2018 Training Courses - 4C Conference



2018 Training Courses

The 2018 4C Conference will offer training courses on a variety of health, safety, environmental, and compliance topics.

Trainng courses will be held on April 4th, 5th, and 6th at the JW Marriott Resort in San Antonio.

Keep an eye on this page for updates as new courses are added.

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Air Permitting

Air Permitting Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Johnny Vermillion - Air Permitting Expert, Spirit Environmental
Zachary Byrd - Air Quality Consultant, Spirit Environmental

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

This 1 Day introductory course is designed to grow your knowledge of the fundamentals of air permitting, from the basic structure of relevant air regulations to the types of air emission sources you need to know. Examples of topics includes: General Air Introduction, Construction/Modification Options, Physical and Operational Changes, Upstream & Downstream Effects, Baseline Actual Emission Rates, Reasonably Available Control Technology (“RACT”), and Best Available Control Technology (“BACT”) to name a few.


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Air Permitting

Air Permitting for Experts

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Les Montgomery - Vice President, RPS Group
Robin Patrick - Manager, Air Quality, RPS Group
Albert Kennedy - Senior Consultant, RPS Group

Course Dates and Times

Wednesday, April 4, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Course Length

16 Hours

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a forum for those who already have considerable air permitting experience an environment to interact with each other and the trainers to share experiences regarding some of the nuances of air permitting policy, regulations, and guidance. The examples provided in the class will provide a framework to explore and discuss some of the “gray areas” that can make air permitting challenging. The primary focus of the training will be federal new source review (NSR).

Topics Covered

Recent Federal NSR Policy Shifts
Federal NSR Applicability Determinations
Demand Growth Exclusion (What Could Have Been Accomodated)
Permit Application Requirements and Procedures
Dispersion Modeling for the Permit Manager
Other PSD Requirements (Visibility, etc.)
Plant-wide Applicability Limit Permits
Nonattainment NSR
Minor Source Permitting


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Air Permitting
New in 2018

Essentials of Air Permitting & Compliance for Chemical Plants

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Kevin Moin - Owner, RECES, LLC

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:00PM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

Chemical facilities have a unique set of air permitting and compliance concerns, primarily due to the inherent nature of ever-changing raw materials and products that are handled. During this course, Kevin Moin, P.E. will present strategies that him and his team have pioneered for air permitting and compliance, which have proven successful in effectively securing air permits that provide maximum operational flexibility, as well as pragmatic tools in demonstrating on-going compliance.


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Air Permitting
New in 2018

Intermediate Air Permitting

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Johnny Vermillion - Air Permitting Expert, Spirit Environmental
Leah Pullin - Senior Project Manager - Air Quality, Spirit Environmental
Aaron Hebert - Program Manager - Air Quality | Chemicals, Spirit Environmental

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

This 1 Day intermediate course is designed to help expand knowledge into the more complex aspects of air permitting. This course expands on topics such as modified vs. affected facilities, and introduces more advanced topics such as accommodated emissions, baseline actuals vs. PTE and/or projected actuals, contemporaneous netting, and three-tier BACT vs. top down BACT. The control technology discussion will also touch on LAER, and wrap up with a basic modeling discussion. In addition, this course will also discuss permitting in support of business units. This portion of the course is designed to help remind attendees of items such as timing and critical paths, anticipating capital costs, more controls vs. more requirements, permitting for flexibility, and finally, permitting with compliance in mind.

Topics Covered:

Timing and Critical Paths
Permitting For Flexibility
Permitting with Compliance in Mind


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Air Permitting
New in 2018

Particulate Matter Measurement Demystified

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Instructor(s) / Participants

David Elam - Principal, TRC Solutions

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Measurement of particulate matter (PM) traces to the promulgation of EPA Reference Method 5 and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).  Although seemingly simple, the measurement of particulate matter has proved challenging, requiring EPA to define particulate matter – and particulate matter measurement methods – in specific terms that reflect source characteristics and regulations that govern particulate matter emissions.

Despite advances in air quality, many jurisdictions struggle with attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter because NAAQS focus on fine and ultrafine PM.  As a result, operating permits will include EPA Method 201A for the measurement of particulate matter less than 10µm (PM10) and particulate matter less than 2.5µm (PM2.5) and EPA Method 202 for condensable particulate matter (CPM).  In some cases, a source may operate without a Method 201A or 202 testing requirement; however, the source will find that it must consider PM10, PM2.5, and CPM emissions when expanding operations.

