Practical Process Safety

Course Description

This course has been prepared to meet the specific requirements of engineers, control room operators and instrument specialists who together, need to gain confidence and competence in control.

In our experience, the teaching of control theory does not adequately explain the concept of process dynamics and hence many people have been introduced to control theory but don’t understand how to match the appropriate techniques with the actual process dynamics. This programme aims to provide understanding of process control as opposed to familiarisation with control, through practical exercise.

Course Objectives

The candidate will be able to explain the role of each element of a typical control system’, describe the objectives of plant control and how to get the desired response by the use of a range of control options.

Delegates will understand each PID controller term and the pros and cons of derivative action. Furthermore they will be able to tune pressure, level, flow and temperature loops.

Having thoroughly understood the basics of control, each participant will be introduced to our concept of the ‘control toolkit’ such that they understand and can apply the appropriate control technique to different control requirements.

Course Leader

Howard Thomas has a particular passion for Operational Excellence, which he believes has to be complemented by the competency of individuals. He developed these beliefs through a combination of direct industry operations experience with Dow Chemicals as a technician and with Exxon Chemicals as an engineer, and subsequently working with numerous consultancy and training clients all over the world.

He believes a sense of ownership and belief that you can make a difference in the organisation is essential to excellence, and that in turn inspires the pursuit of skills and tools mastery.

Howard is a highly sought after technical training specialist with twenty years of direct training experience during a thirty year career.

Course Schedule


8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Overview of Control Systems
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Demystifying Theory
Process Dynamics
12.00pm Break Lunch
Control Dynamics
Control Toolkit
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Feedback Control: On/Off
Feedback Control : Proportional Only
Feedback Control : Proportional and Integral
5.00pm Close out day 1


8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Feedback Control : Proportional, Integral and Derivative
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Feedback Control: Cascade
12.00pm Break Lunch
Auto Tuners
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Feed forward Control: Ratio
Feed forward Control : Bias
Feed forward Control : Models
5.00pm Close out day 2