Spotlight Series: Februarys Must-Take Course Revealed
Written by Griffin Evans on Tuesday February 27th 2024
After years of deliberation, your company finally decided to invest in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), but now construction has started, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s time to commission. Soon your equipment, processes, and people will be put to the test. You’ve taken the right steps to mitigate your technical risk—but have you done everything you can to make sure your people are equipped to operate your new plant?
Handling carbon dioxide (CO2) is more complicated than you might imagine. CCS plants usually operate with CO2 in a dense or supercritical state, which means your operators will be dealing with high-powered compression, aggressive corrosion, extreme cooling upon expansion, and other peculiarities that they haven’t seen before.
How can you prepare?
ESD Simulation offers courses that use state of the art simulation models to train operators how to commission, start up, shut down, and operate your new process equipment. It’s practical hands-on training you simply can’t get anywhere else.
What will they learn, exactly?
Your operators won’t just get a primer on CO2; they’ll develop an intuition for how the gas behaves when wet or at high pressures. They won’t just get a process overview; sure, they’ll learn about the importance of each unit and how compression fits into the whole system, but they’ll also get into the weeds: how can anti-surge control for centrifugal compressors be applied to a multi-stage compression system, and how does dense phase CO2 affect control valves and instrumentation?
You should want your operators to understand the cause-and-effects and the critical process loops. You should want them to be able to describe how to start up and shut down the entire process by memory, and to quickly identify safety elements and key hazards
Reach out to ESD to arrange training, and empower your team with the skills they need to capture the CO2 you set out to capture.
Updated Course – Control & Operation of Oil Injected Screw Compressors
Written by Griffin Evans on Friday December 3rd 2021
November 25, 2021
Previously delivered as our “Control & Operation of Screw Compressors” course, this course has been redesigned and updated to be delivered as a “Control & Operation of Oil Injected Screw Compressors” course.
The curriculum has been reviewed and updated to make the course more applicable to the ever-changing Oil & Gas industry. The course features new material, exercises, videos, etc. to deliver the course content. Additionally, a new Calculation Model relating to Compressor Principles has been added. This model is designed to allow delegates to work through calculations that demonstrate the relative importance of oil cooling, gas k value as well as the internal volume ratio.
This is an intensive two-day course, providing delegates with a thorough introduction to the subject of positive displacement of oil-injected helical screw compressors. This compressor type is used extensively within the manufacturing and process industries, and the course explores many factors in the selection, operation, and control systems of the screw compressor for a particular application.
The course is suitable for persons of all levels of responsibility within engineering, maintenance, or operations functions. Those who have limited exposure to screw compressors, or those with first-hand experience with compressors but would like to expand their knowledge, will benefit from this course.
- Compressor Selection
- Twin rotor positive displacement compressors
- Oil injected basic design
- Compression Principles
- Gas law relationships
- Compression cycles
- Volume Ratio (Vi) Control
- Fixed Vi machines
- Advantages of variable Vi control
- Capacity Control
- Capacity slide valve
- Double slide valve for capacity and Vi
- Operation Issues
- Injection oil schematics and equipment
- Limitations to the speed, discharge pressure, and capacity
- Screw Compressor Calculations
- Input various machine designs to calculate volume ratio, power, throughput, oil flow rate required
Learning objectives for this course include…
- Understand the principles and thermodynamics of gas compression and how they relate to screw compressors
- Appreciate the advantages and limitations of oil-injected screw compressors
- Understand the difference between the internal pressure ratio and the system pressure ratio
- Be able to use a calculator program to do screw compressor performance calculations
- Understand how the compressor can have variable volume ratio control
- Have an appreciation for the power penalty with over or under compression
And many more!
North America Region:
May 18 – 19 (MDT)
In-Person course delivery
Calgary, AB, Canada
UK & Europe:
May 11 – 12 (BST)
In-Person course delivery
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Apr 7 – 8 (AWST)
Virtual, instructor-led delivery
Who are We?
