Downstream 2019 has come to Houston and is being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, June 11 – 12, 2019.  The event has conference paper presentations and a large exhibition.


Here is a list of topics being presented at the conference, as well as the exhibition.

  • Engineering and Construction
  • Reliability and Maintenance
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Shutdowns and Turnarounds


I was at the meeting on June 11th.  After speaking to the exhibitors, I found that the overwhelming issue driving the conference is predictive maintenance.  That is, use computers and software to take data on tools and equipment in order to predict when a process upset is coming; and thus, intercept the failure event in a managed way.


Downstream 2019 is being held right above the Channel 11, KHOU, news station.  The interviews in front of the convention center make a nice diversion during meeting breaks.  Reporter Shern-Min Chow in these photos is interviewing members of the mounted division of the Houston Police Department.


The conference ends today.  Get your free exhibition pass: .  See you there.


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