CEP: October 2016

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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Creating a Culture of Diversity

Career Catalyst
Zenaida Otero Gephardt, Vincent G. Grassi , Alon McCormick , Otis Shelton
An inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce ensures that the best talent is at the table and that everyone’s ideas can be heard. A strong diversity culture, like a strong safety culture, is good for business, the profession, and our individual career advancement.

Integrating Process Safety and Innovation

Peter Lodal, Jennifer Mize
It’s important to consider process safety early in the innovation process. Use a success modes and effects analysis to ensure your innovation can be safely and economically commercialized.

Develop a Data System for Your Pilot Plant

Process Development
Mark Fisher
The data requirements of a pilot facility are just as important as the plant’s physical components. Follow this guidance to design and deploy a robust process data system for your pilot plant.

Using Regional Resources Sustainably and Efficiently

Environmental Management
Michael Narodoslawsky, Heriberto Cabezas, Stephan Maier, István Heckl
Use these tools to design and evaluate industrial processes and supply chains that rely on renewable bio- and non-bioresources.
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