ICT to have a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for Process Safety Science and Engineering.

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai and Norwegian Safety and Risk management major Gexcon, have signed a MOU to set up ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Process Safety Science and Engineering. The ‘Centre for Excellence’ will implement an intensive co-operation on education and research collaboration in the field.

India is poised to be a leading economy with a flourishing chemical industry in the coming years. The chemical accident data shows that dangerous chemical accidents increases with GDP. In order to prevent accidents and increase safety measures with increasing activity in the chemical industry, it is necessary to design safe chemical processes and effective mitigation systems. Norwegian Universities, industries and research organizations have developed this competence over the past 35 years. The Government of Norway has helped many countries in transferring this technology and knowledge and is keen to do so for India too.

Gexcon Norway will offer following support to develop Centre for Process Safety & Risk Management at ICT Mumbai as follows:

• Process Safety and Risk Management education, and sponsored research in Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Steel, industries.
• Provide training and skill to the professionals involved in process safety training with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Virtual Reality (AVR)
• Provide training to faculty members in chemical engineering, material science, computer science and engineering, and Environmental Engineering who are working in areas, Modelling, Air Dispersion, Safety, Fire and Explosion and Dust Explosion and Virtual Reality VR/Augmented Virtual Reality AVR
• Faculty and students exchange programs.
• Advanced laboratories, actual test facilities and sophisticated VR and AVR laboratories of Norway for further Research and development
• Support on specific needs of Small and medium industries.
• Training to develop expertise in forensic audits of accidents
• Assistance in upgradation of Indian Standards with international standards for toxic/ flammable releases;

Gexcon, Norway has a collaboration with Sheffield University, which has a Master’s Program in Process Safety and Risk Management, recognised internationally as the best program. Through this Sheffield University provides students their advanced laboratories, actual test sites for validations of FLACS softwares and also VR and AVR tools.

The specific aims of the master’s course in Process Safety and Loss Prevention are to:
The specific aims of the master’s course in Process Safety and Loss Prevention are to:

– Provide students with an education through firm understanding and practical knowledge in Process Safety and Loss Prevention;
– Provide students with methods of identification of hazards in process industries;
– Develop student skills in quantifying levels of safety and risk;
– Enable students to determine acceptability criteria;
– Develop student skills in risk reduction strategies..

Module units chosen by the students are;

COMPULSORY MODULES
– Process Safety Management and Loss Prevention, FLACS
– Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment
– Hazards in Process Plant Design and Operation
– Dissertation
– VR and AVR

OPTIONAL MODULES

– Safety in Nuclear Operations
– Process Safety in the Chemical Industry
– Major Hazards and Emergency Planning
– Applied Hazard and Operability Studies
– Process Plant Reliability and Maintainability
– Human Behaviour and Human Error
– Instrumented Systems & Functional Safety
– Process Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
– Process Safety in the Pharmaceutical, Food and Consumer Products Industries

Safety engineers and fire fighters will be trained virtually using digital technology. FLACS simulations will be created in the virtual training programs using digital technology to create real time scenarios. The massive amount of information generated artificially during simulated emergencies, will be processed digitally so that trainees can make sense of it and command right decisions at those critical moments. VR and AVR are empowering a quantum shift in the capabilities of process safety engineers to not only act on their own but to take part in the collaborative action.