|Gas Conditioning and Processing - G-4|
|Relief and Flare Systems - PF-44|
|Fundamentals of Pump and Compressor Systems - ME-44|
|Process Safety Engineering - PS-4|
Discipline: Gas Processing
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Jan Blum, Mark Bothamley, William Dokianos, Andy Gibbins, Gerard Hageman, James Langer, Peter Williams
PS-4 is a one week, competency driven, fundamental (more than awareness, less than skilled practice) course covering the broad scope of process safety engineering. Other topics relevant to process safety are introduced, showing how process safety engineering fits into the broader context of risk management and process safety management, but the emphasis is on the technical content. While many of the examples are drawn from upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, the principles are applicable across the hydrocarbon processing industries.
Topics covered include risk analysis, inherently safer design, process hazards analysis, layers of protection analysis, historical incident databases, leakage and dispersion, combustion behavior, sources of ignition, specific systems and equipment ("bad actors"), layout and spacing, relief and flare, corrosion and materials selection, monitoring and control, safety instrumented systems, and fire and explosion principles. Several of these topics, suitable for one week fundamental courses in themselves, are discussed as they relate to process safety. PS-4 introduces these topics in sufficient depth such that participants will be able to go deeper into any aspect of process safety engineering as and when they need to do so.
The course is designed to accelerate the participants process safety learning curve. Serious process safety incidents occur somewhere in the industry nearly every week, and few if any are new; essentially the same ways of going wrong are found repeatedly, in different operating contexts. One of the main objectives of PS-4 is to develop knowledge of the more common ways of going wrong, and one of the ways of doing that is discussion of major incidents, including some of those that have affected our regulatory environment. PS-4 graduates should be able to see their facilities and projects with a new perspective, a new sense of not only how things work, but also of how things fail. They will also have an appreciation of the reasons for some of our process safety practices and regulations, which will contribute to more consistent and better reasoned application of them.
Jesse Ducommon wrote in the late 1960s that we need to learn from the experiences of others rather than learning the hard way. We are still learning the hard way, and the human, financial, and environmental cost of doing so is both exorbitant and largely unnecessary. PS-4 is a very useful contribution to reducing those costs.
"Instructor was great, very knowledgeable, good at explaining for all experience levels (course had 1 year to 30 years of experienced engineers). Breaks and course structure were excellently timed; information was broken into manageable chunks. Keep up the good work!" - Graduate Facilities Engineer, United States
"This course will help me on inherently safer design on new facilities." - Operations Engineer, Facilities Team, Canada
"Good facilitation. Good real-world examples. Good breadth of content." - Process Engineer, Australia
Anyone who needs to work with process safety engineers; this would include facilities engineers, operations and maintenance supervisors, project engineers and managers, entry level process safety engineers, experienced professionals new to oil and gas, and anyone who needs a general understanding of the breadth of the process safety engineering discipline. Technical staff from insurance companies and regulatory agencies have found the course useful. Those requiring a less technical course may be interested in PS-2, Fundamentals of Process Safety; and risk-based process safety management is the subject of HS45.
You Will Learn:
MR. JAN BLUM is a seasoned Asset Management professional with 36 years' experience in the oil, gas, and downstream business sectors. Of these 36 years, 25 years were active in the business and for 10 years he was Training Director for Group Asset Management delivery. He has developed and delivered training all over the world and has broad consultancy experience. He is an enthusiastic leader, team motivator, and an excellent communicator with interpersonal skills able to influence at all levels of an organization. Mr. Blum is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and post graduate in inspection and welding. He has worked and lived in several countries including Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Suriname.
MR. MARK BOTHAMLEY has experience that covers the areas of design, operation, troubleshooting and optimization of offshore and onshore oil and gas production and treating facilities. Prior to joining PetroSkills he was with BP/Amoco for 24 years, in several locations around the world. Mr. Bothamley is a past chairman of the SPE Facilities Subcommittee and a former member of the GPSA Data Book Editorial Review Board. Mr. Bothamley holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and a Diploma in Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC Canada.
