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

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New in 2018

A Roadmap to the Future of Air Quality Permitting

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

Advanced Stack Testing

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Instructor(s)

Jordan Laster - V.P. Analytical Services; Laboratory Technical Director, Alliance Source Testing
Snapper Armstrong - Business Development Manager, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 1:00PM

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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Advanced topics in Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging

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Instructor(s)

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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Air Permitting Essentials

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Instructor(s)

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 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.


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Air Permitting for Experts

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

BWON Fundamentals – Implementing a Comprehensive BWON Program

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

CAD + Compliance Excellence (AutoCAD + Plant3D + Revit)

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

Combustion Optimization Training

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Instructor(s)

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

8 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


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Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) Essentials

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

Essentials of Air Permitting & Compliance for Chemical Plants

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Instructor(s)

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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Flares Essentials

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Instructor(s)

Troy Boley - Vice President & Co-Founder, 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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New in 2018

Flares for Experts

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Instructor(s)

Michael Hahn - Key Accounts Manager, Baker Hughes a GE Company

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Net heating values in the combustion zone
  • Flare measurements along with a Gas Chromatograph
  • Flare measurements along with a calorimeter
  • Flare measurements along with a mass spec
  • Flare measurements using Gas Chromatograph and calorimeter
  • FTIR
  • Panel discussing the 4 different flare measurement techniques
  • Automation of RSR. Targets for 98% destructions efficiency and 270 BTU/SCF

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Guideware Software Training

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

HSE Leadership Excellence

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

In-Situ Remediation of Hydrocarbon and Saltwater Impacted Soils

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

Intermediate Air Permitting

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Instructor(s)

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

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


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New in 2018

LDAR – Beyond Basics and Underneath the Rules

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Instructor(s)

Brian Whitley - Vice President of Compliance, EMSI

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

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


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New in 2018

LDAR Excellence

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Instructor(s)

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
Friday, April 6, 2018: 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Course Length

20 Hours

Course Description

A 2.5-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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Model-Free Adaptive Control for Flares and Wastewater

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Instructor(s)

George Cheng - CEO, CyboSoft

Course Date and Time

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Most refinery and chemical plants operate flares to burn off waste gas for operational and safety reasons. The vent gas heating value of a flare must be monitored and controlled to meet EPA regulations. For steam-assisted or air-assisted flares, the net heating value of the gas being combusted must be 300 Btu/scf or greater. When the waste gas heating value is below this limit, supplemental gas, such as natural gas, must be added to assure sufficient combustion and minimal emission.

There are online calorimeters on the market for heating value measurement. However, adding a heating value (HV) control loop can be a challenging task due to the following reasons: (1) There are large and varying time delays in the HV control loop; (2) The HV process is nonlinear in different operating conditions; (3) Multiple waste gas streams in a plant are sent to the flare stack, where stream flows can vary widely causing big disturbances to the heating value; (4) The HV of each waste gas stream may change widely under operating condition changes; and (5) Nitrogen is often used as purge gas to keep positive pressure in the vent pipe, making the process more complex. The flare process is difficult to control using conventional PID controllers. Model-based control can be costly to develop and maintain due to the complexity and uncertainties of the flare process.

In this training class, we will show the behavior of a typical flare process by running a real-time flare heating value process model. We will compare the control performance of different control methods by running control simulations. Lastly, we will present the results of a flare heating value control system using Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology in a petrochemical plant.

In the Q&A session, we can discuss: (1) new EPA regulations relating to steam or air over-assisting problems, which are commonly seen in refineries where vent gas may have high heating values, and (2) implementation of MFA control systems for your specific applications.


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New in 2018

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

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Instructor(s)

Jay Christopher - Senior Scientist, Trihydro
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro
Jana White - PhD Ecologist, 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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Optical Gas Imaging

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Instructor(s)

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 Systems, this course covers the regulatory framework for optical gas imaging, the OGI certification process, how to use the IR camera to find leaks, how optical gas image is a combination of art, science, technique, and interpretive skills, and the basic safety practices for doing an OGI inspection.


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New in 2018

PSM Excellence / PHA Best Practices

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Instructor(s)

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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Refinery Sector Rule Focused Compliance

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Instructor(s)

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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Stack Testing Essentials

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Instructor(s)

Chris LeMay - CEO, Alliance Source Testing
Jordan Laster - V.P., Analytical Services, 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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New in 2018

Stack Testing for Particulate Matter

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Instructor(s)

David Elam - Principal, TRC Solutions

Course Date and Time

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


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Tanks Essentials

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Instructor(s)

Jim Miller - Sr. Air Quality Engineer, RPS Group

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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Valve Essentials

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Instructor(s)



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

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Instructor(s)

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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New in 2018

Wastewater Essentials for Refining and Petrochemical Facilities

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Instructor(s)

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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