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Refinery Maintenance: Defect Elimination

There is a famous quote, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”  By this definition, it is senseless for a refinery to all allow major equipment to fail the same way multiple times.  These types of failures can lead to expensive production stoppages and result in unplanned overtime,… read more →




Value Stream Mapping Your Way Out of Waste

No one likes waste, but the question is, what the best way to get rid of it?  The answer is Lean, whose fundamental objective is to create maximum value through the elimination of waste.  In essence, finding processes to get things done with less effort, less time, and fewer resources. Originally conceived in post-war Japan… read more →




The Right Approach to Loss Control Can Help Your Bottom Line

For a long time, the realities of the Oil & Gas industry could be summed up in one word – unpredictability.  Recent events in the oil market have once again proven how volatile the industry is.   In this environment, every stream of financial benefit into the bottom line gives oil & gas companies an… read more →




The Tenets of Process (Re-)Design

Trindent’s approach to profit improvement is based on solving complex problems, where we drive improvements in three key areas: Process, which refers to the way things are done; Systems, the tools used to manage a business; and Behaviors, the actions taken based on information provided by the System. This article will focus on processes, which… read more →




Dissecting Trindent’s Values for New Applicants – Character Before Skill

Think of your next job as an investment.  When you invest in something, you first want to make sure the asset meets whatever criteria you define as a “good fit” – whether it’s the level of risk, or the rate of return, or some other factor.   Throughout your career, the same methodology should apply when… read more →




Heuristics: Why Intelligent Managers Make Mistakes

As an experiment, a cohort of MBA students was given a math test with difficulty at about the 5th-grade level.  The test was administered online, designed as an open book multiple-choice, and no time limit was imposed. All possible conditions were put in place to make passing the test easy.  The results, revealed at the… read more →




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