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Fundamentals of Process Safety and Loss Prevention
18-22 February 2018 ($3,750) 

Course Overview:

This short course is designed to teach and apply the fundamentals of chemical process safety. The content is comprehensive and provides extensive analysis, worked out examples, and case histories. The primary emphasis of this course is to summarize the important technical and management fundamentals of process safety. The emphasis on the fundamentals helps the practicing engineer understand the concepts and apply them accordingly.

An overview of the main component of an efficient process safety management (PSM) systems through the study of major incident case study will be given along with the tool to monitor the health of a PSM system (through key performance indicators).

The main hazardous phenomena in a process plant (Toxic hazards, Fire and Explosion, Chemical reaction hazards and other hazards) as well as the techniques to identify these hazards will be discussed. The attendees will then receive an introduction to the principles and practices of risk assessment (consequence and likelihood) and risk control methodologies. The concept of inherently safer design and layers of protection will be discussed.

The principles of emergency response planning and the techniques of incident investigation will be presented.

Finally the impact of human factors and safety culture on process safety performances will be discussed. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for those who working in the process industry and would like to obtain a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of chemical process safety and loss prevention. Delegates are likely to have a degree in engineering or science or equivalent industrial experience. A course manual is provided in the form of a hard copy of the overheads used and a certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete the course.

Delegate numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 20.

Programmable Logic Controllers: Basics and Applications
25-27 February 2018 ($1,750)

Course Overview :

The objective of this course is to teach engineers and technicians how to use and program programmable logic controllers (PLCs). After completing this course, the participants will be able to program any PLC effectively to control a given process.

Course Outline:

• Overview of PLCs
• A detailed example on how to program a PLC
• Workshop 1: Hands on experience using a Siemens PLC
• Basic instructions
• Registers and shift registers
• Number systems and codes
• Fundamentals of logic
• Workshop 2: Hands on experience using a Siemens PLC
• Timers
• Counters
• Data manipulation
• Math instructions
• Workshop 3: Hands on experience using the Flexible Manufacturing System at MEEN- TAMUQ.

Who Should Attend:

This course will be highly beneficial for:
• Design, protection and operation engineers and technicians
• Power station engineers and technicians
• Engineers and technicians working in industrial facilities

Introduction to HAZOP: Becoming an Active Participant
11-12 March 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview:

HAZOP can be one of the most powerful tools your facility has for identifying process hazards within the operating facility. Do you understand your role in the HAZOP process? Are you contributing to your fullest extent?

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and Snakard Consulting Group present this 2-day course on :" Introduction to HAZOP Facilitation- becoming an active participant". This course will provide attendees with an understanding of why we do HAZOP, the objectives of a HAZOP review, what to expect when they are asked to participate in a HAZOP and how to be an active participant in the HAZOP process. In addition, the course will also teach participants how to read a HAZOP report and what the HAZOP report can teach us about the hazards of the process and safety systems in place to minimize the likelihood of catastrophic accidents.

The course will provide a brief overview of the role of HAZOP in Process Safety Management and Risk Assessment process and will go into detail on HAZOP terminology, guidewords and the HAZOP process.

Who Should Attend:

The class is intended to be an introductory course for technical and operating staff who regularly attend HAZOP reviews or who expect to / plan to attend HAZOP reviews in the future.

Vibration Engineering and Machine Condition Monitoring
19-21 March 2018 ($1,750)

Course Objective:

The objective of this course is to teach engineers and technicians vibration engineering principles and
their applications in industry settings.  After completing this course, the participants will be able to model vibration systems, analyze vibration systems, and use vibration techniques for machine condition
monitoring.

Course Outline:

  • Overview of the vibration field
  • Introduction to single degree of freedom systems
  • Workshop 1: Simulation and identification of a SDOF system using Bruel and Kjar system.
  • Introduction to multi degree of freedom systems
  • Workshop 1: Simulation and identification of a MDOF system using Bruel and Kjar system.
  • Full day workshop on modeling and diagnosis of vibration problems in mechanical systems using Bruel and Kjar system as well as other laboratory systems.

Who Should Attend:

  • Design, protection and operation engineers and technicians
  • Power station engineers and technicians
  • Engineers and technicians working in industrial facilities

Electric Motors and Drives, Control, Faults, Protection, Troubleshooting and Maintenance for Industrial Applications
25-29 March 2018 ($2,500)

Course Overview:

Electrical motors play a vital role in numerous industrial applications for process and production. Electric motor drives are known as backbone of any industry and are used in various applications such as in the oil and gas industry, refining, petrochemicals, seawater desalination,  power & utilities, mining,  cement, marine, transportation,  etc.

This course is structured to provide participants with an understanding of the principles of design, operation, control, protection and maintenance of electric AC/DC motors and their drives  in industry and provide the participants with the necessary knowledge on the typical wiring systems, testing, inspection, maintenance,  and troubleshoot  of electric motor  drive system guidelines.