ESD Simulation Training is a leading international company providing technical training to the Oil & Gas and Process industries. With over 30 years of experience delivering training courses, we have the expertise to meet all of your organization’s training needs. We use dynamic simulation models to deliver hands-on training that will help you make better decisions in the operation and maintenance of equipment and in the design of systems. The capacity to create real scenarios in real-time provides an engaging learning environment and measurable results. For more information on our courses, visit our website
FPSOs – A Non-Technical Overview
Written by Griffin Evans on Friday October 29th 2021
October 29, 2021
Our “FPSOs – A Non-Technical Overview” course is designed to enable all those without a technical background to gain a better understanding of FPSOs. It is suitable for persons at all levels of responsibility within the company. It will be most beneficial to sales, accounting, and administrative personnel of Oil & Gas operating companies or supplier and service organizations. The course is designed for participants with limited prior knowledge or experience of FPSOs.
This course will equip delegates with the knowledge necessary to provide support to their technical colleagues as well as open themselves to new opportunities to advance their career paths. It offers a comprehensive overview of the nature and purpose of floating, production, storage, and offtake systems (FPSOs). Delegates will learn how FPSOs are built, the versatility of the design, and why they have become the main choice for a host floating production system. It is an interactive course consisting of short lectures, video clips, and Q&A sessions to enhance the learning experience. The course is delivered by our highly qualified faculty of experienced Oil & Gas and Process industry professionals, who possess the expertise to relate course topics to situations that delegates will encounter in their day-to-day work experiences.
The course is broken down into a number of 40-minute sessions, covering the following topic areas…
- The FPSO Concept
- What is an FPSO
- The Ship
- How the Ship is Moored
- The Offshore Oil Field
- The Topsides Process Plant
- Crude Oil Storage & Offloading
At the end of this course, delegates will…
- Be aware of how the FPSO concept has developed in the past 30 years
- Understand what constitutes an FPSO in terms of the host facility for the production of an oil field
- Understand the basic design of the FPSO vessel
- Be aware of the motion envelope of an FPSO and how this influences the design of the mooring system
- Understand how a subsea oil field is connected to an FPSO
- Understand the basic design of the FPSO process plant
- Be aware of the main safety issues surrounding the layout of the process plant
- Understand how cargo is handled on an FPSO and be aware of the main safety issues related to cargo handling
Upcoming Course Dates:
8 AM to 4 PM (MST)
Virtual, Instructor-Led Delivery
Online Course Delivery Procedures:
The procedures for online course delivery are listed below…
- Register for the course as usual through our website. You will need to have a computer available during the course so that you can sign into the course on Zoom. ESD will send you an additional laptop to use for running the simulation models. You need to have both computers available during the course
- Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a Zoom link to be able to join the course at the scheduled time on the day of the course
- A few days before the course, you will receive a laptop from ESD which is pre-loaded with all of the simulation software models that will be used during the course. You will also receive a manual and any other required training materials
- On the day of the course, sign into the Zoom about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to make sure that you are able to resolve any connection issues before the start of the course
- Your training will join the course before the scheduled start time and will be online with you for the duration of the course. The online course is specifically tailored to provide the same quality as a classroom version of the same course
For more information on this course or to register, please follow one of the links below…
UK & Europe
ESD Simulation Training – Global Leader in Training for the Process Industries
My Co-Op Experience – Computer Science Student at ESD
Written by Griffin Evans on Thursday September 30th 2021
September 30, 2021
Hello! My name is David Ward and I am a Computer Science student at the University of Victoria! During the summer of 2021, I worked as a co-op student for ESD Simulation Training at their main office in Kelowna, BC. This was my second co-op experience, after completing my first co-op placement as a Web Developer & Client Relationship Manager at a custom software company. Two things initially caught my eye about ESD’s job offer. Firstly, the idea of building training simulations for engineering systems was intriguing, as it was different from any of the other, standard enterprise software positions. Secondly, I wanted the opportunity to spend my summer in Kelowna, a beautiful place that I had never had the chance to visit before.
With ESD Simulation Training, I was employed as a Simulation Modeller & IT Assistant. The main purpose of my role was to help in the development of a specific piece of training software, designed specifically for engineers in the Natural Gas industry. This training software was a simulation model that replicated a real-life system and allowed delegates on training courses to practice real-life techniques, without the normal risks associated with learning on a plant.