This four hour workshop will examine particulate measurement and sizing methods, focusing on the benefits and limitations of each, providing insights that will help a source choose the right PM measurement strategy to achieve compliance, operational, and facility expansion objectives.


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Air Permitting
New in 2018

Visible Emissions Measurement Certification (ALT 082)

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Shawn Dolan - President, Virtual Technology, LLC

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 1:00PM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

The course will review the history and evolution of visible emission measurement. Moving from Ringelman to Method 9 to the current state of the art, Alternative Method 082. The course will detail the use of the ALT 082 in the field demonstrating cost savings and data quality improvements. The course will discuss the citizen science of camera based opacity measurement and the various enforcement operations using cameras to improve data quality. The course will discuss the operations of Digital Cameras for VEE and teach the use of cameras to include proper framing and recordation of Visible Emissions to include the documentation necessary to build an sustainable observation. The course will conclude with a run down of camera options and certified tools. All attendees will receive a Digital Camer Operator for Alternative Method 082 certification that can be activated upon return to their facility.


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Air Permitting
New in 2018

A Roadmap to the Future of Air Quality Permitting

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Robert Opiela - Co-Founder, NaviKnow Solutions

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

In this 2-hour course, you will become aware of the resources and tools available online that can help you expedite the air quality permitting process, where you can go to access them, how to put them into action now, and what paradigm shifts are to come in the future for air quality permitting.

To determine if a project triggers federal or state permitting requirements or the current BACT for a facility, data is needed to answer these questions and many more. The permit application must contain justifications for all selections, claims, and decisions or the permitting review process gets bogged down. Learn what technologies are available today and which ones can be leveraged in the not too distant future that will accelerate the permit application preparation and review processes.

Topics Covered

  • Air Quality Permitting Process
  • Air Emissions Inventory Data
  • Ambient Air Monitoring Data
  • Air Quality Permitting Data

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CEMS
New in 2018

Advanced Stack Testing

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Chris LeMay - Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 1:00PM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

This training session will focus on advanced stack testing and analytical techniques and provide insight into quantifying low-level emissions and options for real time or onsite analytical techniques. In addition, this training will provide a deeper dive into quantifying test method bias and uncertainty and include case studies from previously conducted testing.


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CEMS

Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Tim Kuiken - National Sales Manager, M&C TechGroup

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

The training session will cover the fundamentals of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) from the regulatory drivers requiring CEMS, to CEMS equipment, design, control, and reporting software. The class will discuss the various types of CEMS including fully extractive cold/dry, hot/wet, dilution extractive, and in-situ as well as hardware including probes, sample line, coolers, filters, analyzers, controllers, and data acquisition and handling systems (DAHS).

Topics Covered: CEMS, DAHS, probes, coolers, filters, analyzers, FTIR, TDL, opacity, mercury, particulate monitors


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CEMS
New in 2018

ESC | StackVision New User Mini (1-day) Training

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Andrew Bermudez - System Imp. Engineer II, Environmental Systems Corporation

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

1. Using CEMSCape
An introduction to the StackVision CEMScape feature. Get to know the overall purpose of the CEMScape components and how to use CEMScape to better understand your configuration and how to use CEMScape for troubleshooting.

2. CalGas Management
Gain an understanding of the CalGas Management feature to maintain calibration reference values and calibration gas cylinder inventories.

3. Using SV Reports & Creating Linked Reports
Participants will understand how to locate and generate standard StackVision reports, the benefits of using System Design Reports and creating linked reports to streamline the reporting process.

4. Using Filters and Summaries
In this session, learn about using filters and summaries in StackVision feature areas to create time saving personalized views in StackVision.

5. Data Controller Essentials
Participants will identify features of the ESC 8864 Data Controller and become familiar with accessing and navigating the data controller remotely.

6. Introduction to StackStudio (1/2 day after lunch)
An introduction and overview of the ESC StackStudio configuration tool.


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CEMS

Stack Testing Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Ryan O'Dea - Regional Vice President, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

The goal of this training session is to familiarize attendees with the steps necessary to conduct a successful stack test starting with the initial proposal request through submittal of the final test report. We will identify all of the items needed by the stack tester to design a test and discuss various test methods and the challenges encountered when conducting each of them. This will be an interactive session where attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with some test equipment and ask questions about their specific situations and learn from the experiences of the stack tester as well as those of their peers.

