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exida Academy

exida Academy has been developed to provide comprehensive Functional Process Safety, ICS Cybersecurity, and Alarm Management training for end user industry professionals, as well original equipment manufacturers. Our courses are available on a variety of platforms, from single day public courses to week long custom, onsite training workshops. Offering courses at the Beginner, Practitioner, and Expert levels, our goal is to share our evolving knowledge and skills with our students with the intention that they will use this knowledge to cost effectively design, build, operate, and maintain optimally safe and secure automation systems as applicable to their functional responsibility. exida Academy was built from the core foundation of exida’s vision for excellence in dependable automation.

The exida Academy Global Course Schedule can be viewed here

Our Course Catalog can be found below, and is categorized by the following:

  • Alarm Management
  • Automotive
  • Cybersecurity
  • Safety

Alarm Management Courses:

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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With the release of the ISA-18.2 standard “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries,” and increased attention from major incidents, companies are being driven by regulators (OSHA) and insurance companies to adopt “good engineering practices” for alarm management. The purpose of this training seminar is to educate key personnel about alarm management practices and principles and show them how their roles & responsibilities could be affected by complying with ISA-18.2.

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Automotive Courses:

This course features: a Functional Safety Overview, Functional Safety Management, Automotive Safety Lifecycle, Item Definition and Boundary Analysis, Safety Lifecycle Tailoring and Development Safety Plan, and much more.

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Cybersecurity Courses:

This course provides an introduction to industrial control system (ICS) cyber security and a practical 7 step process for managers and engineers involved in operating, maintaining and integrating ICS/SCADA systems. We have simplified the material from numerous standards and best practice documents, such as ANSI/ISA 99 and NERC CIP, and coupled it with our experience in assessing the security of dozens of industrial control systems to bring you this easy to follow process. Attending this course won’t make you an expert, but it will get your started and on the right path in far less time than it would if you were to start diving in on your own.

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Ethernet has become the predominant technology as the fieldbus for modern process and control networks. While this technology brings many advantages, it also brings with it many disadvantages. Among them is that Ethernet is a mostly unfamiliar technology for many Process and Control technicians and engineers. This 2-day course expands on the Introduction to Industrial Networking course and the knowledge to dive much deeper into Ethernet Technology. We will cover advanced topics such as VPN, NAT, Redundancy, etc. We will also discuss many more protocols, how they operate, and how they may affect a process and control network. Exercises are included to reinforce knowledge.

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A three-hour course on Industrial Control System Cybersecurity presented at the executive or manager level. With cybersecurity a leading topic among critical infrastructure industries, it is essential for management to go beyond the hype and news reports and understand the real risks and approaches to deal with them. This course is an introduction to the critical issues, a discussion of the risks and key actions to move your organization to create more secure facilities.

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This course was designed to show how a cybersecurity program needs to be a continuously evolving and constantly sustained project. Participants in this course will progress through the major phases of the Cybersecurity Lifecycle: Assessment, Implementation, and Maintenance - identifying the necessary inputs and processes to achieve the required outputs for each phase. It is strongly recommended that the student has basic networking knowledge or completes Introduction to Industrial Networking prior to attending this course.

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Ethernet has become the predominant technology as the fieldbus for modern process and control networks. While this technology brings many advantages, it also brings with it many disadvantages. Among them is that Ethernet is mostly a unfamiliar technology for many Process and Control technicians and engineers. This 1-day course covers the basics of Ethernet Industrial Control Networks found in most process and control environments. We will cover foundation knowledge of Ethernet networks, communications, discuss different network devices and their functions and use, discuss and review a sampling of Industrial protocols. Labs are included to reinforce the knowledge.

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The objective of this course is to train R&D teams, through a combination of lecture and workshop, on how to properly and effectively integrate software security assurance practices and techniques into their existing software development lifecycle.

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Safety Courses:

This course provides an overview on how to implement a performance based Burner Management System (BMS) and move away from the constraints of a prescription based standard for safety function design, especially when waste fuels are introduced into boilers or process heaters. The IEC 61511 standard is the functional safety standard specific to the Process Industry sector. This standard introduces a safety lifecycle concept which is a structured engineering process to ensure functional safety is achieved in a plant. The standard also focuses on evaluation of process risk and required risk reduction, if necessary. The safety lifecycle approach to BMS will address any deficiencies in design, testing, documentation, maintenance or modification requirements.