For the first two weeks of co-op, nearly all of my time was spent learning. I lacked experience with many of the tools that were being used to develop this software, and therefore, I needed to spend the time necessary to develop competency with these platforms. One of ESD’s IT staff had worked with these programs for many years, and being able to ask questions and learn from his skills was very beneficial. Additionally, I was able to speak with the engineers at ESD to help garner a better understanding of the Oil & Gas industry. This helped to provide me with a full picture of what this project entails, and what its purpose will be in training courses. The project itself was related to a discipline of engineering called process control, which I had never heard of prior to applying to the co-op. It was very interesting to learn a little bit about this field and see how programming concepts could be applied to it in order to solve problems.
Once I had become familiar with the tools needed for this project, the development began. Throughout the project, only roughly half of my time was spent coding this new training software. The other half of my time was split between troubleshooting errors, debugging encountered issues, reading technical documentation about the system, and communicating with the full-time staff at ESD regarding progress. As this software was designed to be modelled after a real-life engineering system, I worked alongside an Engineering co-op student, who completed all of the math for the system and helped to explain how the real-world systems work so that I could replicate them with code. One of the most rewarding parts of this co-op was eventually solving the problems. I still remember a particular day when the engineering co-op and I managed to surprise ourselves with our detective work, solving a number of issues that had been stalling us for a while. Although we were expected to solve most of the problems ourselves, the full-time staff of IT personnel & engineers were always there to address any of our questions or concerns.
One of the most important lessons that I learnt in this co-op position is how important research is for a developer. I experienced this right away when I encountered software tools that I had never used before and, therefore, had to research their functionality before starting any actual development work. This continued throughout the whole term, although, once I got familiar with the new tools, most of the research was focused on the most efficient ways to integrate certain features.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed my work term at ESD. I was able to learn a lot and contribute to the training courses that they create and deliver. In fact, it worked out so well that, even though my 4-month co-op has ended, I am continuing my role in a part-time capacity while I continue my schooling at the University of Victoria. This job was the first time that I worked in a “standard software developer” position, and I am extremely happy with the experience I had and the skills I learnt.
ESD Simulation Training – Global Leader in Training for the Process Industries
Control & Operation of Distillation Columns
Written by Griffin Evans on Friday September 10th 2021
Sept 10, 2021
In the Process industries, distillation columns often play an important role. The primary function of a distillation column is to separate liquids from nonvolatile solids. For instance, distillation columns are vital in the refining of crude oil. It separates products into their different chemical components for further processing by other units. Essentially, distillation columns are used to separate liquid mixtures into their own components.
With the importance of distillation columns, developing a well-versed understanding of them should be a top priority of all personnel working in the Process industries. Our course, “Control and Operation of Distillation Columns” was developed specifically to address this need.
This hands-on, three-day course features a mixture of short lectures, videos, dynamic simulation models, and workshop exercises. Its main purpose is to offer a comprehensive overview of distillation technology and an introduction to a variety of processes that utilize this key unit operation. Additionally, the principles of distillation will be covered in order to enter into further depth around the control, operation, and design of distillation equipment.
The course is designed to suit a variety of skill and knowledge levels and, therefore, no prior knowledge or experience with distillation columns is required. Regardless of prior experience, the material of the course will help develop and enhance the knowledge of any delegate working with distillation columns. Specifically, the course is most well suited for operations personnel whose work scope involves any number of tasks related to the management, control and operation of distillation units in a variety of refinery process plants.
Built on a modular basis, the learning outcomes of each module build upon the learning achieved in the previous session. In terms of specific modules, the course is broken apart into 9 main units, which are outlined below.
