Way back when I still had some cred at ISA and could get things done, Nels Tyring and I got the award for writing the best selling ISA book of the year named for our late colleague and friend, Ray Molloy. I'm pretty sure the name will go away, based on ISA's new award system that ignores the history of the almost 50 year old award system, but while it is still in effect, I am pleased to report that PAS and authors Eddie Habibi and Bill Hollifield are this year's winners.
Here's the press release. As you can see, I knew about the award in advance, since they asked me to say something about it. And Ray would be very pleased.
PAS Authors Honored for Book Designed to Reduce Accidents in Refineries
Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition sold the most units of any ISA publication in 2012
Houston, Texas—September 26, 2012—PAS authors Eddie Habibi and Bill Hollifield have been recognized as the recipients of the Raymond D. Molloy Award presented by ISA Publications Department for selling the most copies of Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition. The annual award is presented to the book that addresses the needs of automation professionals while meeting the high standards and expectations of the ISA Publications Department.
The book is designed for engineers in refineries and other process plants to help them optimize alarm systems that have been known to contribute to abnormal situations, rather than assist in preventing them. Accidents like Texas City and Deepwater Horizon, to name just a few, had components directly related to poor alarm management. Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition is specifically designed to help prevent those types of accidents.
Eddie Habibi is the founder and CEO of PAS, a human reliability solutions provider that serves the power and processing industries. PAS’ solutions are focused on operations effectiveness for improving plant reliability and safety through implementation of alarm management, high performance operator interfaces, and automation systems management.
Bill Hollifield is PAS’s Principal Alarm Management and High Performance HMI Consultant. In addition to participating on ISA standards committees, Bill has multi-company, international experience in all aspects of Alarm Management and HMI development. His career of 35 years has included petrochemical industry engineering, operations management, and a decade of alarm management and HMI consulting.
“’Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide’ joins selected few successful publications from ISA that have received this award,” said Eoin O’Riain, Vice President of ISA Publications Department. “ISA Publications is delighted to recognize the authors for this achievement.”
“Raymond D. Molloy was the ISA volunteer who did more for the Publications Department than any other volunteer over a long period of time in the 20th century,” said Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief of Control magazine andwww.controlglobal.com. “I learned a great deal from Ray, and he would be extremely pleased to know that his memorial award will help to reduce the number of abnormal situations in the process industries. He’d be pleased.”
“We are honored to be the recipients of the Raymond D. Molloy award,” said Habibi. “Writing this book was tremendously rewarding, especially with the support we received from several brilliant individuals at PAS.”
PAS was honored at the 2012 Automation Week Conference in Orlando, Florida on September 25, 2012.
PAS specializes in human reliability software solutions for the power and process plants worldwide to enhance plant safety, compliance and profitability by providing essential information within context to allow the plant operator maximum situation awareness and reduce plant vulnerabilities. PAS’ comprehensive portfolio includes alarm management, automation configuration management, control loop performance optimization, and high-performance human machine interfaces. PAS solutions are installed in over 1000 industrial plants worldwide. For more information, visit www.pas.com.