Moreover, upon the completion of this course, participants would have a better  understanding  of the principles related to various motor drive systems and better awareness of required engineering practices in regard to motors  and drives operation  and  maintenance.

Laboratory-based experimental sessions are included to provide better understanding  of the topic.

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for electrical engineers, electrical technicians, maintenance planners, supervisors with operation and maintenance responsibilities, and others who work in an industrial plant setting.

Detailed Incident Investigation
1-5 April 2018 ($3,750)

Course Overview:

In spite of all our best efforts, accidents and incidents occasionally occur. These unplanned or undesired events can adversely affect a company’s work operations and may include work-related injuries, occupational illnesses, property damage, spills and fires. Accident investigations are necessary to identify accident causation and ensure the effective implementation of corrective actions. A minor incident or near-miss incident also requires a thorough investigation as this may reveal significant potential for a serious future incident should the conditions be left uncorrected.
The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar and GEXCON present this 5-day course on: “Detailed incident Investigation”. This course will provide the attendees with an overview and basic knowledge of incident investigation; theory, approach, investigation process (e.g. setting up investigation team, mandate), methods and tools, and reporting of incidents (including follow-up). In addition, this course will give you a broad understanding of the accident investigation process, looking at the benefits of accident prevention and putting the emphasis on practical training exercises and real-life case studies. Participants will also learn how to uncover the who, what, why, when and how of each incident, and how to analyze data to prevent injuries, property damage and financial losses.

This course will provide the knowledge and skills required to carry out effective incident and accident investigations.

Who should attend:

The course has been designed for managers and supervisors with responsibility for reporting and investigating accidents within their work areas.

From Integrated Geological Modeling to Production Forecasts
9-10 April 2018 ($1,250)

Course Overview:

The aim of the course is to recap main technics required to build an Integrated Reservoir Model using Geostatistics and to explain different potential workflows for Field Development and/or History Matching Processes. This course will introduce basic concept of geostistics such as variogram, explain upscaling technics, and methods to quantify uncertainties associated to production forecasts.

Who Should Attend:

This course is highly beneficial for Geoscientists, Petroleum and Reservoir Engineers, Professionals from Oil and Gas Industry.

Photovoltaic Systems: Design, Installation, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
15-19 April 2018 ( $2,000)

Course Overview:

This course is structured to provide participants with an understanding of the principles of design, installation, commissioning , inspection, testing, and maintenance of solar PV systems and their inverters. Power electronics Inverters are a key element in PV power systems. There are different types of inverter manufactures in nowadays market, how to select the most suitable inverter type for your application is the core of PV system design. In addition, how to capture the maximum power from PV arrays and inject it into the grid following the grid integration standards is the proof for the success of PV system operation. This course will cover these two important points and provide the participants with the necessary knowledge on the typical wiring systems and assist delegates in gaining the knowledge required to carry out calculation and Installation of Solar PV systems. Also the inspection, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance necessary on completion.

Upon the completion of this course, participants would have a better understanding of the principles related to the most common modeling methods used for the design, analysis, and planning of solar PV generation system, identify optimum sites for solar electric systems; shading live system for Qatar Environment, and better awareness of required engineering practices in regard to wire sizing, equipment specifications, permit processing, commissioning and other necessary steps in the design and installation phases of residential and commercial systems.

Laboratory-based experimental sessions are included to provide better understanding of the topic.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electrical engineers, electrical designers, installation and operating engineers, research engineer who are working in different energy sectors and are aiming to boost their careers in the field of renewable energy and PV systems.

Asphalt Pavement Recycling
22-24 April 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview:

Pavement materials removed from existing asphalt roadways, parking lots, and driveways are known as Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP). RAP, when properly processed by crushing and screening, consists of well-graded aggregates that are either fully or partially coated with asphalt binder. RAP processing is typically completed either at a central processing facility or on the job site (in-place processing). By incorporating RAP in new asphalt mixtures, there are many potential benefits. The constituent materials in RAP, asphalt and aggregate, will replace a portion of the virgin materials needed to produce new asphalt mixtures leading to financial savings and construction of more environmentally conscious roads. RAP has other valuable uses including: granular base or subbase material, stabilized base aggregates, and embankment fill materials. This course will introduce the participants to the different methods of processing RAP, asphalt mixture design incorporating RAP, and testing methodologies to evaluate the performance of mixtures incorporating RAP.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to successfully design an asphalt mixture with RAP that can perform in the field similar to the same mixture with no RAP.

Who Should Attend:

The class is intended for professionals and engineers working for government agencies, contractors and consultants dealing with material characterization, design and construction of asphalt pavements.