- Principles of Distillation
- Kinetic theory
- Raoult & Dalton laws
- Phase diagrams
- Relative volatility
- Boiling point diagrams
- Distillation Process
- Tray theory and reflux
- Stripping and re-boil
- A simple binary distillation system using packet towers
- Process Control
- Understanding PFS and P & ID’s
- Pressure/ temperature control
- Energy/ mass balances control
- Reflux/ condenser control
- Quality control
- Exercise on control loops
- Control Systems
- Control strategies
- Control systems
- Instrumented protection
- Exercise on control troubleshooting
- Tower Design
- Design and types of trays
- Re-boil design and configuration
- Design of feed entry and flash zone
- Design of liquid draw-off including draw-off trays
- Reflux distribution
- Packed tower design
- Fractional Distillation
- NGL separation
- Control strategies
- Complete process flow sheet
- Exercise on depropaniser operations
- Crude Oil Distillation
- CDU flow sheet
- Feed preheat and desalting
- Heater design
- Heat recovery
- Separation/ quality control
- Corrosion control
- Exercise on troubleshooting a CDU
- Vacuum Distillation
- Secondary CDU/HVU flow sheets
- Vacuum tower design
- Design of vacuum equipment
- Special Application Distillation
- Azeotropes and their formation
- Azeotropic distillation
- Extractive distillation
Dec 1 – 3 AWST (Perth time zone)
- Online, instructor-led delivery
For more information on this course or to request an upcoming course booking in your region, please contact us today
ESD Simulation Training – Global Leader in Training for the Process Industries
Course Schedule is Now Live!
Written by Griffin Evans on Wednesday August 18th 2021
August 18, 2021
New course dates have now gone live on our ESD Simulation Training website! All open course dates for up to June of 2022 are now available for registration. If you are looking into training for the upcoming year, now is the perfect time to plan and register for any of our courses.
See below for some of our upcoming course dates for each of the regions that we operate in. Click any of the following links to view all upcoming courses in the specified region.
North America Upcoming:
Control, Operation, and Design of Reciprocating Gas Compressors – Calgary, AB – Aug 30 to 31
Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors – Calgary, AB – Sept 1 to 3
Production Process & Emergency Systems on Oil & Gas Installations – Calgary, AB – Sept 13 to 15
Problem-Solving and Troubleshooting in Process Operations – Calgary, AB – Oct 18 to 19
UK & Europe Upcoming:
Control, Operation, and Design of Reciprocating Gas Compressors – Kintore, UK – Aug 30 to 31
Control & Operation on Centrifugal Gas Compressors – Kintore, UK – Sept 1 to 3
Design & Operation of FPSOs – Online – Sept 13 to 15
Subsea Systems – Kintore, UK – Sept 16 to 17
Australia & Asia Upcoming:
Production Process & Emergency Systems on Oil & Gas Installations – Online – Sept 13 to 15
LNG – A Technical Overview – Online – Sept 20 to 22
Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors – Online – Sept 27 to 29
Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors – Online – Oct 18 to 20
Middle East Upcoming:
Production Process & Emergency Systems on Oil & Gas Installations – Online – Sept 6 to 8
Pump Performance Problem-Solving – Online – Sept 28 to 29
Problem-Solving & Troubleshooting in Process Operations – Online – Mar 30 to 31
Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors – Online – Apr 4 to 6
If any of the course dates listed here or on our website don’t fit your schedule, please contact our team and we can work with you to schedule a more suitable date.
CCC Insights Blog: Carbon Capture & Storage – A Decade of Experience
Written by Griffin Evans on Tuesday August 10th 2021
August 10, 2021
CCC Global, experts in turbomachinery optimization, have released a new blog on Carbon Capture & Storage. The blog provides an overview of Carbon Capture & Storage, including the essential role that it plays in helping to mitigate climate change and keep the planet safe for generations to come. It also covers the main reasons why the Oil & Gas Industry must reduce its carbon footprint and how these capture and storage methods can be a part of the solution. Follow the link below to read the full article;
Carbon Capture & Storage: A Decade of Experience Blog
In-Person Courses have Returned!
Written by Griffin Evans on Thursday August 5th 2021
August 5, 2021
We at ESD Simulation Training are happy to announce that in-person training has returned for all of our courses! We are extremely appreciative of the tremendous amount of support that we have received from our customers over the past 2 years while we transitioned to online training. From the beginning, it has always been our goal to eventually return to in-person training and we couldn’t be happier to announce that it is now possible. Please continue reading for information on this transition including what regions it applies to and a list of FAQs.
