ALM 241 – Alarm Rationalization with SILAlarm

Course Information


Attendees will learn how to conduct alarm rationalization of greenfield (new) or brownfield (existing) applications in order to optimize performance of their alarm systems. The class immerses participants in discussion and hands on exercises which have been designed to demonstrate the best practices and requirements for rationalization as taken from the ISA-18.2 alarm management standard and EEMUA 191 guideline.

The class focuses on how rationalization can lead to improved operator performance by eliminating / preventing common alarm problems such as nuisance / chattering / stale alarms, incorrect priority, alarm overload, and alarm floods. It also includes a discussion on tips and tricks for creating an alarm philosophy document, such as how to effectively define the “rules” for rationalization. Exercises will use exida’s SILalarm™ rationalization tool.


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Course Duration

2 days


Target Audience

  • Process safety engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Control engineers
  • Alarm rationalization facilitators


What You Will Learn

  • Rationalization guidelines that should be defined in an alarm philosophy
  • Information that is needed to create a Master Alarm Database
  • Transferring alarm configuration settings to / from a control system
  • Criteria for determining when an alarm is valid and necessary
  • Prioritizing alarms based on potential consequences and time to respond
  • Alarm classification: how to do it and what to use the results for establishing alarm limits and evaluating operator response time
  • Creating operator alarm response procedures from the results of rationalization
  • Applying deadband and on / off delay to eliminate chattering alarms
  • Configuring alarm shelving to allow operators to temporarily suppress alarms
  • Use of state-based (static) suppression, alarm flood (dynamic) suppression, and state-based alarming to ensure alarms are relevant and meaningful when presented to the operator
  • Techniques for treating system / instrument diagnostic alarms (e.g. PV BAD alarms) and alerts
  • Benchmarking alarm system performance to identify rationalization goals / targets
  • Implementing management of change (MOC) for the Master Alarm Database
  • Techniques for managing / ensuring a successful rationalization project


Tailored to Your Control System

This class is available as generic and tailored to your control system. Learn the specifics about performing alarm rationalization and implementing results within the following systems:

  • Emerson DeltaV
  • Honeywell Experion
  • Rockwell PlantPAx
  • Siemens PCS 7

 Course Topics

  • Alarm Management Overview
  • Common Alarm Management Issues
  • Alarm Philosophy Development
  • Getting Started
  • The Alarm Rationalization Process
  • Rationalizing Alarms Using SILAlarm
  • Advanced Alarming
  • Working with the Results of Rationalization
  • Management of Change
  • Conducting a Successful Rationalization
  • Course Review


What Participants will get

  • Course Manual with class exercises and solutions
  • Resources such as whitepapers
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Two weeks of exida SILAlarm software trial license 

Course Fees

Exclusive rates available for early bird and group signups! Contact us for more details!

Course Schedule


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