2019 AIChE Spring Meeting & 15th GCPS Short Courses

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm CDT

Short Course Titles:

Short Courses Schedule: March 31, 2019 9:00AM -5:00PM* 

You can register for any of these short courses by selecting the course title during the 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting and 15th GCPS online registration process or call customer service at 1800.242.4363

Note: Cancellations after March 20, 2019 will not receive any refunds****

S1: Dust Explosion Dynamics 

Location: Hilton Riverside, Cambridge

Price: $600 

Instructors: Russell A. Ogle

Book:Dust Explosion Dynamics, Butterworth-Heinemann (2016).


The purpose of this short course is to reveal the combustion science behind combustible dust hazards. Numerous examples will be presented from case studies to illustrate the application of dust explosion dynamics to dust hazard analysis.


  • Demonstrate how the fundamental principles of combustion science can be applied to understand the four primary combustible dust hazards: smoldering, flash fires, dust deflagrations, and flame acceleration effects
  • Explore fundamental dust combustion concepts as a scientific foundation for dust hazard analysis
  • Present detailed examples to give insight into the hazards of combustible dust as well as an introduction to the relevant scientific literature


  1. Introduction to combustible dust hazards
  2. The key physical properties of combustible dust
  3. Thermodynamics of dust combustion
  4. Transport phenomena for dust combustion
  5. Smoldering phenomena
  6. Dust particle combustion models
  7. Unconfined dust flame propagation
  8. Confined unsteady dust flame propagation (deflagrations)
  9. Dust flame acceleration effects (shock waves, detonations, and pressure piling)
  10. Applications of dust explosion dynamics to dust hazard analysis


Process engineers, plant managers, safety and health professionals, chemical engineers, process safety professionals, and others who seek a better understanding of combustible dust hazards.

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S2: Human Factors in Process Safety Management 

Location: Hilton Riverside, Eglinton Winton

Price: $600 

Instructors: Trey Morrison, Sunil Lakhiani, and Chason J. Coelho 

Book: Guidelines for Preventing Human Error in Process Safety


Human error is a significant contributor to incidents resulting in fatalities, injuries, and property damage in the process industries. Such errors are results of actions or inactions in the design, operations, maintenance, or management of systems that result in deviations from the normal functioning of process systems and increase the risk of failures and adverse consequences. An essential goal is to address human factors in each element of Process Safety Management (PSM), whether using the 14 elements of OSHA PSM or the 20 elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS). Human factors  is the systematic application of knowledge about human capabilities, limitations, characteristics, behavior and motivation to the design and evaluation of tools, technology, tasks, work environments and procedures for enhancing the safety, productivity, comfort and effectiveness of products and work systems.

This course introduces fundamentals of human factors to provide bases for evaluating and improving PSM activities. The course focuses on application of human factors to the four pillars of Risk Based Process Safety. It offers guidance to process safety professionals, engineers, designers, and managers concerning human performance and how human factors can be applied to various PSM activities to help mitigate risks associated with human errors. The course aligns with methods set forth in CCPS’ Guidelines for Preventing Human Error in Process Safety and incorporates information from key scientific literatures and industry guidance documents.

The curriculum for this course is divided into four modules, each consisting of applicable sub-modules. Each module incorporates brief team-based activities in a workshop format that helps attendees gain a working understanding of important human factors principles. These principles include, but are not necessarily limited to, perception and cognition, ergonomics and work environment, facility layout, procedure design and evaluation, task analysis, human reliability assessment, fatigue risk management, safety culture assessment, and incident investigation.


  • Introduction
    • History of Human factors
    • Definitions and Core Principles of Human Factors
    • Human Performance and Error
    • Team Resource Management
    • Application to Four Pillars of Risk Based Process Safety
  • Incorporating Human factors in Design
    • 3D Model Reviews
    • Human Machine Interface
    • Alarm management
    • Procedures Design
  • Human factors in Understanding Hazards and Risks
    • Task Analysis
    • Human Reliability Analysis
    • Safety Culture Assessments
    • Fatigue Risk Management
    • Emergency Response Management
  • Human Factors in Incident Investigations
    • Framework for Incorporating Human Factors
    • Information and Evidence Collection
    • Proximate Cause Analysis
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Corrective Actions and Follow ups

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S3: Introduction to Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes CCPS 2nd Edition

Location: Hilton Riverside, Chequers

Price: $600

Instructor: Angela Summers 

Book: Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes, 2nd Edition

Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes was first published in October 1993 to provide designers and operators of chemical process facilities with a general philosophy and approach to safe automation, including independent layers of safety controls, alarms, and interlocks (SCAI). Automation technology has evolved rapidly in the intervening decades. The second edition has transformed the original through the incorporation of current concepts in reliable and safe control system design.

