Direct Fired Heaters: Components in the Design

19th April 2018

  What is a direct fired heater? Also known as an industrial furnace, a fired heater is a direct-fired heat exchanger that uses the hot gases of combustion to increase the temperature of a feed flowing through coils of tubes aligned throughout the heater. [1] There are various furnace designs for different functions, but all share several common features and components to its design. They include the following: Radiant section, Convection section, Shield section and Stack and Breeching sections. Radiant section The radiant tubes are located along the walls of the radiant section and receive radiant heat directly from the...

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How to Plan and Organise Lifting Operations Safely

17th April 2018

During lifting operations, workers are in a high risk situation and a lot goes in to ensure their safety. It is important to properly resource, plan and organise lifting operations to be carried out safely. These includes a properly trained team that is equipped with the technical know-how and knowledge to carry out operations in a safe manner. For even more complex operations, more comprehensive and detailed planning is required.   Planning Various forms of planning are required for various forms of operations. The more complex the operation is, the more detailed the planning should be. For example, a simple...

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How To Handle Difficult Media Questions

12th April 2018

The media is known for putting spokespersons on the spot and asking difficult questions. Especially during a media crisis, having a well-crafted response is vital to a company’s reputation. With good preparation, any spokesperson will be more than adequate to handle the media. Learning how to effectively deal and answer the media correctly takes a lot of time and practice, but here are some tips and tricks on how to answer difficult questions.   The Bridging Technique This tried and tested technique reframes a question on a negative topic into a positive one by “bridging” your answers to your key...

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What Is Instrumented Safety System?

10th April 2018

Instrumented safety systems have in place for a long time to fit protective systems to industrial process plant. These systems are independent of the normal process control, and have implementations in place to render the plant safe in the event of a malfunction. It was until recently, that such systems have been designed with accordance to industrial best practices within the company or local level code of practice. The broad acceptance of IEC 61508/IEC 61511 standard is given safety equipment and users a common and universal framework on which to design products and systems for safety-related applications. Functional safety is...

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Tips on How to Win Tenders

10th April 2018

From understanding the bid process to evaluating the tenders available, a lot goes in when preparing and formulating a quality bid. Here are some tips on how to submit competitive bids and win more tenders.   Prepare, prepare, prepare! The first step of preparation is famiIiarising with the procurement processes commonly used within the industry and tendering bodies. This way, you will gain knowledge of the different processes and what is expected, as well as understand the specific Buyer requirements beforehand. When choosing the right opportunity to bid, it is important to assess whether the opportunity is aligned with the...

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What is LNG and Why is it on the Rise?

5th April 2018

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has transformed the natural gas market. Since it’s development in 1964, it has presented an alternative source of fuel that is cleaner and more cost-effective. The LNG market is expected to grow at approximately 5% annually, with a global demand of about 430 million tonnes per annum in 2025. What is LNG? LNG is a clear non-toxic liquid which forms when natural gas is cooled to -160ºC (-260ºF). This temperature drop liquefies the methane present in the natural gas, making transportation at atmospheric pressure in liquid form possible. LNG, which is largely composed of methane (85%...

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3 Reasons Why Your Organisation Needs Business Intelligence

3rd April 2018

As more and more information is readily available, being able to effectively locate, collect and analyse data is important. When organisations are able to draw insights from these data, they are able to achieve a competitive advantage. This can be done by having the right statistical analysis tools and techniques, and Business Intelligence (BI) tools are programs designed just to do that. Here are three reasons why BI is the way forward:   To gain valuable market intelligence One of the biggest advantages of having a BI platform is gaining sales intelligence and customer insights. BI helps to collect customer...

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4 Most Used Cost Estimation Techniques Used By Project Managers

29th March 2018

Every project manager aims to provide the most accurate cost estimate. The better the accuracy of a cost estimate, the better the organisation is able to plan and manage it’s resources. Although there are many ways to do so, here are the four main techniques used.   Analagous Estimation Analagous estimation, or also known as top-down estimation, is a tool that taps on previously completed projects to provide a cost estimate. It is a quick method and requires little data to do so. However, this also means that estimates produced are not reliable due to the difference in local factors,...

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3 Tips To Be An Efficient Loading Master

27th March 2018

Firstly, what are the responsibilities of a Loading Master? A Loading Master oversees coordination of  all activities related to bulk carrier vessels. They manage the loading, transfer and discharge of all cargoes whilst maintaining safety standards. Responsibilities include the timely arrival of the ship, accuracy of all paperwork and communicating to all parties involve at every stage of terminal operations. Here are three tips to be an efficient Loading Master: Have expert knowledge Knowledge is power, and especially so for Loading Masters. Oil terminals are required to comply with all international, national and local regulations. Hence, Loading Masters need to...

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Increasing Workplace Safety through Human Factors Engineering

22nd March 2018

“The objective of HFE is to ensure systems are designed in a way that optimizes the human contribution to production and minimizes potential for design-induced risks to health, personnel or process safety or environmental performance.” – Association of Oil and Gas Producers Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is the discipline of applying what is known about human capabilities and limitations to the design of products, processes, systems, and work environments. It can be applied to the design of all systems having a human interface, including hardware and software. Specifically, for the oil and gas industry, these examples include human-machine integration, emergency...

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