Topics Covered

  • Stack Testing 101…Preparing for a successful stack test (morning)
  • Challenges to measuring low-level PM
  • Challenges to measuring VOCs

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RMP/PSM
New in 2018

PSM Excellence / PHA Best Practices

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Environmental Intellect

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

A workshop dedicated to best practices for PSM compliance, implementation, and ongoing continuous improvement, including PHA revalidation techniques and technology (e.g., PHA Pro), auditing, and P&ID-driven PSI updates!

Led by: Ei’s PSM Team


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Oil and Gas
New in 2018

Oil & Gas Air Regulations – What You Need to Focus on Now

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Jay Christopher - Senior Scientist, Trihydro
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro
Chad Flynn - Lead Project IT Professional, Trihydro

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

The oil and gas sector has seen massive regulatory change since 2016, particularly with respect to air compliance requirements.  Regulations have issued, withdrawn, and modified by multiple regulatory agencies.  In addition, challenges to some of these regulations have been made in the courts.  The end result is a confusing mix of regulations, policies and expectations.

This workshop will provide some clarity and direction about what the oil and gas sector should be doing now.  While not providing formal legal guidance, the workshop will address the compliance challenges confronting upstream and midstream oil and gas companies in meeting EPA and BLM regulations, as well as some evolving issues at the State level.  We will particularly focus on EPA’s New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) OOOOa requirements around the implementation of a volatile organic compound (VOC) and methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) monitoring and reporting program as well as associated with the final Bureau of Land Management (BLM) venting and flaring rule (e.g., Waste Prevention) requirements.  We will also provide some insights and approaches to recordkeeping and reporting approaches under these programs.


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Oil and Gas

Refinery Sector Rule Focused Compliance

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Jeremy Sell - Air Compliance Team Leader, Trihydro Corporation
Stephen Walls - Air Permitting Engineer, Trihydro Corporation
Rebecca Bradley - Environmental Engineer, Trihydro Corporation

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Since the February 1, 2016 promulgation date, refineries have been scrambling to meet compliance deadlines in the revised MACT Subparts CC and UUU regulations, collectively known as the Refinery Sector Rule (RSR). This workshop begins by providing an overview of the regulatory requirements and compliance deadlines of affected sources including storage vessels, process vents, fenceline monitoring, flares, catalytic cracking units, and other refinery process units (e.g., sulfur recovery units, reformers, and cokers). The remainder of the workshop will provide a more detailed and focused look at specific compliance elements for each affected source. The workshop will explore possible methods for identifying flare events, vent gas monitoring options and development of written plans for refinery flares. Establishing fenceline monitoring programs and managing data will also be covered. This workshop will also look at managing process vents and pressure relief device programs under the RSR. We will present shared learnings from development of RSR compliance programs when possible to assist refineries in achieving future compliance.


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LDAR

Advanced Topics in Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Jon Morris - Manager, Strategic Technology and Applied Research, Providence Engineering

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Optical gas imaging (OGI) continues to gain acceptance in the petroleum and petrochemical industries for both safety and environmental applications. The new NSPS OOOOa and BLM regulations for the oil and gas sector both allow for OGI as the primary Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) technology. These new regulations bring new requirements for OGI inspections and operators choosing to use OGI as a compliance tool. In addition, the field of OGI continues to advance with new methods, new sensor technology and new applications emerging. A QOGI method is now available to provide real-time measurements of leak rates.

This course will review the fundamental aspects of optical gas imaging and describe how they relate to the new OGI related regulations. The OGI related requirements for a OOOOa compliant monitoring plan will also be examined. A Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging method will be presented along with results from blind testing and side-by-side comparisons to other quantitative methods. Applications for QOGI in the oil and gas sector will be presented and discussed. The course will conclude with a survey of the latest developments in the field of Optical Gas Imaging with an emphasis on applications for the petroleum and petrochemical industries.


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LDAR
New in 2018

CAD + Compliance Excellence (AutoCAD + Plant3D + Revit)

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Shale Robison - Business Development and Technology Consultant for CAD/BIM, Environmental Intellect
Mike Johnson - President, EiCAD, LLC
Derrick Ledet - CAD Support Lead, Environmental Intellect

Course Dates and Times

Wednesday, April 4, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Course Length

16 Hours

Course Description

This 2-Day Workshop will foster a rich exchange of CAD knowledge and discussion on how CAD + Compliance Professionals can work together to elevate various compliance programs, including but not limited to PSM, LDAR, BWON, and RSR. On the agenda: easy-and-inexpensive electronic P&ID highlighting, as-built updates of P&IDs and isometrics, as well as 3D laser scan technology.


