A Call to Action

Over the past few decades, the Chemical and Oil & Gas industry has faced a relentless onslaught in the media, resulting in tangible consequences. The workforce is experiencing a decline in the influx of new engineers compared to the departure of seasoned professionals. This imbalance places the burden on fewer individuals with limited experience, expected…

What’s In Your Pipes?

Some time ago, a client had a heat and material balance that they wanted recreated and scaled, but the only documentation the client had in regards to process chemistry was a set of PFDs with stream tables. Based on the flow rates and compositions on the page (what was appearing and disappearing), I had to…

The Most Important PSM Element

For the past many Springs, I have taught a Process Safety class at Rice University.  I thoroughly enjoy imparting knowledge of my craft.  I am also inspired every year by the promise of the students as they march towards the end of their undergraduate careers. One of the questions I get asked a lot by…

Ask Our Expert: Justin Daarud

1. What Mechanical Integrity program improvements will deliver integrity and reliability performance? Visualization and Digital Twins:For me personally, visualization is critical to enhancing any program. Whether I am looking at a spreadsheet, an inspection report, an engineering specification sheet or U1A, visualization of a digital twin helps me visualize the equipment and its degradation locations.…

Texas….Pipes, Pipes, Freeze Baby

Alright; stop, grab a seat, and listen… It was COLD in Texas.  REALLY cold. However, with simple planning for reliability, Texans could have possibly prevented multiple pipe-freezing failures that are continuing to plague many as we thaw out from Winter Storm Uri.  Hopefully, my story and observations of our collective pipe-freezing situation will remind us…