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A Systems Approach to Managing the Complexities of Process Industries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128042137, 9780128042182

A Systems Approach to Managing the Complexities of Process Industries

1st Edition

Authors: Fabienne Salimi Frederic Salimi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128042137
eBook ISBN: 9780128042182
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 28th November 2017
Page Count: 442
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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




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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

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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