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LDAR
New in 2018

FAA 107 Drone Certification

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Uzkar Ibrahim - Vice President of Business Development, Sage-EHS

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

The part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) course describes the certification and operational requirements to operate sUAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.


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Fugitive Emissions Prevention
New in 2018

Fugitive Emissions Course

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Rodney Roth - Senior Vice President, Beric Valves
Bronson Pate - Global Environmental Consulting Manager, A.W. Chesterton

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Topics to be covered:

  • The history of fugitive emissions testing
  • Terms and definitions
  • Industry practices and implementation
  • Types of equipment
  • Manufacturing process improvements
  • Packing Manufacturer’s Fugitive Emission “Best Available Control Technology (BACT)”
  • Improvements for the future
  • Problems, installation and maintenance

Attendees receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Fugitive Emissions Workbook with notes from the course
  • Print copy of Valve World Americas journal
  • Digital subscription to Valve World Americas journal

Ideal participants

  • Professionals looking for a generalized outline of fugitive emissions testing, standards and related topics
  • Anyone looking to renew and update their knowledge base on this subject
  • Anyone interested in expanding their understanding of LDAR, EPA requirements and testing procedures, and equipment used in mitigating fugitive emissions
  • New professionals in the valve industry without a technical or engineering background

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LDAR

Guideware Software Training

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Greg Sherman - Project Manager, GuideWare Systems
Ben Hopkins - Lead Programmer, GuideWare Systems
Jeremy McLeod - Accounts Manager, GuideWare Systems

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Learn what is new in the GuideWare LDAR software, and how to utilize it’s newest, advanced features to enhance and improve your LDAR program.

Topics Covered:

What’s new in GuideWare version 2.5
Using Smart P&ID Drawings for your Inventory Jobs
GuideWare’s New Scheduling Tool
Introducing ‘GuideWare Connect’ Mobile Connection Application
Database QA/QC – The Snapshot Reporting Tool
Audit Survival Tools – Learn how to audit your own data
Setting up OOOOa in GuideWare
Inspection Workflow with an Android Tablet and the IR Camera
Introducing GuideWare Fenceline Monitoring Web Application


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LDAR
New in 2018

LDAR – Beyond Basics and Underneath the Rules

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Brian Whitley - Vice President of Compliance, EMSI

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Course Length

12 Hours

Course Description

An in depth look at LDAR Basics from a fresh perspective.


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LDAR
New in 2018

LDAR Excellence

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Shane Kling - Founder + Chemical Engineer, Environmental Intellect

Course Dates and Times

Wednesday, April 4, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, April 5, 2018: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Course Length

16 Hours

Course Description

A 2-Day intense dive into best practices, continuous improvement and new-generation technology for all things Leak Detection and Repair / Fugitive Emissions. This workshop will feature discussion on LDAR program revalidation, as well as technology, tools and work practices to help elevate your LDAR program to excellence with cost-effective and efficient opportunities for improvement.


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LDAR

Optical Gas Imaging

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Bill Schwann - Thermography Instructor, Level III Thermographer, Infrared Training Center

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Offered by FLIR – Infrared Training Center, this course covers the regulatory framework of Method 21 and 0000A and methods of compliance with the use of optical gas imaging. Topics of discussion will include the OGI certification process, how to use the Optical Gas Imaging camera technology and techniques, how optical gas image is a combination of art, science, technique, and interpretive skills, the basic safety practices for doing an OGI inspection, applications and innovative methods of inspection.

The Infrared Training Center will be offering a Certificate of Knowledge or Attendance that attendees will be able to use for their personal training files.


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LDAR

Valve Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Rodney Roth - Senior Vice President, Beric Valves

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

One-day education program designed to jump-start your career or provide a refresher on valve, actuator and control basics

What topics are covered?

Introduction to valve basics
Multi-turn valves: gate, globe, needle, pinch and diaphragm valves
Self-acting valves: check valves
Quarter-turn valves: ball, plug and butterfly valves
Common design features: end connections, gaskets, bonnets, stems, stem seals, seats, backseats and trims
Topics relating to valve ratings, materials, testing and more

What do attendees receive?