The return of in-person course delivery applies to all regions except for Australia. Unfortunately, the current guidelines and travel restrictions in and out of Australia makes it impossible for us to run any in-person courses. Therefore, at the moment, all courses based in the Australian region will remain in an online delivery format, with the hope that we will be able to return to in-person training in the near future.
For all courses that aren’t scheduled in Australia, in-person delivery will begin immediately. On our website, each course listing date will indicate the specific location where the course is scheduled to take place. Depending on the city, the courses will either be delivered at our partnered hotel conference centres or our own training facilities. Courses are subject to change and may be delivered online either by request or due to a number of factors including health guidelines, instructor availability, etc.
If you have been holding off on booking your training, now is the perfect time to register! See below for a list of our upcoming in-person courses…
Upcoming In-Person Courses:
- Practical Aspects of Process Control and Instrumentation – August 18 – Kintore, UK
- Control, Operation, and Design of Reciprocating Gas Compressors -August 30 – Kintore, UK
- Control, Operation, and Design of Reciprocating Gas Compressors – August 30 – Calgary, CAN
- Control & Operation of Centrifugal Gas Compressors – September 1 – Kintore, UK
Have some questions about what the return to in-person means for your training? See below for a list of FAQs regarding this change…
- Are online courses still available as an option?
- Yes. They are available by request or depending on changing COVID-19 guidelines
- Can I travel to attend a course?
- When travelling to attend one of our courses, please observe and adhere to all local public health guidelines
- Do I need to wear a mask during the course?
- This is based upon the course location and the local health guidelines within that community
- What health and safety measures are in place?
- All public health guidelines will be adhered to along with sanitizing stations throughout the venue and masks available upon request
- What if COVID-19 health guidelines change and the course cannot be delivered in person?
- In this case, you will be given the option to defer registration to a later course date or to take the course in an online format
- How does this affect Private Training?
- This now allows us to offer private training for organizations at our facilities or we can deliver it in-person at your location, wherever you are in the world. Completing the course online is also available if that is desired instead
- What if I become sick or have to self-isolate during the dates when the course is taking place?
- If this occurs, we will allow you to defer your registration for the course to a later date
- When will in-person courses be available in Australia?
- Due to current frequent lockdowns and travel restrictions within Australia, we don’t predict being able to run any in-person courses in Australia until January 2022 at the earliest. This date is an estimate and subject to change
- Are there differences in the course material?
- There are no differences in the course material between online and in-person courses
Don’t see an answer to your question here? Reach out to our team with your enquiry and we will be in contact.
With the return to in-person training, operating safely continues to be our main priority. We are committed to the health and safety of all our delegates and the communities that we operate in, and we will continue to monitor the worldwide COVID-19 situation to ensure that we are complying with all health guidelines and restrictions. If you have any questions or concerns about our health procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How to Learn about Control Room Operations
Written by Griffin Evans on Wednesday July 21st 2021
July 21, 2021
Control room operations is an integral part of keeping Process Plants operating in a safe and efficient manner. A lot of these processes have automatic control systems in place, which can create an assumption that control room operators (CRO’s) have few tasks to complete in day-to-day operations.
However, the truth is quite the opposite. CRO’s are a necessity on the plant as equipment needs to be constantly maintained and replaced, processes need to be tweaked, and instruments need to be calibrated. Control room operators are an essential part of achieving these tasks while keeping the production running smoothly.
One of the main issues within these Process Plants is teaching CRO’s the skills necessary to perform the various duties associated with the role. Learning on the plant comes with a high level of risk to equipment and personnel if any mistakes are made. Learning through readings and note-taking doesn’t correlate to the real world and can leave delegates lacking the practical experience needed. This is where dynamic simulation comes into play.
We rely upon dynamic simulation models to deliver hands-on training that will help delegates make better decisions in the operation, maintenance, and design of systems. It enables delegates to learn without the daunting fear of mistakes that will have damaging consequences in the ‘real world.’
Our state of the art PEARL simulator is used for our “Fundamental of Control Room Operations” course. PEARL is a model of an FPSO unit and consists of three main processes; wellheads, an oil separation system, and a gas compression system. The purpose of the plant is to produce oil and gas at a specified quantity and quality and to deliver these products onshore for further processing.