This course will cover highlights of the updated book material, including the following topics:

  • Safe Automation Lifecycle Process
  • Designing Automation for Reliable Control (e.g., inherently safer practices)
  • Control System Hardware Selection (e.g., instrumentation, logic solvers, auxiliaries)
  • Alarm and Instrument Justification and Alarm Management
  • Designing Automation for Functional Safety
  • Designing Automation for Cyber Security
  • Safe Automation Management Systems

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S4: Identification & Prioritization of Safety Critical Equipment

Location: Hilton Riverside, Prince of Wales

Price: $500

Instructors: Kyle Wingate  

Book: No Book 

Are you looking to enhance or build upon your Process Safety Management (PSM) and Asset Integrity Management (AIM) programs by implementing a consistent approach to identifying and prioritizing Safety Critical Equipment (SCE)?  This interactive course will step through the importance and process of distinguishing between safety and operational critical equipment by utilizing a real-world example. 

One of the first steps required when building a robust PSM program, and specifically for the Mechanical Integrity (MI) element, is the identification of SCEs.  In order to do this and ensure it is completed in a standardized way across multiple sites and facilities, training is critical. 

Utilizing the CCPS guidance as a baseline, a customized approach and methodology highlighting industry best practices will be communicated along with practical examples.

The training will cover the following key topics:

  • The importance of SCE’s and how they are fundamental to PSM
  • Overview of risk management and how PHA’s can aid in the SCE process
  • Review of applicable key definitions and regulatory criteria
  • Utilization of a risk assessment matrix (RAM) when defining SCEs
  • An in-depth review of the CCPS SCE Decision Tree
  • Discussion of barrier types and best practices
  • Integration and use of a critical prioritization ranking tool
  • Practical team-based exercises utilizing a PHA and P&ID’s
  • Key elements to incorporating SCEs into your asset register

The primary objective and goal of the training is to have participants be able to understand, apply, and teach others the principles of identifying and prioritizing SCEs.  In addition, the tools introduced can be customized and used at your own facilities.

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S5: Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) - Updated

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Location: Hilton Riverside, Marlborough B

Price: $500

Instructor:  William Bridges

Book: No book 

Are proposed or existing combinations of safeguards enough to prevent an accident or mitigate the consequences? Do you perceive that doing a fully quantitative risk assessment (QRA) would be over-working the problem? Then Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is the new tool you need to learn. LOPA combines both qualitative and quantitative elements of hazard evaluation and risk assessment to analyze and judge the adequacy of existing or proposed safeguards against process deviations and accident scenarios. A key to the success of LOPA is its rules for judging if protection layers are truly independent. Because of these rules, LOPA helps the analysts make consistent judgments of if the risk of scenarios are “as low as reasonably practical (ALARP)”. This “How To” course is taught by one of the principal authors of the AIChE/CCPS book, Layer of Protection Analysis (2001). The course will also bring you up-to-date on changes from the newly released Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers, CCPS/AIChE (Mr. Bridges, the instructor, was the primary author of this textbook). Workshops are used as the primary mode of teaching each aspect of LOPA. You will perform several complete LOPA before leaving class.

