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…

Group & Self Accountability in Process Hazard Analyses

When performing a process hazard analysis (PHA), often people of different positions and specializations are gathered in the meeting room to assess the chosen process on its safety and ability to safeguard against inherent hazards. These groups can include personnel from maintenance, operations, engineering, HS&E (Health, Safety, and Environmental), and management. This diversity of thought…

Your Time Reveals Your Identity

From previous blog entries, some of you know I respect the annual personal or professional reset brought about by the turning of the calendar page from December to January. A new year is as good a time as any to reflect on years past and look forward to years future with the intent of centering…