July 2012

Special Report: 90 Years of Progress in the HPI

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 next lev

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