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Simplicity in Project Design

Image source: MLive.com I consistently talk about my 40 years in this engineering business and the friends I have made. I define “friends” as clients, competitors, colleagues, magazine editors, used equipment dealers, etc.  This blog is about what I learned from one of these friends (or her father, really) about simplicity in project design. I was working with an engineering company based in Canada on a project in Saudi Arabia that also involved teams from Europe and Australia. Talk about a mix…


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Reflections & Building Relationships Everywhere

Image: shorturl.at/fhiqv         It is now two years since I began this consulting journey and as I reflect on this time, I harken back to the words on my website – Building Relationships Everywhere. Happily, I do have colleagues, coauthors, and clients all over the world. If I put pins in a map for my clients globally, there would be over ten countries including Italy, India, and Canada. Of course, that’s in addition to my domestic clients. The clients include startups, and universities as…


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Writing in Engineering & the Power of Storytelling

Image source: https://demmelearning.com/storytelling-stages/ In any engineering career, technical writing skills are an important subset of communication, and highly valuable. If you follow this blog regularly you already how much I enjoy writing and communicating ideas to the marketplace. To me, while we may call ourselves engineers and professionals, we are also technical writers. Yet even our writing in engineering can benefit from storytelling. Engineers regularly craft e-mails, white…


Solvay Sodium Carbonate Production Process with Diemme Filter Press Technologies       

My readers know that I always talk about my 40 years in this engineering business solving process filtration and drying problems. Most recently I used this knowledge in my P&ID consulting for Diemme Filter Press Technology, a brand of the Aqseptence group. I wrote a paper entitled “Process Testing for Improving and Optimizing the Solvay Sodium Carbonate Production Process with Filter Press Technologies." The paper focuses on calcium carbonate/calcium chloride waste product initially…


WFC13 Highlights the Latest in Solid-Liquid Separation.

Image source: https://www.photosforclass.com/   The World Filtration Conference 13 (WFC 13) in San Diego was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues from North America and Europe. It has been over six years, and we picked up our conversations as if we had seen each other only yesterday. At the same time, the October conference was a chance to learn the latest in solid-liquid separation. I enjoyed being a session moderator as well as a presenter on a topic of holistic and…