11th GCPS Short Courses

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:00am CDT

To Register for a short course please select the course title on the 11th GCPS registration form or contact customer service for assistance at CustomerService@aiche.org or call 1800-242-4363

S1: Facility Siting 

Location: Hilton Austin, Meeting Room 617 

Price: $600

Instructor: Jatin Shah (Senior Principal Consultant, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc.)

Book: Guidelines for Evaluating Process Plant Buildings for External Explosions, Fires, and Toxic Releases, 2nd Edition 

Description:

This 1-day short course covers the fundamentals of facility siting study which focuses on evaluating hazards and resulting vulnerabilities and risks due to potential fire, explosion, and toxic hazards associated with plant operation. Facility siting studies are often performed to comply with regulations and industry guidance such as OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119, API RP 752, API RP 753, API RP 756, and RAGAGEP.

This training course will review the purpose of facility siting, the inputs associated with the study, and fire, explosion, and toxic consequence and risk analyses. The course will also review typical study results, their meanings, and how to effectively use the results.

Agenda: 

  • Overview
  • Hazard Identification
  • Building modeling
  • Congestion and confinement modeling
  • Hazard Analysis
    • Discharge
    • Dispersion
    • Toxic / Blast / Fire / Other Hazards
  • Occupant Vulnerability (OV) Determination
    • Building Analysis
    • Outdoor Areas
    • Toxic / Fire / Blast
  • Risk Analysis
    • Frequency Analysis
    • Occupancy Analysis
  • Understanding and Managing the Results
    • Consequence Results
    • Risk Results
    • Developing and evaluating mitigation options
    • Making Decisions 

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S2: Awakening Drama Based Process Safety Forum 

Course Cancelled. If you registered for the course you should have received an email from AIChE Customer service regarding the cencellation and refund of your short course registration fee. 

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S3: Using Plant Inspections for Catastrophic Incident Prevention

Location: Hilton Austin, Meeting Room 417A

Price: $600

Instructor: Bob Wasileski (Senior Process Safety Engineer, CCPS Contributor) 

Book: Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries (CCPS Publication) 

Description/Agenda:

This course will explain the anatomy of catastrophic process incidents, the concepts associated with Layers of Protection, and a review of the largest losses over the past decade. Complementing this material, participants will be given a solid foundation towards understanding process fires and explosions, which account for the majority of large losses in the chemical and petrochemical industries. The concepts and theory will then be translated into practical hazard identification techniques that can readily be applied during routine plant inspections and surveys. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how flammable and combustible material leaks occur, where ignition sources are found, and how to identify safety system impairments in the field.
This course was developed for those who work in manufacturing facilities, interact with operations and maintenance personnel on a routine basis, as well as professionals who periodically enter manufacturing facilities or maintain PSM Programs. The extensive use of photographs to support the theoretical and technical material that is presented makes this course suitable for a broad audience with diverse backgrounds.
Agenda: 
  • Introduction
  • Process Hazards & Risks
  • Fire Science
  • Sources of Flammables & Combustibles
  • Ignition Sources
  • Safety System Impairments
  • Planned General Inspections 

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S4: Developing and Implementing a Competence Management Program for Process Safety 

Location: Hilton Austin, Meeting Room 404

Price: $500 

Instructor: Paul Baybutt (President, CEO and Founder of Primatech Inc.)

Description/Agenda:

The competence of personnel is crucial to process safety as it helps to ensure that tasks are carried out satisfactorily to achieve adequate levels of safety and tolerable levels of risk. Competence implies appropriate qualifications, experience, training, skills, physical and mental capabilities, knowledge, understanding, fitness for duty, behavior and attitudes as well as the ability to perform tasks according to defined performance standards. Often assumptions of competence are made based on the adequacy of experience or training, possession of qualifications, or the availability of a procedure. Not only may such assumptions be incorrect, but they do not capture all the key aspects of competence. Competence should be managed, otherwise poor performance and accidents may result. Indeed accidents have occurred when competencies other than knowledge and experience were absent. Competence management is particularly important when an organization relies heavily on the skills, knowledge and capabilities of its personnel, such as in the process industries. The importance of competence is compounded in the face of the re-engineering, downsizing, and multi-tasking that can occur in the process industries. Personnel are often expected to take on a wider range of tasks with less supervision thus increasing the need to manage competence effectively. Competence management should be planned, proactive and systematic.
This course explains how a competence management program for process safety can be developed and implemented. Course attendees participate in workshops to reinforce the material presented.
Agenda:
  • Overview
  • Meaning of Competence
  • Individual, Group and Organizational Competence
  • Competence Management Program
  • Process Safety Roles
  • Areas and Levels of Competence
  • Identification of Requirements
  • Selection of Personnel
  • Competency Matrices
  • Role of Training
  • Assessment of Competence
  • Addressing Gaps in Competence
  • Certification of Competence
  • Maintaining, Reassessing and Monitoring Competence

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S5: Relief Systems Design 

Location: Hilton Austin, Meeting Room 417B

Price: $600

Book: Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems (CCPS Publication) 

Instructor: Steve Streblow (Senior Project Manager at Contek Solutions LLC) 

Description/Agenda:

This short course will provide an overview of pressure relief system design and requirements, tailored to oil and gas. This course provides you with specific detailed guidelines for evaluating a relief system, including determining applicability of overpressure scenarios, required relief rates, relief device capacity, relief device selection, inlet pipe sizing, outlet pipe sizing, knockout drums and stacks. 

Some of the course topics includes:

  • Determine where relief protection is needed
  • Determine local scenarios
  • Determine relief device type
  • Assume overpressure device inlet nozzle and pipe size.
  • Assume outlet nozzle and pipe, subheader, header, knockout drum and flare/vent stack parameters.
  • Determine pipe and stack flowrate basis
  • Determine pipe and stack pressure drop methodology
  • Determine pipe and stack velocity limits
  • Determine overpressure device backpressure limit/velocity

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S6: Process Safety and Human Factors: A Tutorial for Project Managers and Engineers 

Location: Hilton Austin, Meeting Room 616B

Price: $500

Instructor: Denise Brooks (Human Factors and Ergonomics at Risktec Solutions Inc.)

Description/Agenda: 

The proposed short course addresses the parallels and integration of human factors and process safety professionals’ practice of the profession.  Specifically this workshop demonstrates contemporary human factors approaches, return-on-investment, value-added aspects, and the mutual goals of the preservation of human well-being, the environment, and company assets.  A case study that demonstrates a classic incident in process safety and shows the human factors elements that contributed to the event is included in the course.  Both disciplines overlap while each has proven purpose.  The goal is to encourage communication, eliminate human error, avoid accidents and injuries, and ensure the silo-effect among project disciplines is overcome.   The overarching approach is to present human factors as a scientific tool that supports process safety and is relevant to all hazardous process control industries while embracing a systems approach and high reliability management strategy.   While this course is intended for engineers and managers, anyone with interest in process safety and human factors is welcome to attend.  

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S7: Tutorial on Brittle Fracture Hazards and Solutions 

Course Cancelled. If you registered for the course you should have received an email from AIChE Customer service regarding the cencellation and refund of your short course registration fee. 

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