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
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