4 Common Commissioning Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by Steve Cochran on October 2, 2012 @ 8:39 am

Commissioning is usually that undefined time between construction and plant start up. If commissioning doesn't go smoothly, you can count on start-up not going smoothly. I have commissioned dozens of plants over the past 27 years and have seen firsthand the difference between a good plan and a bad one. If you avoid these following mistakes I've witnessed over and over again, your efforts will be more trouble free with fewer self-induced headaches. Mistake  1: Why do I need a plan? Let’s just go out there and start checking stuff out as soon as construction la... Continue Reading

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Change Management: The People Aspect of a Project

Posted by John Clemons on September 26, 2012 @ 7:30 am

I was talking to several people recently and I mentioned the importance of change management to them and they didn’t know what I was talking about.  It seems that most people still haven’t heard about change management, or behavioral change management as some call it. And even the people who have heard about don’t really know much about it or why it’s important.  Maybe it’s one of those things that people talk about but never do.  Anyway, I thought I spend just a little bit of time talking about change management and explaining a bit about what it is and why it’s so important. So, if you do projects in the engineering space or in the IT space like with ... Continue Reading

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A Construction Manager Weighs in on Engineering Design

Posted by Robert Fayard on September 25, 2012 @ 8:56 am

First of all, let me say the design engineer is the heartbeat of a project. He or she spends many hours at the customer’s site in rack room panels, field panels, on top of columns, on furnaces, turbines, reactors, hot, cold, etc. Communication with the design team is one of the keys to a successful project, and I do appreciate a good set of drawings! All projects have lessons in them, if we’re open to recognizing them and willing to learn. If I or my colleagues learned something from a project, then we need to pass this information on to keep the same mistakes from ha... Continue Reading

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Are You Solving The Wrong Problem?

Posted by Bruce Brandt on September 19, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

“We need quatre binaries on this loop.” At this point, I’d heard this statement on what seemed like every loop we were discussing. I was in a meeting in Paris to define the DCS requirements of a paper machine project with the engineering company. “Pour quoi?” I asked. Okay, I don’t really speak French, but I’d picked up a couple of things since arriving in France, and every time the engineer said that he had to have four discrete outputs associated with a control loop, it meant that I had to use a more expensive piece of hardware. So I finally asked the right question, “Why?” The answer stunned me. The only DCS he knew required the user to hardwire outputs back to inputs to generate an alarm! I explained to him that our system didn’t work that way, and so we started over in defining the system. If I’d never asked why, I’d have quoted a very o... Continue Reading

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The Foundation Upon Which Batches and Recipes are Built

Posted by John Clemons on September 12, 2012 @ 8:43 am

In a recent discussion, I mentioned the S88 standard on Batch Control.  I referenced it with regards to recipes and specifically talked about the management and dissemination of recipes.  I got a lot of feedback on all that and I wanted to say how much I appreciate getting comments and questions. If you’ve looked at the S88 standard at all you know there’s a lot in there.  I mean a lot of information that is very powerful.  I can say without a doubt that a lot of people spent their blood, sweat, and tears in learning lessons over many, many years that were all incorp... Continue Reading

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