Hydrocarbon Processing History of the HPI: The 1970s: Crises, clean air, plastic bottles and the DCS The 1970s were marked by several historical events that affected not only the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) but nations around the world. Managing complexity in engineering and construction projects It is widely accepted that new management methods are needed to curb the frequent delays and cost overruns observed in engineering and construction projects. HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes Business Trends: Insights from the <i>2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis</i> The author’s company recently completed its data analysis for the 2020 Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study). Mechanical impact of rerating process equipment Process equipment operating in a brownfield environment is often rerated pertaining to the changes in process parameters during debottlenecking. High risk, high stakes: Why digitalization is critical for hydrocarbon processing Hydrocarbon processing, by nature, is a high-risk operation. HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing. Raising the alarm: Understanding the operator’s perspective on refinery process alarms As refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide are moving toward more automated operations, plant operators are increasingly becoming dependent on process alarms for safe, smooth and continuous operation. Editorial Comment: Advancing maintenance ultimately leads to increased reliability This year, Hydrocarbon Processing is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Throughout this year, the editors are publishing excerpts from past issues. History of the HPI: The 1940s: Global conflict, FCC, 100 octane, synthetic rubber—Wartime necessitates advancing technologies Hydrocarbon Processing continues its look at the history of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).