Management

Machinery: Soft skills and habits all machinery professionals must develop—Part 1

Perez, R. X., Consultant

When I ask people that work around machinery, “How do you improve reliability?” they often tell me to buy better bearings, seals, monitors or some other hardware-based improvement.

Project Management: Bridging the gap in revamp projects—From business need to design basis

Revamp projects are notorious for scope creep, cost and schedule overruns.

Upgrade the ALARP model as a holistic approach to project risk and decision management

Benintendi, R., De Mare, G., University of Salerno

The ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) model was developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive to establish and justify risk acceptability limits.

Rethinking the risk mitigation process and revitalizing operational safety

Planche, S., DuPont

For the past 2 yr, oil prices have been in free-fall. At the time of writing, the WTI price is around $50/bbl, up slightly since OPEC’s May 2017 announcement to extend its September 2016 production cut of 2.2%.

Role statements needed for reliability job functions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Experience shows that written role statements impart great value to industries that have reliability professionals on staff.

Plug the metering skills gap to ensure measurement accuracy and safety

Macgillivray, A., TUV NEL Ltd.

In all sectors of industry, the measurement of flow is of vital importance. However, in an industry that is cutting costs, what impact will a growing skills gap have on meter management and accuracy of measurement?

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dr. Béla Kelemen has been named President of the European Petroleum Refiners Association for the next 2-yr term.

Automation Strategies: Navigating automation in oil and gas—Lessons learned from other industries

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

In today’s economy, industrial automation has become absolutely essential for refiners, petrochemical producers and pipeline owners looking to maintain profitability and competitive advantage as market pressures bear down on them.

Reliability: Identify top ways to weather weak market conditions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New Jersey-based Carmagen Engineering Inc., a member of Mistras Group Inc., is a highly respected consulting engineering and project management firm comprising experienced subject matter experts (SMEs).

Business Trends: Innovative commissioning and startup technologies for industrial projects

Choi, J. O., University of Nevada; O'Connor, J. T., University of Texas; Winkler, M., Delta Air Lines

The performance of capital project facility commissioning, startup and initial operations often falls short of expectations, and the opportunity for innovative commissioning and startup technologies has yet to be discussed extensively.