4C Course Catalogue

Over the past 7 years, we've offered tons of training courses at the 4C Conference.

Check the course catalogue below to let us know which courses you'd like to attend at the 2018 conference.

Advanced Topics in Optical Gas Imaging

Instructor(s)

Jon Morris - CTO, Providence Photonics - jonmorris@providenceeng.com

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.

Air Permitting Essentials

Instructor(s)

Johnny Vermillion - Program Manager, Spirit Environmental - jvermillion@spiritenv.com

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.

Air Permitting for Experts

Instructor(s)

Les Montgomery - Director of Air Quality, RPS Group - montgomeryl@rpsgroup.com

Description

Sharpen your Air Permitting skills with an evaluation of how recent policy shifts in the areas of project netting, demand growth, contemporaneous netting, GHG permitting, stringent NAAQS, dispersion modeling, PALs and other hot topics may affect your permitting strategy.

Bolted Flange Connection Engineering Workshop

Instructor(s)

Dale Rice - Environmental Engineer - Sealing Specialist, VSP Technologies - dale.rice@vsptechnologies.com

Description

Have you considered the critical importance of your plant’s fluid sealing management program and how this will impact your LDAR program? The USEPA has estimated that 30% of all fugitive emissions at a chemical plant or refinery are associated with connector leaks. This workshop is a practical, hands-on course to cover methods and approaches for effective field assembly and maintenance of bolted flanges geared toward chemical leak prevention. This workshop is an interactive, practical review of the available gasket materials and standards with emphasis on their identification, handling and use characteristics, performance limitations and failure mode/avoidance as well as an informative, hands-on session which, through demonstrations and practical examples, teaches important concepts of fasteners, torque, and flange assembly. Professionals who should attend this workshop are site champions, maintenance supervisors with continuing LDAR responsibilities, and mechanical and planning engineers.

BWON Essentials

Instructor(s)

Deever Bradley - Partner, ERM, Inc. - deever.bradley@erm.com

Description

What can you learn about BWON in a day? You’ll be amazed when you’re learning from BWON experts. If you need to understand the fundamentals of the BWON rule and gain the knowledge to comply – BWON Essentials is for you. We coach you on the concepts, requirements, and elements of BWON compliance in a fun, interactive, focused environment. Give us a day, and we’ll give you the resources to manage your BWON program.

BWON for Experts

Instructor(s)

Ruth Benning - Client Guardian, Sage ATC Environmental - ruth@sageenvironmental.com

Description

For the past two decades, the BWON rule is one of the most contentious and enforced regulations. If you are an environmental professional in charge of a BWON program, you need the right tools to sustain an effective BWON compliance program. From rule interpretation and P&ID waste stream identification to program management, BWON for Experts has you covered.

CEMS Essentials

Instructor(s)

Tim Kuiken - National Sales Manager, M&C Tech Group - tkuiken@mac-products.com

Description

4C HSE CEMS training provides an opportunity to become better informed about CEMS equipment and CEMS regulations. The first half of this one-day course will cover the nuts and bolts of CEMS equipment – from the stack to the analyzers and everything in between. The second half will focus on the various CEMS requirements specified in the Part 60 NSPS, Part 61 NESHAP and Part 63 MACT standards.

Data Acquisition Systems

Instructor(s)

Brian Fowler - Director of Implementations & Marketing, Environmental Systems Corporation - bfowler@envirosys.com

Description

If increased air compliance monitoring is forcing you to question how you validate, process, report and store the data, then attend this class. Review recent and upcoming air regulations, then run through the operational and reporting methods for using a DAS to help you comply. View practical examples of automation like validating averages, QA tests and alarms. Then examine how a DAS lets environmental professionals configure their own systems, including calculations, and ultimately store the data with full traceability for public inspection.

EPCRA Essentials

Instructor(s)

Gary Vegh, Erin Manitou, Nora Lopez - ERA Environmental - gary.vegh@era-ehs.com

Description

EPCRA Essentials is for anyone in need of a crash course on the basics of EPCRA regulations including sections 311, 312 and 313. Rather than become more routine, EPCRA compliance becomes more demanding each year as the USEPA expects more from the regulated community. The course will concentrate on the more complex reporting requirements for TRI Form R regulations.

EPCRA/TRI for Experts

Instructor(s)

Erin Manitou - EHS Manager, ERA - erin.manitou@era-ehs.com

Description

You’ve mastered EPCRA Essentials; now take your knowledge to the next level with ERA Environmental’s advanced EPCRA/TRI training. Gain insights on how to minimize noncompliance risk, understand how regulatory decision-makers view facility releases, and learn ways to streamline facility processes to lighten the load come reporting time. This course shines a light on the concepts behind the instructions so you can master compliance and management of threshold calculations, emissions, discharges, and waste generation.

