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Things We Loved in 2019: ProvPSM Team Out & About

The Provenance team is not only dedicated to providing exceptional client services, we also strive to share our expertise. This past year, our team has participated in educational programming, industry conferences and presentations, and achieved some impressive professional milestones. Check out a brief list of what Provenance team members have participated in.


Industry Presentations/Events

In my experience, many industry professionals avoid asking “dumb” technical questions openly for reasons of fear or pride. What engineers need are answers to the technical pressure relief systems questions they just can’t find a way to ask. This presentation shared questions submitted from dozens of anonymous engineers when asked, “What do you want to know about pressure relief systems but were too afraid to ask?” It then answers them using the latest RAGAGEP and industry direction.

This presentation discussed the gray area between PSM and DOT jurisdiction, including coverage of Terminal operations (e.g. drying), break-out tanks, railcars/trucks, and cavern applicability. The nuances of PSM applicability, including interconnectivity and colocation, hydrocarbon used as a fuel, atmospheric tanks, and safety systems will be presented. Furthermore, this paper will provide a history of jurisdictional boundary and PSM applicability cases/interpretations and will present examples of determining PSM jurisdiction and applicability.

“It is likely that your problem is with the process and not so much maintenance wash procedures. I recommend looking into the stream components, particularly chloride concentrations. You may have a very-well-known damage mechanism, called ammonium chloride corrosion, at work in your main fractionator tower…” [read more]

“When it comes to distillation towers, you always want to be certain that you put the right pressure relief device (PRD) in the right spot. Due to the complexities of distillation towers, many relief cases can exceed the normal relief rates you see from your typical vessel overpressure scenarios. In events such as these, it’s always good to get an experienced evaluator or a second opinion of the evaluation of your column PRDs…” [read more]



Professional Achievements

To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state’s licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers.

  • Lauren Hendrickson – Lauren has been promoted to Project Lead. She has worked for Provenance since 2014 and has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas.
  • Edward Guillen – Edward has been promoted to Project Lead. He started working with Provenance in 2014 and has worked across numerous projects within the Mechanical Integrity Line of Service.

In addition, in 2019 Edward Guillen completed his API 653 Inspector certification, making him a rare triple-certified inspector (API 510, 570, 653).



Educational & Community Programming

  • UT Girl Day (University of Texas at Austin)

    • Our team of The University of Texas Chemical Engineering alumni loved helping over 800 students make their own Galaxy in a Bottle at #UTGirlDay 2019! Such an awesome event put on by the UT Women in Engineering Program at Austin. Check out the demonstration video to see our activity and more photos.
  • UT ChemE 102 – Presentation on Process Safety Opportunities

    • Our team gave an overview of process safety for first-year students.
  • UT ASME & AIChE Student Chapter Meetings and Tailgate

    • We hosted our annual tailgate with UT’s student chapters of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and AIChE – American Institute of Chemical Engineers on October 19th for the UT-Kansas game in Austin. Student members joined us for some awesome BBQ, beverages, and a few friendly games of washers!
  • Heat-Up Hutchinson County Cook-Off

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Vipin Vijayakumaran – Engineers Week 2019 Spotlight

Early focus on achieving technical certifications allowed Vipin to pursue his own career path at Provenance, which now includes leading teams at multiple sites.

Provenance Consulting Site Lead (Mechanical Engineer)

Meet Vipin

About Vipin

Quick Facts

Job Title: Site Lead

Hometown: Palakkad, India (Grew up in Mesaieed, Qatar)

Degree (College/University): Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Arizona State University)

Years with Provenance: 6 years

Years in the Industry: 9 years

Provenance Office: Borger, Texas

Project Sites: Borger, TX; Freeport, TX; Conroe, TX

The Story

Engineer Spotlight

From the desert sands of Qatar to the plains and canyons of the Texas Panhandle, Vipin Vijayakumaran is blazing his own path toward career success and engineering technical expertise.Read more

The Importance of Understanding Process When Implementing Your Mechanical Integrity Program!

shutterstocProvenance is proud to announce that we have another great webinar on the horizon. The AIChE hosted webinar, “The Importance of Understanding Process When Implementing Your Mechanical Integrity Program”, is a free 60-minute webinar focused on incorporating process conditions into your Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity (FEMI) program that will allow you to predict, detect and prevent process-related failures. It will help you gain a better understanding of how process conditions can affect the integrity of facility fixed equipment among other interesting insights. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine when, why and how to take process conditions into consideration during the implementation of the FEMI program. This webinar will also give the opportunity to ask questions about process and your own FEMI program.

This free, live webinar will take place on July 27th at 1:00-2:00 PM CT.

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