Review of the Energy Institute Element 12: Management of Change and Project Management Guidance

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Review Element 12: Management of Change and Project Management

Introduction

I have just been reading an excellent guidance note from the Energy Institute entitled “Element 12: Management of Change and Project Management“. I think that it was authored mostly by Martin Ball and was published in September 2015.

It is part of a series of guidance notes that set out a 20 element framework for Process Safety. Continue reading “Review of the Energy Institute Element 12: Management of Change and Project Management Guidance”

PX / Sellafield PSM Management of Change for Process Safety Case Study

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PX / Sellafield PSM Management of Change for Process Safety Case Study

1.    The Challenge

PX Ltd manage the operations and maintenance of the Fellside 188 MW CHP plant providing critical process steam and electricity to the adjacent Sellafield nuclear reprocessing facility.

PX Ltd approached FoCul for a browser based solution to manage engineering change at Fellside. The system needed to provide a controlled and auditable process for managing engineering change and needed to allow engineering changes to be managed efficiently within the organisation. Continue reading “PX / Sellafield PSM Management of Change for Process Safety Case Study”

Chemoxy International PSM Management of Change Case Study

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Chemoxy International PSM Management of Change Case Study

1.   The Challenge

Chemoxy International is one of the largest independent contract manufacturers in Europe. Their sites in the North East of England are Upper Tier COMAH sites.

As a responsible operator Chemoxy already had a well-established Management of Change for Process Safety ( MOC ) procedure but wanted to improve the efficiency, robustness and transparency of that process.

The existing Chemoxy PSM Management of Change for Process Safety ( MOC ) process had developed over time to suit their specific business requirements and there was real business benefit in continuing to use the core principles of that process. Continue reading “Chemoxy International PSM Management of Change Case Study”

Amazon Workplaces – great for temporary machines

Juts a quick post to mention Amazon workspaces.

We have been migrating 20 years of Notes data to a new XPages application and needed to PDF over 200k documents in the process. To do this we needed to run several Notes clients continuously for several weeks to create the PDFs.

We started by using Azure VMs and Windows Server 2008 images but these were expensive and seemed to lack grunt. We then started to use Amazon Workspaces and these were more affordable and seemed to run better. We are using the Performance bundles @USD60 per month all in.  Just be careful though as the same bundle billed by the hour is over $400USD per month.

Amazon Workplace is also based on Server 2008 R2 but Notes will run happily on this.

After we installed all that we needed we created a bespoke image and then a bespoke bundle which allowed further new workspaces to be deployed in about 5 minutes.

You connect to the workspace with a dedicated remote client but it is more responsive that the Microsoft Remote Desktop and works very well.

We had previously used Azure to host pre-configured Emergency Desktops as a contingency for broken or stolen laptops for remote workers but we will be using the Amazon Workspaces instead from now on.