This page details various training and courses I have completed as part of my continuous professional development since leaving university.

Honeywell - Profit Blending and Movement:


PBM architecture, implementation and maintenance.

21st January 2019

One week course focusing on the Honeywell PBM system.

Webinar - Developing Robust Inferential Calculations

Process Management & Control Special Interest Group

3rd May 2018

This was a 1 hour webinar which provided a general introduction to the use of inferential measurements in the process industries. The course explained the benefits of an inferential over analyser and lab results. It also provided a quick overview of best practise and some examples.

I had high hopes of this webinar due to the fact I had been hoping to attend a full formal course on inferentials but have been unable to due to scheduling issues. This course was a suitable introduction to anyone who has never seen an inferential before or has no experience of process control. There was very little in this course which I had not already learnt through general experience working within a process control team that already makes use of inferentials.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • CPD Type: Webinar

Honeywell - Experion PKS Fundamentals:


Server engineering and Configuration Implementation

8th April 2018

One week course focusing on the Honeywell Experion DCS system. The course described the components of the Experion Control Network, how to plan an Experion PKS system effectively, configure a server for SCADA connections, integrate with OPC and TPS platforms, and use Experion PKS data in other applications.

  • Course number: EXP02R500
  • Duration: 4.5 days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

ABB - Alarm rationalisation and its practical impact


Lunchtime forum

30th November 2017

This lunch and learn provided an overview of alarm rationalisation programs, what their aims and benifits are, and how to organise such a project.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • CPD Type: External training: Lunchtime forum.

Keil Centre - Human factors

Keil Centre

Predictive Assessment of Human Reliability

13th December 2016

An overview of human failure, the factors that contribute to it and the process by which the risks can be reduced.

Further details can be found on my blog post about the presentation.

JWF - Clamp on Flow Metering Technology: Lunch and Learn


Where we are now and what does the future hold?

16th September 2016

This was a lunch and learn session hosted by Institute of Measurement and Control East of Scotland Section and presented by JWF Process Solutions Ltd.

The session covered:

  • Recent improvements in the technology
  • Capabilities and limitations
  • Future improvements

Further details can be found on my blog post about the session.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • CPD Type: Work based learning

AMT - Multivariable Predictive Control Workshop:


DMCplus Implementation

15th April 2016

A One week course centred around the aspentech DMCplus technology. The course was aimed at at APC (advanced process control) Engineers and described the stages required to build a new DMCplus controller including:

  • Pre-engineering
  • Step testing
  • Model construction
  • Strategies to deal with nonlinearity
  • Relative gain analysis
  • Economic optimisation
  • Controller construction
  • Controller dynamic tuning

The course was delivered by one of AMT's senior consultants and was particularly focused on the practical aspects of each stage, including common pitfalls and advice for real-world scenarios.

  • Duration: One week
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

Honeywell - TPS Fundamentals:


(GUS) LCN/UCN Implementation

17th July 2015

Two week course focusing on the Honeywell TDC3000 DCS system. The course described the components of the Local and Universal Control Networks, how to configure a new system from scratch, modify an existing system. The course discussed integration and upgrade paths to the modern Honeywell Experion systems.

The course covered initial setup and modification of:

  • LCN structure (NCF files)
  • UCN structure (NIM/HPM configuration)
  • System points (Input/Output/Regulation control etc)
  • Graphics (both TDC and Experion)
  • Area database (Alarm setup, buttons etc)

  • Course number: TPS-5722

  • Duration: 9.5 days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

Bilfinger - Oil Refining Master Class


16th & 17th June 2015

Introduction to refineries, crude oil and products. This included a brief history of oil and refining, key properties of various crude oils and the types and qualities of products.

The course also provided an overview of the following units: - Crude Distillation - Hydrotreating - Reforming & Isomerisation - Cracking - Thermal Cracking - Fluid Catalytic cracking - Hydrocracking - Refinery Treatments

The course consisted of both presentations about each unit and group exercises where the effects of the previously described unit can be seen (what is the effect of adding a coker unit/ how much bigger does the hydrotreater need to be etc).

  • Duration: two days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

Judith Hackitt - Engineering for Safety and Sustainable Operation:

An Engineer's Role Beyond the Design Stage

17th March 2015

The Strathclyde University Faculty of Engineering Annual Lecture 2015 was delivered by Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair, Health and Safety Executive.
The lecture focused on what engineers need to do to ensure the safe operation of plants particularly after they have been commissioned.
Many plants are operating beyond their design lives and this is a good thing. It shows that the engineering decisions taken when first designing the plants have been good ones but we must review the all aspects of the plant and take learnings from incidents elsewhere in industry and ensure our plants are suitable and if not, what changes are required.

