Session II of the Fall Series on “The Role of the Facilities Engineer in Upstream”.
With the advent of cheap computing power, computer-controlled safety and operating systems, in the form of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), have moved to the forefront of upstream facility control systems. The technology is developing so quickly that dedicated specialists are required simply to stay abreast of the latest equipment and to implement the newest capabilities.
While these dedicated specialists are able to bring the latest enhancements to the project, their laser-like focus on technology often leads to including features "just because they're available". As a result, there has been somewhat of a role reversal from the traditional facility configuration responsibilities.
The facility engineer (the generalist) is now often tasked with finding a way to incorporate this newest technology into his facility design instead of making the technology supportive of the optimum process/production/layout configuration. A prime example of this when a dedicated air-conditioned "Process/Control" building is required in order to house the computer(s), multiple work stations, and redundant power supplies needed to support the state-of-the-art systems.
It is incumbent on the facility engineer (the generalist) to ensure that the optimum facility configuration remains the primary consideration, and that complex control and safety systems are included only to the extent necessary for safe and reliable operation.
This presentation will discuss the role of the facility engineer in leading the development of the control and safety systems, and will provide some examples of simple, safe and reliable systems that also communicate essential information to the operators and maintenance staff.
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Venue: Wood Group Mustang, Inc. - Stallion Building
17325 Park Row, Houston, TX 77084
Parking: A limited number of designated visitor parking spaces are located in a surface lot on the north side of the building. Alternatively, please utilize the parking garage directly south of the office building. You may enter the garage from eastbound on Park Row or northbound on Innovation Park Drive (formerly named Chronicle Drive). The gate arms will open automatically as your vehicle approaches. Please adhere to posted traffic signage inside the garage and 7 MPH speed limit. All garage levels and marked spaces are available for visitor use.