Economics and Process Engineering

As the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh, said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” The “small things” in process engineering are no different and can have a big influence on a project’s bottom line. The impact of process engineering on the economics of a capital project is often overlooked…

My Last Words Top 10 List

  My sister-in-law, Judy Perez, recently passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Her last days were tough on everyone close to her. There is no doubt that cancer sucks! Being around death is not a habit I want to develop; however, exposure to the physical, mental, and spiritual grit that accompanies many…

Keyed-Valve Interlocks

  Several years ago, while working in a refinery, I noticed a relief valve with its inlet block valve completely closed. I radioed an operator for assistance. Within minutes, two operators arrived and confirmed that the valve should not be closed. They opened the valve and thanked me for notifying them. In following up a…

Cognascents Announces New Partnership with Antea

  Cognascents is pleased to announce a signed agreement to partner with Antea for licensing, distribution, and delivering 3D and digitization technologies as a systems integrator. This partnership allows for improved assistance in asset intensive organizations and the management of the integrity of their assets. Antea’s tool, Palladio, offers a web platform that manages multiple…

Meet Noel, Maria & Paul

Meet our newest team members! Please join us in welcoming Noel Moreno, Maria Ordonez and Paul Vitolo to the Cognascents team. Noel and Paul joined us in late spring, while Maria came on board this summer. They are a great asset to our team and are ready to serve our clients. Join us in getting…

How Are You Being Useful?

My sister-in-law, Judy Perez, is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has been for over four years. She just started a cycle of compassionate care treatment at MD Anderson. Life has been especially tough for her and my brother, Julio Perez, these last several months. They have dealt with physical pain, emotional highs and lows,…

Considerations when Establishing a Mechanical Integrity Program for a Process Safety Management Regulated Facility

Energy organizations such as chemical manufacturers, oil and gas production, and even pharmaceutical manufacturers strive to maintain a Process Safety Management (PSM) program to ensure the safety of their employees and those around their facilities. Many of these organizations are familiar with the requirements of PSM including the process of conducting Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)…

PHAs and Flare Systems

At every facility, there is a point during the process hazard analysis when the team inevitably dives into “the black hole” of flare/relief/scrubber systems.  Following strict HAZOP analysis methodology, a team documents all deviations from normal operating limits.  However, with most relief systems, this leaves the team facing numerous causes, and with each source, having…