Certificate of completion
Lunch, snacks and drink
Valve Essentials Workbook with notes from the course
First ten registrants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Valve World Americas 2017 Conference and Exhibition – a $999 value!
Print copy of Valve World Americas journal Digital subscription to Valve World Americas journal

Who should attend?

Newcomers to the valve industry-employees at plants and facilities that use valves and related equipment
Professionals with experience in one area or product type who need an overview of entire spectrum of valve equipment
Manufacturers and distributors who sell valve products
Companies that supply and service the valve industry


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Refinery Sector Rule

Video Imaging Spectral Radiometry as an Alternative Monitoring Method for the Refinery Sector Rule

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Yousheng Zeng - CEO, Providence Photonics

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Instrumentation for flare monitoring has been focused on the feed side, e.g., flow rate of vent gas and supplemental fuel, composition, net heating value, steam or air flow rate, etc. There is no instrumentation to provide feedback to the flare operator on how the flare is actually performing. This is due to the lack of technology that can continuously monitor the result of flare combustion. While other process units such as furnaces, reactors, scrubbers, etc. always have instruments to provide feedback, the flare is operated in the dark.

Now a new technology has been developed that can be used to remotely monitor flare performance and provide instant feedback to a flare operator. The technology is called Video Imaging Spectro-Radiometry (VISR), and it has been validated with full scale flares and extractive sampling tests. With VISR, a flare operator will have a dashboard that provides essential flare operation and performance parameters including directly measured combustion efficiency, level of smoke, flame stability, flame size, and heat released from flare combustion. With this flare dashboard, an operator finally has the information needed to operate the flare at peak performance day or night.

This course will cover flare feed side instrumentation (flow, temperature, pressure, online gas chromatography (GC) and calorimeter), VISR technology, and flare dashboard. Relevant regulatory compliance topics such as flare monitoring requirements in the Refinery Sector Rule will also be included in this class.


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Tanks

Tanks Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Jim Miller - Sr. Air Quality Engineer, Independent Contractor

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

When it comes to storage tanks, sorting through the applicable requirements and calculation options can be very confusing and we are here to help you get it right. Our Tanks Essentials Workshop is ideal for anyone who has responsibility for complying with or enforcing air permits/regulations for storage tanks. We cover topics ranging from tank design and control technologies to emissions estimating to rule compliance.


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Flares
New in 2018

Flare Control System Design to Comply with EPA RSR-63.670 Rules

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Instructor(s) / Participants

George Cheng - Chief Technical Officer, CyboSoft

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

The deadline for refineries to comply with EPA RSR-63.670 rules is approaching. Flares must maintain a minimum combustion zone net heating value of 270 Btu/scf. In addition, for air assisted flares, the combustion zone net heating value dilution parameter must be above 22 Btu/sq.ft. In order to achieve these goals, flare control systems are critical.

Technically, flare control is very difficult because: (1) The vent gas flow can change widely; (2) The heating value in vent gas can change widely and quickly; (3) Nitrogen is often used as purge gas to maintain positive pressure in the vent pipe, making the process more complex; (4) There are large and varying time delays in the heating value control loops, and (5) The heating value process is extremely nonlinear in different operating conditions. Flares are difficult to control using conventional PID controllers. Model-based control can be costly to develop and maintain.

CyboSoft is offering a field-proven flare control solution with its CyboCon Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control software. In this training session, we will show how to design control systems for a steam assisted flare and an air assisted flare. We will run real-time control simulations to compare the performance when controlling combustion zone net heating value with different methods under varying operating conditions.

CyboSoft’s Flare Process Modeling and Control Similation Software will be used in this class to demonstrate the following results: (1) A flare process is under good control where the combustion zone net heating value is above 270 But/scf under varying operating conditions; (2) A flare process may not meet the 270 But/scf requirement due to poor steam control; and (3) A flare process is not controlled well due to slow GC data.

In the Q&A session, we can discuss: (1) RSR-63.670 regulations relating to control system design considerations, (2) Vent gas heating value measurement, (3) 15-min data block calculations, (4) How to integrate a flare control system with an existing DCS, and (5) implementation of MFA flare control systems for your specific applications.