What You Will Learn:

  • When and how to use LOPA and How to systematically create risk scenarios
  • How to establish risk acceptance (risk tolerance) criteria for use within your company (this is also called development of ALARP criteria)
  • How to calculate “as-is” risk for a cause-consequence pair:
    • ​Estimate the frequency of the initiating event and estimate consequence
  • What is meant by “independence” and “uniqueness” with respect to IPLs
  • How to use LOPA to determine the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) necessary for an instrument IPL (to comply with the requirements of IEC 61508/61511)
  •  How other companies worldwide use LOPA to:
    • Decide which PHA/HAZOP recommendations to reject and which to accept
    • Focus limited resources within mechanical integrity departments and operations on what is critical to manage risk to ALARP
    • Avoid wasting resources on quantifying risk using QRA methods
    • Perform specialized risk modeling for facility siting questions

Typical Course Candidates

This course is designed for experienced PHA/HAZOP leaders. Other individuals with a strong technical background (such as engineers and scientists) may attend:
  • Managers of Operations, Safety; Project Managers; Engineers – Process, Safety, and Mechanical; PSM Coordinators and Managers

Course Outline

Introduction to LOPA

  • Learning objectives and goals of using the LOPA technique
  • What is LOPA? How is LOPA applied? Definitions? When is LOPA used?

​Developing LOPA Scenarios

  • Selecting candidate scenarios from brainstorming hazard evaluations
  • Scenarios from design questions and from incidents

Estimating the Consequence of the Scenario

  • Using a look-up table of consequence; Developing a consequence look-up table for your company; Alternative methods for estimating consequences
  • Workshop 1: Estimating the consequence of a scenario (part of a continuing example)

Estimating the Likelihood of the Selected Initiating Event

  • Using a look-up table of initiating event categories and frequencies
  • How to develop an initiating event look-up table for your company
  • Addressing enabling conditions and time-dependent initiating events
  • Workshop 1: Estimating the frequency of an initiating event of a scenario (part of a continuing example)

Estimating the Probability of Failure of Independent Protection Layers

  • Definitions, rules, and exceptions for giving credit for an independent protection layer (IPL); Using a look-up table of IPL categories and probability of failure on demand (PFOD); How to develop an IPL look-up table
  •  Workshop 1: Deciding which safeguards are valid IPLs and estimating the PFOD of the valid IPLs (part of a continuing example)

Calculating the Risk

  • Using a standardized LOPA worksheet; Rules for calculating risk for an individual scenario (LOPA); Rules for summing risk of related scenarios
  • Workshop 1: Calculating the risk of a LOPA scenario (part of a continuing example)

Judging theRisk

  • Examples of risk tolerance criteria from the industry
  • Development and implementation of a company risk tolerance criteria
  • Workshop 1: Judging the risk of a LOPA scenario (cont. example)

Special Applications of LOPA

  • Using LOPA for facility siting questions; Selecting the SIL for an interlock

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S6: PHA/HAZOP of Procedures (Hazard evaluation of non-routine operating modes) 

Location: Hilton Riverside, Marlborough A

Price: $500

Instructor: Greg Smith

Book: No Book 

Do the existing PHA/HAZOPs of your units cover all modes of operation? Has your procedures for startup, shutdown, and online maintenance been analyzed to find the accident scenarios that lurk only there? Industry data shows that 45% of major accidents occur during startup mode of operation and another 30% during shutdown and online maintenance modes of operation. But, most PHA/HAZOPs only focus on normal (typically continuous) modes of operation. This “How To” course is taught by the author of Chapter 9 on this topic in Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, 3rd Edition (2008). Workshops are used as the primary mode of teaching each aspect of the short course. You will perform several PHAs of procedures before leaving class. US OSHA endorses this approach and requires such analysis.

What You Will Learn:

  • When and how to use either What-If or HAZOP for analysis of procedures
  • Pit-falls to avoid in analysis of procedures, especially how to optimize the time invested
  • Options for documenting analysis of procedures
  • Overview of human factors, including dependent human errors

Take Home:

  • Comprehensive course notebook containing: Examples of risk review methods for procedure analysis and for documentation of same
  • Certificate of Completion and 0.7 CEUs & 0.7 COCs

Typical Course Candidates

This course is designed for experienced PHA/HAZOP leaders. Other individuals with a strong technical background may attend to learn the critical factors that need to be considered or to understand the business case for these analyses:
  • Managers of Operations, Safety
  • Project Managers
  • Engineers – Process, Safety, and Mechanical; PSM Coordinators and Managers

