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Value Improvement Practices (VIP) Guide Words

A Value Improvement Process (VIP) session, also known as Value Engineering, is a meeting that tries to analyze a design and find ways to improve the “value” the project provides to those undertaking it. This usually means saving money, but … Continue reading

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pH System Modeling and Control

When dealing with acids and bases, the subject of pH and pH control often comes up. In this post we'll discuss some methods of modelling acidic and basic streams and talk a little about the practical difficulties in controlling pH … Continue reading

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Free and Legal Access to MS Word, Excel, Office

Need to get access to Microsoft Office for a new PC, but don’t have the cash on hand to get the latest version just yet? Try these free and legal options: Microsoft Starter 2010 – Free "light" versions of Word … Continue reading

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Chemical Plant Safety Tips Easily Forgotten

Today, a handful of safety lessons which are easy to forget when visiting a chemical plant: Dangerous chemicals: Every plant worth its salt will have Material Safety Datasheets (MSDSs) in prominent locations, and proper training, for each hazard. These sheets … Continue reading

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Why American Women Graduates are Quitting Engineering

So I dug into another "women in engineering" report, trying to see if anyone had cracked the code on why women tend to leave engineering 2-3x more often, despite being just as qualified. It's a 64-page review of graduates all … Continue reading

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