How COVID19 improved my work practice

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COVID19 has been a horrible disease, but it has caused some positive changes in the workplace. The “work from home” requirement has meant many people have had to change the way they work, often with surprisingly positive outcomes. Some examples … Bosses must be less controlling. A micro-managing boss is never good but working from… Read more »

Remember the Small Companies during the COVID19 Lockdown

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I hope this does not sound like advertising, but I also hope you do not forget the small engineering companies and organisations that have worked with you in the past. During the lockdown I have been blessed so far. I have been remarkably busy with my part time commitments to the university, and I have… Read more »

Is the Smart Phone the Enemy?

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In spite of issues of excessive screen time, I think most people would say the smart phone has had a very positive impact on their lives. There are countless apps that can be downloaded that make our life easier, more interesting, more fun, and/or more informed. But … I am of the opinion that the… Read more »

Our 200th Training Course

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We recently delivered our 200th training course. It has been a fascinating journey. And I would like to take this opportunity to advise you how to ATTEND a meeting with a speaker. You can actually help the speaker do a better job. And they are simple. Tips to make the job of the speaker easier: Be… Read more »

Predicting the Future … Gas Waste Management

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The Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas management and reduction is now 1-year old, and it looks like it is causing a potential growth industry … waste gas management. And … to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, it looks like flaring will not be good enough. More processing will probably be needed. The concepts… Read more »

It might be time for a mental reset

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The price of commodities is down. Almost all (if not all) commodities. Way down. One of the more interesting ones is oil, which (when the price bottomed) has had its price drop to the same price as it was in 2002. Commodities are unusual because they do not follow “normal” economic models (like inflation). Past… Read more »

Examples of Pro-Active Safety

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After my November blog where I lamented that people did not learn from the mistakes of others, I am pleased to notice some organisations being pro-active in improving safety. This is culturally driven, and shows the organisation is switched on to all forms of safety. They take many forms, and some of them are quite… Read more »

The Road to Global Accreditation

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The Road to Global Accreditation The short version (where I skip the details and go right to the end) … The IChemE has globally accredited our Heat Integration course! The long version (where I tell you about the journey) … I have been delivering industrial training since 2007, and it has been a big growth… Read more »

Why do we NOT learn from others?

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I recently viewed the video from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on the fire at Caribbean Petroleum Corporation in Puerto Rico in 2009 (you can see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41QMaJqxqIo). I was surprised to see many similar issues with the fire at the Buncefield facility in the UK (December 2005). The idea of learning… Read more »