Chemical Engineering

Share this article:

Chemical Engineering

  • Join our comunity:

Why I wrote “Chemical and Process Plant Commissioning Handbook”

By: , Posted on: August 7, 2013

Martin KillcrossThe Chemical and Process Plant Commissioning Handbook is a must have for engineers in the chemical process and process plant sectors, or for those refreshing their skills in this area. It provides a guide and reference to preparing a systematic methodology for converting a newly constructed plant, as well as streamlining equipment into an operational process unit. Includes downloadable commissioning process checklists that comply with industry standard best practice which readers can use and adapt for their own situations.

The reference focuses on the critical safety assessment and inspection regimes necessary to ensure that new plants are compliant with OSH(A) and environmental requirements. Martin Killcross has brought together the theory of textbooks and technical information obtained from sales literature, in order to provide engineers with what they need to know before initiating talks with vendors regarding equipment selection.

“I passionately believe that every processing plant can be started-up safely, efficiently, effectively and on time. My driving ambition is to help as many people, projects and companies as is possible, turn my belief into an everyday reality.”

33 years of commissioning knowledge, combined with a burning passion and desire to realise my vision provided me with the driver for the creation of this book, its intent simple; so I may share my experiences with others about the commissioning process.

Chemical and Process Plant Commissioning Handbook

I had a proven commissioning methodology based on a simple, tried and tested logic. The logic is built on a robust framework with a structured approach to the successful commissioning of any process plant, it’s phased technique and systemized method brings effective organization and hence delivery to the start-up of plant regardless of its size. Therefore, the work practically and logically describes and guides the reader through the whole process, from front end engineering through to a plant running to design intent and full product specification. I truly hope the work will contribute in some small way to successful commissioning delivery in any part of the world and to any individual or company that requires it, the books content is founded on the experiences of working with on varied processes, on numerous applications, in many countries worldwide.

Within all of the commissioning phases explained within this handbook, there are bulleted lists which have been developed to assist in the explanation and therefore delivery of the stage being discussed. Worked examples of actual commissioning procedures and check sheets to provide evidence and guidance to the paperwork system required to successfully mange the commissioning process are provided within each step. The procedures and check sheets are based on real documents utilized on many projects worldwide.

This handbook in addition offers a full package of blank forms that can be utilized in the formation of commissioning manuals required for any application. Where applicable and relevant, sections within this handbook also address brief relevant “things that can go wrong” and key chapter points to further give clarity for the section discussed and importantly share lessons learned between commissioning practitioners.

Successful Commissioning is a highly rewarding process; I hope the information provided within the pages of this handbook will help you in your project delivery.

Stay safe and happy commissioning…

The Chemical and Process Plant Commissioning Handbook is available for purchase on the Elsevier Store. Use discount code “STBCNF13” at checkout and save 30% on it, along with the rest of our Engineering titles.

Connect with us on social media and stay up to date on new articles

Chemical Engineering

Most of the major scientific challenges of the 21st century — including sustainable energy resources, water quality issues, and process efficiency in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries — revolve around chemical engineering. Elsevier’s broad content in this area examines topics such as bioprocessing, polymer nano-composites, biomass gasification and pyrolysis, computational fluid dynamics, industrial proteins, catalysis, and many others with great significance and applicability to researchers today. Our books, eBooks, and online tools provide foundational information to students, and cutting-edge coverage to advance corporate research and development. Learn more about our Chemical Engineering books here.