July 2020

Trends and Resources


Bentley Systems Inc. has opened its ProjectWise 365 cloud service,

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Bentley Systems  opens full access to ProjectWise 365

Bentley Systems Inc. has opened its ProjectWise 365 cloud service, including waiving subscription fees through September 30, 2020, to virtually connect infrastructure project participants forced to work from home.

ProjectWise 365 (FIG. 1) security enables teams to ensure that only authorized project participants can access and modify engineering and design projects information. ProjectWise 365 data security begins with the Microsoft Azure cloud that provides multi-layered security across physical datacenters, infrastructure and operations with cybersecurity experts actively monitoring to protect business assets and data. Secure access to the ProjectWise 365 environment is authenticated with Identity Management System (IMS) login that can integrate with organizational IT credentials for a single sign-on experience for users. Within the ProjectWise 365 environment, access to projects is managed by a list of authorized named-users. Permissions to access services as well as read and modify project data is managed by assigning users to configurable project roles. ProjectWise 365 multilayer security combines robust data security and access controls with the ability to collaborate from anywhere using just an internet connection and web browser.

FIG. 1. Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise 365 cloud service.

To improve collaboration among design teams from different locations, the program enables instant communication/chatting between team members during design reviews utilizing:

  • Secure web browser-based access—All ProjectWise 365 services are instant-on and accessible with just an internet connection and browser, without special software or time-consuming VPN connectivity problems.
  • Central project information repository—ProjectWise 365 enables a single source of truth for users to share, find and access design project information, saving time and eliminating the risks associated with email and stand-alone file-sharing services.
  • Collaborative ad-hoc design review—ProjectWise 365 includes iTwin Design Review, a unique and immersive hybrid 2D/3D collaborative review service that enables design disciplines to quickly initiate real-time reviews of work-in-progress design models, using integrated comments and markup capabilities to facilitate communication.
  • Collaborative 2D deliverables review—ProjectWise 365 provides real-time collaborative PDF review and markup that enables multidiscipline teams to perform virtual reviews of drawing deliverables with integrated comments and annotations, as well as issue logging and management.
  • RFIs, transmittals and submittals management—ProjectWise 365 enables teams to create, track and manage formal and informal project communications to accelerate important exchanges, resolve issues faster and shorten review and approval cycles.
  • Microsoft Teams integration—ProjectWise 365 services can also be accessed from the Microsoft Teams interface to provide an unmatched virtual collaboration environment that consolidates the engineering design-specific services of ProjectWise 365 with the instant messaging, video conferencing and meeting capabilities of Teams.
  • Issues management—ProjectWise 365 design review services include the capability to create and assign issues and then manage them to resolution. Issues are linked to the underlying design content for traceability and easy follow up. The combined issues management capabilities ensure that required design updates are identified and executed in timely fashion.
  • Audit Trails—ProjectWise 365 displays the most up-to-date version of design files and provides full audit trails that enable users to review change histories by folder and file.

For clients and contractors, the system will reduce risks by providing faster and higher-quality collaboration, reducing delays and design errors, and enabling project teams to consistently deliver on time and on budget. ProjectWise 365 enables organizations and project teams to readily adapt to future stay-at-home workforce challenges and keep projects on plan. It avoids the use of out-of-date information and ensures that concurrent design efforts always stay in sync. By making it simple and painless for teams to collaborate, ProjectWise 365 encourages more frequent coordination and reviews, enabling defects to be identified early and resolved quickly.

New gas treating technology to lower sulfur, CO2 emissions

BASF SE and ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC (FIG. 2) have released a highly energy-efficient amine gas treatment technology: OASE® sulfexx™. The technology is based on a proprietary amine-based solvent that selectively removes hydrogen sulfide (H2S), while minimizing the co-absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) from gas streams.

FIG. 2. BASF SE and ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC have collaborated on new amine gas treatment technology: OASE sulfexx.

The companies jointly developed the amine-based solvent to help petroleum refiners and gas processors meet future requirements, while also increasing capacity and lowering operating costs on existing equipment. For new facilities, the use of this technology will reduce the size of the equipment and the initial capital investment compared to conventional amine gas treatment units.

Multiple pilot plant tests at ExxonMobil and BASF facilities have demonstrated the superior selective properties of this solvent compared to methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) formulations and FLEXSORB™ SE and SE Plus solvents. A commercial demonstration concluded at a tail gas treating unit located in North America further confirms the results.

OASE sulfexx will help debottleneck existing Claus tail gas treating, acid gas enrichment and high-pressure acid gas removal units. In Claus tail gas treating units, the technology can achieve less than 10 ppmv H2S specifications while rejecting CO2 to meet future emissions requirements.

Machine health monitoring and protection

Bently Nevada has designed a new machine health monitoring and protection system from the ground up in the form of the new Orbit 60 Series (FIG. 3), which focuses on securing data directly from the sensor to the condition monitoring software.

FIG. 3. Bently Nevada’s Orbit 60 Series machine health monitoring and protection system.

The module has been designed and engineered containing data isolation circuitry to isolate the condition monitoring and protection networks, allowing data to be sent directly to business networks without any security concerns. This module is known as the Condition Monitoring Module (CMM), which primarily functions to transfer data to condition monitoring software for visualization. This module can listen to all the data from the Orbit 60 data bus, including process data, alarms and events, calculated values or dynamic sensor data. The CMM prevents any attempted changes to be made on the backplane of the protection monitoring system.

