1st Edition

Digital Transformation for the Process Industries A Roadmap

By Osvaldo A. Bascur Copyright 2021
    320 Pages 117 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Imagine if your process manufacturing plants were running so well that your production, safety, environmental, and profitability targets were being met so that your subject matter experts could focus on data-driven business improvements. Through proper use and analysis of your existing operations data, your company can become an industry leader and reward your stakeholders.

    Written in an engaging and easily understandable manner, this book demonstrates a step-by-step process of how an organization can effectively utilize technology and make the necessary culture changes to achieve operational excellence. You will see how several industry-leading companies have used an effective real-time data infrastructure for mission-critical business use cases. The book also addresses challenges involved, such as effectively integrating operational (OT) data with business (IT) systems to enable a more proactive, predictive management model for a fleet of process plants.

    Some of the things you will take away:

    • Learn how a real-time data infrastructure enables transformation of raw sensor data into contextualized information for operational insights and business process improvement.
    • Understand how reusing the same operational data for multiple use cases significantly impacts fleet management, profitability, and asset stewardship.
    • See how a simple digital unit template representing production flows can be repeatedly used to identify critical inefficiencies in plant operations.
    • Discover best practices of deploying real-time situational awareness alerts and predictive analytics.
    • Realize how to transform your organization into a data-driven culture for continuous sustainable improvement.
    • Find out how leading companies integrate operations data with business intelligence and predictive analytics tools in a corporate on-premises or cloud-enabled environment.
    • Learn how industry-leading companies have imaginatively used a real-time data infrastructure to improve yields, reduce cycle times, and slash operating costs.

    This book is targeted for process industries production and operations leadership, senior engineers, IT management, CIOs, and service providers to those industries. Academics will benefit from latest data analysis strategies. This book guides readers to use the best, results-proven approaches to ensure operational excellence.

    1. Advancing to an Industrial Digital Data Infrastructure

    2. Building the Foundation

    3. Using EIDI Data as a Strategic Asset

    4. Advanced Analysis Using Unit Data and Event Templates

    5. The Humans behind the Data: Visualization and Collaboration

    6. Preventing Abnormal Situations

    7. Energy Management and Operational Improvements

    8. Successful Examples of Enterprise-Wide Digital Transformation

    9. Beyond the Refinery—Connecting the Ecosystem

    10. Operational and Business Analytics Integration

    11. ProcIndustries Enterprise-Wide Rollout

    12. The Future of the Digital Enterprise


    Osvaldo A. Bascur received his BS in chemical engineering and BS in metallurgical engineering from the University of Concepcion, Chile and a PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He was a process control engineer working for Duval Corporation, Tucson, Arizona (now Freeport-McMoRan). He was transferred to Pennzoil Company in Houston, Texas, where he worked as a staff engineer in the process-engineering department. He was a principal for more than 25 years at OSIsoft LLC. He is currently Principal Digital Transformation for OSB Digital, LLC and Seeq Advanced Analytics consultant. He received the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) 2013 A. Gaudin Award. His current focus is the integration of sensor data for operating intelligence and asset and energy optimization. His work includes consulting for the process industries and preparing academic lectures in process analysis and predictive analytics. Dr. Bascur is a member of SME, Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing (MMM).

    Jim O’Rourke is an academic principal with OSIsoft LLC residing in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for OSIsoft’s strategic relationships with many universities in the United States. Jim also identifies and develops key alliances with commercial companies and consortia in the academic space. Jim has been with OSIsoft for 22 years. Prior to his current academic role, he was responsible for power and utility sales and business development in Texas; Sales Director in Russia and the CIS States for two years; and U.S. Federal Partner Manager for three years. Prior to joining OSIsoft, Jim worked at Biles & Associates, first in software development and project deployment, then in sales and business development. He is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology.