy has been operating in Finland in cooperation with Safety Advisor for the last 11 years but this was the first time that PRIME INTELLIGENCE came to Helsinki. We had quite a crowd with participants from companies like ABB, Epec, VR Track, Massive Dynamic,

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Risknowlogy at Siemens Singapore

Dr. Michel Houtermans of Risknowlogy meets with Mr. Franz Handermann, Partner Manager Process Safety at Siemens, and his colleagues from Siemens Singapore Mr. Lee and Mr. Chung. Topic of discussion was functional safety and competency. Risknowlogy provides Siemens with training services for their internal and partner programs.

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Did you miss out on the first PRIME INTELLIGENCE event in Dubai?

The first PRIME Intelligence event in Dubai was held on 8 May 2017. Excellent event will excellent feedback from the delegates participating.

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Kardanan SIL 3 certified PLC Wellhead Control Panel

Risknowlogy certified the hardware and application software of the PLC used to manage the safety instrumented functions of 17 Wellheads. Kardanan Shargh designed and implemented the hardware and software of the Siemens PLC. The certification project included the following: Functional Safety Management; Hardware requirements; Hardware reliability; Application logic requirements; User documentation; FAT Are you interested in

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Risknowlogy trains McDermott, EGA, Dragon Oil, Farah Experiences, Dar Al Handasah Consultants

Risknowlogy trained this week McDermott, EGA, Dragon Oil, Farah Experiences, and Dar Al Handasah Consultants in their Dubai office. Topic was functional safety and SIL according to IEC 61511 and for our special guest from Farah Experiences IEC 61508. Farah Experiences operates theme parks like Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Just like in the process industry (oil and

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Mr. Fiorenzo Calò is the first certified HAZOP Chairman and FS Master in Italy

Mr. Fiorenzo Calò became the first Risknowlogy certified HAZOP Chairman and FS Master® in Italy. Read more about what this certification is all about and how it supports Mr. Calò.

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PRIME INtelligence Paris February 2017

IR&IS and FMDS organised a PRIME INTELLEGENCE event on 28 February 2027 in Paris, France. The event was attended by participants from Technip, Veolia, Actemium, HIMA, Tyco, Techma, and Safir. The participants learned about: Functional safety: a new necessity in the industry? Changes in Edition 2 of IEC 61511 New Requirements for Architectural Constraints Comprehending

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Risknowlogy certifies CSF’s FSM procedures for Process H&RA

Risknowlogy Switzerland certified the CFS procedures for Process H&RA according to IEC 61511.

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One Day SIL and Functional Safety Event – Dubai – 8 May 2017

Prime Intelligence event in Dubai on 8 May 2017. A place and time where we think, share and create.

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3rd SIL Verification and Calculation course Mumbai February 2017

Risknowlogy India organised for the 3rd edition of the SIL Verification and Calculation course in Mumbai, India.   The course was attended by participants from HPCL, ABB, Reliance, CB&I, Deccan Fine Chemicals and independent Safety Consultants. All participants received a Safety Passport – an online track record independently verified by Risknowlogy. The participants were trained in:

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19th SIS for Professionals and Engineers course in Mumbai February 2017

Risknowlogy organised the 19th version of their popular TUV SIS for Professionals and Engineers course. Get trained, get certified – We are Risknowlogy

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Risknowlogy trains ADNOC, Oryx, Technip, Samref, Safe Controls, and EGA

Risknowlogy trained this week ADNOC, Oryx, Technip, Samref, Safe Controls, and EGA in their Dubai office. Topic was functional safety and SIL according to IEC 61511. The course material and exam is TUV certified. The participants all receive a Safety Passport and the TUV certificate if they pass the exam. This course is another step

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Profits Over Safety – You Seriously Do Not Get It

Every company is in the business of making money. So far so good. But taking too much risk can get you out of business. Profits Over Safety is not a sound business strategy. The latest company that took profits over business is Takata. End result: 17 deaths, one billion in USD file and 3 executives facing criminal charges. Remind me again, how is high risk for business?

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Risknowlogy trains Borouge Functional Safety Professionals

This November, Risknowlogy held an In-House Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented System Professionals training for employees of Borouge, at their office in Ruwais, UAE. The Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented System Professionals course is part of the SILComp® training and certification program. Topic was the concepts of Functional Safety and SIL according to IEC 61511. The Borouge functional safety

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Second Iranian TUV SIS IEC 61511 Certification Course – Integrity through Integration

Following a successful first training course this September in Iran, we completed our Second Iranian TUV SIS IEC 61511 certification course at the beginning of November. The course was organized with our local partner pro-NEXO by Dr. Farshad Nourai and was again a great success. The main topics of the course were: Functional Safety Management Hazard & Risk Analysis Planning the SIF

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Functional Safety Roadshow Milano – October 2016

Results Functional Safety Roadshow Milano The experience of the road show was first-rated by the audience. This is what some of the delegates expressed: “The comparison between IEC 61511 edition 1 and edition 2 was explained in a very simple and understandable way” “Despite the short duration it was very comprehensive” “Very interesting and enlightning”

