February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

Features

Importance of Management of Change in Alarm Modifications

For process plants and gas pipeline networks, it is essential to manage change when making modifications to alarms and alarm systems. Management of change (MoC) should, therefore, be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle. It is widely recognized throughout the process industries that making changes to assets can be prone to error. This is equally true for energy pipelines and managing alarms across a distributed network of pipelines, often over vast distances with multiple aboveground installations (AGIs). Indeed, some pipeline accidents and incidents have been attributed to poorly executed or unapproved changes. Making any change, no matter how large or small, is an

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