Project Management

Purchase order, contract or purchase agreement: Which is best for your procurement strategy?

Berg, J., ShureLine Construction; Parmar, A., COIM USA; Rentschler, C., Shahani, G., Consultant

Procuring equipment, materials and services are very important to a project’s financial success.

Materials management: Data-centric execution to enhance organizational productivity—Part 2

Wyss, S., Bechtel Corp.

In Part 1, the broad concept of materials management was discussed, along with materials management as an investment and attitude.

The path forward for process automation: Multivariable control as core competency

Kern, A., APC Performance LLC

In process automation, multivariable control has always been considered an area of specialization and a luxury for those companies with sufficient scale and resources to justify its high costs of ownership.

Materials management: Data-centric execution to enhance organizational productivity—Part 1

Wyss, S., Bechtel Corp.

As a veteran of many capital projects once observed, “All projects execute materials management—those that do so without a plan and the appropriate resources just do it very poorly.”

Show Preview: IRPC Operations: Optimizing operations and maintenance in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is constantly investing in new technologies to optimize operations.

Oil refinery/petrochemical integration in a CO2-constrained world—Part 2

Petrochemical demand will increase with gross domestic product, while the demand for motor fuels will only show modest growth and may even decline in certain regions, given environmental/legislative pressures and the introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles.

MAA refinery—Bunker fuel oil challenge: Stable and compatible VLSFO production

Matar, M. B., Mane, A. A., Rajendran, M., Kuwait National Petroleum Co.

Studies have been conducted on strategies for bunker fuel oil (BFO) production with reduced sulfur and catalytic fines concentration limits.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 113: The benefits of an engineering education and advanced degrees

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

It has been a long time since I graduated with my engineering degrees, but I feel qualified to discuss them after many years in industry.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Reverse refining: A novel approach to the refining process

Echenagucia, J. E., Heatoil Solutions LLC

The crude oil refining processing sequence is based on the separation of distillate products from heavier ones and concentrating the heavy molecules of the barrel for processing at the end of the refining run.