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Are Machines Better Than Humans in Crisis?

Abstract There have been several well publicized incidents over the past few years in refinery and petrochemical facilities. Incident reports from amongst others, the Chemical Safety Board and papers from ARC and Marsh McLennan Insurance Company show that many of

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Process Safety Congress Dordrecht

Controlling processes with hazardous chemicals Industrial accidents can cause thousands of workplace injuries. For instance, an explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed at least 47 people and injured over 600, the latest in a series of

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The Lean and Mean Trap

Have you ever heard of “the lean and mean trap”? Last month I visited a company that manufactures specialty chemicals. We initially discussed the market conditions and the current economic situation of the company. I was not surprised to hear

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Is Data the new Oil?

Traditionally, oil has been considered one of the most valuable physical assets, but is this important commodity being replaced by data? Introduction In the early twentieth century, oil transformed the world, driving cars, powering the whole chemical industry and fuelling

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How Digital Transformation impacts Plant Availability

Digitization, which originally meant the conversion of analog information into digital formats, has now been almost completely implemented. As standard, data and media are available in digital form. More and more companies are paperless, archives are becoming a reminiscence of

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Digital Transformation in the Oil and Gas Industry

Over the past few years, I have written papers and given several presentations on procedure management and decision support at the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Intelligent Energy Europe conference and have seen a dramatic change with respect to digital

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Disruption rocks! Study Leadership and Industry 4.0 – Part Two

In the first part of the series, we introduced Deloitte’s personas the Social Supers and the Data-Driven Decisives. Deloitte introduces two additional leadership personas: The Disruption Drivers and the Talent Champions. Leadership Persona: The Disruption Drivers The Disruption Drivers are

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Ready to take off? Study Leadership and Industry 4.0 – Part One

According to the recently published study “Success personified in the fourth industrial revolution” by consulting firm Deloitte, the context between leadership and industry 4.0 is explored. Companies feel only moderately prepared for the fourth industrial revolution. The study surveyed more

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