November 2003


Add depth to technical training

Use these 15 approaches and real-world examples to refresh the knowledge base and analytical skills of engineers and plant managers

Goyal, O. P., Visiting Faculty, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology

Imagine this situation: one morning at a project site, as the project manager (PM) got out of his car he noticed a commotion in the project team. The irritants were two 48-in. lines, each 1-mi long and cement-lined, being laid to supply seawater for process cooling to the existing refinery from a new pump house under construction. The manufacturing manager's reaction was, "I don't understand the rationale for the expansion bends on these lines every few hundred feet. The existing lines don't have them. For the past 40 years, we have never had any problem." The engineering design team's response was, "It's the latest computer software that we used. So, don't blame us." After hearing the a

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