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59 new Functional Safety Professionals including Instrument Technicians

Congratulations to our 59 new SILComp® and TUV SUD Functional Safety Professionals, Engineers and Instrument Technicians in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262. The TUV Certification is the basis but some professionals decided to get trained in more depth. Special congratulations to the attendees of our latest SIL Verification and Calculation Workshops and our FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians Course. The following professionals participated in our

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The First Iranian TUV SIS IEC61511 Certification Course Is A Fact

We are very proud to announce that the First Iranian TUV SIS IEC 61511 certification course has taken place in September in Tehran, Iran. The course was organized with our local partner pro-NEXO by Dr. Farshad Nourai and was a great success. The trainer was Mr. Didier Turcinovic.   Results First Iranian TUV SIS IEC 61511 Certification Course

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SIL 3 Mechanical Devices, Really?

There are many manufactures of mechanical devices (valves, actuators, etc) that claim that their devices can be used in SIL 3 applications. In this post I am going to explain that most mechanical devices actually will never achieve SIL 3. In order to come to this conclusion I first need to explain a few basic concepts which include architectural

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Risknowlogy trains PDO, E+H and Modec International

Risknowlogy trained this week PDO, Endress+Hauser and Modec International in their Dubai office. Topic was functional safety and SIL.

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10 ways to Manage Operational Risk Management (ORM) In A Low Oil Price Scenario

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What is Operational Risk Management (ORM) Operational Risk is the potential of loss arising due to failures in systems, people and / or operational processes which can result in an impact on People, Assets / Production, Environment or Reputation. In recent years, Operational Risk, has become one of the most critical risks which is being

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Risknowlogy witnesses FAT Wellhead Control Panel WHCP

Risknowlogy witnesses FAT Wellhead Control Panel (WHCP) for a SIL 3 certification project. The project is carried out according to IEC 61511. In the picture you see all WHCPs lined up, ready to be tested. A simulator was used to simulate signals from the field. The FAT is that last major step in the certification

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Risknowlogy trains Siemens Functional Safety Professionals

Dr Michel Houtermans trains 30 Siemens Solution Partners and Siemens Employees according to IEC 61511 with the objective to become Siemens Functional Safety Professionals. All participants have been trained 2 days including an open book exam. The  training is part of the Siemens Solutions Partner program and leads to Siemens Functional Safety Professional certificate. All participants receive a

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58 new Functional Safety Professionals including Instrument Technicians

Congratulations to our 58 new SILComp® and TUV SUD Functional Safety Professionals, Engineers and Instrument Technicians in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262. The TUV Certification is the basis but some professionals decided to get trained in more depth. Special congratulations to the attendees of our latest SIL Verification and Calculation Workshops and our FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians Course. The following professionals participated in our

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SIL Certified Overfill Prevention Systems

There are many tank farms around the world. You would think that tank farm operators would, from a business point of view, not be interested in overfilling a tank. How is is that good for business? Yet, today, many tank farms still have very poor tank level management systems and procedures in place. They are not in a position to manage overfilling properly and in a safe manner.

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63 new Functional Safety Professionals including Instrument Technicians

We are incredibly proud to start 2016 with this many advocates for the Functional Safety and SIL industry. The last period over a hundred candidates demonstrated their knowledge by passing the associated TUV exam.

This week a special congratulations to the below 63 new TUV SUD Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262.

The TUV Certifcation is the basis but some professionals decided to get trained deeper. Special congratulations to our latest SIL Verification and Calculation professionals and our FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians.

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44 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262

Congratulations to our 44 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262, SIL Verification and Calculation or FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians. The delegates not only received an online Safety Passport, a listing on the TUV website but also peer recognition. A job well done.

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Safety Moment – 8 Ways To Improve Your FATs

A factory acceptance test (FAT) is not the problem. An FAT, if well done, is a good thing. The problem is the majority of FATs are not well done. The purpose of an FAT is to test hardware and software safety solutions before they are installed in the factory or plant. It is a requirement in a standard like IEC 61511.

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15th TUV Functional Safety Professional Certification course in Mumbai

Risknowlogy India organised the 15th TUV Functional Safety Professional course in Mumbai. Delegates came from BPCL, GE, Jacobs, Saral Controls, Reliance, and Invensys Schneider. For three days the delegates were trained in the concepts of Functional Safety and SIL according to IEC 61511. IEC 61511 is an international standard dealing with safety instrumented systems (SIS) and safety instrumented functions (SIF). The standard requires professionals and engineers to be competent and that is exactly what this course helps you to demonstrate.

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1st SIL Verification and Calculation Workshop in Mumbai

Risknowlogy India organised the 1st SIL Verification and Calculation Workshop in Mumbai last week. The workshop was attended by delegates from Reliance, Invensys Schneider, Jacobs, ThyssenKrupp, and Safe-Tronics. In a two day hands-on workshop the delegates learned how to verify the SIL status of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs) according to IEC 61511.

