Another Plant Safety Issue

If you've been paying attention today, you already know that big news here in the Midwest, besides the snow, is the shooting at the ABB plant in St. Louis. The story is still developing, as we say in the press, and it's dangerous to draw any kind of hard-and-fast...

Fighting the Last War--Airport Kabuki and Functional Security

In his blog "What do 9/11, the Detroit bomber and ICS Security have in Common," Joe Weiss makes some really good points.

And now we pause our 24/7 coverage of Emerson Exchange for a word from Siemens...#Pauto

Here's the text of a press release from Siemens that sounds very interesting...

Safecomp 2009 -- Day 3 GfSE and ICOSE joint meeting


Safecomp Day 2-- Verification, Validation and Test-- and Fault Tolerance

Three scientists all named Mohammed, M. Zulkermine, M. Raihan, M. Uddin presented "Towards Model-Based Automatic Testing of Attack Scenarios." I kept wondering why they didn't mention the Achilles system, which is the de-facto standard for such testing.

Safecomp 2009 Day Two-- The Aerospace domain

The first paper in the Aerospace session was a discussion of the COMPASS approach: correctness, modeling and perfomability of aerospace systems. Marco Bozzano discussed the SLIM formal modeling language that is potentially of use modeling such things as error behavior in aerospace systems. He described a model of a...

Safecomp-- my own talk...

I forgot, yesterday, to say anything about the "invited talk" that _I_ gave.

Safecomp 2009 Day Two

While we concentrate at Control and on process control in the batch, continuous and hybrid processing industries, I personally have wider interests in control... so it is fascinating to see how other control domains are practiced. Today at Safecomp, we are talking about other domains including railway control.

Voices from Safecomp 2009

[img_assist|nid=3154|title=Safecomp 2009 Programme|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=226|height=320]Here are some notes from several of the talks at Safecomp:

Takin' the Blogging Machine Out Again.

Just a little item I should have tied into my earlier post about safety issues. Our own Jim Montague has weighed in here. He talks to an end user about the "push the red button and we fire you" syndrome and other impediments to process manufacturing safety.