The course covers various concepts and gives delegates an opportunity to learn and practice typical control room operator duties in an oil and gas production facility. It breaks down the different units of process plants such as compressors, pumps, exchangers, separators, and logic systems. The process model allows for a variety of operations to be performed in a controlled environment including plant start-up, bringing it to full production, plant shut down, etc.
At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:
- State the purpose of oil and gas production systems
- Manipulate DCS controls
- Monitor normal conditions
- Interact with safety/ shut down devices
- Respond effectively to abnormal operating conditions
- Follow start-up and shut down procures for…
- Three-phase separation
- Oil pumping systems
- Centrifugal and reciprocating compressors
For a full list of learning outcomes and an overview of the course material, request a course outline
A Typical Day at an ESD Simulation Training Course
Written by Griffin Evans on Monday July 19th 2021
July 19, 2021
The design and structure of training courses is underappreciated. The layout of a course is often times the difference between an average course and the best course that you’ve ever attended. As course structure is so important, it is concerning how overlooked this factor is when people are determining the courses that they would like to attend.
Most training providers design their courses differently. Some rely on slideshows and lecture-based learning. Others attempt to engage delegates with notetaking and quiz exercises. With all of this differentiation, it is important to understand a course’s layout before deciding to register for it.
When I reference course layout and structure, it encompasses a wide range of factors such as course duration, how the material is presented, student engagement, etc. A singular factor doesn’t make a course good or bad, but rather, it is the combination of all of these factors and the material itself, that determines a course’s effectiveness.
With all of that being said, let’s review the structure of all of ESD Simulation’s courses by breaking down some of the key factors that make up a day of training.
For the past two years or so, our courses have been taking place in a live, online environment to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. However, in the past and (hopefully) soon in the future, our courses took place in-person at locations all across the globe. Depending on the geographic location, in-person courses are delivered at our own training facilities or at a select number of conference and event centres that we have partnered with over the years. There are also options to have the course ran at your organizations own facilities if a number of people require training on the same topic.
Duration and Timeline:
Courses are run in the delegates local time zone. They generally begin at 8:30 AM and finish at 4:30 PM. Depending on the specific course, the training generally takes place over a span of 1 – 5 days.
We believe that it is impossible to learn for eight hours straight, multiple days in a row. Therefore, frequent breaks are one of the main focuses of our courses. For each hour of a course, there are 50 minutes of instruction and a 10-minute break.
These frequent breaks help to refresh students focus and gives their minds an opportunity to properly absorb and process the material covered. This results in a deeper and more lasting understanding of the course material. During this period of online learning, frequent breaks have become even more important. Learning in front of a computer for 8 hours is extremely taxing and these breaks give people a chance to step away from the screens and reenergize themselves.
The best way to learn is by doing. All of our courses avoid the long lectures and instead focus on a mix of short presentations, group discussions, and simulation model exercises. During each training day, the material is presented in various ways to help keep delegates interactive and focused. Content may be presented as theory-based through a short lecture and video example. However, the practical side is then presented by working through exercises using a dynamic simulation model and computer-based training tools.
All of our instructors are experienced operations professionals who have undergone extensive training in their areas of expertise. They understand the course content extremely well and are able to present from their own experiences, not just by reading course content off of presentation slides. Content and questions are backed up with real-life examples, garnered through instructors many years of practical work experience.
For each ESD Simulation Training course, delegates receive a manual that includes all of the course material. It features all of the presentation information that is covered over the duration of the course. After the course is completed, delegates get to keep this manual and can use it as a reference in their future roles and to help solve any problems that they may encounter.
Another focus of our courses is engagement. Note-taking and lecturing for hours on end creates a passive and ineffective learning environment. Instead, we focus on hands-on learning and applying the theory that is presented.
Delegates are not only told to ask questions but they are also encouraged to work as a group to solve problems and complete exercises on the simulation models. At the outset, delegates are asked their main objective in taking this course as well as what knowledge and skills that they hope to acquire. The course content is then tailored to these objectives, allowing for more open discussions.
The design and structure of our courses have been perfected over our 30 years of training experience in the Process and Oil & Gas industries. CONTACT US TODAY to see how we can meet all of your training needs.