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Flares

Flares Essentials

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Troy Boley - Vice President & Co-Founder, Spectrum Environmental Solutions
Herman Holm - Director - Specialty Environmental Services, Spectrum Environmental Solutions

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Flares have found their way to the top of EPA’s list of priorities – from a National Enforcement Initiative to Consent Decrees, to NSPS Subpart Ja. The Flares Essentials course discusses the finer points of these regulations, walks you through the fundamentals of flaring, and uncovers opportunities for you to maximize your flare performance. It’s the right training at the right time to build a flares foundation for the future.


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Flares
New in 2018

Flares for Experts: Flare Instrumentation and Analyzers

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Multiple - See Course Description -

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Moderated by Mike Hahn, formerly at Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas, this course will offer unique perspectives on flow/composition measurement technologies and techniques from several prominent flare monitoring system providers including:

Troy Boley – Vice President and Co-Founder, Spectrum Environmental Solutions
Blair Sullivan – Director of Sales, Vector Controls and Automation Group
Dan Johnson – Senior Product Manager, Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas
Chuck deCarlo – Industrial Project Manager, Extrel Core Mass Spectrometers
Brian Fowler – Director of Implementations and Marketing, Environmental Systems Corporation
Jamie Marsden – Business Development Manager, Emerson Process Management

Topics covered will include:

  • Net heating values in the combustion zone
  • Flare measurements with a Gas Chromatograph
  • Flare measurements with a Calorimeter
  • Flare measurements with a Mass Spec
  • Flare measurements using Gas Chromatograph and Calorimeter
  • GE Flare IQ
  • ESC Flare Vision
  • FTIR
  • 40 CFR Part 63 Flare Emission Monitoring
  • Panel discussing the 4 different flare measurement techniques
  • Automation of RSR. Targets for 98% destructions efficiency and 270 BTU/SCF

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BWON
New in 2018

BWON Auditing for Experts

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Ken Garing - Retired US EPA Chemical Engineer,
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro Corporation
Steve Probst - Founder and CEO, 4C Marketplace and Conference, 4C Marketplace

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Ken Garing, Calvin Niss and Steve Probst will provide tips, tools and tricks to successful BWON audits. Topics covered will include commonly missed streams, common violations, recommendations for best management practices and key elements of sustainable programs with a low cost of compliance.

Whether your BWON program is in tip top shape, needs a tune up or is a broken down mule, don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate and connect with the collective wisdom of these three old timers.


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BWON
New in 2018

BWON Fundamentals – Implementing a Comprehensive BWON Program

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro Corporation
Erin Novini - Chemical Engineer, P.E., Trihydro Corporation

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

In this full day workshop, Trihydro will show you how to implement a BWON compliance program efficiently and cost effectively. We realize that things change and people change – this training will help those who are just stepping into BWON roles or who have been in their roles for less than 5 years. Our experienced team has assisted over 50 refinery and chemical plants with BWON consent decree compliance, auditing, and program implementation since the inception of the rule in 1992.


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BWON
New in 2018

Process Heater and Boiler Tune Up Training

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Mike Sanders - Principal Engineer, Alpha3 Consulting LLC
John Bacon - Senior Project Manager, TRC Companies, Inc.

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Heater and boiler tuning is not a new practice, but with the advent of 40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDDD, or the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) Heater and Boiler MACT Rule, it is required for all affected major source facilities. Despite the initial belief that MACT DDDDD is just another costly EPA regulation, implementation of the work practice standard has provided a wealth of information substantiating that regular heater and boiler tune-ups can save significant costs through improvements in fuel efficiency, energy reduction credits, and safety. More notably, there is a simple payback on the tune-up services within months. Heater and boiler tuning has been described as part science and part intimate knowledge of the equipment’s operational characteristics and process needs. And while many facilities believe their heaters and boilers to be well optimized, compliance tuning efforts have revealed that this is not always the case. Course instructors have a combined, 60-plus years of tuning and environmental regulatory experience which they will share with attendees to better educate industry on the importance of combustion optimization and to help align the efforts of operations/process and environmental departments on practices that benefit both.

In this course, attendees will:

Review the subpart DDDDD Heater and Boiler MACT Regulation;
Cover the technical aspects of combustion tuning;
Review key aspects of combustion engineering and burner performance;
Address the regulatory compliance requirements for tune ups;
Look at MACT DDDDD case studies for which regularly occurring tune ups have been performed;
Discuss the benefits of heater and boiler tuning including cost savings, energy reduction credits, safety, and alignment with organizational values;
Summarize a host of other thermal energy systems that are also beneficial to assess for energy efficiency improvements.


