Practical Process Control: A P&ID Approach


2 Days





Course Description

This 2-day course will cover the gap of information between the theoretical aspects of process control provided by academia and the onsite knowledge & skill gained by process control and Instrument engineers/technologists in the workplace.

The Practical Process Control: A P&ID Approach course explains the concept and purpose of a control system from a P&ID standpoint without going through the mathematical control theories or control system design parameters or electrical complexities.

For design engineers, this course provides the knowledge to design a control system by intuition, as is most commonly done by experienced engineers in regards to control loop systems within P&ID’s.

This course will cover the often-overlooked plant-wide control systems; equipment-wise control system includes pipes, tank and vessels, pumps, compressors, and heat exchangers.
Three main layers of control: BPSC, SIS, and Alarm and their “carriers” (DCS and PLC) will be discussed as well, with real-life examples.

This course is suitable for individuals dealing with P&ID’s in all Process industries including Chemical, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Water & Wastewater, and Food processing industries.

Basic process engineering knowledge is recommended for this course. Otherwise, we suggest taking P&ID: Reading and Interpretation as a pre-requisite to this course.

A complete set of course materials and lunch is included in this course.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for:

  •  Process Engineers
  •  Automation Engineers
  •  Instrumentation Engineers and Technologists
  •  Mechanical Engineers
  •  Operation and Maintenance Personnel
  •  HAZOP Facilitators
  •  Project Engineers.

Course Outline

  • Three elements of control: BPCS(Basic Process Control System), SIS(Safety Interlock System), & Alarm
  • Control System “Carriers”: DCS, PLC
  • Need for Control system: Disturbance & Disturbance Management

BPCS (Regulatory Control)

  • Basics of BPCS control & tagging
  • Control loop function: measuring, comparing, & adjusting
  • Description of functional boxes in control loops and their duties
  • Playing with signals
  • 4 steps of designing a control loop
  • Different architecture of control loops: feedback vs. feed forward, single loop vs. multi variables
  • Multivariable arrangements: cascade, ratio, override, selective, parallel, split range & their applications

Control System Application

  • Designing plant–wide control systems
  • Designing equipment–wise control systems
  • Pipe control systems: Merging flows, splitting flows
  • Pump control systems for centrifugal & positive displacement pumps
  • Compressor, fan/blower control systems for centrifugal & positive displacement compressors and anti-surge control
  • Heat transfer equipment control systems for heat exchangers (heater, cooler, vaporizer, condenser & air coolers) and furnaces
  • Container control systems for surge tanks/vessels and process containers


  • Necessity for alarms
  • Different types of alarms
  • Symbology for alarm systems


  • Importance & necessity of SIS system
  • Basics of SIS tagging & symbology
  • Different SIS actions
  • SIS triggering actions
  • Different SIS types: Shutdown, BMS, etc.

Primary Control Elements

  • Sensors, switches

Final Control/SIS Elements

  • Control valves, louvers, