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Digital: Operational excellence index—Part 2: The digital transformation

Lehmann, S., Petrotechnics

Without a doubt, digitalization is the engine fueling the growing adoption of operational excellence (OE) in hazardous industries.

Combating normalization of deviance within your organization

Caudill, J., Contributing Writer

NASA’s 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster investigation brought the term “normalization of deviance” into the spotlight.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Amy Hebert has joined Haldor Topsoe A/S as Deputy CEO and Executive VP (EVP), Chemicals.

Viewpoint: Standards professionals are crucial to business and industry success

Morgan, K., ASTM International

Businesses throughout the oil and gas industry use technical standards—specifications, test methods and guides, among others—as part of the foundation for developing the best processes and products. For example, standards are deeply integrated into how petroleum is refined, tested, stored and transported.

People

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SIMMONS EDECO has appointed Niels Versfeld as Chief Executive Officer.

Engineering Case Histories—Case 99: Pooling knowledge and experience builds personal and team success

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

With the help of an excellent mentor, I became adept at analyzing equipment and structures at the start of my career, using analytical techniques.

Incorporate assurance into an operational readiness program—Part 1

Picheo, 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.

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).

Comparing DNBP replacement options in styrene production

The manufacturing of styrene commonly uses 2,4-dinitro-6-sec butylphenol (DNBP) as a retarder to protect against styrene polymer formation.