January 2018

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Engineering Practices—CAD for plant layout: Being right by being safe

When we think of oil and gas industry hazards, we often perceive them as an enormous oil rig engulfed in flames in the middle of nowhere.

Trivedi, U. B., Hitech iSolutions LLP

When we think of oil and gas industry hazards, we often perceive them as an enormous oil rig engulfed in flames in the middle of nowhere. However, midstream and downstream processes require transportation and numerous processing avenues through pipes and ducts in a typical plant setup. Within these complex processes and operations lie significant safety concerns from potential explosions, loss of life and environment contamination. What can possibly go wrong in designing a processing plant? To answer this, we can retroactively examine the accident at the Texas City refinery on March 23, 2005, which killed 15 and injured more than 180 personnel. An investigation revealed that among the major

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