Process Safety Engineering Fundamentals

This program will be delivered virtually through PetroAcademy™ providing participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.

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LEVEL: Foundation

DURATION: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work

TUITION: $3,990 USD

Course Dates & Options

28 September - 19 November 2021                 Enroll   

On-Demand*                          Enroll   

*On-Demand option is self-paced. Instructor-led sessions are available any time as videos.

 

DESIGNED FOR:  Facilities/process engineers, as well as engineers and operations staff involved in process safety and asset integrity

ABOUT THIS COURSE: This Process Safety Engineering blended program extends the Process Safety Engineering Principles program to the Fundamental level. Course material is reinforced using problems, simple calculations, and applications to an example facility.

The applications provide an opportunity to integrate the concepts and methods in an oil and gas environment. Each module includes two 90 minute interactive sessions with the instructor, in which the applications and any concerns the participants may have will be discussed in detail. Frequent references will be made to historical incidents and common areas of process safety concern. By the end of the program, course participants should be ready to apply their learning on the job.

This program is comprised of the following PetroAcademy™ Skill Modules™. Each module is about 5 to 6 hours of both self-paced activities and live instructor virtual sessions.

This course is comprised of the following skill modules (approx. 5-6 hours each)

  • Risk Analysis and Inherently Safer Design
  • PHA Techniques and LOPA
  • Leakage and Dispersion, Combustion Behavior, Sources of Ignition
  • Historical Incident Databases, Metrics, and Specific Facilities (Bad Actors)
  • Relief, Flare, and Depressurization
  • Controls and Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Spacing and Layout, Fire Prevention

This skill module builds on Risk Analysis and Inherently Safer Design from the core module. It includes an in-depth look at each of the topics listed and assigned readings that are associated with group exercises.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Explain the relationship between the elements and the pillars (foundation blocks)
  • Describe the main Quantitative and Semi-Quantitative risk analysis methods and their applications
  • Describe the commonly used methods for estimating frequency and consequence of failure
  • Apply risk assessment to an exercise that will run throughout this module
  • Describe the use of ISD in upstream, midstream, and downstream assets
  • Explain ISD applications at different stages of the facility lifecycle
  • Apply ISD to an exercise

This skill module builds on Process Hazards Analysis Techniques and Layers of Protection from the core module. It includes an in-depth look at each of the topics listed and assigned readings that are associated with group exercises.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Outline the problem areas that can lead to failure of a HAZOP
  • Explain how Historical Incident Databases can be used in a PHA
  • Discuss applications of API 14C
  • Explain methods for evaluating consequence and frequency
  • Apply Process Hazards Analysis to a case
  • Explain how LOPA is applied and how it can be used in making risk decisions
  • Apply Layers of Protection Analysis to a case

This skill module extends the learning in the corresponding three core modules to the Fundamental level, using a combination of quantitative and non-quantitative exercises, additional readings, and more comprehensive analysis of hydrocarbon behavior to enable course participants to effectively apply their knowledge. Two interactive sessions are used to discuss applications to an example facility.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Estimation of leakage rates
  • Estimation of flashing, entrainment, and mass of hydrocarbon in the vapor cloud
  • Estimation of the size of a vapor cloud
  • Estimation of the concentration of downwind contaminants
  • Factors which can affect flammability and availability of fuel and oxygen
  • Estimation of thermal radiation
  • Estimation of pool fire dimensions
  • Explanation of circumstances which would require use of advanced methods for calculation of blast overpressure
  • Explain applications of area classification to an example facility
  • List lightning protection alternatives, considering application to a vixed roof tank farm
  • Explain how flame arresters work and how they fail, and discuss application alternatives to an example facility

This skill module builds on the previous modules using applications of the learning to an example facility as the primary learning reinforcement tool. There are several short evaluations, and two interactive sessions to discuss the applications developed by course participants.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Applications of HID to the example facility
  • Applications of API-RP-754 and CCPS metrics to the example facility
  • Identify potential process safety incidents at the example facility by considering specific systems and equipment (Bad Actors). This topic will include consideration of a range of credible high consequence, low probability incidents and lower consequence but higher probability incidents.

This skill module extends the learning from the corresponding Core module to the Fundamental level. There are quantitative and non-quantitative exercises, and proposed applications at the example facility. There will be two interactive sessions that will include discussions of applications developed by the course participants.

 

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Size a relief valve for both vapor and liquid services
  • Describe how to calculate the relief load due to full bore failure of a heat exchanger tube
  • Calculate inbreathing and outbreathing for atmospheric tanks
  • Identify the key sizing parameters for flare headers and depressuring systems

This skill module extends the learning from the corresponding core module. There will be some sizing calculations and discussion of common intrumentation and types of control valves, with their advantages and disadvantages. Learning will be applied to the example facility. There will be two interactive sessions with discussion of applications chosen by course participants.

 

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Explain control valve sizing and selection for some common applications
  • Explain the advantages, disadvantages, and typical applications of commonly used instrumentation
  • Explain the application of commonly used process control techniques
  • Explain how a Safety Instrumented Systems (Emergency Shutdown System) is applied in facility design, using the logic which was introduced in the core module
  • Apply the learning to the example facility

This skill module extends the learning from the corresponding core modules to the fundamental level. Specific exercises will reinforce learning of the principles and will apply them to the example facility. There will be two interactive sessions in which those applications will be reviewed. Additional material will discuss some of the more complex fire and explosion control situations which may exist in downstream facilities.

 

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

  • Explain the logic of facility and process area layout
  • Explain the reasons for selection of a fire prevention philosophy
  • Explain how the selected fire control facility can be implemented
  • Illustrate those learnings using the example facility

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