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  • July 12, 2017

    Industrial insulation contractors have their work cut out for them. As with many facets of industrial facility construction, operation, and maintenance, orchestrating the variables at play is critical to ensuring that projects are completed safely, on time, and to specification. For contractors, this effort can be complicated by coordinating timing with unforeseen project delays, space constraints, difficulty finding skilled installers, material storage limitations, and, most notably, inclement weather.

  • July 12, 2017

    Many pain-points of the subcontractor have been around for years, while many are just now surfacing. No matter the age of these issues, they are here and will effect the way subcontractors conduct business. Subcontractors face both internal and external pressures during their job and must react to both. They are responsible for their team and the general contractor as well as any outside pressures such as the environment, the law, and the government. Click here to read more about the challenges contractors face every day. 

  • July 12, 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) brings digital connectivity to everything. Sensors and software use analytics to process the data in a manner that generates alerts when appropriate. This technology is rapidly being applied to many application on the construction jobsite.

  • July 12, 2017

    Contractors are an eternally optimistic bunch and never seem to allow for any weather related impacts on construction projects. What, are you really going to work on a twelve month long project and think you won’t encounter rain, winds, summer, and winter at some stage in the course of your project! Click here to read more about how to prevent weather delays from stopping you in your tracks. 

  • June 27, 2017

    Earlier this month, we hosted a live webinar with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) about the latest advancements in corrosion under insulation (CUI) research (click here to watch a recording of the webinar).

    After the webinar, we sat down for a one-on-one interview with our co-host from SwRI, Leo Caseres, to get his insights on the leading issues we face pertaining to CUI and what he sees for the future of CUI research.

  • June 27, 2017

    As Marc Grenier discussed in The Corrosion Under Insulation Plague: What You Need to Know, corrosion under insulation (CUI) is one of the most difficult corrosion processes to prevent. The reason for that is, by and large, no matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and begins its dirty work—sometimes unseen until process leakage occurs. Data shows that about 60% of pipe leaks are caused by CUI. That’s not good.

  • June 27, 2017

    Deterioration due to corrosion of materials, parts and components during transportation and temporary storage during interstage manufacturing is a persistent problem in the industry. It causes direct material losses as well as indirect losses. Due to temporary corrosion, time is diverted to handling complaints and customer loyalty is potentially lost. Delayed deliveries due to reworking of corroded components translate to avoidable losses. Therefore, planning for corrosion protection during temporary storage and transportation is a logical strategy to minimize these losses.

  • June 27, 2017

    At BTU Analytics we write many Energy Market Commentary (EMC) pieces on detailed production results in specific plays, today this post will back-off and look at larger trends in the energy markets – specifically how gas and renewables drive US decarbonization trends.  First in this post we will look at world fuel consumption compared to US fuel consumption over time.  In developed countries, fuel switching in energy markets is continuously changing driven by technology, production costs, and regulation to name a few.

  • May 31, 2017

    All mechanical systems, including insulation systems, require periodic inspections and maintenance to ensure that the cladding or insulation materials are not damaged, compromised, or even missing altogether.  Failure to conduct these inspections in a timely manner or document repairs/replacement of insulating materials can result in compromised personnel protection, reduced process efficiency and control, increased rates of corrosion, and ongoing economic losses in energy efficiency – to name just a few.

  • May 31, 2017

    Giving birth to invention out of necessity, a group of UA scientists found a new way to combat industrial corrosion — and a new, cleaner method of metals extraction for the mining industry in the bargain.

    The work of the University of Arizona’s Dominic Gervasio and his colleagues has led to the launch of two companies, Caltrode and MetOxs, to commercialize the technologies with the help of Tech Launch Arizona.