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Digitalization

Digitalization is the integration of digital technologies.

Unlike digitization, digitalization is the actual ‘process’ of implementing technologically-induced change within industries.

The literal meaning of digitalization gives an idea of the development and progress in our technology dependent world.

In our track, we will highlight latest innovation trends and their impact to our industry. We will focus on following major areas:

  • Latest trends in Digitalization – Digitalization is the integration of digital technologies – it is the ‘process’ of implementing technology based changes.
  • Operational Intelligence – historical/real time plant and equipment data that provides predictive insights and people can make more informed decisions for optimizing systems, preventing failures and improving operational environments.
  • Operations management – Software applications that help process plants operate more effectively, reduce errors, and improve their performance (e.g. Operations Logbook)
  • Process Optimization -Advanced Process Control & Real Time optimization
  • Digital Instrumentation such as Fieldbus

Fire & Gas

Title: Try to keep it to 4 to 8 words.

Abstract: Describe the overall topic in a few sentences. Then summarize the subtopics to be covered in the presentation similar to an agenda but with some more detail.

If you have an agenda for the presentation , attach it. If a technical paper has been written on the topic, attach it. Avoid justifications, preaching or sales pitches. A good topic will sell itself.


Flow Metering

Flow measurement forms an integral and very important part of measurement in any industry. Innumerous technologies have evolved over more than a century but the urge to continue looking for more pre precision is still unending.

Although orifice is most popular and useful device used for the flow measurement, other sensors form an equivalent role. Each flowmeter is unique because of service, range, material and accuracy.

Flow meter types such as Coriolis, Ultrasonic, Positive Displacement, V-Cone, Integral Orifice, MPFM, have significantly evolved over the period, which widen their application areas and offer new perspectives.

In today’s low oil prices, it would be interesting to explore the state of the art of the flow measurement technology which would allow reducing capital costs of instrumentation in the oil and gas producing facilities without sacrificing the reliability and accuracy of the measurement.


Functional Safety & SIS

The SIS and functional safety go hand in hand, as a well-designed SIS goes a long way to achieve the functional safety needs of any industry prone to hazards, for which SIS can be a an effective control barrier.

The oil and gas industry, nuclear plants and the machinery sector, to name but a few, are all rely heavily on functional safety to achieve safety for the equipment giving rise to the hazards.

Functional safety is achieved when every specified safety function is carried out and the level of performance required of each safety function is met. This is normally achieved by a process that includes the following.

  1. Assessment of the risk-reduction required by the safety function.
  2. Ensuring the safety function performs to the design intent.
  3. Verification that the system meets the assigned SIL, by determining the mean time between failures and the safe failure fraction (SFF), along with appropriate tests.
  4. Conduct functional safety audits to examine and assess the evidence that the appropriate safety lifecycle management techniques were applied consistently and thoroughly in the relevant lifecycle stages of product.

Submissions must be encouraged to come in from all sectors having implemented functional safety into their business, and possible participation % should be limited as follows:

a. Vendors -20%
b. Oil & Gas -30%
c. Nuclear & other renewable energy – 20%
d. Power Industry -10 %
e. Rail & transport – 10% and
f. Consultants -10%.

The intended content should be real life implementation examples, design issues solved through best engineering practices, or should be learning’s from failures/loss of control.

The engagement of various entities (governmental and non-governmental sectors) will help to disseminate the various best practices and varied experiences  to the attendees.

All speakers must ensure vendor neutral/no commercial content.


Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security

Cyber-attacks on Oil &Gas, energy, utility, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations are getting advanced, frequent and complex.

Industrial Control System Cyber Security Track as part of 2nd ISA UAE Automation Conference and Exhibition shall bring value to attendees through the robust exchange of technical information, actual incidents, insights, and best practices to help create techniques, and procedures to improve the posture and protect Industrial Automation and Control Systems critical infrastructures from cyber-attacks.

