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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a Catalyst for Culture Change

Recorded On: 04/22/2014

SOPs are frequently developed late in the project, after the design is completed and construction is well underway. They may be used for little other than operator training. Following the initial facility startup, they may even end up on a shelf collecting dust. In this environment SOPs have little influence on either the design or the operation of the facility. This webinar suggests methods for generating SOPs that accomplish the dual goals of improved design and improved, safer operation.

Sponsored by: Projects, Facilities and Constructions Technical Director

Howard Duhon is the Systems Engineering Manager and a principal of Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, Inc. (GATE) in Houston, TX. He has 38 years of experience in the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industries mainly in process design and project engineering roles.

For the past 15 years that work has mainly involved deepwater developments and has been focused on managing the interfaces between topsides and other disciplines. Duhon has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout his career he has had a particular interest in the study of decision theory and in the application of that knowledge to improve project execution.

In 2013 he was named to the SPE Board of Directors as the Projects, Facilities and Construction Technical Director.


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