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ExxonMobil plans layoffs but maintains faith in fossil fuels

ExxonMobil plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees as low oil prices force the company to delay major projects, Chief Executive Officer...

The promise of blockchain: A new industrial consortium tests growing technology

There have been countless seminars and work sessions on the subject over the last handful of years, but the mention of “blockchain” still produces...

Real and present danger: Industrial plants face a new level of threats from drones,...

Ed Flynn remembers the days when he could drive unencumbered—comparatively speaking—near an industrial site, or ease through the security checkpoint at the airport. That all...

Stumbling blocks: Many factors can send a turnaround into a tailspin, but most are...

There are a lot of things that can send a maintenance turnaround spiraling out of control and cause a plant to miss its mark,...

Temperature checks, travel restrictions, Skype meetings become the new industrial reality

Louisiana’s industrial market awoke to a new reality this week, one consisting of temperature checks, restricted travel and a greater dependence on Skype meetings. To...

Toolbox Talks: Human Performance and Covid-19

I’m not a medical professional. I’m just a person who, like many of you, is consuming a lot of information these days about Covid-19...

Toolbox Talks: Operate in the middle ground

Have you ever inadvertently demolished someone’s house? Probably not. Mostly because you are not in the house demolition business or you aren’t just, in...

Toolbox Talks: 5 questions to drive change

New year, new you! You let things slide a little over the holidays and now it’s time to buckle down and start improving your...

Toolbox Talks: Is it a present or a problem?

There’s an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where the main character, Larry David, gives Ted Danson a shirt as a present. Ted notices there...

Estimating from scratch: South Louisiana contractors on the challenge of lump-sum estimates

The cost problems faced by Sasol during construction of its $13 billion Lake Charles complex have been well-publicized, but by no means are they...

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