Impact of advanced engineering and design software on the HPI
Future industry innovations may include more integration of tools and information, improved hardware/software access, and the development of new energy resources.
Anniversaries are always a good opportunity to pause and
reflect on the past and to dream about the future. Technology
advancements continue to reshape the hydrocarbon processing
industry (HPI). The nature of great technological advances
seems to be that they begin as interesting curiosities until a
key insight releases a cascade of innovation. In the case of
the HPI, the great insight was, arguably, the development of
the distillation process. In the
engineering and design discipline, it was the ability to use
computing technology to design and manipulate
three-dimensional (3D) models. Here are a few of the keen
innovation milestones that shifted project and process design
to the next level:
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