October 2017

Maintenance and Reliability

Minimize engineering errors with competency and proper engineering review

Industry has seen numerous engineering errors during the commissioning phase of projects.

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Inc.

Industry has seen numerous engineering errors during the commissioning phase of projects. Errors that slip through reviews could lead to costly equipment failures. How do these errors creep in? Are organizations learning from incidents and capturing those learnings in their standards? How many times has corporate memory failed us? Some interesting examples of errors that will provide a taste of the broad and diverse range of potential errors are discussed here. Standards and specifications can address repeatable errors, but competency and the right level of engineering review are required to minimize random errors. Reliability vs. low initial cost A set of spherical pressure vessels for bu

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