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  • HIPPS Justification - High Integrity Pressure Protection System

    What’s a HIPPS and where are they used? There are two common applications for a High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS). First, many process facilities have expanded to the point where the original pressure relieving and flare system may no longer be able to handle a potential event. Preventing a potential overpressure through the use of a HIPPS can be done at a much lower cost compared to installing a new flare and header system. Second, many subsea and land based pipelines are not designed to withstand full wellhead pressure. So a HIPPS measures pressure (usually using redundant transmitters), utilizes a logic solver (many technologies and configurations are acceptable), and closes valves. While such designs are allowed per current codes, the justification of such a system requires careful analysis by a team of specialists. The justification and analysis of a HIPPS must consider all operating and upset conditions that might cause an overpressure. Process dynamics must be analyzed to determine if the HIPPS can respond quickly enough to prevent the hazard. Some cases may be quite complex with multiple scenarios and multiple HIPPS. Without an adequately sized conventional relief system, the HIPPS represents the last line of defense against an overpressure event. Subsequently, many end users require an independent, third party review of the justification of such a system. How good is good enough? A HIPPS should offer performance as good or better than the conventional relief system it may be replacing. The performance of relief valves in the process industries varies considerably depending upon the application. Published sources of data show that relief valves in some applications offer performance no better than the equivalent of Safety Integrity Level 1 (SIL 1). Considering the uncertainty of the data, many specify that HIPPS meet SIL 3 performance. This requires the use of fault tolerant sensors and valves. The use of a SIL 2 system is still a possibility, with significantly lower capital and operational costs. Questions to ask yourself Do you have a case where the existing relieving system is unable to adequately handle the load, and has this been documented in a thorough hazards analysis? Is the vessel in air, water or steam service? (If yes, the use of a HIPPS is not permissible.) Is approval of local authorities required? Do you have a case where a pipeline is not rated for the full wellhead pressure? Have you performed a SIL selection study to determine the level of performance that will be required by the HIPPS? aeSolutions is here to help aeSolutions can help you determine whether a HIPPS is a viable option for your application. If justified, we can work with you to develop the requirements specification and deliver a system that will meet your specific safety and cybersecurity needs. #HIPPS Updated from previous blog post.

  • aeSolutions to Present at the 2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference

    Company to Showcase New Machinery Safety Line of Service at the 2022 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo Greenville, SC – September 20, 2022 – aeSolutions, a consulting, engineering and systems integration company that provides industrial process safety and automation products and services, today announced that the company will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference. Sponsored by the Mary Kay O’Connor Safety Center and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the conference will be held at the Texas A&M Hotel Conference Center in College Station, Texas, from October 5-7. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to join more than 500 researchers and industry representatives from around the world to share the latest innovations and developments in process safety. In attendance from aeSolutions will be Vice President of Project Development Chris Neff, PMP; Process Safety Management Senior Specialist Jesse Brumbaugh, PE; and SIS Engineering Principle Specialist Keith Brumbaugh, CFSE, PE. Several representatives from the company will present at this year’s event. Chris Neff will present “Applying Risk-Based Process Safety and ISA/IEC 61511 to Utilities Units: Today’s Approach to Yesterday’s Equipment”; Jesse Brumbaugh will present on his whitepaper topic “Understanding Flammable Mist Explosion Hazards”; and Keith Brumbaugh will speak on his whitepaper, “A Tale of Two BPCS Credits - A Bayesian Case Study”. WHAT: 2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference WHO: Jesse Brumbaugh, PE SESSION: Fire & Explosion PRESENTATION: 39 - Understanding Flammable Mist Explosion Hazards DATE AND TIME: 10/5/2022, 9:30 AM Chris Neff, PMP SESSION: Reactive Chemicals & Frontiers of Safety PRESENTATION: 49 - Applying Risk-Based Process Safety and ISA/IEC 61511 to Utilities Units DATE AND TIME: 10/5/2022, 3:30 PM Keith Brumbaugh, CFSE, PE SESSION: Instrumentation PRESENTATION: 81 - A Tale of Two BPCS Credits - A Bayesian Case Study DATE AND TIME: 10/6/2022, 3:30 PM WHERE: Texas A&M Hotel Conference Center in College Station, Texas, Booth 6 WHEN: October 5-7, 2022 REGISTRATION: https://mkosymposium.tamu.edu/registration/ To arrange a meeting with a member of the aeSolutions team at the conference, contact info@aesolutions.com. About aeSolutions In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a consulting, engineering, and systems integration company that provides industrial process safety and automation products and services. They specialize in helping industrial clients achieve their risk management and operational excellence goals through expertise in process safety, combustion control and safeguarding, safety instrumented systems, control system design and integration, alarm management, and related operations and integrity management systems. For more information, visit www.aesolutions.com. Media Contact RedIron PR for aeSolutions kari@redironpr.com