The Orbit 60 is designed to meet IEC 62443-4-2 up to Security Level (SL) 4, providing confidence that the retrieved data can be accessed through the CM module to the business network worry-free. The CMM’s circuit is a “listen-only mode” to the process network, which means it can only receive data and is incapable of affecting the functionality of the protection system. Accessing data through the CMM module minimizes the risk of a cyberattack to the rest of the system while allowing the insightful and actionable data to the experts that need it the most.

The Orbit 60 Series is the first intrinsically cyber-secure machinery monitoring system. With built-in data isolation in the condition monitoring module from the protection system and plant network, the Orbit 60 connects seamlessly to condition monitoring software for proactive monitoring and diagnostics. Some key benefits of the Orbit 60 include:

  • Intrinsic cybersecurity and data isolation
  • More data + more insights = Better decision-making
  • Industry-leading processing power and channel density
  • Centralized and distributed architecture
  • Multiple module choices
  • Seamless System 1 integration.

Replacing metallic wear parts for centrifugal pumps

Greene Tweed, a leading global manufacturer of high-performance seals, thermoplastics, composites and engineered components, highlights WR®650, a next-generation PFA composite with superior dry run characteristics designed to replace metallic wear parts in centrifugal pumps and other pump applications.

Metallic wear parts fail quickly in dry run conditions, giving pump operators limited time to restore lubrication or shut down a pump before costly damage occurs. High-quality composite parts increase this effective response time and can extend the mean time between repair. Reinforced with a 3D carbon-fiber architecture, WR650 (FIG. 4) can sustain 2.5-times higher dry wear conditions before showing signs of degradation when compared to the leading PFA-based material.

FIG. 4. Greene Tweed’s WR650, a next-generation PFA composite for centrifugal pumps and other pump applications.

WR650 delivers high chemical compatibility, excellent wear characteristics and operability from subzero to 500°F (260°C). The advanced material also possesses a coefficient of thermal expansion comparable to steel over a wide range of temperatures, offering a constant running clearance, no interference and no efficiency drop. Unlike metallic wear components, the malleable nature of PFA ensures metallic counterparts are preserved, even those that are relatively soft. This helps extend pump service life and improve reliability. Additionally, WR650’s non-galling/non-seizing characteristics and ability to dampen vibrations allow for tighter clearances and increased efficiency compared to traditional metallic components.

Ideal for stationary wear parts in vertical, horizontal, single and multistage centrifugal pumps, WR650 can improve the mean time between repair for pumps in refineries, pipelines, and chemical, power and water plants.

Skid-mounted reverse osmosis system for high-purity water production

Through its business unit SOLYS, Veolia Water Technologies has launched the SIRION™ Pro range, a simplified version of the SIRION™ RO range. A compact, plug-and-play system that integrates AQUAVISTA™ digital services, SIRION Pro is dedicated to high-quality industrial process water production.

In January 2020, Solys began to expand its SIRION RO product line by introducing the SIRION Advanced. Recognizable by its latest-generation design, this model is a true plug-and-play product, the most user-friendly standard small RO skid available on the market, developed to be easily used by maintenance technicians and end users.

Veolia is responding to customers’ demands for both high-end and entry-level products with the unveiling of the new SIRION Pro. It stands out by offering more basic features, a choice of four different options, at a lower cost.

Both SIRION Advanced and SIRION Pro are capable of removing up to 98% of dissolved inorganics and more than 99% of large dissolved organics, colloids and particles. Applicable to most industrial sectors and reuse applications projects, they include 11 models covering permeate flowrates from 100 l/hr–5,000 l/hr.

Main new features include:

  • Modern 7-in. touchscreen HMI
  • Easy integration into standardized treatment lines
  • Easy transportation: the membrane pressure vessel length has been reduced to only 1 m
  • Fast commissioning: upgraded design does not require dismantling and reassembly onsite, system starts up within 2 hr
  • User-friendly service with the instrumentation and valves at the front of the unit for easy maintenance and operation (no hidden connection)
  • New controller VEOLIA RO40: Possibility to monitor and control locally with the HMI or remotely with AQUAVISTA digital services
  • Packaged with service contract through Veolia worldwide service network.

New electronic overload relay

Motor protection is vital for powering the pumps and other equipment that keep oil and gas companies running smoothly. The new Allen-Bradley E100 electronic motor overload relay from Rockwell Automation (FIG. 5) can help oil and gas processors better protect their motors and improve safety.

FIG. 5. The Allen-Bradley E100 electronic motor overload relay from Rockwell Automation.

As the next generation of Allen-Bradley electronic overload relays, it more accurately measures a motor’s current load, models its temperature and shuts the motor off when it is in danger of damage due to overheating.

Options are available to immediately detect jams and ground faults, enabling faster responses to these specific conditions. A remote reset option is also available for customers to remotely reset the overload.

The E100 overload relay comes in basic and advanced configurations. The basic model has two user-adjustable trip-class settings of 10 and 20. The advanced model has four trip class settings: 10, 15, 20 and 30. Above a sensing range of 100A, the advanced model can use external current transformer configurations to achieve a maximum rating of 800A.

The E100 overload relay is part of the Rockwell Automation integrated motor control system. It can mount directly to bulletin 500 NEMA contactors and 100-C IEC contactors up to 100A. HP

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