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Jan 09, 2018

How do refiners address today’s skills gap?

Technology is changing the skillset for today’s refiner. Traditional engineering is still important, but there’s a big cloud-shaped world for the talent of tomorrow to conquer. Here Tim Shire, New Solution Strategy and Launch at KBC, looks at how you can address today’s ever-growing skills gap.

Dec 12, 2017

Don’t start from scratch: Why you should embrace your traditional digital tech

In his last blog, Tim Shire explored how cloud technologies offer real business value to your refinery. Our experience is that once people start using the cloud, a cascade of potential opens and the value grows exponentially. That said, digital technology and analytics sometimes holds out a false promise of replacing some of the difficult decisions and analysis that refiners have to make with a computerized solution. A better approach may be to build on top of what already exists to ensure success.

Nov 13, 2017

The time is now: How to successfully harness new digital technologies in the oil and gas industry

In an article recently featured in Hydrocarbon Engineering magazine, Tim Shire discussed how a wealth of new and powerful digital technologies have been promising great benefits to the oil and gas industry for a number of years. These technologies promise to deliver real business value by allowing objective, real-time decision making, removing uncertainty by enabling assets to be operated at full potential, and providing joined up information quickly and efficiently. But how can new technologies offer real business value? And how you can capitalize on the benefits they have to offer, to turn data into dollars?

Oct 26, 2017

How are big data and cloud technologies shaping future careers in the energy and chemical industry?

The speed of business has been rapidly re-writing the job description of an engineer in the oil and gas industry in recent years. The world is becoming more and more short-term oriented. The proliferation of big data being transmitted in real-time at ever rising velocities has compressed the timelines for decision-making. The pressure to deliver immediate results in terms of safe, reliable and profitable operations has intensified.

Jul 28, 2017

IMO 2020 bunker fuel sulphur cap - the time for oil refiners to act is now

The new IM regulation is the most disruptive change to impact the oil industry in 30 years. Refiners need to assess their options and plan their actions now.

Feb 23, 2017

Are you lagging or leading?

Effective workplace safety programs measure behaviors and activities both before and after incidents or accidents occur.

Dec 20, 2016

How to remove silos in your safety programs

A company’s employees is one of its most valuable assets. Working to keep them healthy and safe at both work and home results in a more effective workforce and improves morale.

Oct 14, 2016

KBC software user group

KBC’s clients and partners come together for the North-American refining conference focused on process simulation and sharing best practice.

Apr 11, 2016

A shotgun solution to reversing the hollowing out of the oil and gas industry

Four actions you can take to close the skills gap and attract young talented people to the engineering industry.

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