Paperwork is pointless if you don't do the rest of the work.
This is a general rule that applies in most cases, but what got my thinking about it today was in relation to safety paperwork such as risk assessments and method statements.
Earlier this week, a company was ...
In my final post on the Merrimack Valley Explosions1
, I want to cover the recommendations that were issued in the Safety Recommendation Report. The report makes five urgent recommendations, one to the state of Massachusetts and four to NiSource, Inc., the parent company of the operating company in charge ...
In today's post about the Merrimack Valley Explosions, I want to discuss the mitigating factors and layers of protection, or rather apparent lack of then in this case.
Again I will clearly state, I don't have all the facts and am not in anyway involved. I only have ...
I mentioned in yesterday's post about a series of gas explosions that occured while I was visiting family in the USA last year. In this post I will cover how this event that 'looked like armageddon' according to a fire chief.
As with most utilities, the gas network consists ...
While I was in America last year, I saw news reports of an accident in Massachusetts where a local residential gas network was overpressured.
This lead to lots of explosions and fires over three different towns.
The local emergency services received over a hundred 911 emergency calls within a short ...
Today I implemented a fix that will hopefully avoid a repeat of an incident that happend last week. It is the sort of problem that I enjoy to work on. Why isn't this doing what we would expect? And more importantly how do I get it to do what ...
Someone has been in contact with me regarding the name of my series of talks: Disastrous Dinners. They have suggested that it may be insensitive and asked if another name might be more suitable. I understand the concern and I had discussed it with a few fellow iChemE members prior ...
Firstly, apologies for the last minute planning here. The first
Disastrous Dinners Event will be on the 15th of January (a week on
Tuesday). The reason for trying to get it organised in such a short
period of time is to consider with the 100 year anniversary of the
Since the survey has been shared with IChemE members, there have been a over 70 responses, the vast majority of which have been very supportive.
There seems to be a great deal of interest for such an event, mixing both a technical aspect and social setting.
It was also ...
Within our plant, we use the PI as our main plant historian.
We can access process history using PI datalink to import the data into excel.
There was a situation last week where I was attempting to create a dashboard view
of the process.
At last week's party, one of the discussions lead to the power demand of your typical petrol station1.
What would the power requirement of a typical station be, if the energy from the fuel were supplied by electricity?
This is assuming you have some form of local storage ...
Today we had a school pupil shadowing our team, trying to work out what
a carrier in chemical engineering would be like.
Earlier in the week she spent time with developement and optimisation engineers
but today it was the turn of the automation team to explain what control
engineers do ...
Over the last few weeks, I have been commissioning a couple of new Advance Process Control (APC) schemes within the refinery and it occurs to me that this is very similar to looking after a toddler in the house.
This Presentation was delivered on behalf of the IChemE Scottish Members Group
on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at Ineos Grangemouth. I have attached a copy of the
slides however they are not very descriptive on their own.
This post is a summary of what ...
I am just back in the door from this year's
Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) AGM which was held in Edinburgh.
This post is to document a couple of quick thoughts that I had as I left the
A significant proportion of the incoming president's ...
I was recently asked by a current student at Edinburgh University
about my insight with finding a graduate job and the employment
prospects someone in their final year would have. Below is my
To be honest, I got very lucky with my graduate job, I didn't apply for ...
Just watched The Constant Gardner. It was a little heavier than what I needed to watch at this time of night but then it was my own fault; I knew what type of film it was anyway. The film was about pharmaceutical companies that were testing drugs in Africa (and ...