Industrial Control System Cyber Security topics should focus on the Industrial Automation and Process control applications which aims to rationalize the discussions and provide a framework around the following topics:

  1. 2017 security predictions, as the Internet of Things (IoT) and (IIoT) continues to expand
  2. live attack demonstrations, vulnerabilities and exploits
  3. Actual ICS cyber incidents, results and observations
  4. Protection tactics for ICS/SCADA systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.
  5. ICS/SCADA Intelligence-Led Threat Mitigation
  6. Results and observations from joint IT/ICS projects.
  7. Cyber Forensics for Industrial Control Systems
  8. Implementation challenges on NESA controls, ISA / IEC / ISO standards.

Submissions must include proposed presentation title, an informative presentation/demo abstract, and contact information and bio for the proposed speaker. All speakers must ensure vendor neutral / no commercial content. Each presentation shouldn’t exceed 15 minutes in length including Q&A.


Power Automation Solutions

Power Automation solutions are an important element in the power system. It increases component operational life/availability, allows for preemptive corrective actions, decrease in equipment or process downtime, decrease in costs for parts and labor, better product quality and improved worker and environmental safety.

The abstract on Power Automation Solutions should generally cover any of power system solutions applications. The abstract will discuss not only the topics with Power Automation solutions but also its impact on achieving it and the added value.


Process Analyzers

KEEPING ANALYZERS WORKING – UPGRADING TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE

Introduction
Technology used in Process Analyzers from 20 years ago, although still prevalent, is facing increasing challenge due to need to cut maintenance and operating cost of Analyzer installations in evolving economic situation, more demand on accuracy, repeatability and reliability due to the Analyzers being playing a major role in validating and supporting Product Quality KPIs. The demand is for reliable ‘self-sustaining’ technology that can be modelled to individual customer needs rather than produce a plethora of models to meet such requirement. At the same time we are realizing that Analyzers need to be intelligent and provide parameters other than just the process reading so that they can be used to take advantage of Expert Systems such as Asset management, Analyzer Data management, Condition Monitoring etc., to reduce their life cycle cost as well as show Return on Investment (ROI)

Principal considerations / topics could be:

  • Using or upgrading to latest Technology initiatives such as Optical Gas Chromatographs, Raman Spectroscopy, and Laser based stack Emission Monitoring etc.
  • Tools available to check performance and availability of critical Analyzers in real time
  • Using Analyzers in Automatic Process Control to increase Energy saving in diverse process such as Oxygen measurement, Boilers, Furnaces and Turbines
  • How to figure out the yearly cost of ownership and in what way we can optimize – by using in-house resources or by service contracts

We hope to listen to experiences from various participants on their experiences in deciding on Best Available Technology, Upgrading including challenges faced in the upgrading exercise. We would also like to hear from participants on how they have implemented better monitoring of their Analyzers and how this has benefitted them in terms of Analyzer reliability and availability. It would be worth hearing from End-users or Vendors who have implemented Analyzers to enhance or improve their plants Energy savings and what has been their experience in such projects.


Turbomachinery Controls

Turbomachinery control system for turbine and compressor became a vital player in ensuring the availability and safety of Gas plants. Today many challenges are facing the end user related to frequent upgrade requirement in live plant, non-user friendly system which need a specialist for engineering and data acquisition..etc.

It would be much appreciated to hear from speakers the future of this industry and development in coming years in addition to share with audience the ongoing challenges in order to be taken care by vendors in coming versions. Appreciate the submitted papers address specific issues and challenges and way of improvement rather than general presentation like:

  • The advantage of integrating turbomachinery control system with DCS system as one package vendor instead of having different package vendors.
  • End user experience/ vendor viewpoint of making Turbomachinery control system more user friendly for engineering and data acquisition.
  • Way of minimizing the downtime while replacing the obsolete system.
  • Online upgradation of Turbomachinery cards.
  • Opportunity to develop a software that assisting operator for decision support for alerting Operator based on process condition inside and outside the machine.
  • Ongoing development of turbomachinery technology, looking at future.
  • Lesson learns from existing shortfalls in turbomachinery system.

Wireless Communications

Wireless technology is rapidly gaining recognition and have widespread of applications in various industries including oil and gas. It often provides excellent solution for additional measurement and control elements in existing facilities as well as maintenance tools for smart field devices. Ease of use, quick setup and lower cost are some of the key features promoting this technology in current challenging market situation.

The abstract on wireless technology should generally cover new products, applications and end user feedback, lessons learned on wireless installations.

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