Management

Reliability: Deriving high value from reliability conferences

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In August 2017, a publisher-colleague and I attended an important regional reliability conference in Galveston, Texas.

Address damage mechanism reviews in a process hazard analysis

Performing damage mechanism reviews (DMRs) to determine credible degradation modes and susceptibilities of processing equipment has become an important step in developing effective mechanical integrity plans in the refining, chemical processing and related industries.

Incorporate assurance into an operational readiness program—Part 1

Pincheo, G., Reed, W., Jacobs Consultancy

This two-part article will examine how to address common issues on large projects, and how to make an ordered, structured transition in a systematic and repeatable way.a

Construction—The cornerstone of a successful project

Rentschler, C., Engineering Consultant; Shahani, G., ShureLine Construction

Construction is essentially a cyclical business.

Safety: Process safety and risk management— An industry view

Jones, S., Petrotechnics

In 2017, Petrotechnics released its process safety and risk management (PSM) survey.

Machinery: Soft skills and habits that all machinery professionals must develop—Part 2

Perez, R. X., Consultant

In Part 1 of this column (Hydrocarbon Processing, September), I began discussing useful techniques that fall into the general category referred to as “soft skills.”

Reliability: Could a company be its own worst enemy?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In a recent conversation with a “pump veteran,” we explored his 33 yr of experience with pump original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from 1984–1997 and with a widely known non-OEM (1997–2017).

Process safety incidents involving simultaneous operations

Baybutt, P., Primatech, Inc.

Some process safety incidents occur as the result of simultaneous or sequential occurrences of operations or activities that interfere or clash with each other.

Demystify hazardous area classification and compliance assessments

Johnston, J. E., Eccleston, C. A., Bath Process Safety Management

As safety becomes increasingly paramount at hydrocarbon processing facilities, so too does the importance of addressing and clarifying the confusion associated with hazardous area classification (HAC) assessments and compliance auditing in Class 1 locations.

Operators increasingly reliant on connected services companies

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The first week of October 2017 was quite a busy time for the Hydrocarbon Processing editorial team as we covered events across the US. At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit, we produced the show dailies, a 16-to-20-page print publication for three days.