Project Management

Business Trends: Innovative commissioning and startup technologies for industrial projects

Choi, J. O., University of Nevada; O'Connor, J. T., University of Texas; Winkler, M., Delta Air Lines

The performance of capital project facility commissioning, startup and initial operations often falls short of expectations, and the opportunity for innovative commissioning and startup technologies has yet to be discussed extensively.

View/Alt-View: Giving voice to alternative views

Campos, J., Opportune LLP; Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Our publication often features a Viewpoint column, an executive-level short opinion piece that usually focuses on the author’s sector of the hydrocarbon processing industry. This month, we are featuring two columns back-to-back, presenting alternative views on a single topic. We use the word “alternative” deliberately—rather than “opposing”—as we wish to highlight views that present legitimately different perspectives.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 97—Beware of confirmation bias in industry

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

The term confirmation bias recently came up in a book I was reading,1 and it was then that I realized how relevant it was to engineering.

Modified revamp process to reduce energy use in an SDA unit

Kumar, S., Nanoti, S. M., Garg, M. O., CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum; Amutha, R., Nandagopalu, N. V. N., Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Solvent deasphalting (SDA) is emerging as a low-cost, bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading process to recover valuable oil from short residue. This oil can either be further processed to make lube-oil-based stocks or cracked in secondary processing units.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 96: Career paths—technical and management

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.

Automation Strategies: Adopting the IIoT: How the industry needs to rethink IT and OT relationships

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

For the connected enterprise, what was once just a futuristic ideal is now becoming a reality. Step by step, organizations are beginning to put together the pieces of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Business Trends: Human reliability—a disruptive innovation

Snider, B., Small Hammer Inc.

Annual bottom-line losses due to equipment failures total more than $100 MM at major refineries and petrochemical complexes. Corporate executives charge plant personnel with improving the reliability of the facility.

Business Trends: Standardized modularization—Drivers, challenges and perspectives in the oil and gas industry

Eftimie, C., RTS Ltd.

Modularization is an alternative way of performing engineering aimed to reduce the number of interfaces, the total installed cost (TIC) and overall schedule length of a project, while optimizing the return on investment (ROI) and allowing standardization for similar future projects.

Viewpoint: Operational excellence—The path to world-class performance

Murray, P., Petrotechnics

Why is operational excellence (OE) increasingly being recognized as the path to world-class performance?

Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.