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Interview with Clay White, Phillips 66 Mechanical Integrity Director

May 18, 2017

Clay White, Director of Mechanical Integrity for Phillips 66 (Downstream), recently stopped by the Inspectioneering office to talk fixed equipment reliability with Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor. What followed was a nearly 30-minute interview full of insights into Clay's professional journey, issues and challenges within the process industries, exciting new technologies and practices, and numerous other intriguing topics.

Index of Questions

  • [2:35] What did you want to be when you were growing up? When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career as an engineer?
  • [4:27] Did you first go to work for an owner-operator or did you go to work for consulting company?
  • [5:22] What people influenced the path that you took?
  • [6:50] What are the biggest differences in working for an owner-operator versus a consulting company?
  • [10:40] Do you feel that the experience you gained as an owner/operator enhanced your quality as a consultant?
  • [11:37] What do you think are three major challenges that we face in the process industries today when it comes to improving our performance in fixed-equipment reliability, and how much does regulatory pressure play into it?
  • [15:44] What do you think the keys are to sustainability for really good programs that we're trying to implement at the plants?
  • [17:00] What are some of the keys that you've learned over the years to get the rest of the organization engaged in new programs?
  • [19:25] What would you say to an individual who is considering getting involved with a trade organization such as the American Petroleum Institute?
  • [21:50] What do you see as the most exciting developments that have occurred in the world of inspection, mechanical integrity, and fixed equipment reliability over the last 10 years?
  • [24:06] What advances do you see over the next 10 years? What do you think the future holds for fixed equipment reliability and inspection?
  • [26:18] How do you feel about the use of risk management and helping us pull these things together to better balance the safety and environmental pressures with the business objectives?
  • [28:26] Of all the places you've worked around the world, what sticks out in your mind as your favorite?

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Posted by Santhosh Sudhakaran on May 22, 2017
Give some insight on risk management approach &... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Carey Roberts on May 26, 2017
Great interview from two of the better gentlemen... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

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