STS AIChE March 2017 Workshops

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5:30pm-6:30pm CST
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Phillip Purpich

Workshop #1

Title: Creating a Winning Resume

Speaker: Mark Friedman, Ph.D  Abstract: The resume is one of the most important documents in a job search. Yet many people fail to get enough mileage from it. First and foremost, a resume is your ticket to an interview.  In that sense, a resume is like a presentation to management, designed to get you in the door. Secondarily, the resume can be used as a “calling card”; a leave behind after an informational interview. In a fast-paced presentation, Mark Friedman will provide some key pointers about how to create a winning resume. The talk will include: resume design and format, telegraphic messages, accomplishment statements and how to make your resume powerful, yet concise.   On March 2, Mark will speak at Brady’s Landing discussing How to Create a Winning Resume. On March 3, there will be a 3 hour hands-on workshop at the Westside Omni  where participants can expect to complete a written resume. The March 3rd event is our monthly First Friday lunch, i.e., the South Texas Section will subsidize each attendee’s lunch by $5.

Bio:  Mark is a principal in MJF Associates that specializes in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Strategic Focus, Team Building, Career Management and Outplacement.  During the last 25 years Mark has helped over 3000 people in career transition.

Mark received his Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at the University of Tennessee and has over 25 years of experience. For over eight years he has coached some 55 Executive MBA candidates at Rice University on leadership, career management and change management. His clients include Air Liquide, Praxair, National Oilwell Varco, Port of Houston Authority, FMC Technology, LyondellBasel, BP, Exxon/Mobil, City of Houston, US Postal Service, The Houston Texans (NFL team), Hewlett-Packard Company, Dell, Johnson Controls, and ABB Lummus Global. He can be reached at or 281-493-0641.

Workshop #2

Flare and Relief Simulation Studies

An increasing number of interconnected process units and requirement of higher processing capacities makes flare system critical for any major upgrade to processing units. Flare and relief systems are fundamentally dynamic processes and the last safe guards against maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP) during plant transient conditions. The relief system includes the relief device (PSV, rupture disc, etc.), collection piping, and flare-stack (seal drum and flare-tip).

In this webinar, the design workflow of flare and relief system is presented - where Visual Flare is used for modelling plant wide flare system involving all the units and DYNSIM is used for dynamic modelling of critical units such as distillation tower or pressure vessel. The back pressure calculated by visual flare is used in DYNSIM to determine the accurate relief load. Three different real world case studies are presented – a refinery wide flare system design using Visual Flare, a dynamic simulation of integrated crude/vacuum unit for calculating the peak relief load and a dynamic simulation of a nitrogen rejection unit.

The past two decades of application of dynamic simulation for flare and relief system design confirms: (i) Improved design – by having accurate relief load estimation (ii) Tighter control and Improved Safety – by investigating specific implementation tasks and to assess operability and trip setting ahead of failure (iii) Improved Operating Cost: Improved flare system design and control prevents unnecessary unit trip and its propagations, this results in significant saving in operating cost. (iv) Operator Training: Such dynamic model can be easily extended for plant wide operator training simulators to train operators to achieve higher production while respecting alarms and trips.


Dhaval Dave, Senior Consultant, Schneider Electric Software.  Dr. Dhaval Dave has 13 years of experience in simulation and optimization in a variety of industries. Dr. Dave is currently working with Schneider Electric as a Senior Consultant in the Design, Simulation and Optimization group. His prior experiences include positions with British Petroleum and Aspen Technologies. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester, UK and an M.Tech in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur. Dr. Dave is a Houston native and his research interests include Dynamic Simulation and Real Time Optimization.