Where did it all go? – part 1

You’re overseeing the high profile, large capital project that gets installed during the plant’s upcoming outage. At the very same time, you’ve been busting your tail over the last nine months working umpteen hours a week planning this outage while also pushing production levels to build inventory. On the first day of the outage, the

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Skids – Plug and Play (part 1)

Plug & Play – Skidding your way to plant updates Updating a plant process or installing a replacement tank can be complex, expensive and horribly inconvenient. That’s why, regardless of the overwhelmingly obvious need, many plant managers delay or avoid the upgrades they’d otherwise love to have. But what if the updating didn’t have to

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Like and Kind

You have a seventeen-year-old reactor vessel that’s getting more than a little worn. You don’t want to change the process, just switch out the vessel for a new one. This should be and could be a simple process. But there are some serious potholes along the way that a little knowledge and planning can help

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Let’s Talk Information Systems

Information Systems is what MAI Engineering considers to be a “behind the scenes” business expense. This does not show up on an invoice as a line item charged to the Client. However; with that being said it is often factored into an estimate to the tune of saving the client money. As examples, MAI Engineering

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The Steps of a Project Manager

Recommendations for being an effective Project Manager are as follows: A good PM starts by understanding the Client’s provided scope of work. The PM assigns and coordinates the design disciplines. This process begins by taking the client’s scope of work and distributing said work to each discipline as needed to establish the required man-hours for project execution. Also,

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Don’t Get Spooked with PSM Requirements!

Relief valve studies (RVS’), a principle part of good manufacturing practices (GMPs), are a means to ensure that your process is properly protected. These studies also can serve as proof that Process Safety Requirements (PSM) requirements are being met. RVS’ and their resulting data should be considered living documents which require diligent care. RVS’ generally

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