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Is That The Latest Computer Game?

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By Moh Hashemi at Flour Daniel Inc., and Cathy Shargay at Fluor Daniel, Inc. This article appears in the September/October 1997 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

At recent meetings with refinery groups, a tool that is typically used during the design and construction of refinery units was presented. Then, brainstorming took place on ways this tool could be used in the refineries for day-to-day operation, maintenance, and other activities. Can you imagine one tool, which could help:

  • your Inspectors in optimizing inspection scheduling and planning, and in looking for corrosion trends to determine where suspect thin areas may be lurking.
  • your Reliability Engineer in looking at the frequency of maintenance work orders on a process system level, and immediately being able to relate why that valve and that pump are both bad actors, and see added clues on possible root causes.
  • your Maintenance Department in planning turnaround work down to half hour intervals avoiding interference between welding work and bundle pullers, and planning for manpower densities on scaffolding and platforms.
  • your Rigging Designers in planning step-by-step for complicated lifts with the ability to optimize crane placement and avoid interferences from structures, electrical components, etc.
  • your Fire Brigades in conducting mock exercises with optimization of fire truck placements and water sprays,
  • and have almost every other department - Training, Operations, Environmental, Engineering, and others - excited and enthused, and determining new innovative applications at every presentation where the tool is displayed.

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