Management

Engineering Case Histories: Case 113: The benefits of an engineering education and advanced degrees

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

It has been a long time since I graduated with my engineering degrees, but I feel qualified to discuss them after many years in industry.

Editorial Comment: IRPC Process: A sincere thanks to all

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

Reliability: Thinking outside of the box

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late 1989, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District asked the author to present a three-day equipment maintenance course at one of its large effluent treatment facilities.

Risk mitigation procedure following criticality assessment and FMEA

Zou, T., T. A. Cook

In asset performance management (APM), criticality assessment and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) are powerful tools that enable the identification of opportunities to minimize asset lifecycle costs during the development of equipment strategies.

Business Trends: Attracting digital talent for petrochemicals: You need a new brand strategy

Sanches, M., Airswift

According to Deloitte, the future success of most chemical companies relies on three areas: growth and innovation, performance and cost optimization, and sustainability and the circular economy.

Executive Viewpoint: It was the best of times

Howell, A., Byfield, R., KBC, a Yokogawa Company

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”. Fortunately, this opening line from A Tale of Two Cities does not often present itself as an appropriate analogy to the oil and gas industry. Yet, here we are.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 112: Remote failure analysis consulting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

An article on “Remote training of personnel”1 is interesting and appropriate at this time of COVID-19. It outlines the difficulties in presenting remote training courses and suggests methods that can help.

Executive Viewpoint: Leading in times of uncertainty

Graham, L. J., Seeq Corp.

I recently gave a presentation at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Women in Industry event, where I spoke to more than 100 attendees on leading during uncertain times.

Reliability: Taking ownership of problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Taking ownership of issues during a critical or troubling time is just as important as assuming responsibility during times of opportunity and benefit.

Alarm management: A pillar of process safety management

Moreno, C. G., QHSE Institute

The following describes how an adequate implementation of alarm management is a fundamental part in process safety management (PSM).