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The Dirty Secret Behind Efficiency

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That’s apple pie. This labels a word or expression that everyone will erroneously accept as common and at the very core of our professional existence. Everyone will agree that efficiency is good. Who won’t accept a slice of apple pie? Efficiency is overused, uncommonly understood and practically meaningless in most engineering and corporate discourse. Every[…..]

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The Internet of Things is a Long Way Off

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We’re a long way away from achieving the goals, dreams and fantasies of the Internet of Things in the production oil patch. It’s not because of the lack of imagination or technology. The sensors and their collection/aggregation systems are not capable of providing the wealth of data needed for IoT to deliver. Upstream and downstream[…..]

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Wow, It Comes In Colors?

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Too many buyers either don’t know, or ignore, the dynamic phases of project development. They think it happens during the development of a product specification. The users, engineers and insider experts get together and create a detailed description of what they want. Surely there’s some debate, and perhaps argument, over this list of wants and desires.[…..]

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16 Aug 2017
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ABB e GlobaLogix associam-se para oferecerem SCADAvantage na cloud para empresas de gás e petróleo

O grupo ABB, líder mundial de tecnologias de energia e automação, anunciou hoje uma parceria com a empresa GlobaLogix para o fornecimento de uma nova solução SCADA disponibilizada como Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e baseada no produto SCADAvantage da ABB. A parceria tem como objectivo oferecer um serviço SCADA robusto e aberto que permita reduzir não só[…..]

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08 Aug 2017
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Cyber Protection in the Oil & Gas Industry

Cyber protection in midstream oil & gas, SCADA seems like too esoteric to engage interest of industry outsiders. However, if the spill, explosion or gaseous release are big enough – that focus will change. SCADA is the system of sensors that measure and control the flows of natural gas and crude oil produced in thousands of[…..]

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20 Jul 2017
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Perfecting the Interview – A Waste of Time

On the one hand we all agree that the one ingredient for a successful candidate is fit. Does this person fit inside our culture? Can they do business our way? Can they represent us? Can they get along with all our folks? So what do we do? We scan resumes in a flimsy attempt to[…..]

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06 Jul 2017
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Get Along? Or, Get It Done?

Without exception, projects in any company will touch multiple stakeholders, departments and individuals. The changes required will invariably touch operations, engineering and procurement, just to name the basics. Projects make and break budgets. They also make and break careers. Getting a project done requires leadership that does not care about social standing within the organization.[…..]

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15 Jun 2017
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Meaningless Outcome Defined Planning

Can we quit the obnoxious and meaningless characterization of desired results masquerading as an action plan? Think about how often a leader, when asked for plan details, replies with some description of a favorable outcome without ever describing how that might come about. If you can’t remember one, just google about any political press conference.[…..]