  • Regulatory Compliance with Fire & Gas Systems and Its Challenges

    By Warren Johnson, Senior Project Manager, FGS Product Manager Regulatory compliance is a moving target. Codes and standards are under ongoing revision and the business landscape is constantly evolving. Fire and gas systems are protecting an organization’s most valuable investments and assets, yet they sit silently idle in the background often overlooked and untested. The maze of local, state, and federal codes and standards just add to the confusion and complications. The Challenges Many engineers working in the industrial manufacturing sector do not have first-hand working knowledge of the codes and standards that govern these critical life safety systems. Many of those that do are beginning to retire, leaving newer, less experienced staff in their place. There are 37 different pieces of equipment requiring OSHA’s Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory approval. It’s understandable that these less experienced employees do not have the background to navigate all the specific code requirements governing the equipment for which they are responsible. These emerging engineers will need guidance. Even teams with extensive compliance experience know that these codes change and evolve, so they cannot rely solely on how things have been done in the past. The Stakes Creating a safer work environment protects both a company's personnel and its assets. Failing to do so can result in personnel injury, damage to the environment, and irreparable harm to a company's reputation. Poor code compliance may jeopardize insurance coverage or cause increased premiums. Code deficiencies found late in a capital project may lead to costly startup delays until compliance is achieved. The Most Common Codes Everyone Should Know ⮚ International Fire Code – Regulates the means of protecting lives and material property from fire or explosion hazards when modes of prevention fail. ⮚ International Building Code – Covers all codes regarding buildings except for residential family homes. ⮚ Life safety 101 – This established set of standards is intended to protect the occupants of a facility at each stage of the building’s life cycle—from construction to its intended use and eventual demolition— minimizing the effects of fires and other related hazards. ⮚ NFPA 72 – The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code provides updated safety protocols to meet the ever-changing demands for improved fire detection, signaling, and emergency response communications. This code also regulates requirements for mass notification systems used for a wide range of emergencies from catastrophic weather, terror threats, biological dangers, chemical incidents, and even nuclear disasters. ⮚ OSHA 1910.164 – Standardizes regulations for fire alarm detection systems and OSHA 1910.165, which focuses on regulating employee alarm systems specifically. Capital projects need to incorporate the requirements of these standards into their design since they are the most prevalent in constructing a facility. Compliance is far less likely without a deep understanding of these standards and where each applies. Most compliance errors are made due to: The lack of awareness of relevant regulatory codes. A deficiency in understanding requirements well enough to apply them properly. Organizations that wish to avoid the cost and confusion over non-compliance need to do the research and audit their practices. The caveat with self-auditing code compliance is that it can be like looking for a needle in a haystack without knowing what a needle looks like. Companies that do not know what codes to look for or which apply to their facilities may benefit from engaging a firm that specializes in regulatory code compliance. Learn More about aeSolutions' Fire & Gas Services

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  • aeSolutions - Process Safety, Fired Equipment & Automation

    We are hiring! At aeSolutions, we know that our success is a result of having talented, dedicated and passionate team members driving our projects. See Current Openings Improving industry by guiding our clients to increasingly resilient operations and safer communities. Our Story Integrating Process Safety, Automation & Fired Equipment +20 Years Strong +50 Certified Experts +1500 Clients Served +500 Projects per Year Alarm Management Machinery Safety Automation Engineering Process Safety Combustion Solutions Project Management Fire & Gas Detection SIS Engineering Feature Stories HIPPS Justification - High Integrity Pressure Protection System aeSolutions to Present at the 2022 Mary Kay O’Connor Safety & Risk Conference Ensuring Regulatory Compliance with Fire and Gas Systems and Its Challenges How an Ammonia Gas Detection & Suppression System can Reduce Risk aeSolutions Launches Client Success Model, Appoints Chris Neff to Head New Project Development Team Considerations for Effective Gas Detector Placement Whitepapers We understand that the industry is constantly evolving. We also understand that, because of this, communication is more important than ever. That’s why it’s our goal to regularly publish technical whitepapers that keep our colleagues and clients informed. Explore Primary Industries Chemicals The chemical industry is comprised of companies that produce industrial chemicals. Central to the modern world economy, it converts raw materials into more than 70,000 different products. ​ ​ Energy & Alternative Energy The energy industry is the totality of all production and sale of energy & green energy, including fuel transportation, manufacture, refining, and distribution through things such as pipelines . ​ ​ Oil & Gas The oil and gas industry includes the exploration, extraction, refining, transportation, and storage of petroleum and natural gas products. ​ ​ Metals & Mining The metals and mining industry is dedicated to the location and extraction of metal and mineral reserves around the world. ​ ​ Petrochemicals The Petrochemicals industry involves the production of chemical products made from petroleum & other fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, or renewable sources such as maize, palm fruit or sugar cane. ​ ​ Pharmaceuticals The pharmaceutical industry discovers, develops, produces, and markets drugs or pharmaceutical drugs for use as medications to be administered to patients. ​ Renewable Energy Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. For example, solar or wind generated power. ​ ​ Specialty Chemicals / Agrichem The Specialty Chemicals (also called specialties or effect chemicals) industry produces products such as adhesives, agrichemicals, cleaning materials, colors, cosmetic additives, and construction chemicals. ​ ​ Utilities The utilities industry refers to a category of companies that provide basic amenities, such as water, sewage services, electricity, dams, and natural gas. Client Feedback aeSolutions is always striving to improve our customers’ satisfaction. Please take one minute to complete the following one-page survey. Take Survey

