October 2019

Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

The geoscience of reliability engineering: Preparing the process plant for natural disasters

Industry can no longer afford to take a casual approach to the potential impacts of natural disasters on the operational reliability and integrity of physical plants and assets.

Cole, J., Harvard University; Troyer, D. D., T.A. Cook Consultants Inc.

Industry can no longer afford to take a casual approach to the potential impacts of natural disasters on the operational reliability and integrity of physical plants and assets. The scientific community agrees: climate change is real, and those changes may be increasing both the frequency and ferocity of natural events, particularly atmospheric events capable of producing disasters. Today’s reliability engineers and physical asset managers must adapt to environmental changes and expand the scope of their risk analysis beyond the confines of the “four walls” of the plant. Most advisory notices related to preparing for and recovering from hurricanes in the petrochemical industry, for example,

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