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52 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262, SIL Verification and Calculation or FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians

Congratulations to our 52 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 26262, SIL Verification and Calculation or FS and SIL for Instrument Technicians.

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Safety Leadership – Who Is Responsible? You Are …

Even though safety is in first instance a management responsibility, you can make the difference. The future of safety is in your own hands. You can make a difference by taking responsibility.

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How many professionals are involved in functional safety work?

There are always 4 professionals involved in functional safety work. One to do the work, one to verify, one to assess, and one to manage.

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37 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262

Congratulations to our 37 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262. The following professionals participated in our SILComp® program and got TUV SUD certified. They all met the eligibility requirements: Formal training Demonstrating the knowledge by passing the associated exam 6 Years of practical experience Not only did they demonstrate their competence

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Safety Moment – Verify the work independently

Nobody is perfect, everybody can make mistakes. Even the most competent professionals, with great education and years of experience can make mistake while dong their work. You would not be human if you would never make a mistakes. Where people do work, people can make mistakes. It’s a fact of life.

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Risknowlogy in space?

Not yet. Risknowlogy just concluded a SILComp® IEC 61511 TUV SUD certified training course at the Evoluon in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Having the best training in the world is one thing. Organising it in an inspiring environment gives a whole new dimension to training. “It all starts with the right venue” as they say at the Evoluon.

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E+H Overfill Prevention System – Certified by Risknowlogy

Endress+Hauser created a video about their Risknowlogy SIL certified Overfill Prevention System (OPS). The OPS is designed to be compliant with IEC 61511 and API2350. Dr. Michel Houtermans was interviewed to for this video to explain the SIL certification process. Risknowlogy Certification Program At Risknowlogy we certify products, services, software, solutions, organisations, and people. The

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58 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262

Congratulations to our 58 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262. The following professionals participated in our SILComp® program and got TUV SUD certified. They all met the eligibility requirements: Formal training Demonstrating the knowledge by passing the associated exam 6 Years of practical experience Not only did they demonstrate their competence

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Five SIL tasks for each lifecycle phase

SIL Lifecycle In the functional safety world we perform our work according to a lifecycle. Typical functional safety standards, like IEC 61508, IEC 61511, and so on, include the lifecycles, but they are usually not very practical. The IEC 61508 standard even has three lifecycles. One for the end user, one for the hardware of

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How to decide the proof test frequency?

End users need to proof test their safety functions to make sure they still work as specified. Many end users struggle with the question how often a proof test needs to be carried out. Especially in the process industry were end users try to operate their plants continuously for many years. How to decide the proof test frequency?

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SIL lifecycle services for Gas Transportation company

Risknowlogy Argentina performed a functional safety project and SIL lifecycle services for a large South American Gas Transportation company. The project lasted 12 months and during that time Risknowlogy Argentina supported the client with HRA, HAZOP, LOPA, SRS, SIL equipment selection and basic engineering. At the end of the project the client had a well document safety study which can be used with third parties like insurance companies and governments. Furthermore the client had a clear path forward to manage future risks associated with the process.

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42 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262

Congratulations to our 42 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262. The following professionals participated in our SILComp® program and got TUV SUD certified. They all met the eligibility requirements: Formal training Demonstrating the knowledge by passing the associated exam 6 Years of practical experience Not only did they demonstrate their

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Season’s Greetings – 2015 Here We Come

We wish you a happy holiday season and peaceful and prosperous new year. All the best from Risknowlogy

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Passing the TUV Functional Safety Engineer exam

Risknowlogy has trained over 4000 professionals world wide with the SILComp® training since the inception of the TUV Functional Safety Certification Program in 1999. We and TUV SUD take our functional safety training program seriously. There are strict requirements to achieve the certification and one of them is passing the exam. Taking the TUV Functional Safety

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Operators and Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF)

More and more the question comes whether operators can be part of the safety instrumented function? And if yes, what is the PFD of an operator? What are the problems and what to pay attention to when doing so.

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28 new TUV Functional Safety Professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262

Risknowlogy, in cooperation with TUV SUD, certified 28 new TUV functional safety professionals in IEC 61508, IEC 61511 or ISO 26262. Congratulations to our latest Safety Ambassadors.

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Upcoming Events

Mon 25

TUV Functional Safety Course IEC 61511- Hertfordshire, September 2017

September 25 @ 09:30 - September 28 @ 12:30
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£2050
The Priory
Hitchin
United Kingdom
Mon 25

TUV Functional Safety Course IEC 61508 – Hertfordshire, September 2017

September 25 @ 09:30 - September 29 @ 12:00
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£2350
The Priory
Hitchin
United Kingdom
Oct 17

TUV Functional Safety Course Veszprém IEC 61508 October

October 17 @ 09:00 - October 20 @ 17:00
Veszprém
Veszprém
Hungary
Oct 29