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2018 Salary Survey Results:  The pay raise engineers have been waiting for
April 22, 2019

2018 Salary Survey Results: The pay raise engineers have been waiting for

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The financial situation of the average automation engineer got a nice boost in 2018. With the need for experienced professionals still growing, we anticipate the demand to remain strong for engineers for the foreseeable future, with a great deal of opportunity for young graduates and those who are interested in a STEM career.

Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining
July 16, 2018

Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining

By Tom Ayral, Honeywell Cyber Security
Various industry studies and intelligent guess-work already allow us to develop a first-pass financial estimate of potential losses from cyber attacks – which allows an estimate of the savings that implementing an effective cyber security program could bring.

Flare Monitoring Regulatory Compliance and Analyzers: An Analysis
January 10, 2018

Flare Monitoring Regulatory Compliance and Analyzers: An Analysis

By Scott Eddleman, Yokogawa
In 2016, the EPA finalized its refinery sector rule on maximum achievable control technology (MACT) regulations, and gave refineries 18 months to comply. In this article, we’ll review the requirements and describe the three types of analyzers refineries can use to ensure compliance.

Gas Transmission & Distribution: Meeting Metering and Control Challenges
August 30, 2017

Gas Transmission & Distribution: Meeting Metering and Control Challenges

By Pierre Dufour, Honeywell
For natural gas companies, there is growing pressure to deliver more energy, increase profitability and minimize financial losses. The following article describes recent developments in integrated gas metering, which are intended to meet smart metering requirements from the gas wellhead to burner tip applications.

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring
August 01, 2017

Enhanced Diagnostics Are Helping to Ensure Reliable Level Monitoring

By Marianne Williams, Emerson
This article explains how the latest generation of vibrating fork level switches feature increased health monitoring functionality, which enables maintenance to be planned and process availability to be increased

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation
July 18, 2017

Three Keys for IoT Success – How Asset-Intensive Organizations Can Stay One Step Ahead of Digital Transformation

By Jerry Browning, IFS in North America
This article explains how executives at asset-intensive organizations can harness the power of enterprise software to evolve their organizations, adapt to change and take advantage of new revenue opportunities.

Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition
March 13, 2017

Compliance of the Victim: ARC Industry Forum Highlights an Industry in Transition

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
There is an common adage that has survived the ages: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Automation system users are expressing frustrations with existing systems and the lack of modern and open technology.

Are You Paying Too Much Tax for your Gas Flaring?
December 16, 2016

Are You Paying Too Much Tax for your Gas Flaring?

By Lana Ginns, Fluenta
With tighter emission regulations, and increased taxation soon to follow, enhanced density monitoring (EDM) can become a vital process to ensure companies are taxed correctly for the gas they are releasing.

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem
October 17, 2016

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem

By Jennifer Dyment, AspenTech
We all want the inside story. Greater visibility into asset performance can help chemical and energy companies gain a competitive edge. This article discusses how process engineers can quickly get to the root cause of operational issues and make informed decisions that impact the entire operation

Open Process Automation Movement Taking Form at ExxonMobil's 2nd Industry Day
September 29, 2016

Open Process Automation Movement Taking Form at ExxonMobil's 2nd Industry Day

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The event, a follow-on to the successful 1st End User Industry Day event in June, provided the opportunity for more users to learn about and consider joining the new open process control standards initiative.

Digital Technology for the Oil & Gas Industry
June 23, 2016

Digital Technology for the Oil & Gas Industry

By Adam Chapman, Fluenta
A recent survey by management consultancy Accenture offers insight into how oil and gas companies are utilising digital technologies and how these technologies will shape the industry in the near future. This article provides an in-depth analysis of that study.

Exploring Obsolescence Management: Managing Obsolete Automation Systems in Oil and Gas
June 06, 2016

Exploring Obsolescence Management: Managing Obsolete Automation Systems in Oil and Gas

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With technology racing ahead, it’s unsurprising that obsolescence management in the industry is complicated. This article discusses how the oil and gas industry can manage the spiralling issue of equipment obsolescence.

Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications in Oil & Gas
May 02, 2016

Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications in Oil & Gas

By Brent McAdams, OleumTech
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) have emerged as a key technology for oil & gas exploration. This article goes in-depth on the applications of WSNs, as part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for the oil & gas industry.

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How to Develop a Strong Process to Manage Contractors and Project Progress
April 05, 2016

How to Develop a Strong Process to Manage Contractors and Project Progress

Jeff Pope, Manager of Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services at Burns & McDonnell recently spoke with marcus evans about topics to be discussed at the upcoming 2nd Power Plant Decommissioning Process Optimization Conference

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From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry
April 05, 2016

From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry

By Adam Chapman, Fluenta
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to change the capability of businesses to monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of different objects. Deploying this capability will be crucial for the Oil & Gas Industry over the coming decades, particularly as it relates to flaring and cold flaring (venting).

Control System Security Meets Modern Threats
November 21, 2015

Control System Security Meets Modern Threats


Pipeline & Gas Journal
By Andrew Ginter
The day of the ICS/IT firewall has passed; modern attacks push through such firewalls at will. As security practitioners, we must consider how long we are willing to leave an attacker with remote control of compromised equipment on our pipelines. How long are we willing to risk mis-operation of our physical assets?

Enabling the refinery of the future—Safety first
October 03, 2015

Enabling the refinery of the future—Safety first

Hydrocarbon Processing
By Dan Mulholland, Trinity Integrated Systems
Within this “new” economy, automation systems must be capable of delivering new levels of productivity and scalability, while ensuring safety, managing globalizations and addressing new workforce demographics.

Protecting network assets for improved cyber security
September 26, 2015

Protecting network assets for improved cyber security

Control Engineering
By Graham Speake
Asset management is a major concern for workers in the oil and gas industry as the possibility of cyber security attacks remains a constant threat. Understanding the risks and the challenges will go a long way to making on and off-shore networks more secure.

Helping oil drilling rigs run cool and smooth
September 23, 2015

Helping oil drilling rigs run cool and smooth

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By Dennis Pauls, Daptech, and Ivan Masek, Novotechnik U.S
This article describes an overview of drilling processes and details the technology behind the brake monitoring part of the drilling process. This is vital for safety as well as costs. Drilling operational costs would skyrocket without proper brake monitoring.

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How to automate oil platforms - part 1
September 23, 2015

How to automate oil platforms - part 1

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By Bela Liptak
This first article focuses on the crude oil separation process, which removes the sand, and splits the crude oil into its three phases of oil, water and gas. It discusses the control of a single separator, present practices and the areas where improvement is needed.