International Society of Automation (ISA) announces publication of Situation Management for Process Control

  • February 28, 2019
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International Society of Automation (ISA) announces publication of Situation Management for Process Control
International Society of Automation (ISA) announces publication of Situation Management for Process Control

February 28, 2019 – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the publication of Situation Management for Process Control, a book that is intended to unify industry understanding of how to deliver real value to control room operations. Written by Douglas H. Rothenberg, Ph.D.,—an expert in alarm management and operator support technology—the book explores control room management as a discipline, focusing on the applicable tools, technology, and methodologies that foster safer, more effective control room functioning and improved industrial production.

Situation management is the sum total of the real-time decisions and actions that the operator makes that determine whether or not the enterprise operates safely and productively. These include accurately and appropriately assessing the current operating environment, transforming that assessment into needed action for proper management of abnormal situations, and validating the effectiveness of the action.

“Properly understood and executed, it is a game changer in safe and effective operation of industrial plants and operations,” states Rothenberg. “It advances a firm technical framework that ties together all of the traditional individual aspects (e.g., procedures, the human machine interface, control room design, and more) into a technology to understand and design effective control room management operations. This is a unified approach with explicit tools to deliver situation management to control room operators. The tools to see problems are followed by the tools to manage them.”

New contributions, Rothenberg points out, are the concepts and technology of weak signals and their use to supplement the alarm system and cover situations that alarms are not intended or able to manage.

“Weak signals are small indicators of things that don’t appear quite right,” he explains. “They can be discovered everywhere; understanding and exploiting them will lead to valuable clues and the ability to confirm something likely going amiss.”

Rothenberg emphasizes the importance and relevance of the book to managers, supervisors, operators, human factors engineers, safety personnel, and technicians in industrial enterprises and operation centers as well as to regulators, specialists, engineers, system designers, and trainers at commercial firms (controls equipment manufacturers, A&E firms, systems integrators) who provide monitoring and controls hardware, software and technology for end users.

To purchase a copy of Situation Management for Process Control, click here.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world. 

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute

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