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IN105 23 - 27 Sep 2018 Dubai - UAE 4,750

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Why Choose this Training Course?

The modern plant is dependent upon field measuring devices to gather information, and to implement control where required. Whether it be for pressure, level, temperature or flow, or a host of analytical applications, it is essential that users understand the fundamentals of this equipment, so that their work load is not increased dramatically, as the number of sensors in the operation increases.

Fortunately, these devices have improved not only in reliability, but also in intelligence and sophistication. This is where the term SMART transmitters come into play. The aim of this training course is to combine field instrumentation knowledge with information specific to SMART transmitters. The training course will also touch on aspects that tie everything together (SCADA, DCS, PLCs, actuators and valves), for the sake of completeness, in order to make the most out of SMART transmitters.

This training course will feature:

  • The SMART transmitter – definition, block diagram and important aspects
  • Terms and definitions essential to using transmitters in a modern application
  • The benefits of SMART versus traditional field devices
  • P&ID diagrams, and how this ties up with SMART devices
  • Integration of a total system, with respect to field devices and SMART technology

Training Objectives click here

What are the Goals?

  • Understand everything pertaining to instrumentation signals (traditional and otherwise)
  • Learn how network communication comes together (especially with the SMART option)
  • Develop a plant philosophy, considering PLCs, SCADA and DCS
  • Analyzing SMART in the context of ESD, SIS and Hazardous areas
  • Appling sound practice in data analysis, noise, aliasing and data acquisition (and, how this affects or is affected by SMART options).

At the end of this training course, you will learn to:

  • Comfortably be able to select level, temperature pressure and flow devices
  • Consider an analytical instrument option (along with SMART capabilities)
  • Choose between and understand FIELDBUS options
  • Consider HART as a viable option, based on the benefits it provides
  • See the benefit of SMART final control elements (including valves and actuators)

Target Audience click here

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course will be aimed primarily at people in fields associated with field devices, instrumentation data analysis and instrumentation installation and maintenance. This would be inclusive of instrumentation, electrical, mechanical, process and other disciplines actively involved in either the utilization or the selection and installation of an assortment of field transmitters.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Maintenance personnel (specifically, from those fields closely associated with the equipment)
  • Supervisory personnel
  • Instrumentation technicians and engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Design staff
  • Representatives from the health and safety departments
  • Engineers in other disciplines
  • People from a financial background, who have an interest in cost containment, by using the most effective devices available
  • Management and senior management staff

Training Methods click here

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This is, very much, a hands-on training course. The most important work is covered in a theoretical manner. But, there are several practical exercises that back up the course content. Pre- and post-course tests, individual and group-based exercises, open discussions and computer simulations are used to transfer vital knowledge. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own (non-Apple) computers, to take full benefit of the limited-time duration software simulators that will be utilized.

Daily Agenda click here

Day One: Introduction to Instrumentation, Documentation and Pressure

Competency Description: Plant data analysis is crucial to a successful operation. This data is available in many types and varieties, and from a host of sources. It must be interpreted correctly, and understood, from the perspective of the qualities and characteristics of the equipment suppling that information.

Key behaviours

  • Gain familiarity with current, voltage, frequency analog and digital signals
  • Interpret and design P&ID documents
  • Fully understand atmospheric, gauge and absolute pressure and concepts
  • Be able to differentiate between transmitters that use strain gauges, capacitive plates, vibrating wires, etc.

Topics to be covered

  • Typical field instrumentation signals that may be encountered
  • Field instrumentation terminology and definitions
  • Field instrumentation drawings and diagrams (including P&IDs)
  • Field instrumentation documentation
  • Pressure, pressure concepts and pressure measuring devices
  • Different technologies used in manufacturing pressure measuring transmitters

Day Two: Level, Temperature and Flow

Competency Description: Being able to look at an application, and decide on the best (and most cost effective) equipment is crucial. There is a fine balance that needs to be achieved. Cheaper equipment can be put in, but at the expense of accuracy or requiring more maintenance. Expensive equipment can be installed, but are the costs justified? A person must be equipped, to consider equipment, by studying all the facts at hand.

Key behaviours

  • Direct and indirect level measuring techniques, about level devices
  • Strategical decision making capabilities, pertaining to the best equipment (and strategies to use), for analyzing temperature loops
  • Gaining insight into a multitude of flow measuring techniques, varying from DP, to turbines, to PDM, etc. Distinguishing between fluid characteristics, and being able to determine the best equipment for an application (for example, when to use time-of-flight, and when to use Doppler)

Topics to be covered

  • The principles of level measurement
  • Field level measuring devices (including continuous, direct, indirect and a host of other options)
  • The principles of temperature measurement
  • Field temperature measuring devices (including contact, non-contact, thermocouples, RTDs, thermistors, etc.)
  • The principles of flow measurement
  • Field flow measuring devices (including differential pressure, positive displacement, ultrasonic, etc.)

Day Three: The SMART Concept, Fieldbus and Analytical Instruments

Competency Description: Equipment design has become more sophisticated, and communication strategies and protocols have not stayed behind. A culture of grasping modern developments, and implementing them effectively, is vital.

