Planning for Disasters In the Oil and Gas Industry

Disasters in the oil and gas industry happen. Although much is done to minimize occurrences, fires, explosions and leaks may happen in the course of oil and gas exploration and drilling. Companies must be prepared in the event of a natural or man-made incident which results in an oil spill or fire on offshore rigs and onshore sites. In the event of a disaster, they will need a response and recovery plan which employs skilled and trained personnel to manage and remedy the situation. A gas and oil head hunter from a staffing solutions agency can help companies in their preparation of a contingency plan.

Extra Personnel
Most companies have a plan for day-to-day operations that employ the safety and environmental precautions necessary to avoid disasters. When something extraordinary happens, however, they must have additional personnel in place to handle oil and gas emergency responses and a recovery plan. This often means the inclusion of retirees and contractors who are not part of the day-to-day operations, but who hold the knowledge and skills to assist in emergency situations. The head hunter service can help energy companies to devise a list of individuals who can step in on short notice to fill their needs. Oftentimes, those who have had long oil careers and are now retired can provide background information during the containment and recovery processes. Continue reading »

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Restoration and Conservation of Delicate Materials With Mold

Introduction

The problem is: how to conserve and restore delicate materials such as leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works and textiles after water damage once they have mold without damaging the object. Most of the commonly used mold treatments such as regular heat sterilization, methyl bromide, ethylene oxide and ozone bleaching can damage or destroy the delicate structure of a leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works or textile being treated while they are killing the mold or bacteria. This risk to the materials, not to mention damage to the environment, are now of critical importance. The solution is a two step process: vacuum freeze drying and plasma fumigation.

Most water-damaged materials will show signs of mold growth after a short time. Initially, water damaged documents and books have to be blast frozen to minimize large ice blocks which can further damage leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works and textiles. Next, normal freeze drying is used to remove the moisture from water damaged materials. Unfortunately, normal freeze drying has its drawbacks. Freeze drying removes the water, but not the mold and/or bacteria. Continue reading »

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When The Power Goes Out – Business Entrepreneurs Can’t Give In

During Super Bowl 47 something rather unexpected happened, the power went out during the second half. Well, half the stadium’s power went out that is, and yet, the show must go on. The game was delayed 35-minutes, the problem was fixed and the game continued, after all, it was the Super Bowl, and after a long fought season, that game had to be played. Some would say that the chances of that happening, the power going out, is next to impossible. Well, if you know anything about New Orleans, you should be too awfully surprised, I wasn’t.

Now then, let’s talk about this and how things like this happen to us all in the real world. For instance, let’s say you run a business; what do you do when things go wrong, do you immediately look for blame, huddle the team, work on the crisis, or search of opportunity in the process. How about all those things simultaneously? Interestingly enough, the San Francisco 49s had their power off so their Telex Headsets were not working, they should have huddled the team and strategized or had another half-time locker room type talk.

That’s what the Baltimore Ravens did, but let me ask you something, what would you have done in the those darkest minutes? As an entrepreneur or business leader you cannot give in or give up, you must continually perform, and be up for the challenge. Continue reading »

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Major Shocks To Complex Systems – Reverberations Before Cascading Failures Considered

Not long ago, I was talking to an investor friend of mine who also happens to be a mathematician. We were discussing complex systems, and ETF derivative algorithm tracking schemes. We got to talking about what the stock markets look like when they are topsy and how there could be a major hit, then extreme volatile activity, and then just when you think everything is stabilizing, it falls apart. We also see this in biological systems like the human body after someone has a heart attack, breaks a hip, or has a serious bout with a virus or bacterial infection.

Indeed, we could say the same for most complex systems whether it be a car, aircraft, or a piece of machinery. Occasionally something takes a strong hit, and it is damaged inside, although it runs a little rough, everything appears to be okay, but it’s not. It’s going through reverberations, and on the verge of a cascading failure event. It seems as if we can predict equipment failure, biological failures, and even major stock market pullbacks or collapses based on the rates of change, through mathematics.

There is an interesting book on this topic, it’s available as an eBook, indeed, if this topic interests you, then I think you should read it. Continue reading »

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