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This course explains the different control strategies and process dynamics found in typical steam plants and combustion units. You also learn to make a steam system more integrated, more responsive, more robust and more energy efficient.

Course Outline

After participating in the course you will be able to:
Perform 1MG tuning for your steam plant
Apply cascade, feed forward, mid-range, split-range and ratio control methods in a steam plant
Understand the impact of thermodynamics and process design on the control of energy systems
Cross-limit with %02 trim combustion control logic
Improve process dynamics of a steam temperature loop
Maximize steam production using the shrink-swell effect and tuning of the boiler drum level
Design and tune the steam header and plant master controller
Tackle the control challenges of cogeneration


With energy cost rising, steam production has become a major cost center for the manufacturing industry. In order to improve their profitability, plants have reduced the amount of vented or condensed steam and have reduced the number of boilers in operation. Although “closing” the steam system improves the energy efficiency of a plant it also increases the variability in steam quality leading to potential product quality or possible process operation issues. This course explains the different control strategies and process dynamics found in typical steam plants and combustion units. You also learn to make a steam system more integrated, more responsive, more robust and more energy efficient. It is a hands-on course that uses process simulation as a learning tool to better understand combustion and steam processes.


To impart the knowledge and develop skills for maximizing performance of furnaces, boilers and steam plants

Who Should Attend

Process engineers, control engineers, instrumentation personnel, facility/utility engineers, boiler superintendents, plant managers, consulting engineers and technologists, personnel with responsibility over the optimization of boilers, furnaces, power plants or steam plants. Personnel from power generation, iron and steel, oil refining, pulp and paper, breweries, metal refining, petrochemical, food processing, automotive, primary metal, universities and hospitals will benefit from this seminar.

Special Feature:
Besides lectures, you have the opportunity to simulate a steam plant system for variable loads under instructor guidance. Computers will be provided (3 students per computer).

Instructor: Benoit Janvier, MSc Chemical Engineering

Program Outline Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Session 1 Applied Thermodynamics
Session 2 Steam System Thermodynamics
Session 3 Fundamentals of Lambda Tuning (IMC for PID controllers) for Steam and Combustion Systems

Adjournment - 4:30 pm

Day II

Session 4 Advanced Control Overview
Session 5 Applied Combustion % Heat Transfer
Session 6 Combustion Control, Cross-Limiting logic and %02 Trim / Furnace Draft Control

Adjournment - 4:30 pm


Session7 Plant Master Design, Control and Tuning
Session8 Process Dynamics and Tuning of the Boiler Drum Level and shrink-swell compensation

Adjournment - 4:30 pm

Day IV

Session 9 Steam Pressure Control of Multi-Header Systems
Session10 Advanced Steam Temperature Control

Adjournment - 4:30 pm

Day V

Session 11 Steam Turbine Controls
Session 12 Introduction to Power Generation Controls and Cogeneration

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Adjournment - 12:00 pm

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
4:30 Adjournment (Day I - Day IV)
12:00 Adjournment (Day V only)

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a 20 minute refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Benoit Janvier
Benoit Janvier, MSc in Chemical Engineering is a Senior Process Performance Consultant with over ten years of experience in process and control performance audits, high-infidelity simulations, process control training and steam systems. He has also worked for EnTech Controls in Toronto as a Process Control Consultant and as a Senior Process Control Consultant for Emerson Process Management based in Austin, Texas. He is also a present member of Order of Engineers of Quebec, International Society of Automation, Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.7 CEU / 27 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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