LDAR Essentials

Instructor(s)

Colin Sheffield - President and Co-Founder, BLOC Environmental - colin@blocenvironmental.com

Description

LDAR Essentials is for anyone in need of a crash course on the basics of LDAR compliance in preparation for LDAR mastery. Our experts will give you a dose of regulatory understanding, reveal industry best management practices, and discuss tools you can use to optimize your LDAR program immediately. You’ll be exposed to valuable insider information and learn the latest techniques to take your LDAR program to the next level.

LDAR for Experts (LDAR Excellence)

Instructor(s)

Shane Kling - President, Environmental Intellect - shane@env-int.com

Description

The LDAR industry’s newest experts, Eric Allen and Shane Kling of Environmental intellect (Ei), facilitate this year’s hottest collaborative LDAR workshop with participation from over 10 industry and LDAR consulting leaders. Less lecture-style! More interaction with industry professionals! More best practices! Completely revamped training content! Day 1 (Feb. 21) of the LDAR Excellence Workshop will be focused on LDAR Compliance Alerts, Enforcement, and CD/ELP Termination Updates. Day 2 (Feb. 22) will be dedicated to LDAR Best Practices presentations and discussion panels spanning a myriad of subjects from auditing to data management to technician staffing and professional development to Low-E sealing, bolting and packing to online leak repair (hot-tap / line-stop) and drill-and-tap repairs.

LDAR Excellence Training features industry participation by Marathon Petroleum Company, INEOS Nitriles, and Aux Sable Liquid Products. These industry leaders will share recent compliance experiences, lessons learned, and agency interactions as it relates to the most recent EPA compliance enforcement initiatives impacting the petroleum refining, chemicals, and oil and gas industries. Furthermore, Eric and Shane are thrilled to be joined by “star-studded” list of co-presenters, headlined by the “LDAR Czar” himself, Deever Bradley. We are excited to also have David W. Reeves (formerly of Chevron), Todd Morrison (Insight Environmental), Rex Moses (LDARtools), Tom Thayer (Plant Services, Inc.), David Clover (Advanced Sealing), as well as Eric and Shane. Only able to make it to one day of LDAR Excellence? Not a problem!

Model-Free Adaptive Control for Flares and Wastewater

Instructor(s)

Dr. George Cheng - CTO, CyboSoft - gscheng@cybosoft.com

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.

Modeling for Non-Modelers

Instructor(s)

James Red - Sr. Modeler/Meteorologist, Providence Engineering - jamesred@providenceeng.com

Description

This course is designed to provide environmental personnel with a basic understanding of the regulatory modeling process and factors that may influence the outcome of their modeling analysis.

Oil and Gas Essentials

Instructor(s)

Calvin Niss - Vice President, Trihydro - cniss@trihydro.com

Description

The slew of new regulations for upstream/midstream oil and gas has resulted in increased scrutiny from agencies and uncertainty from industry professionals. This 1-day class offers attendees an introduction into applicable regulations and proper compliance strategies and covers other relevant topics including air permitting, waste, and water requirements necessary to keep your facility in compliance.

Optical Gas Imaging

Instructor(s)

Ronald Lucier - Director, Business Development, FLIR - ron.lucier@flir.com

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.

Process Hazard Analysis Essentials

Instructor(s)

Dick Baum - Senior PHA Consultant, Smith & Burgess - dick.baum@smithburgess.com

Description

The purpose of OSHA’s Rule for Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals is to prevent releases of highly hazardous chemicals that have the potential to cause catastrophic fires, explosions, and/or toxic exposures. Presented by Smith & Burgess, this Essentials Course provides an in-depth review of the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) element of the PSM standard, covering methods, structure, guidelines, etc. Upon completion of the course, attendees will have a better understanding of how PHA’s are planned, as well as the data requirements and tools to necessary to conduct an effective PHA.

Process Safety Management Essentials

Instructor(s)

Danny White, P.E., CSP - CEO, HSE Engineering LLC - mrdannycwhite@gmail.com

Description

PSM Essentials details the basic 14 elements of Process Safety Management (PSM) as required by OSHA for regulated flammable materials and listed substances. Develop a basic understanding of PSM and learn how these elements apply to the covered processes at your plant.