Course Outline

  • Overview of risk review methods 
    • Methods and their usefulness over the life cycle of a process
    • Making risk judgments
    • Human factors concepts and how to address human factors during hazard evaluations
  •  HAZOP technique and Best practice rules for HAZOP
  • Review of Rules for IPLs
  • HAZOP techniques (2 guidewords and 7 guidewords) for analyzing procedures and batch processes -
    • Workshop: Example HAZOP of a procedure (instructor-led)
    • Workshop: HAZOP review by participants in breakout groups
  • What-if/checklist technique as applied to analysis of procedures
    • Workshop: Example What-if (instructor-led)
    • Workshop: What-If review by participants in breakout groups
  • Checklist analysis as supplements to brainstorming methods for procedure analysis
    • Human Factors Checklists
  • Recap of best practices

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S7: Transitioning from a Technical Mindset to a Technical Leader Mindset

Location: Hilton Riverside, Parish

Price: $500 

Instructor: Dennis W. Hess

Engineers and scientists are generally promoted into or aspire toward leadership and management opportunities because of the successes they have had in technical positions.  When these technically-trained individuals first undertake a leadership role, frustration and anxiety are frequent outcomes, despite  technical competency and good intentions.  Such results arise because the traits and mindsets that have made them successful in technical positions can be deleterious in positions where soft skills are necessary for leadership success.  This short course will discuss reasons why engineers and scientists often find adaptation into leadership roles disconcerting and will explore ways to smooth the transition.  Methods that use the analytical and problem-solving skills developed to address situations in research, development and manufacturing scenarios where egos, personal biases, and emotion can and do dictate behavior will be discussed.  Topics to be covered include leadership fundamentals where beneficial and detrimental traits and approaches of technically-trained individuals are described and related to leadership outcomes.  The need for and ways to develop servant leadership traits and emotional intelligence will be described.  Leadership principles and attitudes will be used to address routine problems, dilemmas, and situations faced by technical leaders.  Issues to be discussed in an interactive format include generating trust and credibility, team building/teamwork, running effective meetings, dealing with toxic co-workers, conflict management, and presenting difficult messages.     

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S8: Advanced Tools for Process Data Analytics 

Location: Hilton Riverside, Churchill A1

Price: $500

Instructors: Bhushan Gopaluni, Yiting Tsai, Lee Rippon

This full day (approximately seven and half hours) workshop will be organized at the AIChE Spring Meeting. Starting with an elementary introduction to statistics and probability, we will develop various regression, classifi cation, dimensionality reduction and advanced learning algorithms that are of interest to practicing engineers. In addition, various widely used machine learning software packages will be introduced. Registrants will solve exercises and receive take away software code to implement some of these algorithms.
1. Basics of probability and statistics, under tting, over tting and bias-variance tradeo
2. Classi cation & Regression Algorithms
  • k-nearest neighbours algorithm
  • k-means algorithm
  • Support Vector Machines & Logistic Regression
  • Decision Trees
  • Hierarchial Clustering
  • Least Squares, kernels and regularization
  • Applications in process and other related industries
3. Dimensionality Reduction Algorithms
  • Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
  • Partial Least Squares (PLS)
  • Discriminant Analysis
  • Nonlinear and dynamic dimensionality reduction algorithms
  • Applications in process and other related industries
4. Advanced Learning Algorithms
  • Arti cal Neural Networks
  • Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Applications in process and other related industries

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, registrants will be able to
  • identify and solve classi cation, regression, dimensionality reduction and learning problems
  • work with softwares such as Python, TensorFlow, Keras

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S9: NACE 1/2 Day Basic Corrosion Course

Location: Hilton Riverside, Churchill A2

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Price: $350

Instructors:  Kat Coronado

The goal of this program is to provide a very basic overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of corrosion.  It provides a brief description of what corrosion is, forms of corrosion, the costs and impact of corrosion, and why corrosion control is important.  It serves as an introduction to corrosion and corrosion control.

Audience (Who Should Attend):  This program is directed toward any person interested in a basic understanding of corrosion, including but not limited to:

  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Technicians
  • Salespersons
  • Inspectors
  • Support staff
  • Anyone needing a basic understanding of corrosion

Prerequisites:  No previous training in corrosion control is required.  However, to gain the most from this course, a basic understanding of science and chemistry is recommended.

Length/Format:  This course is a four-hour program and offered in an instructor-led format.  There is no assessment with this course.

PDHs:  Successful completion of the course will earn the student 4 PDHs.

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