The Most Important PSM Element

For the past many Springs, I have taught a Process Safety class at Rice University.  I thoroughly enjoy imparting knowledge of my craft.  I am also inspired every year by the promise of the students as they march towards the end of their undergraduate careers. One of the questions I get asked a lot by…

Ask Our Expert: Justin Daarud

1. What Mechanical Integrity program improvements will deliver integrity and reliability performance? Visualization and Digital Twins:For me personally, visualization is critical to enhancing any program. Whether I am looking at a spreadsheet, an inspection report, an engineering specification sheet or U1A, visualization of a digital twin helps me visualize the equipment and its degradation locations.…

Texas….Pipes, Pipes, Freeze Baby

Alright; stop, grab a seat, and listen… It was COLD in Texas.  REALLY cold. However, with simple planning for reliability, Texans could have possibly prevented multiple pipe-freezing failures that are continuing to plague many as we thaw out from Winter Storm Uri.  Hopefully, my story and observations of our collective pipe-freezing situation will remind us…

Vision for Future Growth

On Friday, 05 February 2021, the Cognascents Consulting Group, Inc., welcomed aboard four new minority shareholders – Justin Daarud, Jeffrey Miller, Norberto Pineda, and Billy Wimberly.  The four new minority shareholders join Najib Melhem (minority interest), Colette Perez (founding shareholder), and John Perez (founding shareholder) in the Cognascents ownership structure. In the face of a…

Ask Our Expert: Najib Melhem

1. What are the challenges operators are facing when trying to maintain their relief system program in a low-price oil environment? The industry faces several challenges in the current low-price climate specifically due to the uncertainty in the pandemic-driven supply and demand pressures that extend beyond normal market economics. In addition to the impact of…