Friday, 19 February 2016

Water / Sewage Process Plant Design Engineering Training Course

I'm getting increasing numbers of enquiries from the big consultancies to help with the ramping up of design activity which always comes at this part of the procurement cycle in the water industry recently.

It is an interesting contrast to all of the other enquires I am getting from very experienced people with a background in the Oil and Gas industry who have lost their jobs and can't get new ones.

I'm considering offering a practical water and sewage treatment plant design course to allow the glut of redundant oil and gas staff to retrain to fill the demand for water process engineers.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Expert Water Process Engineer: Troubleshooting Reports

Feedback from clients on my two recent troubleshooting reports was good. At least one of them seems likely to be leading to follow-up work, and the other one may once they have dealt with the aftermath of the recent torrential rains.

I have some new training opportunities, may be in the Gulf region again soon, but things are tough in Oil and Gas at the moment.

Work on my Plant Layout book continues....

Friday, 5 February 2016

Troubleshooting Effluent Treatment : Getting the Facts Straight

I have just submitted my second troubleshooting report in two weeks. In both cases, much of the heavy lifting was getting to the bottom of the facts of the matter.

It is more often the case than not that once the facts are known, the problem is clearly visible, and the solution almost obvious. The engineer's key skill is asking the right questions, and putting the right weighting on the data available.

These are the same basic skills as the expert witness in such cases, though the aim of the expert witness is to stop at the point where the facts, as well as consensus and individual opinion on what they mean is known.

In troubleshooting, what the client want to know is if it can be fixed, and if so how. I have never had an expert witness case in which these were the court's questions.