Archive:September, 2010

September 30th, 2010

Overcoming Organizational Inertia

By Robert Szczesniak | Comments (4)

I have been to a dozen refineries over the last 3 years and each one I have been to (I think this applies to any workplace) has had a different culture. There are certain things that bind them.

We all have more in common than we don’t, some would say engineers […]

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September 29th, 2010

Meet the Scientists Who Just Won a MacArthur Grant

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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The MacArthur Genius Awards are awarded every year to people pursuing visionary ideas in the sciences and arts. They are given $500,000, no-strings-attached. See 2010 winners.

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September 28th, 2010

May’s Musing: Applying Chemical Engineering Principles in Running

By May Shek | Comments (10)
Houston: 25 deg C, humidity 85%.  Heat balance concerns: Prevent overheating by proper hydration and slowing down.

Review of The Lore of Running by Timothy Noakes

Chemical Engineering principles can be applied to many everyday examples, including, yes, running. Timothy Noakes uses energy balance and heat transfer principles in helping us to improve running techniques. Unlike other running books, The Lore of Running is loaded with […]

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September 27th, 2010

World’s Largest Wind Farm Begins Operation

By Kent Harrington | Comments (5)
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While Cape Wind, the nation’s only planned off-shore wind farm, struggles to start construction, Thanet Wind Farm, located seven miles off the blustery coast of Kent, England, has officially begun operation.

Located in water over 50 feet deep and standing 385 feet tall, the project’s 100 Vestas turbines are […]

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September 24th, 2010

Do You Know Where Good Ideas Come From?

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)

Have you ever wondered how people manage to think up ideas that transform our world? Maybe some of you have wondered this or have in fact been the originators of some great ideas.

Steven Johnson’s latest book is entitled Where Good Ideas Come From and will be released on October 5, […]

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September 23rd, 2010

The History of Science as a Modern London Tube Map

By Kent Harrington | Comments (8)
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Crispian Jago, an IT consultant from Hampshire, England, is Science and Reason’s most viscerally comic defender. He lampoons the world’s religions and pseudo sciences from his blog: Science, Reason and Critical Thinking.

His blog’s favorite authors list leaves no doubt about his loyalties: Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and […]

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September 22nd, 2010

Interpreting Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams-Symbology [Part 3 of 5]

By Robert Cook | Comments (27)
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series How to Interpret Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams

Get a thorough explanation of symbology as it relates to Piping and Instrumentation-controls symbology, tag identification, I/O devices, valve symbol, primary flow element, horizontal line types, dashes, and more.

As I mentioned in Part 2, the meanings of the various symbols used on P&IDs (aka, symbology) are defined on separate drawings called “Lead Sheets” (or Legend Sheets). These are your “secret decoder rings” to P&ID symbology interpretation. Every company that builds process plants should have a set of lead sheets customized to their particular ways and means.

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September 21st, 2010

Successful Delegation in Six Steps

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (3)
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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Tools and Tips for Successful Management and Leadership

The rewards of a successful delegation effort are three-fold: 1) More and/or more advanced tasks are accomplished by the employee; 2) Employee satisfaction increases as they become a more valuable team member and; 3) The team becomes more talented and capable to fulfill the changing needs of the business.

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September 20th, 2010

Bioremediation: Cleaning Up Oil Spills to Spilled Beer — Sorry Brawny

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Just when events in the Gulf seemed dire, almost Biblical, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, (an apt Old Testament pun) reported that oil from the BP spill was rapidly breaking down. Many scientists were skeptical– it smelled like spin. The post-Exxon Valdez consensus was directly challenged.

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September 17th, 2010

An Engineer’s Disco Girl Magnet

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Ever wonder might be the best way to attract girls at a club? You might want to try what Marc, a 26-year-old engineer from Miami did. He explains it step by step on his blog . This from Marc:
Here is a compilation video I threw together showing my LED suit […]

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