Petroleum Technology in a Green Environment



Process Plant Troubleshooting & Engineering Problem Solving


Course Title
Process Plant Troubleshooting & Engineering Problem Solving

Course Date/ Venue
May 13 - 17, 2006 / Al Nakheel 1 & 2, Movenpick Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Course Reference

Course Duration
Five days

Course Description / Objectives
Modern industrial processes are large, complex and have a high degree of interaction between both dependent and independent variables. This makes problem solving difficult and leads to the "disappearing problem" syndrome. Problems often disappear without being solved only to reappear again. This course deals with a unique approach of combining cause and effect problem solving thinking with formulation of theoretically correct working hypotheses to provide rapid and effective problem solving techniques for the process industry.

Problem Solving in the process industry is often characterized by either inference based on cause and effect relationships or highly involved theoretical approaches. Neither of these approaches is satisfactory in a modern manufacturing environment. The cause/effect inference approach while being expedient often results in solutions that do not eliminate the problem, but in fact make the problem worse. The more sophisticated highly theoretical approach is rarely expedient enough to satisfy time constraints in a production facility.  Thus one of the most frequent industry requests to the academic world is "give us people that can solve problems".

This course presents an approach that emphasizes the classical problem solving approach (defining the sequence of events) with the addition of the steps of formulating a theoretically correct working hypothesis, providing a means to test the hypothesis, and providing a foolproof means to eliminate the problem. The initial part of the course focuses on defining the problem that must be solved and obtaining the location, time and quantity based specifications of the problem. The initial part of the course is suitable for all engineering disciplines as well as non-engineers.

The second part of the course deals with the utilization of chemical engineering fundamentals to develop a technically correct working hypothesis that is the key to successful problem solving. The primary emphasis is on pragmatic calculation techniques that are theoretically correct. These techniques have been developed by the Course Instructor in 40+ years of industrial experience. Using these techniques, theoretically correct working hypotheses can be developed in an expedient fashion.

The course includes both sample problems as well as problem working sessions to allow the participants to develop confidence with the approach.

The attendees are encouraged to bring real problems that they are working to use in discussions on the last day of the course. These problems should be of a non-confidential nature that can be discussed without violation of any confidentiality restrictions.

Who Should Attend
Process Engineers, Plant managers, Team Leaders, Section Heads, Plant Supervisors and technical staff.

Course Certificate
Petrolab Engineering certificate will be issued to all attendees completing minimum of 75% of the total tuition hours of the course.

Course Fee
US $ 2,950 per Delegate. This rate includes Participant's Pack (Folder, Manual, Hand-outs, etc.), buffet lunch, coffee/tea on arrival, morning & afternoon of each day.

Accommodation is not included in course fees. However, any accommodation required can be arranged by Petrolab Engineering at the time of booking.

Course Instructor
Professor Guillermo Leal
( USA ) .. More

Course Coordinator
Ms. Florabel Mateo: Tel: +971 2 6277405, Fax: +971 2 6277407, Email:

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