Friday, 25 November 2016

Troubleshooting and Expert Witness Work Water and Effluent Treatment Plant Design

Last week's troubleshooting job continued this week, and I had a new troubleshooting enquiry which turned into expert witness work.

In other news, Process Plant Layout was published yesterday, a few weeks ahead of time. I will be giving presentations to promote the book in the New Year under the title "The Lost Art of Plant Layout".

I also had a new enquiry this week about a new venue for of university teaching which will give me a chance to develop material for my next book, "An Applied Guide to Water and Effluent Treatment Plant Design" 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Troubleshooting Commercial / Industrial Effluent Treatment Plant

I had a trip out to site this week to look at how a commercial client had got on with changes to the way they operate their effluent treatment plant after a previous troubleshooting visit. The suggested changes had brought the plant back into compliance, but only just.

It looks like a few extra bits of equipment will be needed to keep things comfortably in consent. I'm going to analyse the last year's worth of operational data to see how things have gone.  Once I have done that' I'll design the necessary plant modifications to enhance plant safety and operability.

Other than that, it's been a quiet week. I made a start on my third book, which the IChemE have now confirmed they want to be produced under their brand, like the first two. I got the PDF of the second book today, just as it will be printed. It's a quality item. Every chemical engineer should put it on their Christmas wish-list. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Chemical Engineering Practice, Teaching and Troubleshooting

I spent a lot of last week in universities: Newcastle for my IChemE assessor training, Aston for my final Missing Piece of Design presentation, and Chester teaching design to their first years.

I also spent a fair amount of time writing, proofreading articles for Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Practice magazines on plant layout and pump sizing respectively. Elsevier confirmed that my new plant layout book will be out by 7th December at the latest. An ideal stocking- filler for chemical engineers everywhere...

In the coming week, I'm due back in the real world, starting a reasonably substantial troubleshooting exercise on an industrial effluent treatment plant.   

Friday, 4 November 2016

Process Plant Layout and Process Plant Design Expertise

My webinar on process plant layout earlier this week was really popular, with 1001 attendees. I'm awaiting the transcript of all of the questions I didn't get time to answer. Once I get that and the link to the recording, I'll post the answers up on here.

The very last bit of final proofreading should be complete today. The published version will be revision 13 by my count. It takes a lot of effort to get a book just how you want it, and pick up all of the little errors. It's a project I'm really proud of.

My expert witness jobs centring on problems with process plant design are with the lawyers at present, so for once I don't have a big deadline I'm working to. I just have an article for "Chemical Engineering Practice" magazine to finalise, and some marking of design drawings for Chester University to do today. 

I'm hoping to get a weekend. That'd be nice...