Because other PHA/LOPA software file formats are proprietary, there is no way to extract data from your PHA/LOPA studies without exporting data into word processing or spreadsheet applications and transferring the data manually into other software platforms or databases. For a single PHA/LOPA study the effort of manually transferring this data may be manageable however when you consider this effort scaled to the level required for multiple operating units or multiple sites, the improved efficiency of automating this process becomes significant. Your employees spend their time focusing on what matters, not manually transferring and maintaining process safety information in multiple locations.
Being immutable means that the data structure can not be modified. Traditionally, PHA/LOPA software applications have allowed for a user to modify the structure of PHA and LOPA data permitting additional fields to be added or for unwanted fields to be removed. Kenexis has taken a different approach with Open PHA. Rather than requiring you as the user to modify the data structure, Open PHA pairs the use of an immutable data structure with a superset of fields inclusive of any fields that you may want to track in your PHA or LOPA studies. In Open PHA, fields for the superset is simply hidden or shown as required.
By having an immutable data structure Open PHA achieves two things which are not possible with older PHA/LOPA software tools. First, by implementing an immutable data structure, any file created using Open PHA has a consistent and predictable data structure. This means that regardless of the fields which are hidden or shown in any particular file, all of the data is still present and consistently formatted. This is important because it makes data transfer between Open PHA and other software tools seamless.
#3 Multi-Lingual Support and Translation Services
Open PHA was designed for the ground up with the global engineering community in mind. Modern engineering projects often require collaboration between operating companies, contractors, and consultants around the globe. For this reason, the Open PHA graphical user interface has been translated to a growing number of languages by native speaking process safety engineers world-wide to support regions of the world where English is not a commonly spoken language.
In addition to a multi-lingual user interface, Open PHA Premium also provides translation services for entire PHA/LOPA studies at no additional cost.
#2 Integration with Kenexis Vertigo SIS Lifecycle Management
Let’s face it, today no Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) is complete without a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA). Subsequently, no LOPA is complete without identifying a requirement for at least a few Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs), even for revalidation studies. This means that every PHA study ultimately results in the need to create, update, or revalidate the Safety Instrumented System (SIS) documentation associated with the process under study. Without the integration provided by Open PHA Premium and the Kenexis Integrated Safety Suite this process is manual, time-consuming, and error prone.