RCRA Essentials

Instructor(s)

Jeremy Sell - Air Compliance Team Leader, Trihydro - jsell@trihydro.com

Description

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is now over 40 years old. New RCRA rules were commonplace during the Act’s first 25 years, but activity waned for the next 10 years. The past two to three years have seen a resurgence of RCRA activity. The recent uptick in activity includes new RCRA guidance and rulemakings, as well as rulemaking petitions and existing rule legal challenges. Join us for a discussion about the genesis and significance of federal RCRA activities during the past several years. We will also investigate how new processes, and proposed and contested requirements will factor into compliance strategies. Rulemaking implications such as the Generator Improvements final rule, Solid Waste Definition, the proposed removal of the RCRA Site Remediation Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) exemption, and recent guidance relating to post-closure requirements for RCRA-permitted units will also be explored.

This workshop will evaluate how the final rules on the Solid Waste Definition and Generator Improvements affect hazardous waste identification and onsite management. In addition, we will discuss guidelines for RCRA Post-Closure Permit applications, including financial assurance requirements for RCRA Corrective Action and post-closure care. Criteria for ensuring adequate protection of human health and the environment in making decisions to adjust post-closure periods will also be examined.

Refinery Sector Rule Essentials by Trihydro

Instructor(s)

Stephen Walls, P.E. - Air Permitting Engineer, Trihydro - swalls@trihydro.com

Description

This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of the regulatory requirements and compliance deadlines associated with MACT Subparts CC and UUU promulgated February 1, 2016, collectively known as the Refinery Sector Rule. Specific regulatory requirements for storage vessels, process vents, fenceline monitoring, flares, catalytic cracking units, and other refinery process units (e.g., sulfur recovery units, reformers, and cokers) will be highlighted. This workshop will address the compliance challenges facing refineries with regard to these regulatory changes by providing real world examples. Although some compliance deadlines have passed, we will present possible tasks and a roadmap to achieve future compliance.

Tentative Outline

  • Introduction/Overview (10 minutes)
  • MACT CC – Storage Tanks (30 minutes)
  • MACT CC – Process Vents – MPVs & PRDs (30 minutes)
  • MACT CC – Fenceline (20 minutes)
  • MACT CC – Flares (30 minutes)
  • Break/Questions (20 minutes)
  • MACT UUU – FCC (30 minutes)
  • MACT UUU – Other Process Units: SRU, Reformer, Coker (20 minutes)
  • General Reporting (30 minutes)
  • Questions (20 minutes)

Risk Management Planning Workshop

Instructor(s)

Jesse Brumbaugh, P.E. - Process Safety Consultant IV, Smith & Burgess - jesse.brumbaugh@smithburgess.com

Description

Risk Management Plan (RMP) is a federally mandated process safety regulation that affects owners and operators of highly hazardous material(s) handlers. The workshop will cover the specifics of the regulation and strategies for complying with its requirements. Although this is a performance based safety regulation, EPA requires submittals that must be renewed periodically or under certain conditions. Program levels and determination of the level that applies to a facility are addressed. The workshop is also focused on the specific requirements and level of effort for complying with each applicable element of RMP. This workshop may benefit managers, operators, safety professionals, and engineers responsible for highly hazardous chemicals.

SOS Soil Remediation

Instructor(s)

Buddy Gaertner - PHD, SOS Environmental - SOS EnvironmentalBuddy@sosenvironmental.com

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.

Specialty Chemical Plant Air Permitting

Instructor(s)

Kevin Moin - Founder and Principal, RECES Environmental Consulting - kmoin@reces-llc.com

Description

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

Stack Testing Essentials

Instructor(s)

Snapper Armstrong - Business Development Manager, Alliance Source Testing - snapper.armstrong@stacktest.com

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.

Tanks Essentials

Instructor(s)

Jim Miller, P.E. - Senior Consulting Engineer, RPS Group - jim.miller@rpsgroup.com

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.

ToxChem Training

Instructor(s)

Malcolm Fabiyi - President, Hydromantis - fabiyi@hydromantis.com

Description

4C training partner Hydromantis will present this introductory course designed to grow your knowledge of the fundamentals of wastewater emissions.

From the basic structure of relevant air regulations, to the tools available to accurately estimate and model your wastewater emissions and help you reduce your emissions credits, TRI reductions, and much more! Learn the essentials and gain hands-on experience in this course designed to benefit compliance coordinators, compliance engineers, and new & existing Toxchem™ users.

Valve Essentials

Instructor(s)

Rodney Roth - Manager Strategic Accounts, Stationary Equipment, A.W. Chesterson Company - rothr@chesterton.com

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

VISR Enabled Dashboard for Flare Operators

Instructor(s)

Yousheng Zeng - CEO, Providence Photonics - youshengzeng@providenceeng.com

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.

Wastewater Essentials

Instructor(s)

Mike Foster - Principal Consultant and CEO, Environmental Business Specialists, LLC - foster@ebsbiowizard.com

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; source characterization and control; and biomonitoring (WET testing).

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