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Plant Operations and Process Engineering

October 2, 2017


This three-day course provides practical training on plant operations and process engineering for solvent and biofuel (fuel ethanol and biodiesel) facility personnel. Demonstrations will also be held at the Process Engineering pilot-scale oil mill. Participants will receive training on process engineering principles, equipment operation, facility design/function, and plant safety.


    • To receive comprehensive training in plant operations
    • To learn about and receive hands-on training in processing engineering
    • To learn about emerging extraction/solvent plant and biofuel technologies
    • Obtain safety training


The conference will be held at Texas A&M University, Process Engineering R&D Center.


All Short Course sessions will be informal. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks, and social periods. Rights to cancel this course with refund or to substitute speakers and change schedules, as necessary to expedite the course, are reserved. Texas A&M University System policy does not allow inclusion of alcoholic beverages in registration fees.


College Station is easily reached by about 10 flights daily. From Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport connect via American Airlines (American Eagle Commuter). From Houston Intercontinental Airport connect via Continental Airlines (Continental Express). The College Station Airport code is CLL.


Lodging reservations should be made directly by attendees. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Premier Bryan College Station (979-731-5300, Press 3), 1920 Austin’s Colony Parkway, Bryan TX 77802, for Short Course participants at the special rate of $99/night plus tax for single occupancy. Ask for the rate specifically and mention Process Engineering Short Course and Group Code: POPE . All reservations should be made before September 15, 2017. Vans/buses will be provided to and from lectures and social functions.


Registration fee for the practical short course is $999 for 3 days and includes all books and laboratory supplies, all lunches, and refreshments at breaks.
There is a 10% discount if three or more individuals from the same organization register for the short course. Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available.
Make checks payable to TEES (Texas Engineering Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal Office c/o TEES EDGE Program, 7607 Eastmark Dr., Suite 250 D, College Station, TX 77840. Registration fees are not refundable, but substitute personnel may be sent by the same firm.  Space is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You may also register online here. (https://perdc.tamu.edu/extraction)

For additional technical information, write, call or e-mail to:

Rich Clough
Process Engineering R&D Center
2476 TAMU
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Tel: 979/862-2262 or 979/845-2741
E-mail: E-mail: rclough@tamu.edu

Cyndi Casanova
Short Course Coordinator
Process Engineering R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741
E-mail: shortcourse@tamu.edu


Sunday October 15, 2017

2:00 PM Registration, Hotel Lounge
3:30 PM Tour of George Bush Presidential Library & Museum (optional)
*Bus leaves Hotel at 3:30PM for tour and at 5:00PM from library to Rudy’s BBQ
5:30 PM Dinner, Rudy’s BBQ (optional)
6:30 PM Bus leaves for hotel

Monday October 16, 2017

7:40 AM Bus departs for Rudder Tower Room 701, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM “Overall plant layout, design and function” – Chas Teeter, Crown Iron Works
9:00 AM “Electrical power, motor controllers, PLC” – Jim Vortherms, Interstates Control Systems, Inc.
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM “Steam Distribution, traps, condensate return water softener” – Jason Van’t Hul, Nalco
10:45 AM “Extraction” – Bill Morphew, Crown Iron Works
11:30 AM Lunch @ Memorial Student Center
1:15 PM Group Photo
1:30 PM “Expelling/dewatering Press Applications in veg oil and fuel ethanol” – Brett Sasser, Dupps Corporation
2:15 PM “Distillation/Evaporation” – Bill Morphew, Crown Iron Works
3:00 PM Bus leaves for RELLIS Campus, Building 7180
3:15 PM Demonstrations, Dust Collection, Kice Industries
3:30 PM Demonstrations, Steam Distribution, Jason Van’t Hul, Nalco
4:00 PM Demonstrations, PLCs, Jim Vortherms, Interstates
4:30 PM Demonstrations, Mobile field test lab, filtration, Carl Vavra, TAMU
5:00 PM Bus leaves for Hotel

Tuesday October 17, 2017

7:40 AM Bus departs for Rudder Tower, Room 701, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM “Energy optimization using plate heat exchangers” – Mohamed Abid, Solex Thermal Science, Inc.
9:00 AM “Chilled water systems, cooling towers, process chillers” – Jason Van’t Hul, Nalco
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM “Tanks, Bulk Storage, Scales and Logistics (conveyors, rail)” – Mike Berkshire, Process Plus
10:45 AM “Fluid control, measurement and loading” – Patrick Laskey, FMC Technologies
11:30 AM Lunch @ Duncan Dining Hall
1:00 PM “Steam trap design, function and demonstration” – Jarrett Dozier, Spirax Sarco
1:45 PM “Fundamentals of agitation process design in ethanol and biodiesel applications” – Nick Brown, National Oilwell Varco
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM “Gear box and power transmission” – John Zimmerman, NGC Transmission Equipment Inc.
3:30 PM Bus leaves Rudder Tower for Central Utility Plant, 222 Ireland St., College Station, TX 77840
3:45 PM Tour includes boilers, turbines, chilled water and cooling towers. Discussions by: Jason Van’t Hul, Nalco and Jarrett Dozier, Spirax  Sarco
5:00 PM Bus leaves for Hotel
5:30 PM Social at Hotel – Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Wednesday October 18, 2017

7:40 AM Bus departs for Rudder Tower, Room 701, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM “Conveyance systems” – Jared Hills, Divine Engineering
9:00 AM “Pump design, function and new technology” – James Wilkinson, Texas Process Equipment
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM “Molecular sieves: background and practice” – Vogelbusch USA, Inc.
10:45 AM “Safety” – John Mulholland, N. Hunt Moore & Associates
11:30 AM Graduation Lunch @ University Club
1:00 PM Bus leaves Rudder Tower for RELLIS Campus, Building 7180
1:30 PM Pumps – Texas Process Equipment
2:00 PM Analytics: NIR, Soxhlets, FFA, Soychek – Rich Clough, Process Engineering R&D Center
3:00 PM Short Course Adjourns/Return to Hotel


October 2, 2017
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Process Engineering Research & Development Center