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Creating Piping and Instrumentation Diagram: My Real Experiences

Example of P&ID
http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/p-id-piping-instrumentation-diagram-d_466.html

As already described in previous posts (such as here and here), I was involved in EPC project. Creating piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is one of my responsibility. I think P&ID is a collection of information and collaboration of every discipline, such as process, mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation. Once I think creating P&ID is easy enough, but I change my mind then. It is not.

I revised my P&ID (water treatment plant, fuel supply system, and wastewater treatment plant) several times. I am not quite sure if I am a kind of diligent person, but I am sure creating “perfect P&ID” requires a lot of works and patience. I sometimes think there’s nothing wrong with my P&ID. However, if you let someone, for example your colleagues, your boss, or someone with more experiences than you to check your P&ID, you will laugh at yourself. It happened to me. My P&ID was far from perfect. I understand now. Perfect P&ID requires continuous improvement. Read More

What is Redwood Viscocity

I just got a really embarassing experience as chemical engineer. Sometimes we deal with a really complicated problem and we can handle that. On the other hand, we handle a simple problem, but we can’t handle that. How if a chemical engineer can not convert the kinematic viscosity expressed in Redwood second into dynamic viscosity? That is my problem. It happened about two days ago. My boss apparently was really disappointed. Read More

How to Calculate Jockey Pump Capacity in Fire Fighting System

Main_fire_pumps_with_Jockey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_pump

About two days ago, my colleague asked me about inconsistency in our design basis of fire fighting system of our on-going project. In our design basis, we stated that the capacity of jockey pump is 50 gpm (the capacity of main fire pump is 500 gpm for electric motor fire fighting and diesel engine fire fighting, respectively). But vendor who supply fire fighting package stated that they will supply jockey pump with the capacity of 25 gpm. It would be a problem if the Construction Management (the one who monitors and review the product of the project) notices this. The question that will be come up is are you sure the capacity of jockey pump (which is 25 gpm) is enough in case there is a fire? The question rises in my mind is

How to calculate jockey pump capacity in fire fighting system? Read More

Chemical engineer’s Diary: How to Keep on Track

Working as chemical engineer in Project Management Company is sometimes difficult. The reason is, mostly, we, the chemical engineers, young one or old one, fresh one or expert one, have to handle more than one project. We called that system as matrix.

In my company, the newly come chemical engineer usually handle one project. Then, on the second or third month of working, they will start to handle at least two project simultaneously. Some people may not have difficulties to manage this. But, for me, it is very hard. Read More

About My Work and Writepreneurship

Because this is the end of weekend, I want to write as many topics as possible. I am sure it would be hard for me to write something I don’t really understand. Here in this post, I want to write something crossed my mind today. There are many things I want to write, but I don’t know what is the purpose. However, I keep thinking those are very important for me.

About My Work and How I Will Pass My Days

It was a long weekend since Friday till Saturday. The worst thing was I almost forgot my work. I meant, I wanted to finish my work or at least I learnt something from what I am doing right now. The fact is I almost did nothing. On Friday, I did open the old files related to Cost of Good Sold of our proposed project and I planned to update them. However, I slept long day, finished reading Kubah by Ahmad Tohari and starting to read Bittersweet by Danielle Steel. Read More

First Step to Learn Foreign Language

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Once upon a time, there was a Japanese old man who had not engaged in much physical activity. He could not bend over and touch his toes. Then, he decided to gain the flexibility without putting stress on his body. He put together a stack of paper, thousands of sheets, that reached up to his knees. Then, he bent over and touched the top of the stack with his fingertips, holding the position for a little while, which was not at all hard to do. The next day, he removed two sheets from the stack and did the same thing.

Every day from then on, he removed two more sheets of paper from the stack. The difference from one day to the next was so slight as to be practically imperceptible, so he never had any problem bending over, touching the top sheet, and holding the position for a minute or two. After many months, the stack was considerably lower, until there was no paper at all left, and he could easily touch his toes. He had achieved his goal, with no strain, no pain, and no stress on his system. All it took was patience and perseverance. Read More

Shake That Brain! How to Create Winning Solutions (and Have Fun While You’re at it)

Yesterday, I wrote an e-book titled Shake That Brain! How to Create Winning Solutions (and Have Fun While You’re at it). I haven’t read the whole pages of the book, but I was so lucky because I chose the appropriate chapter.

The author of this spectacular book is Joel Saltzman, a speaker, facilitator, and coach. I said spectacular because I knew this book was absolutely great by reading only one chapter.

I read Chapter 4: Learn That Mistakes Are Great

Favorite Quotes

The more mistakes you made, the better your chances to success.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.

It’s not that I’m smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer (Albert Einstein) Read More

Best Moment in My Life

When I looked back what I’ve experienced, I realized that most of my best moments in my life happened when I lived in Taiwan, when I pursued Master Degree.

My First Publication

I was so happy because at the second semester, my Ph.D supervisor asked me to take a part in writing article review, Cultivation, photobioreactor design and harvesting of microalgae: a critical review. Although I’m not the first author, I feel happy because that article was listed in Most downloaded bioresource technology article. Since then, I got a powerful spirit and motivation to learn and more serious in doing my research. If you wish to get this article but don’t have access to download it, you can contact me. Read More

Smile: A simple act to feel better

About a week ago, I was thinking to write something about smile. This inspiration came from daily human behavior. Smile is the way to show politeness, friendliness, and openness, especially in my country. When you don’t smile and show sad face, people may think you are a bit bad people, impolite, and a kind of unsocialized people. However, that was for normal smile. Sometimes, we smile for something not good (in the hope to feel good).

Yesterday I got a meeting and got scolded by my client. I totally forgot how to smile. In fact, I wanted to cry at that time. The condition was really appropriate to cry. I felt my eyes were hot, but I controlled my self and tried to act normally. I tried to smile to feel better. It worked at that time, but my heart was still hurt. Read More