exida purchases AIM

Process safety consulting and certification company exida.com, LLC has purchased safety lifecycle tools supplier, Asset Integrity Management (AIM) of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
By Plant Engineering Staff March 15, 2008

Process safety consulting and certification company exida.com, LLC has purchased safety lifecycle tools supplier, Asset Integrity Management (AIM) of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.

“AIM and exida have been working under a mutually beneficial licensing agreement for quite some time,” said Dr. William Goble, exida’s principal partner. “We each came to the realization that in order to deliver end users a more tightly integrated software solution, one that is designed to encompass the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 safety standards life-cycle model, we needed to become one company.”

The feasibility of using software tools that assist users in consistently, efficiently and cost effectively applying the various phases of the IEC safety standards life-cycle model has been thoroughly reviewed and discussed among users, consultants and suppliers for several years. However, most commercially available safety system software tools available today have been developed to assist with only a portion of the safety life-cycle model. Though these tools generally will support import/export capabilities, the differing database toxicology of each application frequently results in significant pre-import data manipulation as data-sets are passed from application to application.

“Once we have completed the integration of SILSuite and exSILentia we have already begun formulating plans for additional modules,” Goble said. “Our goal is to produce a software suite that ensures accuracy and promotes consistency while lessening the user’s burden of conforming to IEC standards.”