  • Duration: One hour
  • CPD Type: Other

Flowserve - Centrifugal Pump Training

Flowserve 14th November 2014

The course covered:

  • Pump Design
  • System Hydraulics
  • Performance Curves and Variables
  • Cavitation, NPSH and Recirculation
  • Centrifugal Pump Types

  • Duration: One day

  • CPD Type: Work based learning

ABB Reliability Improvement - Failure modes & Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)

ABB 31th July 2014

The course objectives were:

  • Understand the principles of Criticality Analysis, FMEA and FMECA.
  • Be familiar with how the processes can be applied
  • Know what the output looks like and how it can be used
  • Participated in an analysis and be able to participate in future studies

  • Duration: One day

  • CPD Type: Work based learning

ABB Reliability Improvement - Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

ABB 30th July 2014

The course objectives were:

  • Understand the principles of root cause analysis.
  • Be familiar with how the processes is applied
  • Know what the output looks like and how it can be used
  • Participated in an analysis and be able to participate in future studies

  • Duration: One day

  • CPD Type: Work based learning

IChemE HAZOP - Applied Hazard and Operability Study

IChemE 18th June 2014

This course aimed to train delegates to become competent and effective members of HAZOP teams.

The course covered the key issues of the HAZOP procedure through study team exposure. It included a simulation of a HAZOP study meeting, as well as substantial exercises and case studies to illustrate the HAZOP technique and ensure understanding of the procedure.

Learning outcomes:

  • HAZOP methodology and terminology
  • How and why HAZOP works
  • How to follow the HAZOP procedure
  • Roles of individuals within the HAZOP team
  • How to challenge the expertise of other members of the HAZOP team, and to have your own expertise challenged
  • How to interpret a HAZOP record and understand why a recommendation was made

IChemE HAZOP - Applied Hazard and Operability Study

  • Duration: Three days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

David Allen - Getting Things Done Webinar

28th May 2014

This webinar, organised by the IChemE Consultancy Special Interest Group, consisted of an overview of the Getting Things DoneĀ® methodology used to manage commitments in a way to avoid getting overwhelmed.

  • Duration: Two hours
  • CPD Type: Other

Practical Process Safety Training Away Day - Spadeadam Test Site

7th February 2013

The main objective of this course was to learn about and see real examples of the types of fire or explosion that could occur with the products that are used within the refinery.
This course consisted of practical demonstrations of a number of process hazards along with discussions of incidents in the refinery that could have lead to one of these emergencies.

The course included practical demonstrations of:

  • Contained and Uncontained LPG explosions
  • Petrol Pool Fire
  • Methanol Pool Fire
  • Jet Fire
  • Flange Fire
  • Unconstrained Vapour Cloud Release

  • Duration: One day

  • CPD Type: Work based learning

IChemE Practical Distillation Technology

IChemE 4th October 2012

Presented by Henry Kister, a recognised specialist with a vast background in all phases of distillation, this course gave comprehensive coverage of distillation technology, with particular emphasis on the problems that can occur and how to solve them. It provided an excellent opportunity to develop a working knowledge of key techniques that can promote trouble-free operation and reduce distillation cost.
IChemE Practical Distillation Technology

  • Duration: One week
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

NEBOSH Level 3 National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

11th October 2010

The NEBOSH National General Certificate covered the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The syllabus was mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Health and Safety owned by ENTO.

The qualification was divided into three units, each of which was assessed separately:

  • Management of Health and Safety (NGC1)
  • Controlling workplace hazards (NGC2)
  • Health and safety practical application (NGC3)

NEBOSH: National General Certificate

  • Duration: Two weeks
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

Mines Rescue Safe Entry into Confined Spaces

15th April 2010 (Expired after 3 years)

This course is about working in confined space environments where there is a medium risk that a specified hazard may be present. It included the use of escape breathing apparatus and explaining the duties of the designated outside man.

  • Duration: Three days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational

British Sugar Foundation Certificate in Food Safety

9th September 2009

This course conveyed knowledge and understanding of the importance of food hygiene and associated food hazards, good hygiene practice and controls based upon an awareness of food safety management systems. This is important to understanding and maintaining good practice in the handling, processing and preparation of safe food.

  • Duration: One day
  • CPD Type: Work based learning

IOSH Working Safely

7th September 2009

This is an introductory course about health and safety in the workplace.

IOSH Working Safely

  • Duration: Two days
  • CPD Type: Formal/educational