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March 28, 2011
Zoneworks Zoneworks enclosures (photo) are designed to provide enclosure to rooms or individual instruments for control of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Fabric-containment-enclosures-that-are-fully-configurable_7507.html
March 28, 2011
Aveva Review is an established application for 3D design communication. It creates high-quality, photo-realistic renderings of 3D models that can be used by all stakeholders in a project to carry out design...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Higher-resolution-improves-the-details-of-3D-models_7653.html
March 1, 2011
Maximizing quality, minimizing cost and meeting schedule milestones are ever-present challenges in large projects. While significant progress has been made in certain areas of facility construction, the management of project-related information continues to struggle. Information received by operators tends to be incomplete and inaccurate, while the cost of producing it remains high. Common reasons for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Improving-Information-Management_6449.html
November 1, 2010
When tanks are draining, the potential may exist for a swirling vortex to form leading from the liquid surface to any of the bottom-exit or side-exit nozzles connected to downstream piping (Figure 1). One important aspect of the vortex is whether it will entrain air or other gases into the discharge flow. Such vapor entrainment can lead to a host of problems, ranging from vacuum collapse of the supply...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Predict-and-Prevent-Air-Entrainment-in-Draining-Tanks_6114.html
October 1, 2010
Because the global chemical process industries (CPI) encompass so many varied industry segments — including the conversion of raw materials and intermediates into chemicals and petrochemicals, fats and oils, paints and coatings, food and beverages, the refining of petroleum, the production of pharmaceuticals and others — there is considerable overlap in terms of the types of equipment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Crossover-Applications-for-the-ASME-Bioprocessing-Equipment-Standard_6047.html
September 1, 2010
As components of chemical research facilities, fume-hood exhaust systems for laboratory workstations are often taken for granted. Yet the choice of exhaust system, when designing or specifying a laboratory workstation, can have a tremendous impact on the safety of the laboratory building’s occupants as well as those in adjacent buildings. The choice of a fume-hood exhaust system can also affect a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Selecting-Laboratory-Exhaust-Systems_5964.html
September 1, 2010
The ever-increasing cost of fuel and relentless push for environmental responsibility are constant factors in the profitability of many chemical process operations, and fluctuations in the prices of natural gas and other fuels can make it hard to predict future energy costs and the impact of such fluctuations on profits. However, the impact of fluctuating fuel costs, and the regulatory uncertainty related...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Recover-Waste-Heat-From-Fluegas_5965.html
April 1, 2010
Like most other businesses, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms have felt the pinch of the economic downturn. While EPCs that specialize in building processing plants are optimistic that recent global interest in renewable and bioprocessing projects to create alternative fuels, power and chemicals may fill some of the void, most say they will continue to pursue work in markets where they...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/The-Road-to-Recovery_5558.html
January 1, 2010
Typical wastewater-treatment plants (WWTP) — both industrial and municipal — consume large amounts of energy, which can represent 50% or more of the facility’s variable operating and maintenance costs. Most employ biological processes that rely on energy-intensive aeration systems whose energy consumption is approximately 0.5 kWh per m3 of effluent treated. This article discusses a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Wastewater-Treatment-Energy-Conservation-Opportunities_5404.html
December 1, 2009
Most chemical engineers involved with operating large chemical process facilities have encountered the following challenge: Several large engineering contractors built the facility in multiple phases, using different computer-software models. Retrieving drawings or data in both digital and non-digital form in such a situation only adds complexity to operations, maintenance and revamp activities and often...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Smooth-Your-Retrieval-of-Plant-Design-Data_5326.html
October 1, 2009
Compressed gas cylinders are widely used in research, pilot plant, laboratory and small-scale manufacturing and processing operations as a way to provide a convenient, economical and safe source of high-pressure gases for various applications. These gases can be inert, flammable, toxic or oxidizing (or mixtures of any or all), and are typically supplied at pressures from 800 to 6,000 psig, with 2,250 psig...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Compressed-Gases-Managing-Cylinders-Safely_5158.html
October 1, 2009
Thermal mass flowmeters provide advantages over other options for metering the consumption of natural gas by individual combustion units throughout the facilityWith today’s increased emphasis on strategic energy management, many throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) and elsewhere are attempting to obtain better information on the natural gas consumption in their facilities. While...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Energy-EfficiencyTracking-Natural-Gas-With-Flowmeters_5160.html
October 1, 2009
Intergraph (Huntsville, Ala.; www.intergraph.com) has just released SmartPlant Construction, a new SmartPlant Enterprise software module created specifically for process, power and marine firms to more efficiently plan and manage plant, ship and offshore construction, resulting in increased productivity, accelerated project completion, and reduced risk. By seamlessly integrating engineering...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Intergraph-releases-SmartPlant-Construction_5164.html
August 12, 2009
AVEVA Group plc (Houston),  a leading provider of plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions, today announced that Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.), one of the world's largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management companies, has extended its contract with AVEVA.   Under the new global agreement...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Fluor-extends-contract-for-AVEVA-Plant_4994.html
July 1, 2009
Meanwhile, the revamp opportunities that a turnaround provides are, themselves, few and far between. Petrochemical refineries, for instance, typically try to get five years between major turnarounds to maximize on-stream time. Some equipment can be connected before an actual shutdown, but most of the so-called tie-ins must fall into place during the turnaround, which usually lasts only 20–50 days...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Revamps-Strategies-for-A-Smooth-Turnaround_4931.html
January 1, 2009
In today’s fast track schedules for constructing new capital facilities, the process of designing, delivering and erecting piping often falls in the project’s critical path. This is particularly true for facilities constructed in emerging economies, where the facility generally resides in a remote location, posing significant logistical challenges. Squarely positioned in the center of the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Active-Management-of-Pipespool-Fabricators_4446.html
August 27, 2008
Bentley Systems, Inc. announced that it has acquired Struc-Soft Inc., a Montreal-based reseller and developer of 2-D and 3-D engineering, construction, and fabrication products for analysis, design, and drawing production. Struc-Soft has been the exclusive North American reseller of Bentley’s ProSteel 3-D structural-steel detailing and fabrication software since 2000, and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Bentley-acquires-Struc-Soft-Inc-to-expand-services-for-structural-engineering-and-plant-applications_4136.html
June 15, 2008
At 2,064 ft as of this past April, the unfinished Burj Dubai skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates is the tallest man-made structure on earth. "A structure of this kind is only possible if the right [concrete] mixture is guaranteed," as BASF’s executive director for research Stefan Marcinowski has pointed out. In fact, "a chemist with an analytical laboratory is constantly monitoring...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Newsfront-Chemistry-for-Construction-A-A_3938.html
May 15, 2008
Small-scale chemical producers that use chlorine often rely on larger producers, which sell them the excess Cl2 produced by dedicated chlor-alkali plants. However, such Cl2 supplies are being threatened on a number of fronts, at least in Europe, where new legislation forbidding the import or export of mercury (after 2010) could force older Hg-based chlor-alkali plants to convert to membrane technology or...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Chementator-A-New-Concept-in-the-Supply-of-Cl2_3881.html
March 15, 2008
Despite challenges created by a building frenzy in the Middle East and Asia, E&C firms continue to deliver new chemical facilities around the world Anyone with an ear to the door of the chemical process industries (CPI) knows that the rising cost of raw materials is forcing processors to chase the cheap feedstocks. The relatively low price of oil and natural gas is making plant investments in the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/business_and_economics/design_engineering_and_construction/Newsfront-Braving-the-Building-Boom_3716.html
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