A Systems Approach to Managing the Complexities of Process Industries

A Systems Approach to Managing the Complexities of Process Industries

1st Edition - November 28, 2017

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  • Authors: Fabienne Salimi, Frederic Salimi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042182
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128042137

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A Systems Approach to Managing the Complexities of Process Industries discusses the principles of system engineering, system thinking, complexity thinking and how these apply to the process industry, including benefits and implementation in process safety management systems. The book focuses on the ways system engineering skills, PLM, and IIoT can radically improve effectiveness of implementation of the process safety management system. Covering lifecycle, megaproject system engineering, and project management issues, this book reviews available tools and software and presents the practical web-based approach of Analysis & Dynamic Evaluation of Project Processes (ADEPP) for system engineering of the process manufacturing development and operation phases. Key solutions proposed include adding complexity management steps in the risk assessment framework of ISO 31000 and utilization of Installation Lifecycle Management. This study of this end-to-end process will help users improve operational excellence and navigate the complexities of managing a chemical or processing plant.

Key Features

  • Presents a review of Operational Excellence and Process Safety Management Methods, along with solutions to complexity assessment and management
  • Provides a comparison of the process manufacturing industry with discrete manufacturing, identifying similarities and areas of customization for process manufacturing
  • Discusses key solutions for managing the complexities of process manufacturing development and operational phases


Process Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Process Safety Engineers, HSEQ Managers and Engineers, EPC Managers, Engineering Managers, Plant Designers, Site Managers, Plant/Unit Managers, and Directors of Operations, Engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. Perspective

    Understanding a question is half the answer!

    PSM in context of operational excellence

    Regulatory compliance management system

    Cost of non-compliance

    Process safety versus occupational safety

    Process safety indicators

    What do we manage, "process safety" or "safety processes"?

    Process industry versus discrete manufacturing

    Application of system engineering in process industry

    Essential skills to cope with cyber-physical systems

    Why does complexity matter?
    2. Fundamentals of the Systemic Approach

    Systemic vs systematic

    What is a system?

    What is system engineering?

    System thinking

    Systems engineering competencies framework
    3. Fundamentals of Complexity

    What is complexity?

    Characteristics of complexitiy

    Identifying the right level of complexity

    Cynefin complexity framework

    How complex systems fail

    Resilience engineering

    Specific methods to address environmental and system complexity

    Complexity thinking: guiding principles
    4. System Engineering of Complex Megaprojects

    Megaprojects definition

    Megaprojects in oil and gas industry

    Examples of megaproject failures

    Megaprojects problems and their causes

    System engineering for the megaprojects

    Definition of complexity for megaprojects

    Megaproject management challenges
    5. Modelling and Simulation; the essential tools to manage complexities


    Evolution of web technology

    Evolution of Industrial Internet of Things

    Open Platform Communications

    Big data management

    Cloud computing

    Cyber security risk management

    Model based system engineering (MBSE)

    Application lifecycle management (ALM)

    Product lifecycle management (PLM)


    Frontloading simulation results in optimized products

    Virtual reality

    MBSE for process manufacturing

    Application of ILM to create the process safety management framework



Product details

  • No. of pages: 442
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 28, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042182
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128042137

About the Authors

Fabienne Salimi

Fabienne-Fariba Salimi has over 30 years of experience as a chemical process engineer. She has experience in Management and Chemical Process Safety engineering in oil and gas industries both offshore and onshore installations. She has particular expertise is dynamic simulation of chemical processes and accident consequence modelling in quantitative risk analysis. Her main qualifications were obtained in Iran and France and she is member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, International Society of Automation, and Association of the French System Engineers. She is the co-developer of ADEPP and has been the Project Manager of ADEPP Academy since 1994.

Affiliations and Expertise

Process Safety Expert, ADEPP Academy, London, UK

Frederic Salimi

Frederic Salimi has over 35 years of experience in safety engineering and petrochemical design in oil and gas industries both onshore and offshore. He has experience in HSE management and risk based design for EPC projects. His expertise includes Safety & Environment code and standard compliance, pipeline risk assessment, critical system identification, and Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Assessment. His main qualifications in Physics and RAMS were obtained in Iran and France. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the co-author of ADEPP and co-founder of the ADEPP Academy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Process Safety Expert, ADEPP Academy

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  • Stefan Z. Mon Feb 25 2019

    A must read not just for EH&S professionals

    Having started my career in the process industry, the importance of EH&S was drilled deep into my understanding of plant operation. Due to unfortunate accidents, the struggle to “allow everybody do go unharmed home after a day’s work” was also made very clear. Bringing meaningful data into safety and hazard systems and making them available as information is often difficult due to the complexity we face. The authors did manage to describe a very comprehensive, detailed and on real live based approach. Who manages to combine legacy experience with new approaches now possible due to Smart Technology. And here the book actually also becomes valuable for everybody who is not directly involved with EH&S. Because the book also manages to provide a comprehensive high level overview of the topic of Industry 4.0. Which means that everybody who would like to gain a first understanding of Industry 4.0, is well served by this book. I can only recommend this book to any EH&S professional and anybody interested in Industry 4.0.

  • Prof. U. Thu Feb 14 2019

    A great book

    A great book for all academics and engineers who work with Safety, Hazard Systems, and Complexity. Great experiences of the authors.