By Jeff Griffin, Fauske & Associates, LLC
FOX’s “House, M.D.” follows the weekly adventures of the curmudgeonly Dr. House,
There are two lessons to be learned from Dr. House – the first is that most of us are not legendary doctors or blues musicians. That is to say – most of us are quite normal. For most of us, we get up and go to work – we give our best, and then we come home. But there are some people who simply live and breathe the work that they do. These are the true ‘experts’ in a given field. When things get hairy – we rely on these experts to come in and solve the problem. The “House, M.D.” episode illustrates the importance of these type of people, because it is people like this who are literally obsessed with their field that have the nuanced level of understanding necessary to know when someone is actually fatally sick or when there is still hope.
The second lesson is that sometimes a diagnosis can be wrong. The same is true in engineering. We often encounter chemical systems that have been tested and are quote-on-quote ‘safe’, when in reality, there are other serious issues present. For example - testing may be conducted on a sample per a standard method – but that method may not accurately represent process conditions. Conversely, we’ve reviewed work where a relief vent has been put in that is ridiculously oversized – leading to unnecessary costs for the consumer. The difference in both cases is having the right person to do the work.
Fauske & Associates, LLC will likely never become a syndicated TV show – our cast of ‘characters’ is far too normal to make for good TV. However, we are a firm of highly gifted, dedicated individuals who live and breathe process safety testing and engineering. We truly are experts in the fields of nuclear and chemical process safety. The next time you have an engineering issue – do you want to have just any firm doing your work, or do you want the guys that are obsessed with understanding and characterizing severe accidents?
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