2019 Training Courses - 4C Conference



4C Conference 2019 Training Courses

The 2019 4C Conference will offer training courses on a variety of health, safety, environmental, and compliance topics.

Training courses will be held February 7-8, at the Hilton Austin hotel in Austin, Texas.

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

Note: This is a preliminary agenda. Courses and schedules are subject to change.

Air Permitting

A Roadmap to the Future of Air Quality Permitting

Instructor(s) / Participants

Robert Opiela - Co-Founder, NaviKnow Solutions

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:00PM

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

CEMS

Advanced Stack Testing

Instructor(s) / Participants

Jordan Laster - Vice President of Analytics, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 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.


Process Joint Integrity and Maintenance
New in 2019

Bolting and Joint Assembly Topics Workshop 1

Instructor(s) / Participants

Chris Krantz - Training Manager, HYTORC

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


BWON

BWON Auditing for Experts

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 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.


LDAR / Fugitive Emissions Prevention

CAD + Compliance Excellence (AutoCAD + Plant3D + Revit)

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday, February 8, 2019: 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.


CEMS

Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) Essentials

Instructor(s) / Participants

Tim Kuiken - National Sales Manager, M&C TechGroup
Brian Fowler - Director of Implementations & Marketing , Environmental Systems Corporation
Paula Metz - Technical Services Assistant Manager, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 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).

8:00 – 11:30 AM – M&C TechGroup
Fully Extractive CEMS Design
Probe
Sample Umbilical
Sample Conditioning System
Analyzers
Dilution Extractive CEMS Design
Probe
Sample Umbilical
Air Cleanup System
Hot/Wet Extractive CEMS Design
Probe
Sample Umbilical
Sample Conditioning System
In-Situ/Ex-Situ CEMS & Process Monitor Design
Tunable Diode Laser Technology
Engineering & Design for Petrochemical Processes

1:00 – 3:00 PM – Environmental Systems Corporation
Implementation of a Part 60 DAHS
QA/QC Requirements for a Part 60 DAHS
Calibration Gas Management System

3:00 – 5:00 PM – Alliance Source Testing
Certification Tests Required for Part 60 Certification
Lessons Learned During RATA Testing

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


Air Permitting

Essentials of Air Permitting & Compliance for Chemical Plants

Instructor(s) / Participants

Kevin Moin - Owner, RECES, LLC

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

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.


LDAR / Fugitive Emissions Prevention

FAA 107 Drone Certification

Instructor(s) / Participants

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

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

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.


Flares

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

Instructor(s) / Participants

George Cheng - Chief Technical Officer, CyboSoft

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

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.


Flares

Flares Essentials

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, February 7, 2019 - 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.


Flares

Flares for Experts: Flare Instrumentation and Analyzers

Instructor(s) / Participants

Multiple - See Course Description -

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Moderated by Mike Hahn, formerly at Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas, and Troy Boley of Spectrum, this course will offer unique perspectives on flow/composition measurement technologies and flare control 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 HughesA GE Company
Lei Sui – Global Product Manager, at Baker Hughes, A GE Company
James Shinkle – Business Development, Optical Scientific
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
Andy Shurtleff – Market Manager, Airgas

Topics covered will include:

  • Troy Boley – Spectrum Environmental
    • Intro to Net-heating value calculation and rule options
  • Jamie Marsden – Emerson
    • The 40 CFR Part 63 Flare Emission Monitoring requires determining the net heating value of the flare gas and defines the components of interest that must be calibrated for. This presentation will look at the advantages of using the (familiar to refineries) technology of gas chromatographs to measure the individual components and determine the heating value with a cost-effective solution that can be mounted close to the flare with as little infrastructure as a cement pad and power.
  • Chuck deCarlo – Extrel Core Mass Spectrometers
    • Topic: Flare gas monitoring with a mass spectrometer for net heating value, sulfurs, and total composition. The discussion will focus on implementation options, and recently approved EPA QA specifications.
  • Blair Sullivan – Vector Controls and Automation Group
    • Topic: Flare monitoring using calorimeters, pros/cons, best management practices, do’s and don’ts of monitoring
  • Andy Shurtleff – Airgas
    • Topic: Insights on calibration-gases related to option 1, option 2, key things to consider in the engineering of standards.
  • Lei Sui – Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas
    • Topic: Ultrasonic flowmeters meeting the flow measurement challenges of MACT RSR 63.670 –from Flare to Steam to Fuel Gas Measurement
  • James Shinkle – Optical Scientific
    • Optical Flow Sensors for Air & Steam Assist Flares
  • Dan Johnson – Baker Hughes GE Oil and Gas
    • Flare instrumentation – GE Flare.IQ
  • Brian Fowler – Environmental Systems Corporation
    • How DAS can support RSR requirements related to flares, practical examples, case studies of current implementations
  • All Participants
    • Topic: Interactive Flare Analyzers/Instrumentation Panel

Download the full course outline here.


LDAR / Fugitive Emissions Prevention

Guideware Software Training

Instructor(s) / Participants

Greg Sherman - Project Manager, GuideWare Systems
Ben Hopkins - Lead Programmer, GuideWare Systems
Chris Scott - Tech Support, GuideWare Systems

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

Course Length

4 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 Electronic P&ID Drawings for your Inventory Jobs
•Introducing ‘GuideWare Connect’ Mobile Connection Application
•Configuring GuideWare for Subpart OOOOa
•Inspection Workflow with an Android Tablet and the IR Camera
•Audit Survival Tools – Learn how to audit your own data


LDAR / Fugitive Emissions Prevention
New in 2019

Guideware Software Workshop

Instructor(s) / Participants

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

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00AM

Course Length

2 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


Wastewater

How to Effectively Control Wastewater pH, ORP and Turbidity

Instructor(s) / Participants

George Cheng - CTO, CyboSoft

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:00PM

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.

 


Professional Development

HSE Leadership Excellence

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

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.


Wastewater

In-Situ Remediation of Hydrocarbon and Saltwater Impacted Soils

Instructor(s) / Participants

Buddy Gaertner - President, Integro Solutions

Course Date and Time

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 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

LDAR / Fugitive Emissions Prevention

LDAR – Beyond Basics and Underneath the Rules

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

8 Hours

Course Description

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


Oil & Gas/Refinery Best Management Practices
New in 2019

Liquids Fuels Terminals – Basics of Environmental Permitting and Compliance

Instructor(s) / Participants

Tony Shoberg - Chemical Engineer, Barr Engineering

Course Date and Time

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:00PM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


Wastewater
New in 2019

MBBR Technology

Instructor(s) / Participants

Gerald Seidl - Co-Founder and Sr. Vice President, Headworks International Inc.
Somnath Basu - Vice President Global Process Engineering & Chief Technology Officer, Headworks International Inc.
Davis Ford - President, Davis L Ford & Associates

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


Oil and Gas

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

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

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 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.


BWON

Process Heater and Boiler Tune Up Training

Instructor(s) / Participants

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

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00PM

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.


Professional Development
New in 2019

Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) Exam Review Part 1 – IPEP

Instructor(s) / Participants

TBD

Course Date and Time

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 8:00AM

Course Length

8 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


CEMS

Stack Testing Essentials

Instructor(s) / Participants

Paula Metz - Technical Services Assistant Manager, Alliance Source Testing
Jordan Laster - V.P. Analytical Services, Alliance Source Testing

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 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

Oil and Gas
New in 2019

Sustainability with Oil & Gas Residuals for College Students

Instructor(s) / Participants

Robert Reimers - Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University

Course Date and Time

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:00AM

Course Length

4 Hours

Course Description

Coming soon.


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