19 Nov, 2013

Excellence in Workforce Development - Part 1

The SMRP Body of Knowledge is the best there is. But how do you know if your people can demonstrate their competence? How are you going to replace your retiring, experienced personnel with competent people who can perform on the job? How do you manage safety with safe work behaviors by competent people? In a growing number of societal areas, we are using ‘leading indicators’ to help people choose safer behaviors that prevent accidents.

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7 Nov, 2013

Estimating Still Column Top Temperature in TEG Dehydration Unit

In this Tip of The Month (TOTM), the effect of striping gas rate and TEG circulation ratio on the still column top temperature for regeneration of rich triethylene glycol (TEG) is investigated. Specifically, this study focuses on the variation of still column top temperature with reboiler pressure, TEG circulation ratio and stripping gas rate. By performing a rigorous computer simulation of TEG regeneration at reboiler pressures of 110.3 kPaa (16 psia) and 524.1 kPaa (76 psia), two charts for quick determination of still column top temperature needed for facilities type calculations are developed. In addition, the effect of theoretical number of trays in the stripping gas section is studied.

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4 Oct, 2013

The Stainless Steel Family - An Overview

Stainless steel is a family of corrosion resistant steels containing chromium in which the chromium forms a passive film of chromium oxide (Cr2O3) when exposed to oxygen [1]. This phenomenon is called passivation and is seen in other metals, such as aluminium and titanium. The film layer is impervious to water and air and quickly reforms when the surface is scratched. This protects the metal beneath – preventing further surface corrosion. Since the layer only forms in the presence of oxygen, corrosion-resistance can be adversely affected if the component is used in a non-oxygenated environment e.g. underwater bolts on a platform support structure.

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11 Sep, 2013

High Pressure Regeneration of TEG with Stripping Gas

In this article, regeneration of rich triethylene glycol (TEG) with striping gas at high pressure is investigated. Specifically, this study focuses on the determination of the required stripping gas rate as a function of the lean TEG mass percent, reboiler temperature, and the number of theoretical trays in the stripping section (NS) for a regenerator (still) column with two theoretical trays (NR). By performing rigorous computer simulations of TEG regeneration at high pressure, a series of charts for quick determination of stripping gas rates needed for facilities type calculations are developed.

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26 Apr, 2013

New Course! Advanced Project Management

New Course! Advanced project management for project managers, asset managers, project control managers and project engineers. PetroSkills has responded to the industry’s growing need for tighter control and greater efficiency in large-scale project management with a new course in 2013: Advanced Project Management.

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19 Apr, 2013

What does the “Big Crew Change” mean for you?

You’ve probably heard all about the “Big Crew Change.” During the next few years, about one third of today’s oil and gas professionals are going to retire. For an executive manager of an oil and gas company, that presents a huge challenge – as companies everywhere race to fill the gaps in their workforces. What does the Big Crew Change mean for you? Opportunity!

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18 Apr, 2013

Using Course Progression Maps

PetroSkills Course Progression Maps are a valuable tool to help you customize a career map with coursework that specifically relates to present or future job requirements, or simply find your next course.

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13 Apr, 2013

For 3D concepts, 3D graphics work better than words

In the Geoscience disciplines (geology and geophysics), I have found that most course participants relate particularly well to graphic images. They are strongly visual learners. With fewer words and more images, they see more. For this reason, I have designed my courses to be as visual as possible. And in recent years I have carried this further to include a large number of graphic animations in my courses.

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9 Apr, 2013

Learn more. Go farther.

The years just ahead offer terrific opportunity for petroleum professionals in the early stages of their careers. With the Big Crew Change upon us, thousands of senior-level professionals will soon retire. Early- and mid-career professionals will rise to fill their ranks – and the greatest gains will go to those with the greatest talent and drive to seize the opportunity. One of the most important steps you can take to propel your career is to improve your technical knowledge and skills, and broaden your perspective. But it’s not just about “taking courses.” I can tell you, based on my diverse and exciting experiences over a long career, that the courses you choose – and the organization that provides them – make all the difference.

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4 Apr, 2013

The Difference Between “Good” and “Bad” Teachers

What’s the difference between a “good” teacher and a “bad” teacher, between a great learning experience and a bore? Intuitively, we all know the difference. Bad teachers are dull and uninspiring. Their lectures drone on and on, and before long it’s a struggle just to stay awake. I had an English professor once who so inspired me that I spent time in the library expanding my knowledge of the literature we were discussing. Making an “A” in his class was easy.

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