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Safety Integrity Level (Sil) Definition And Brief Explanation

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 29 March 2015 - - - - - - · 1,360 views

Dear All,

Most young process engineers have heard the term SIL but not got involved in what SIL is all about. In fact, there is a misconception among many younger process engineers that SIL is solely related to the advanced "Control & Automation" part of a process plant and process engineers need not get involved in a detailed SIL study or SIL review...


Don't Be An Engineer At The Expense Of Common Sense

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 04 January 2015 - * * * * * · 2,105 views
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Don't Be An Engineer At The Expense Of Common Sense Dear All,

Happy New Year to all of you and I start off with a blog entry which you may find quite interesting.

Being an engineer is justifiably a matter of pride since engineers have made an immeasurable contribution to the betterment of the world we live in.

However, as Homo sapiens, who are the considered on the top of the chain of living beings we m...


Technical Aspects Of Equipment Procurement

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 06 June 2014 - - - - - - · 2,444 views
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Dear All,
One of the readers of my blog made a suggestion about writing something related to equipment procurement. Well, I haven’t exactly acted as a procurement engineer in my career but fortunately did have the opportunity to interact with a few procurement engineers and pick up some ideas related to the methodology of equipment procurement....


Managing Technical Information Exchange With Process Equipment / Package Vendors

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 15 May 2014 - * * * * * · 2,345 views
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Dear All,
Today’s blog entry has shades of technical as well as communication skills. It is not restricted to process engineers and the guidelines provided in the subsequent paragraphs can be utilized by engineers from other disciplines such as Projects, Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation etc. in how to manage their dealings with manuf...


The Flip Side Of Engineering Standards And Practices

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 07 October 2013 - * * * * * · 4,881 views
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The Flip Side Of Engineering Standards And Practices Dear All,
I like to keep myself abreast of the latest engineering standards and practices from international organizations (API / ISO) and from engineering / operating companies. The best thing about them is I don't have to overload my memory trying to remember established engineering and design practices which are generally well...


How To Write A Plant Operating Manual

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 13 July 2013 - * * * * * · 9,405 views
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How To Write A Plant Operating Manual Most Process Engineers, specially the senior process engineers are required to write a plant operating manual for a new greenfield project during their career. Mind you, this is quite different from updating an existing operating manual for a brownfield project where the scope of the project is modification and debottlenecking. Updation of an existing ope...


Safety Rules To Be Followed For A Field Visit By A Process Design Engineer

Posted by ankur2061 , in Uncategorized, Management 02 August 2012 - - - - - - · 4,114 views
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Safety Rules To Be Followed For A Field Visit By A Process Design Engineer Most new process engineers working in design consultancy are unaware of the safety rules that need to be strictly adhered when making a field visit to a chemical process unit whether it be an upstream oil and gas processing installation, a refinery or a petrochemical plant. Today's blog entry tries to expalin some basic safety rules for a site visit. I...


Inter Discipline Check - It's Definition, Description And Importance

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 19 July 2012 - * * * * * · 8,529 views
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Inter Discipline Check - It's Definition, Description And Importance I had been thinking of writing on the subject of "Inter Discipline Check", familiar to many experienced engineers working in the engineering design and consulting field by its acronym "IDC", for quite some time, and today seems to be quite appropriate.

Today's blog entry is specifically targeted for new chemical engineers joining...


Human Factors Engineering In The Chemical Process Industry

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 17 May 2012 - * * * - - · 3,469 views
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Human Factors Engineering In The Chemical Process Industry Something new and interesting came up recently while I was checking some documents. This was related to "Human Factors Engineering" (HFE) related to an upstream oil & gas engineering installation. Today's blog entry is a kind of primer on HFE in context to the chemical process industry.

Let us start with the general definition of...


Vendor Database – The Achilles Heel Of Engineering Companies

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 20 December 2011 - * * * * * · 3,939 views
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Vendor Database – The Achilles Heel Of Engineering Companies I am not delving into Greek mythology. The title is a metaphor indicating that lack of a good vendor database is a weak point of many engineering companies. Absence of a proper database is an obstacle in providing good quality engineering services as well as enabling timely completion of the engineering...


Tips For Giving A Technical Powerpoint Presentation

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 20 October 2011 - - - - - - · 3,356 views
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Providing powerpoint presentations related to a project, your company profile, or your area of expertise has become commonplace these days.

Considering the importance of presentations and having done quite a few of them I would like to share some tips on how to go ahead with powerpoint presentations. The tips start with right from preparing the...


Value Engineering – A Chemical Process Industry Perspective

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 03 August 2011 - - - - - - · 2,654 views
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Wikipedia gives the general definition of value engineering as follows:

"Value engineering (VE) is a systematic method to improve the "value" of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is...


American Petroleum Institute (Api) - A Legendary Institution

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 27 July 2011 - - - - - - · 2,228 views
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When a young chemical engineer frequently encounters the acronym API at the start of his or her career, he or she has probably a lot of questions about what on earth is this institute all about and how is it that in my day-to-day job I encounter this term multiple times. This blog entry tries to give some insight about this legendary institution which can...


Understanding Your Manager / Supervisor

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 20 July 2011 - * * * * * · 3,128 views
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Many young engineers find it difficult to get adjusted to their work environment simply because they are unable to understand their manager / supervisor. This blog entry tries to provide some personality or behavioral traits of people whom you may encounter as your manager / supervisor.

Let me start with the “argumentative or “chatty” type of people. These...


Checklists - An Important Tool In Engineering Design

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 10 July 2011 - * * * - - · 10,098 views
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Wikipedia gives the definition of a checklist as follows:

A checklist is a type of informational job aid used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention. It helps to ensure consistency and completeness in carrying out a task.

For further reading...


Engineering Consultancy - A Review Of The Overhead Expenses

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 08 March 2011 - - - - - - · 2,904 views
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An engineering consulting organization is typically a part of the service industry and the core strength of such an organization is it's manpower. But when I say manpower there is a catch in it. What kind of a manpower should an engineering consultant typically sustain and grow is the million dollar question.

Let us first discuss the haves for an...


Business Development – Questions That An Engineering Consultant / Contractors Needs To Answer

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 08 October 2010 - - - - - - · 1,770 views
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There are many engineering consultants / contractors in the field of Chemical Process industry which may further be sub-divided into Oil & Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals, Fine Chemicals, Water Resource Management etc. Most of these consultants / contractors have a Business Development (BD) cell whose job is basically get business or in other words...


Engineering Design Office – Recommended Environmental Practices

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 07 October 2010 - - - - - - · 1,609 views
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With sharp focus on conservation of energy and water, recycling of waste for long-term sustainability of our environment, we all need to play our part, even in an engineering design office. Following are some recommendations to effectively contribute in our own small way in an office environment to sustain our environment:

Paper Procurement, Printing...


Time Saving Golden Rules – An Engineering Design Perspective

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 05 October 2010 - - - - - - · 2,646 views
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Working in an engineering design consultancy for almost 15 years has given me some insight into what needs to be done to work more efficiently and save time. Following are some rules that I would recommend:

1. Collect all data beforehand before starting any calculation. For example, if you are doing a pump hydraulic calculations have the following...


Assumptions – Their Necessity And Their Pitfalls In Engineering Design

Posted by ankur2061 , in Management 03 October 2010 - - - - - - · 3,729 views

When I first started working in engineering design I came to know the real significance of the word "assume".
But can we avoid assumptions? The practical view point is that you cannot avoid assumptions during the initial phase of engineering design. Let us understand why it is necessary to assume during the initial stages of...

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