http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com Hydrocarbon Processing Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/trends-resources/business-trends-one-downstream-strategic-imperatives-for-the-evolving-refining-and-chemical-sectors Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand. Industry Perspectives: <i>Hydrocarbon Processing</i> honored with industry award nominations https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/trends-resources/industry-perspectives-ihydrocarbon-processingi-honored-with-industry-award-nominations In early September, Hydrocarbon Processing staff learned that the publication was nominated for several publishing awards by Folio magazine. Cybersecurity: Crucial defenses for critical infrastructures https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/columns/cybersecurity-crucial-defenses-for-critical-infrastructures A colleague of mine once suggested to a chemical plant operator that it was a good idea to apply patches to Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers as soon as they become available every month—after all, a lot of them fix security vulnerabilities. Associations: Integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems: Does it really matter? https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/columns/associations-integrated-vs-non-integrated-safety-systems-does-it-really-matter ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world. Engineering Case Histories: Case 108—Failure analysis computations differ from design https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/columns/engineering-case-histories-case-108-failure-analysis-computations-differ-from-design When equipment fails, it indicates weak points and usually exposes the cause(s) of the failure. Reliability: Viewing issues out of context may be a waste of time https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/columns/reliability-viewing-issues-out-of-context-may-be-a-waste-of-time An alternative to the above title would be “Test your rotating equipment engineers’ IQ.” Securing industrial systems in a digital world https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/cybersecurity/securing-industrial-systems-in-a-digital-world The development of industrial control systems (ICS) over the past two decades has changed the face of many industries. Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/special-focus-plant-safety-and-environment/looking-back-at-the-phillips-66-explosion-in-pasadena-texas-30-years-later October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas. Industry Perspectives—Two events: One to honor, one to learn https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/september-2019/trends-resources/industry-perspectives-two-events-one-to-honor-one-to-learn In this issue, the finalists for Hydrocarbon Processing’s third annual HP Awards are detailed. Digital Refinery: Change project execution with virtual and augmented reality https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/september-2019/columns/digital-refinery-change-project-execution-with-virtual-and-augmented-reality It is an exciting time to be a contractor in the energy industry.