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Control Hazard and Operability Study (CHAZOP) is a procedure for carrying the safety and reliability analysis of existing or planned Control and Computer systems.The techniques are in many ways similar to, and have been adopted from the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) procedure that is widely used and are very successful for process plants. This CHAZOP training is intended to familiarize the participants with the various methodologies associated with CHAZOP and to enable the participants to facilitate and/or participate meaningfully in CHAZOP sessions.

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The course sequence of Functional Safety Engineering I & II is designed as a broad review in preparation for the Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and Certified Functional Safety Professional (CFSP) process industry application engineering exams. Days 1 & 2 will provide an overview of process industry safety engineering from the point of view of the Risk Analyst and Process Safety Coordinator. The first half of the safety lifecycle will be explained, as well as reviewing analysis, requirements creation and management, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) determination, Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), and consequence analysis. Days 3 & 4 will provide an overview of process industry safety engineering from the point of view of the Control System Designers and Integrators. The second half of the safety lifecycle will be explained, as well as reviewing reliability engineering concepts, architectural design, SIL verification calculations, Proof test planning, detail design, and maintenance data collection.

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The full power of the HAZOP technique, now universally accepted as a vital tool for process risk analysis, can only be realized with skilful leaders and trained participants. This training, led by one of exida’s seasoned and highly regarded HAZOP facilitators, guides you through the preparation, execution and follow-up to make HAZOP successful and efficient. Through copious hands-on exercises and case studies, our coach will guide you through the most common HAZOP methodologies including the enhanced HAZOP/LOPA method, show the pitfalls to avoid, and demonstrate how a good HAZOP acts as a springboard for other safety lifecycle activities. Practical examples will be illustrated using PHAx™, a component of exida’s acclaimed exSILentia® software suite.

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The IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical/electronic and programmable electronic systems explains the concepts of safety integrity levels, the safety lifecycle and many detail requirements needed to ensure functional safety. The standard is comprehensively reviewed and explained. Documentation requirements, project implications, and maintenance/operational implications are explained. Checklists and other implementation tools are presented.

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The IEC 61508 standard for functional safety includes significant requirements related to software development. This course provides an in-depth explanation of what must be done to develop IEC 61508 compliant software. An overview of the standard is presented from a software developer’s point of view. The safety lifecycle as it relates to software is also explained. Details are given on each phase of the lifecycle along with practical advice as to the best way to meet the requirements from each phase. The requirements for software diagnostics are explained and techniques implementing such diagnostics are revealed.

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The IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical /electronic and programmable electronic systems, explains the concepts of safety integrity levels, the safety lifecycle, and many detail requirements needed to ensure functional safety. The standard is comprehensively reviewed, and documentation requirements, project implica¬tions, and maintenance/operational implications are explained. Also, checklists and other implementation tools are presented.

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With this course you will understand the scope and general requirements of IEC 61508 and how efficient functional safety management works. You will also receive an introduction to the safety lifecycle defined by the IEC 61508 and get familiar with safety parameters, concepts and verification techniques,

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Safety of machinery - Functional Safety of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems. This standard was first published in 2005. It is particularly relevant to professionals who are responsible for validating the safety of machines that use complex systems such as PLC’s for safety duties. New standards such as this are continually being developed, placing unfamiliar requirements on the task of assuring machine safety, especially when more complex equipment such as PLC’s are used. This environment requires effective competency training of individuals who are responsible for specifying, designing, or otherwise applying technology to safety applications. Because safety systems are so critical, recognized and accepted standards should be applied to their design to ensure the safety of your staff and financial health of your organization.

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The IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical/electronic and programmable electronic systems explains the concepts of safety integrity levels, the safety lifecycle, and many detail requirements needed to ensure functional safety. Though the standard is typically referred to as the manufacturers standard, end-users in the process industry are likely to run into IEC 61508 references, e.g. regarding certification of equipment.

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The IEC 61511 standard is the functional safety standard, specific to the Process Industry sector. The standard introduces a safety lifecycle concept, a structured engineering process to ensure functional safety is achieved in a plant. The standard also focuses on probabilistic evaluation of process risk and required risk reduction, if necessary. This training will provide an introduction to the IEC 61511 functional safety standard. The functional safety lifecycle will be discussed from a “big picture” perspective, with subsequently additional detail in the main phases of the lifecycle, Analysis, Realization, and Operation. The training will conclude with functional safety requirements and basic reliability concepts.

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Attendees will learn how to perform Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Selection and Verification using the advanced capabilities of exSILentia® . This will help users determine the required risk reduction for each hazard scenario and the achieved risk reduction for each identified Safety Instrumented Function (SIF). The class will also cover interfacing with Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) results, documentation of the Safety Requirements Specification (SRS), and operational aspects such as proof testing.

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