MR. WILLIAM (BILL) DOKIANOS has over 35 years' experience in engineering, production and pipeline. He is a Professional Engineer in the states of Louisiana and New Mexico, and holds a General and Commercial Contractor License in the State of New Mexico. Over the last 7 years he has been instructing for PetroSkills | John M. Campbell. He instructs the PF4 course, 'Oil Production and Processing Facilities'. He has actively consulted over the past 10 years with ExxonMobil, Shell Exploration and Production, Sandridge Energy, Repsol and Chevron. Mr. Dokianos' onshore consulting has focused on optimizing production utilizing casing gas systems, vessel and battery design, revising gun barrel design for better separation, production optimization and production troubleshooting (bad oil and or bad water). His offshore experiences include analyzing and solving poor platform up time at GB 128, GC 65 and other offshore locations. Activities included process control changes due to stacked separator vessels, revising safe charts, operating settings and reconfiguration of pipeline export pumps. He managed a subsea tieback project in which the platform modifications included high pressure vessel redesign, dehydrator expansion, adding a second vapor recovery unit, restaging high pressure and intermediate gas compressors and modifying bulk oil process design. He has been responsible for DOT compliance activities and reporting. This compliance responsibility has included development and implantation of federal risk programs and smart pigging. Mr. Dokianos holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
MR. ANDY GIBBINS is an experienced and highly motivated oil, gas and petrochemicals consultant, with experience in upstream and downstream. Andy worked for many years in Operations Management and Technical positions with Shell and NOVA and has significant experience in Operational Excellence and Process Safety. He has excellent planning, organizational, project and people skills, resulting in effective project coordination and successful achievement of business improvement goals. Andy has excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; he is diplomatic, with the ability to influence at all levels within an organization. He has thorough knowledge of and experience with change management. Andy has over 20 years of industrial experience and 12 years of consultancy and training experience in safety and leadership, project and change management. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from University of Bradford, UK.
MR. GERARD HAGEMAN is based in The Hague (The Netherlands), where he settled after 33 years in the downstream oil and gas business (including LNG). He is equipped with thorough knowledge and experience in LNG, gas and refinery operations, start-up, design, process technology, teamwork, change processes, and competency assessment. He started his career with the Gulf Oil refinery in The Netherlands as a process engineer, followed by a job as economic analyst for Gulf Oil Chemicals in London, after which he joined Shell for 29 years. During his career with Shell, Mr. Hageman has worked in numerous countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Denmark and, of course, The Netherlands. He has been responsible for Process Engineering, Design, Operation, Start-up, Process Safety (Integrity), Interface Management, Change Processes, Competency Assurance and Training. He holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Twente University in The Netherlands. He is a member of KIVI, i.e. The Royal Dutch Institute of Engineers. Mr. Hageman joined PetroSkills | John M. Campbell in 2012.
MR. JAMES LANGER is a registered professional chemical engineer in Texas and California. Jim worked for Hess as a Senior Process Engineering Advisor for 8 years. He is retired from Shell having worked 28 years as a Senior Staff Process Engineer, and Principal Technical Expert for Shell / Shell Global Solutions. He has had a global job for the past 20 years and had experience in offshore / onshore, shallow water / deepwater, heavy oil / light oil, water treating, and natural gas processing. He has been a project manager working field development projects through all of the phase gates and stages. He frequently travels the globe assisting operations with process issues, and showing them how to unlock additional barrels through the application of production optimization. This has delivered over $2 billion in value to sponsors. Jim installed Shell's smallest, most expensive gas plant. The project took 8 years and is located on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach California. Jim graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and has an MBA from Pepperdine.
MR. PETER WILLIAMS has over 35 years of industrial experience, most of which were in oil and gas processing. His experience includes plant process engineering, operations supervision, project development and business case definition, project technical support, plant engineering management, and internal consulting, primarily with Saudi Aramco. Canadian experience includes plant engineering in phosphorus production, heavy water, and bitumen upgrading, and project engineering. He also has experience with benchmarking, implementation of a safety management system, and the application of lean Six Sigma methods to engineering management. He has Masters' degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Economics, is a Professional Engineer in Alberta and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
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