  • About Us - Our Story | aesolutions

    Our Story In 1998, our founders, Brian Merriman, Ken O’Malley and Mike Scott, created Applied Engineering Solutions, Inc. because they saw a need to help redefine the process safety and engineering lifecycle. They chose Greenville, South Carolina for their headquarters, but have since opened offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Houston, Texas. All three locations provide process control and process safety consulting, engineering, and integration services, are all collectively referred to as aeSolutions, and share a common corporate identity. The Anchorage office operates as a limited liability company. ​ aeSolutions offers performance-based process safety engineering, combustion control and automation solutions with proven processes that ensure consistent project execution, while helping clients optimize safety, quality and production. We are committed to providing engineering services that enable our clients to sustainably own, operate, and maintain their process facilities. Following its original vision of providing Value-Driven Engineering, aeSolutions continues to anticipate and exceed the expectations of their customers, employees, and the market. Locations Leadership Careers Partners Success Stories Social Responsibility Realizing employee potential through the achievement of client success aeSolutions Companies: Applied Engineering Solutions, Inc. – Greenville, South Carolina; Houston, Texas aeSolutions Alaska, LLC – Anchorage, Alaska Mission & Vision What drives us What we are driving towards What we do How we succeed To support every stakeholder in the pursuit of their full potential Realizing employee potential through the achievement of client success To improve industry by guiding our clients to increasingly resilient operations and safer communities. ​ We succeed in critical fields that others avoid by remaining authentic to our core values. Results-Driven: Success Demands Tangible Results – We strive for excellence in all we do. ​ Inclusive: Value From All – We encourage, seek out, and leverage the diversity in knowledge and perspective of all stakeholders, knowing the team delivers greater value than any individual. Relentless: Unwavering Commitment – We drive forward with passion and purpose. Locations ​ Greenville, South Carolina ​ aeSolutions Corporate Headquarters 250 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 200 Greenville, SC 29615 PO Box 26566 Greenville, SC 29616 Phone: 864-676-0600 FAX: 864-676-0640 ​ Panel Fabrication Shop 1200 Woodruff Road, A-21 Greenville, SC 29607 ​ Houston Office ​ 10375 Richmond Avenue, Suite 800 Houston, TX 77042 Phone: 713-292-0000 ​ Anchorage Office ​ 3201 C St, Suite 606 Anchorage, AK 99503 Phone: 907-865-5992

  • Contact Us Regarding Your Project or Question

    Contact aeSolutions Contact us regarding your project or question and the appropriate team member will be in touch. 864-676-0600 ​ Greenville, SC Corporate Headquarters 250 Commonwealth Drive Ste 200 Greenville, SC 29615 ​ Regional Office Phone numbers: Houston, TX 713-292-0000 10375 Richmond Avenue Suite 800 Houston, TX 77042 ​ Anchorage, AK 907-865-5992 3201 C St Suite 606 Anchorage, AK 99503 ​ First Name Last Name Email Phone Company Name How did you hear about us? Your Message: Sign up for our email newsletter? Submit Thanks for submitting! aeSolutions offers performance-based process safety PSM engineering, and automation (system integration) solutions with proven processes that ensure consistent project execution, while helping clients optimize safety, quality and production. We are committed to providing services that enable our clients to sustainably own, operate, and maintain their process facilities. Following its original vision of providing Value-Driven Engineering, aeSolutions continues to anticipate and exceed the expectations of their customers, employees, and the market. To provide consulting and engineering services to make industrial operations smarter, more resilient, and communities safer. Consulting engagements help us build a strong trusted-advisor connection with our clients, which is in line with our Inclusive core value and penchant for collaborating as partners. Consulting services allow us to build relationships with higher-level decision-makers in our clients' businesses that extend beyond specific project engagements. Our consulting services enable us to obtain insight

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