Change Management: The People Aspect of a Project

Sep 26, 2012 2:30:57 AM | Posted by John Clemons

I was talking to several people recently and I mentioned the importance of change management to them and they didn’t know what I was talking about. It seems that most people still haven’t heard about change management, or behavioral change management as some call it.

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A Construction Manager Weighs in on Engineering Design

Sep 25, 2012 3:56:00 AM | Posted by Robert Fayard

First of all, let me say the design engineer is the heartbeat of a project. He or she spends many hours at the customer’s site in rack room panels, field panels, on top of columns, on furnaces, turbines, reactors, hot, cold, etc. Communication with the design team is one of the keys to a successful project, and I do appreciate a good set of drawings!

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Are You Solving The Wrong Problem?

Sep 19, 2012 10:51:00 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

“We need quatre binaries on this loop.” At this point, I’d heard this statement on what seemed like every loop we were discussing. I was in a meeting in Paris to define the DCS requirements of a paper machine project with the engineering company.

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The Foundation Upon Which Batches and Recipes are Built

Sep 12, 2012 3:43:54 AM | Posted by John Clemons

In a recent discussion, I mentioned the S88 standard on Batch Control. I referenced it with regards to recipes and specifically talked about the management and dissemination of recipes. I got a lot of feedback on all that and I wanted to say how much I appreciate getting comments and questions.

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Power Plant Control Systems In A Smelter Complex

Sep 11, 2012 3:17:56 AM | Posted by Mike Robb

Isolating A Large Power Generating System When It’s Driving A Variable Load Creates Some Special Control Challenges

Power plant control systems have their own unique design issues, however when dealing with island systems, there are even more things to consider. Take for example a large aluminum smelter complex – such plants can have their own power generation facilities, as large as 2,000 MW, which is enough to power a small city.

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Addressing Batch Process Control with S88 Recipes

Sep 6, 2012 3:52:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

I received a lot of feedback on my recent posts on recipes and specifications. I was asked why I didn’t mention the S88 definitions for recipes and how it fits with the point I was trying to make.

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MAVERICK CEO Paul Galeski to Receive Two Awards from ISA

Sep 5, 2012 3:32:00 AM | Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team

Speaking at the recent grand opening of PlantFloor24, Paul Galeski said, “Here at MAVERICK, we’re about making U.S. manufacturing better and more competitive. But people prefer to do business with people, and we have a lot of good people here.”

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The Danger Of What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

Sep 4, 2012 7:50:26 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

Engineering disciplines, just like may other disciplines, have become very narrowly focused. At some level this is a necessary trend, since to be expert in every aspect of a field has become something that is almost impossible to accomplish. Very few mechanical engineers are experts in metallurgy, hydraulics, machine design, HVAC design, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, strength of materials, metal cutting operations, metal forming operations, and, well, the list goes on. An engineering student attempting to delve deeply enough in every aspect of his or her chosen discipline to be an “expert” would never finish college.

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