One thing I noticed during the regen was that I always ended up in a better mood after I had a teaching session. Anytime someone asked me about the process, I couldn't help myself and would launch into a lecture about it.
I really do enjoy the opportunity to ...
Each regen, I alway have a moment when I remember how previous regens have felt. I felt the feeling for most of last night's shift and the first couple of hours of this shift. It is not continuous throughout the event, but there are ...
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 ...
This time next week, I will be on night shift and probably feeling pretty tired. The unit I used to look after when I worked in operations will be having a short shutdown to regenerate the catalyst and I have been invited back outside to assist.
Back in 2013, I was the lead operations engineer for a shutdown event. It was not a full unit turnaround, however it did involve replacing the unit's reactors, which had been in operation since the unit was first built nearly 50 years ago, with new ones. On top of ...
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 ...
I spent the majority of today finishing up the user interface for a simple app I am building.
I have probably spent two days in total building the UI, though the program doesn't actually do anything with the information yet.
We are in the process of designing and building a new control room at the refinery.
This will replace the building built in the 70s and the control system that has an user interface that doesn't look particularly different from the photographs of when it opened.
After posting yesterday's post, I thought further about it and though I don't need to know much more about electricity, I do know more and want to learn more.
I like learning, particularly about different subjects.
My background as a chemical engineer has given me a good understanding ...
One of my colleagues was having trouble earlier today with modifying a tag and asked me to help.
This tag had some custom code attached to it and he wanted to add another set of custom code.
Whenever he tried linking the code to the tag, he kept getting an ...
One of the kids was ill over the weekend and needed to be kept
away from nursery.
So rather than completely writing the day off, I setup my
laptop as a remote workstation in the dining room.
The child was kept entertained by the TV and the occasional
interaction from ...
In one of my previous jobs, I did not particularly get on with one of my supervisors.
This is not that surprising and to be honest, it would probably be surprising if I had gotten on with every supervisor I have encountered.
This particular supervisor was not my direct line ...
During the Process Hazard Analysis that we are currently carrying out, there have been a number of occasions when we are referencing procedures and other documents to check how we are currently managing the various hazards.
It is always a bit worrying when you see that the document in question ...
At the start of the year, I hacked together a small spreadsheet that did many things that a spreadsheet is not meant to do.
It was meant as a proof of concept however is started adding more and more to it.
I had a few goes at tidying up the ...
I have spent most of my day trying to convert some graphics for a up coming project.
We have been provided a method of manually converting the graphics but it takes around 5 minutes per graphic and we have hundreds.
So rather than simply using the manual method, I have ...
For a few months now I have been having problems with some of the programs on my work laptop.
Today I was given a 'new' laptop with a fresh install.
I said 'new' with scare quotes because I think that the laptop is the same age as the old one ...
Today's highlight was getting to meet an old acquaintance at work.
He was actually my boss for the last month that I worked at British Sugar.
I had handed my notice in about an hour before I was due to transfer into his department, so I only worked for ...
I understand that the scientific method relies on experiments and particularly
on making a prediction then testing it.
However it is extremely disappointing when you think you know what is going on,
then you make a test to prove it only to find the experiment fails and disproves
what you ...
I spent today fixing a number of hacks that I had previously made.
One was a tool I quickly built last week as a mashup of older tools.
Even as I was building it last week, I could see that there were lots of bad practices that I had used ...
Today I was reviewing an updated policy document at work.
In the document was a 'RACI matrix' detailing who was responsible, accountable, to be consulted or informed about the various steps to the process.
I had never (as far as I can recall) seen one of these matrices before but ...
One of the nice things about working in a blast resistant building is that none of the windows open.
This means that the air conditioning is able to cool the air within the room without risking some bright spark opening a window"to help keep the place cool".
I have just finished reading an article about the challenges and opportunities of remote working,
and I noticed that many of the bits of advice that the article provides to remote workers could equally be applied to those of us
that work on the same site1.
Earlier today I was attempting to make some changes to a Windows server in a secure way1.
I fully accept that my knowledge in this area is not particularly strong and so I started looking for the information online.
This was harder to do than I initially thought.
At work, I have been asked to help look into why a web based tool has been having performance issues.
I am on the team as an outside person without any direct involvement with the project so far.
The suspicion is that it is a server configuration issue however those ...
This weekend, the office where I have worked for the last 6 years is getting split in two.
Lots of engineers have been moved to new locations in other offices around the site and those of us who are remaining are getting squashed into a smaller area.
The rest of ...