Shetland Gas Processing
Recommended strict markup procedures and Management of Change for P&IDs, Safety
Critical documents and documents key to Integrity. Audited HAZOP closure to
ensure properly done.
Borger Gasoline Benzene Reduction
Systems Area Lead for multiple units, including major heat integration, P&ID
responsibility for PHA comments into IFD release, updating with LOPA/SIL
decisions. Also responsible for “Management of Change” through IFC
Amoco Yorktown and
Senior Systems Engineer for
S-Zorb Unit – competitor to ExxonMobil ScanFiner technology.
P&ID Lead for FEL2 to FEL3 on
Hydrocracker and Kerosene Hydrotreater through to IFD.
2005–2006 BP Cherry Point,
Senior engineer in “Design to Capacity”
de-bottlenecking of coker plus technical specs for merchant hydrogen plant. Set
up link to refinery for hourly “PI” baseline data”. Our studies created
PFDs, updated P&IDs.
Mobil R& D Corp, Princeton
Part of the group in Princeton responsible for
FCC technology licensing (e.g. Atomax nozzles). My first task was in validating
competing versions of in-house proprietary “MAPS” which predicted refinery
yields for e.g. cracking and reforming units, given only a slate of crude oil
assays. My second role was Team Lead over engineers writing yield optimization
routines for catalytic processes e.g. CCR, semi-regen, fluid crackers and
hydrotreaters. Data was pulled from a refinery’s “ProMIS”
system - combination of “PI” and LIMS, standardized across Mobil plants.
N.Z. Synthetic Fuels Corp
Supervised a nine-person group to create “as-built” of all P&IDs for all
units at N..Z SynFuel: a $1.2 billion NZ Government/Mobil
“Gas-to-Methanol-to-Gasoline” project. The MTG unit used Mobil’s ZSM-5 catalyst
to synthesize high-octane C5-C6 hydrocarbons as blendstock.
Startup Manager & Bob did Utilities performance tests, then he supervised
Process Computer system’s staff for performance diagnostics, plus
CAD group doing P&ID revisions, plus manage 18,000 CAD
1982 -1984 University
Bob returned to
the University due to impact of Iran-Iraq war on N Z Refining Corp’s light,
sweet crude supply. Taught Process Analysis & Synthesis plus Senior year
Design Project. This included developing scoping-level technology design,
given a topic choice from relevant NZ industries. Teams of four had to develop
Block Flow, Process Flow, Stream Summaries, Materials Selection (approach
being adapted now by Rice
University, in his latest
role as Design Course Advisor)
Refining, Vicksburg MS
Commissioned major refinery capacity expansion, including P&ID verification
against Control Logic
1974, 1976 Gladieux Refinery, Ft. Wayne
Redesign for mixed crude slate
(26º to 38º API), then upgrade to make JP-5 military jet Fuel
Shared unit checkout
responsibility, including all as-builts, then unit engineer during startup.