Introduction to Project Management  
25-26 April 2018 ($1,250)

Course Overview:

The primary objectives of this 2-day course are to expose technically trained individuals with industrial-governmental experience to the fundamental and managerial perspective of project management. This workshop is intended to better prepare individuals to understand roles and responsibilities of project managers, skills required to manage and resolve conflict, and the reporting structure necessary for communicating the outcomes achieved at various stages of project implementation. Furthermore, the workshop also focuses on project budgeting, project scheduling, resources allocation and project execution.

 Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for:
- Plant managers
- VPs of operations
- Senior and middle managers
- Project team leaders
- Engineering managers
- Individuals with managerial and supervisory responsibilities
- Project team members

Laboratory Safety Course
29-30 April 2018 ($1,500)

Course Overview:

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar presents a 2-day course on Laboratory Safety. This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of safety management in a laboratory. The first part of the course will raise awareness on the common chemical and physical hazards associated to the work in chemical engineering / chemistry laboratories. The attendees will learn about hazard communication, safe work practices, hierarchy of risk control strategies from inherent safety to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness. The teaching will be supported by several historical case studies, demonstrations and videos.

The second part of the course will teach the attendees write an effective risk assessment for their work in the laboratory through a series of interactive in-class activities where the attendees will have to identify the hazards associated to an experimental set-up, identify the protection and mitigation barriers, evaluate semi quantitatively the risks associated to the setup and propose risk reduction measures.

The course will provide the key elements to understand why laboratory safety matters and will help the attendees to affirm or reaffirm their commitment to excellence in safety. A visit of a laboratory is scheduled at the end of the session.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for those who are involved in chemical engineering / chemistry laboratories work (laboratory technicians, laboratory managers, laboratory safety coordinators and researchers).

 

Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow
7-8 May 2018 ($1,250)

Course Overview:

Very complex spatio-temporal multiphase flow patterns, which are often observed in pipelines and wellbores, are not themselves fully understood. Fundamental understanding of the complex flow regime on multiphase flow hydrodynamic scaling and geometric scaling is an open challenge and essential for a substantial economic growth for many industries. Flow assurance such as hydrate formation, slug formation, corrosion build-up, sand production, wax formation, produced water from wells creates severe environmental and safety hazards. The short course will provide a comprehensive means of improving the design conditions of multiphase flow in pipelines and wellbores. The knowledge from this course will lead to significant benefits for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers and academics related to this area.

Who Should Attend:

The knowledge from this course will lead to significant benefits for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers and academics related to the proposed area. Due to the fundamental and applied nature of this course, a wide variety of professionals would be very interested in joining in this course. Job areas or titles are as follows: production engineering, drilling engineering, petroleum engineer, process engineer, chemical engineer, safety engineer, pipeline engineer, surface facilities engineers, mechanical engineers, academics.

The participants can vary from the entry level to the mid-level engineers mostly employed in oil and gas industry.

Fundamentals of Surface Production Facilities
13 May 2018 ($750)

Course Overview:

Design and analysis of gas, oil, water, and oil separation and treatment facilities, and simulation in Hysys.
Topics covered with examples/Case studies:
1. Fundamentals of the separation process
2. Two-phase liquid-gas separators
3. Three-phase water-liquid-gas separators
4. Acid gas removal and treatment
5. Gas dehydration
6. Gas compression
7. Hydrate
8. Emulsion
9. Oil desalting
10. Oil sweetening and stabilization

ASPEN SYSYS: There will be a software demonstration for process flow of surface production facilities.

Who Should Attend:

The knowledge from this course will lead to significant benefits for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers and academics related to the proposed area. Due to the fundamental and applied nature of this course, a wide variety of professionals would be very interested in joining in this course.
Job areas or titles are as follows: production engineer, petroleum engineer, process engineer, chemical engineer, safety engineer, surface facilities engineers, mechanical engineers, and academics.
The participants can vary from the entry level to the mid-level engineers mostly employed in oil and gas industry.

Continuing Education at Texas A&M at Qatar

In today’s global economy it’s more important than ever that you and your workforce are prepared to meet the demands of increased international competition. From advanced leadership concepts and practices to emerging engineering technologies and equipment, it is critical those in your organization have the knowledge and skills to ensure an economic advantage and sustainable growth. Texas A&M University at Qatar can help you achieve this. Both our distinguished faculty and top-notch research facilities are at the forefront of innovation in the engineering field. Through our commitment to educating the engineering leaders of the future, our continuing education opportunities allow us to pass this knowledge on to the workforce in the State of Qatar, the region and the world. We’re sure you will find training solutions to suit you and your employees. We also welcome the opportunity to visit with individual organizations to discuss how to best meet their training needs through custom-designed courses.

Please click here to be added to our mailing list or email us at continuingeducation@qatar.tamu.edu. Thank you for your interest in Texas A&M University at Qatar Continuing Education Services and we look forward to seeing you in our classes very soon.