Key behaviours

  • Thinking and internalising SMART
  • Pros and cons of DUMB vs INTELLIGENT, from a control perspective
  • Understanding the Fieldbus concept
  • Coming to grips with the benefits of digital comunication

Topics to be covered

  • The basics of SMART transmitters
  • Definition and uses of SMART transmitters
  • Parts of SMART transmitters
  • SMART versus conventional transmitters
  • SMART transmitters and digital communication
  • Foundation Fieldbus
  • Profibus
  • Other Fieldbusses
  • Analytical instruments, and the SMART options available

Day Four: HART, Valves & Actuators, SCADA, DCS and PLCs

Competency Description: Treading the fine line between staying with existing analog technology or going for a hybridized solution or going fully digital is never easy. Important decisions need to be made, and there are many factors that need to be considered, both from a current as well as a future perspective.

Key behaviours

  • Progressing from a standard system to a HART solution
  • Optimizing your HART solution
  • Establishing proper and efficient data transfer and communication
  • Using your Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) effectively, to deal with legacy and modern instruments

Topics to be covered

  • HART
  • Calibration of SMART transmitters
  • Maintenance of SMART transmitters
  • Field instrument / SMART transmitter design networks
  • Advantages and disadvantages of SMART transmitters
  • SMART / intelligent actuators & valves and other final control elements
  • SCADA, DCS and PLCs

Day Five: ESD, SIS, Hazardous Areas, System Integration, Noise and Data Analysis

Competency Description: The ability to always think in terms of safety is crucial. Accidents and incidents don’t only have the potential to cost money and affect production. There is also the risk to human lives and health. Leadership entails looking at the whole picture, and taking long-term decisions that always have safety as your first objective.

Key behaviours

  • Strategies to implement an ESD system
  • Area and equipment classification
  • Filtering out noise
  • Noise reduction techniques

Topics to be covered

  • SMART transmitters and Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD)
  • SMART transmitters and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • SMART transmitters and Hazardous areas
  • SMART meters and SMART meter systems
  • SMART transmitters - Benefits, challenges, requirements
  • SMART transmitters – going forward and the future
  • System integration, noise, error analysis and data acquisition

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Field Instruments & SMART Transmitters


Code Date Venue Fees
IN105 23 - 27 Sep 2018 Dubai - UAE $4,750



Why Choose this Training Course?

The modern plant is dependent upon field measuring devices to gather information, and to implement control where required. Whether it be for pressure, level, temperature or flow, or a host of analytical applications, it is essential that users understand the fundamentals of this equipment, so that their work load is not increased dramatically, as the number of sensors in the operation increases.

Fortunately, these devices have improved not only in reliability, but also in intelligence and sophistication. This is where the term SMART transmitters come into play. The aim of this training course is to combine field instrumentation knowledge with information specific to SMART transmitters. The training course will also touch on aspects that tie everything together (SCADA, DCS, PLCs, actuators and valves), for the sake of completeness, in order to make the most out of SMART transmitters.

This training course will feature:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?

At the end of this training course, you will learn to:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course will be aimed primarily at people in fields associated with field devices, instrumentation data analysis and instrumentation installation and maintenance. This would be inclusive of instrumentation, electrical, mechanical, process and other disciplines actively involved in either the utilization or the selection and installation of an assortment of field transmitters.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This is, very much, a hands-on training course. The most important work is covered in a theoretical manner. But, there are several practical exercises that back up the course content. Pre- and post-course tests, individual and group-based exercises, open discussions and computer simulations are used to transfer vital knowledge. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own (non-Apple) computers, to take full benefit of the limited-time duration software simulators that will be utilized.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction to Instrumentation, Documentation and Pressure

Competency Description: Plant data analysis is crucial to a successful operation. This data is available in many types and varieties, and from a host of sources. It must be interpreted correctly, and understood, from the perspective of the qualities and characteristics of the equipment suppling that information.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Two: Level, Temperature and Flow

Competency Description: Being able to look at an application, and decide on the best (and most cost effective) equipment is crucial. There is a fine balance that needs to be achieved. Cheaper equipment can be put in, but at the expense of accuracy or requiring more maintenance. Expensive equipment can be installed, but are the costs justified? A person must be equipped, to consider equipment, by studying all the facts at hand.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Three: The SMART Concept, Fieldbus and Analytical Instruments

Competency Description: Equipment design has become more sophisticated, and communication strategies and protocols have not stayed behind. A culture of grasping modern developments, and implementing them effectively, is vital.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Four: HART, Valves & Actuators, SCADA, DCS and PLCs

Competency Description: Treading the fine line between staying with existing analog technology or going for a hybridized solution or going fully digital is never easy. Important decisions need to be made, and there are many factors that need to be considered, both from a current as well as a future perspective.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Five: ESD, SIS, Hazardous Areas, System Integration, Noise and Data Analysis

Competency Description: The ability to always think in terms of safety is crucial. Accidents and incidents don’t only have the potential to cost money and affect production. There is also the risk to human lives and health. Leadership entails looking at the whole picture, and taking long-term decisions that always have safety as your first objective.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

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