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Forever Medal Awarded to Dr. Charles Becht IV

Dr. Charles Becht IV., was awarded the 2022 B31 Forever Medal during the ASME B31 & Nonmetallic Pressure Piping Code meetings. The ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping is a Committee Award awarded for distinguished contributions in the field of pressure piping including but not limited to leadership, technical, research and development, and […]

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The Evolution of Gasoline Blending

The workforce is changing rapidly and the people who will be blending gasoline at a refinery will have a different set of knowledge, skills, and attributes compared to prior generations. This will be the generation that likes to collaborate on platforms instantaneously and make rapid decisions in a constantly changing and challenging environment. This generation […]

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What RBI Is and What It Isn’t

Risk-based Inspection (RBI) has been around the refining and petrochemical industry for many years.  When the original task group was put together to investigate RBI in the early 1990s, lessons learned from other industries that had been practicing this approach even earlier were incorporated into the two standards that API developed, API RP 580 – […]

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Process Heater Tube Temperature Monitoring Overview, Best Practices and Examples

High-temperature IR Thermography was pioneered several decades ago as a method for understanding tube temperatures inside fired equipment. While the equipment continues to improve, completing accurate analysis of the data remains very challenging.  It is a complex process to accurately measure tube wall temperatures due to the variable nature of surface scale, combustion characteristics, and […]

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Project Best Practices – Start-up of an Advanced Work Packaging Program, Part 1

“What’s holding you back?” “How can I improve safety and productivity on my projects?” Great questions.  Advanced Work Packaging, or AWP, has been identified as a best practice for projects by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA).  While good project planning has always been an important part […]

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Independent Enterprise Risk Management Assessment Versus a Typical Project Risk Assessment

Project Risk Assessments and Risk Management Assessments have proven repeatedly to be effective “tools” to ensuring the likelihood of a project achieving its performance, cost and time goals. For example, the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK®)(1) outlines a risk management process that has been effectively used by many industries. That […]

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