-Concepts about SIS, SIF, SIL and the life cycle. International Standards Relationship between IEC-61508 and IEC-61511.
-Risk concepts and how to reduce them with the different layers of protection. Requirements and examples of the IPL.
-Interpretation of the principle of independence of the SIS according to IEC Standards. Examples
-Basic concepts about Process Hazards Analysis techniques. Qualitative method exercise for the determination of SIL.
-Detailed analysis of the SIF. Sensor, logic solver and actuator subsystems.
-Types of failures, practical examples in the 3 subsystems and their impact (safe, dangerous, detected & not detected, common cause, etc.)
-Types of diagnostics (product and application) and real examples in the three subsystems (PVST, 4-20 mA signals, short circuit, line monitoring, use of the Hart, etc.)
-PLC: “fail-safe” versus standard.
-Most used architectures and examples.
-Principles of design of safe systems. “Fail Close” and “Fail Open” valve cases.
-Requirements of IEC 61508/61511 Standards to design the SIF and calculate the SIL. Examples.
-The 9 key parameters in detail to calculate PFDavg and MTTFS.
-The sources of data.
-How to calculate the beta factor.
-Equations to calculate PFDavg and MTTFS.
-How to improve SIL / RRF.
-Safety Requirements Specification (SRS). Assumptions for the examples (configuration Low/High of the transmitter according to the architecture, online / offline tests, etc.).
-Practical exercises using the SILcet tool:
- Tank Level (several cases)
- Vessel under pressure (several cases): i) undefined sensor type, ii) transmitter vs switch, iii) diversity of elements, iv) credit by comparison, v) bypass impact.
- Calculate the SIL achieved by the Logic Solver.
-21 general considerations to design the SIS.
-Excel files included: “SILcet with the exercises solved” & Example of Safety Requirements Specification (SRS).
-Safety Requirements Specification (SRS). Assumptions for the examples.
-Real practical exercises using the SILcet tool:
- Low combustion air flow in Incinerator or Furnace.
- Stop of high pressure pumps by partial closure of the suction.
- Gas valve closure due to flame loss.
- Emergency depressurization in a reactor: action on several lines when the temperature is excessive (Reactor Bed Temperature).
- How to solve a SIF with two Logic Solvers (Safety PLCs).
- SIF with shared elements (Control System and SIS).
- Example with Partial Valve Stroke Test.
- Examples with Complex Architectures.
– Excel file included: “SILcet with the exercises solved”.
-How to prepare a SIL Verification Report.
-Main document with MS-Word Template.
-Annex of parameters, graphs and results (PFDavg, PFH, MTTFS) generated by SILcet.
-Example of report with the exSILentia tool.
Note: Other additional exercises that are delivered resolved to the participants at the end of the course.
-Safety Requirements Specification (SRS). Assumptions for the exercises.
-Real practical exercises using the SILcet tool (in each case there are several possible configurations):
- Turbine Trip Valve Hydraulic System.
- High Integrity Pressure Protection System
- Pressure vessels (different cases).
- Others: Solutions with high availability, Fire & Gas System, Protection of a Silo.
– Excel file included: “SILcet with the exercises solved”.
Understand what a SIF is and what concepts and parameters are the most influencing its design.
Learn how to design a SIF and calculate the SIL and MTTFS of real Safety Functions in the process industry.
Benefit from Lessons Learned and Best Practices acquired from Major Projects.
Why is it a different course?
- Because we use a SIL calculation and verification tool developed by us (“SILcet“) that allows us to make a lot of real examples. This is impossible to perform in most functional safety courses due to the complexity of calculations when dealing with real cases.
- We provide a free license (Pro Plus) of SILcet with the examples of the course.
- Self-directed course in English.
- Duration (full course of 7 modules): between 16 and 30 hours in 60 days depending on student level (available 24/7).
- Methodology “learn by doing”
- Individual Progress. No scheduled sessions
- PDF documents, including the practical cases.
- Excel files (SILcet) with real calculations.
- SILcet 5 Pro Plus license included (license for 6 months)
- 30% discount in license renewal.
- SILcet Manual and detailed document with formulas to calculate PFDavg and MTTFS.
- Videos with explanations.
- Instructor Support
- Exercises, evaluation tests and training certificate.
- Virtual Campus: Schoology
The student can download all the documentation and tools on his/her PC, except the videos.
Students, technicians, designers, system integrators and engineers related to Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) of the process industry.
It is advisable to have certain knowledge of instrumentation and control.
The objective is to acquire knowledge to understand and design Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) from a totally practical point of view. To do this, real examples are made with the SILcet tool that allows different design alternatives to be compared.
How to start the course?
- Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org informing us that you have made the purchase.
- We will send you the instructions to start the course with the access code to SCHOOLOGY.
- Start your training!
Master in Industrial Engineering with specialization in Electronics and Automation from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. More than 30 years of experience in the area of Instrumentation and Control in several multinational companies.
Testimonials (courses in english & spanish)
I decided on the full course and it has been a good investment. Very instructive
Very good. My knowledge about functional safety was very low but now I have very clear concepts.
I finally found a course with a practical truth approach. I needed to learn how to calculate SIL according to IEC-61511. The SILcet calculation tool gives a lot of respect at first but it is very easy to use after doing the exercises.
Interesting. It is a good course if you are looking to learn how to design safety functions. What I liked the most was the support of the instructor with very good technical knowledge. It is not a risk analysis course but a design and SIL calculation.
The truth is that for me, who knew very generic SIL concepts from module 1 to 3, the course has solved all my doubts about how to design and validate SIL in my company. SILcet is a simple tool to use and at the same time as powerful as other tools on the market that are much more expensive.
The course is very interesting and practical. It has really exposed me to the world of functional safety and how to apply the data to SIF design. Now I am able to read design document and understand the content. What is more, I now have the knowledge to make meaningful contributions during project design meetings. Honestly speaking, the benefits are more than the price I paid because other training providers charge more and students don’t get much from their training. The SILcet tool is the most important of this training because without it, it is difficult for engineers to design SIF as they have to pay huge amount for software like Exsilentia, Safeguard Profiler etc. Excellent support received from trainer.
Although all the modules were interesting, I particularly find modules 4, 5, 6 & 7 most interesting as they are very practical and very close to what happens in the industry. If you are serious and ready to learn, you will acquire a lot of practical experience designing SIFs by thoroughly studying those modules. The SILcet tool is an excellent tool as it makes it easier to implement SIF design and also very affordable. A lot of engineers today in the functional safety discipline don’t know how to execute SIL Verification even after attending training because of the lack of access to industry software which are expensive. This tool has made it both practical and realistic to conduct SIF design easily and to visualize with a high degree of certainty how the various elements contribute to the overall PFDavg, MTTFS and cost.