Sherlock Holmes is renowned for his ability to develop significant insights into the causes and perpetrators of difficult criminal cases that others miss. In process safety, we similarly need to investigate what went wrong after a process incident to determine how future incidents can be prevented. This month's Back to Basics article describes the basics of conducting an incident investigation. Other topics in this issue include diversity culture, process safety and innovation, pilot plant data systems and using resources sustainably and efficiently.
To Trust or Not To Trust (Your Gut)?
Have you ever made a decision that you knew was right, but you were not able to articulate why? As engineers, we rely heavily on data and analysis to make important decisions. We would not try to design a plant by gut feel, or justify a capital expenditure with “I went with my gut.” Nevertheless, our intuition can give us some useful information...
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