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Professional Development
New in 2018

HSE Leadership Excellence

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Shane Kling - Founder + Chemical Engineer, Environmental Intellect
Eric Allen - CEO, Environmental Intellect
Shale Robison - Business Development and Technology Consultant for CAD/BIM, EiCAD, LLC

Course Date and Time

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Leadership in HSE is underrated – especially when the “cost of noncompliance” can result in NOVs, CDs and other “ugly” acronyms. This ½ Day Workshop will feature 4 presentations by various HSE Leaders to share lessons learned, knowledge and wisdom to guide early HSE professionals to senior-level HSE and Plant managers.


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Wastewater
New in 2018

How to Effectively Control Wastewater pH, ORP and Turbidity

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Instructor(s) / Participants

George Cheng - CTO, CyboSoft

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:00AM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

We are entering the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where everything is supposed to be ‘smart’. Ironically, about 90% industrial wastewater pH processes are still controlled by on-off Bang-Bang control, resulting in chemical reagent wastes, equipment corrosion, and environmental pollution.

Most process plants generate a wastewater effluent that must be neutralized prior to discharge or reuse. Statistics show that a poorly controlled pH process can cost tens of thousands of dollars in chemical usage each month, not counting the penalties imposed by violating EPA or local discharge codes. A pH process is extremely nonlinear. The pH value versus the reagent flow has a logarithmic relationship. Away from neutrality, the process gain is relatively small. Near neutrality, where pH=7, the process gain can be a few thousand times higher. It is impossible for a fixed controller like PID to control this process.

In this training class, we will show the behavior of pH processes by running CyboSoft’s Real-Time pH Process Modeling and Control Simulation Software that includes: (1) pH process diagram, (2) a strong-acid-strong-base pH model, (3) a weak-acid-strong-base pH model, (4) a strong-acid-weak-base pH model, (5) a weak-acid-weak-base pH model, (6) MFA control simulation for the 4 pH processes using an MFA pH controller, (7) PID control simulation for the 4 pH processes, (8) On-Off control simulation for the 4 pH processes, (9) graphical interface with control faceplates and real-time trends, and (10) pH process model description, MFA controllers used, and recommended control strategy.

CyboSoft has been offering Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control solutions and products since 1997. Various MFA control application examples for pH, ORP, and turbidity will be presented in the class. We will also discuss how to implement effective wastewater control systems for pH, ORP, and Turbidity with new or existing instrumentation for your specific applications.

 


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Wastewater
New in 2018

In-Situ Remediation of Hydrocarbon and Saltwater Impacted Soils

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Buddy Gaertner - President, Integro Solutions

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

The workshop would provide an overview on delineation and remediation of both hydrocarbon and saltwater contaminated soils. It will cover the major mechanisms that contribute to environmental degradation of soils due to contamination by these two constituents. These include toxic substances, hydrophobicity of soil, osmotic imbalance by dissolved solids as well as sodicity of soil. Course will include approaches to delineation of spill with considerations for both economics and diligence. Finally, it will include remediation strategies with an emphasis on in-situ strategies.

Topics Covered

  • Soil Remediation
  • Accidental Releases
  • Spills
  • Hydrocarbon Contamination
  • Saltwater Contamination

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Wastewater
New in 2018

Wastewater Essentials for Refining and Petrochemical Facilities

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Instructor(s) / Participants

Michael Foster - Owner and Principal Consultant, Environmental Business Specialists, LLC
Tim O'Connor - Environmental Specialist, Environmental Business Specialists, LLC

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

This one-day course is intended to provide basic to intermediate level wastewater training to managers, engineers, and technical support personnel involved in the operation and/or oversight of industrial activated sludge systems, particularly in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. While the majority of the material will focus on understanding, monitoring, and optimizing biological treatment systems, the course will also cover the history and rationale of industrial wastewater treatment; pretreatment technologies; wastewater characterization; and treatability assessments.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction and Historical Perspective
  • Wastewater Constituents and Pretreatment Approaches
  • Wastewater Characterization and Treatability Studies
  • Biological Treatment and the Eight Growth Pressures
  • Basics of Activated Sludge Treatment
  • Wastewater Microbiology and Microscopic Examination
  • Nitrification and Denitrification

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