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“Where do you work? What is Project Management? What does a Project Manager do?” I’m inevitably asked these questions at every dinner party, social gathering, and family event. Depending on the audience, however, my answer changes every time I respond. The easiest expl...

July 11, 2019

Trust is an interesting concept in that we all "know" what it is, but it can be hard to define what role it really has for a specific setting or situation. Suffice it to say that I think we can all agree that trust is the foundation to any healthy relationship. This is...

June 3, 2019

I was working on a particularly problematic heater in 2001 that had been retrofitted with some of the most advanced low NOx burners of the time. Our previous installation made 6 PPM of NOx in the fielded application and the flames looked great. This installation produc...

December 24, 2018

Meet Lydi Bell, Zoey, Ginger, Ella and Quigley; XRG’s most valued employees. Their job? They are responsible for keeping our stress levels down, making sure we get enough exercise, promoting team morale and collaboration, and last but not least, bringing happiness to t...

October 25, 2018

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has now become a critical part of fired heater evaluation, particularly for revamps. However, even though the use of CFD is now common, there is no industry standard procurement process or scope definition methodology. The result is t...

July 24, 2018

Cue Typical Refinery Scene: A nearing-retirement engineer sits, with arms folded and a cantankerous scowl on his face, next to a young, bright-eyed, fresh-out-of-school engineer in a control room working through some issue. Around the table are several youthful souls,...

June 20, 2018

In our daily lives, we have become accustomed to the frequent introduction of new technology.  Every year, cell phone companies roll out their newest offerings and people line up to replace a perfectly good phone with something new and enticing. In contrast to that, th...

November 21, 2017

Saving fuel makes perfect sense; if you use less you pay less. That applies to filling up your car, and it applies to fuel consumption in a process heater. How much money you save is easily calculated by multiplying the fuel savings by the fuel price per gallon. With c...

I was watching a video on YouTube where kids react to old computers. It was great to watch their astonished reactions to an ancient looking computer (the Apple IIe) that we considered advanced in the eighties. When the interviewer mentioned that today’s cell phones are...

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