Essential Skills for the  Process Industry Professionals

An Intensive 10-Day Training Course

Essential Skills for the
Process Industry Professionals

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Course?

The course will discuss the performance of pressure vessels, storage tanks, thermal equipment, piping systems and fluid transport machinery components under various operating conditions including in-depth explanation on the process of material degradation such as corrosion, erosion, fatigue and others that may lead to component failure.

It will present the best practices from High Reliability Organizations (HROs) with respect to both excellence and safety.  HRO is a term that refers to industries such as oil and gas, process, nuclear and aviation, where they possess a high degree of reliability despite their hazardous environment. It shows how organizations can learn from failures and near misses, as well as from other industries. Operational excellence will cover aspects of safety, risk, reliability, and quality management. This will include best practice at both strategic and operational levels, as well as in specific areas that relate to management skills, reliability and decision analysis, benchmarking, and information systems.

Several examples and case studies included in the workshops and will demonstrate the application of Fitness for Service (FFS) assessment method that enables quantitative evaluation of the remaining life in service of any component of equipment. Failure prevention methods will also be discussed and explained.

The course will feature:

  • Explanation of mechanical design of pressurized equipment according to ASME Code
  • Consideration of best operating conditions: Integrity Operating Window and MOC
  • Analysis of damage and degradation mechanisms that affect process equipment and piping
  • Guidance for selecting the most appropriate inspection method based on API code guidelines
  • Procedure for assessing the existing flaws and defects in the given component
  • Understanding of safety, risk and continuity of operations
  • Development of people management skills
  • Mastering techniques that can enhance plant reliability
  • How to conduct benchmarking and quality systems auditing
  • Applying decision analysis approaches


The Structure

This comprehensive programme consists of two modules which can be booked as a 10 Day Training event, or as individual, 5 Day courses.

Module 1 – Process Equipment & Piping Systems: Design, Operation, Failure Evaluation & Repairs

Module 2 - Operational Excellence in the Process Industry: The Key to a Lean and Low-Risk Failure

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals?

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the safe design and operation of pressurized process equipment
  • Follow the procedure for inspection and testing of process equipment
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and strategies to prevent failures
  • Use the best practices of FFS to estimate the remaining life of operating equipment
  • Select the methods of repair and alteration of pressurized process equipment
  • Explain the benefits of acquiring best practices from HROs
  • Show how activities play a part in helping their organization perform at a higher level
  • Determine methods for generating and implementing effective performance metrics
  • Use a process improvement methodology back at work
  • Analyze critically the methodologies employed in the organization & implement improvements

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Course for?

This course is highly recommended for Operations, Maintenance, Reliability, Engineering and Technical Support staff. Also, this course is applicable to any person actively involved or contemplating safety, performance measurement, improvement and/or quality and reliability related activities in the chemical and process industries as well as the oil and gas industry.

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

  • Operations & Process Professionals
  • Process, Mechanical and Chemical Engineers
  • Operation and Maintenance Engineers
  • Project Engineers
  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Technical Personnel involved in inspection
  • Reliability & Safety Professionals
  • Other professionals involved in process improvement

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this be Presented?

This course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes formal lectures and interactive worked examples with active contribution of all delegates during discussions and team work. Real life examples (i.e. case studies) will be selected to illustrate the procedure for carrying out typical equipment failure analysis.

The emphasis in the entire course will be on the explanation of equipment failure causes and safety operation system as well as providing answers to problems that is encountered in everyday practice. There will be ample opportunities for open discussion and sharing professional experiences on existing and new technologies.

Daily Agenda

Module One: Process Equipment & Piping Systems: Design, Operation, Failure Evaluation & Repairs

Day One

Overview of Design Features of Process Equipment and Piping System

  • General Concept of Safety in Design: Codes and Standards
  • Design Features of Pressure Vessels and Storage Tanks
  • Design Features of Piping Systems
  • Design Characteristics of Fluid Handling Equipment
  • Design Characteristics of Thermal Equipment
  • Overpressure Protection of Equipment

Day Two

Overview of Operation Issues of Components of Process Equipment

  • Safe Operation of Process Equipment: Integrity Operating Window
  • Over-pressuring of Process Equipment
  • Uncontrolled Runaway Chemical Reaction
  • Overheating of Boiler Tubes
  • Abnormal Operation of Fluid Handling Equipment
  • Vibration of Piping Systems

Day Three

Failure Modes and Fracture Mechanisms

  • Characteristics of Material Used for Construction of Process Equipment
  • Material Degradation Processes
  • Causes of Failures of Process Equipment and Piping Systems
  • Failure Modes
  • Fracture Mechanisms
  • Lessons Learnt from Major World Equipment Failures

Day Four

Design and Operation of Fluid Handling Equipment

  • Condition Monitoring
  • Inspection and Testing Techniques: API 572, API 510, API 570
  • Risk Based Inspection (RBI): API 580
  • Fitness for Service Assessment: API 579/ASME FS1
  • Failure Evaluation and Calculation of Component Remaining Life
  • Failure Prevention Methods

Day Five

Repairs, Alterations and Rerating of Process Equipment

  • Classification of Repairs
  • Repair Best Practices for Pressure Vessels and Other Equipment
  • Rerating of Pressure Vessels
  • Hot Taping and Line Stopping
  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)

Module Two: Operational Excellence in the Process Industry: The Key to a Lean and Low-Risk Failure

Day Six

Safety Systems and Risk Management

  • Safety first
  • Learning from failures
  • Analyzing near misses, incidents & accidents
  • Taxonomy of theories
  • Risk assessment, Choice of case studies
  • Types of recommendations

Day Seven

Continuity of Operations – Plant Systems Reliability

  • Coping with risks
  • Defining reliability and resilience
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) techniques
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Reliability Blok Diagram (RBD)
  • Practical examples and case studies

Day Eight

Case Studies from High Reliability Organizations (HROs)

  • Case from Aviation industry
  • Case from Process industry
  • Case from Oil and Gas industry
  • Case from Nuclear industry
  • Group work and group presentations

Day Nine

The Concept of Generic Lessons & Benchmarking

  • Attributes of the generic lessons
  • Best practice of learning from failures from different industries
  • Best practice can be learned from worst practice
  • The ten generic lessons and the three underpinning factors
  • What is benchmarking? History of benchmarking
  • Different methods of benchmarking and how they relate to each other

Day Ten

A Model of Learning and Unlearning Excellence

  • Adaptive organizational learning
  • Routine dynamics
  • The Decision-Making Grid (DMG) model
  • A framework for analyzing near-misses and failures
  • High severity with low frequency versus high severity with high frequency


  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

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