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Felony Convictions for Corporate Managers Involved in Safety & Environmental Investigations

To send a very clear message to employers who fail to provide safe workplaces, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up to investigate and prosecute company managers and supervisors responsible for Health, Safety and […]

Dismissing the Reality: It Takes Investment in Human Capital

The previous blog, No Circumventing the Facts: It Takes Knowledge, Experience and Time, introduced the premise that regardless of the apparent savings, ten inexperienced personnel cannot produce the same result as an experienced engineer in one tenth the time. This blog is the second of three in which this assertion is further analyzed; this time, as it […]

No Circumventing the Facts: It Takes Knowledge, Experience and Time

There is no denying that no matter how cost effective it seems, ten (10) inexperienced personnel cannot produce the same result as an experienced engineer in one tenth the time. For cost reduction and because of the lack of continuous training and mentoring programs, the Hydrocarbon Process Industries’ (HPI) management seem to think this can […]

Multi-Billion-Dollar Projects and an Acute Labor Shortage

December 2015, OPEC announced intentions to maintain its record-level production of crude oil, heralding continued glut and low prices for 2016. Many sectors will continue to experience the negative effects; others will not. One largely unaffected sector is the U.S. petrochemical industry. Shale Oil Fuels Petrochemical Expansion In the United States, massive quantities of shale oil […]

Ignoring a Ticking Time Bomb

The nightmare has commenced: an explosion at an oil refinery. When this occurs, if it occurs, the plant is immediately catapulted into nightmarish, ignominious super stardom. Managers face intense scrutiny. Process safety and control systems are dissected. Investigators examine operating procedures and practices. Nothing can turn a refinery on its head faster than an explosion. […]

Growing Oil & Gas Industry Leads to Growing Safety Concerns

There is no denying that the oil and gas industry is booming.  States like North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming are seeing a huge surge in oil-related jobs and economy boosts.  However, with this boom the industry is seeing higher than ever injuries and deaths.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 138 deaths in the oil […]

The End of Windows XP and What it means for Automated Systems

Microsoft had been telling its users for years and the time has finally come and gone.  Windows XP is no longer a Microsoft supported product as of April 8, 2014.  It was the longest supported version of Windows ever which means it is also the most used in industrial automation systems.  Millions of systems all […]

Skills Shortage a Critical Issue in Oil & Gas Industry

Ask any executives working at U.S. energy companies what their biggest concern is for 2014 and most will tell you finding skilled workers.  The new, abundant supply of shale oil has put U.S. companies in a struggle to find skilled labor and thus putting their $100 billion in planned petroleum projects at risk. Skills Shortage […]

Open Source Platforms – The Optimal Choice for Refinery and Process Control Industries

Open Source Platforms – The Optimal Choice for Refinery and Process Control Industries It has long been debated in most industries as to which are the best operating system, an open source platform like Linux or a closed source like Microsoft.  Security, stability and reliability make Linux the operating system of choice to support any […]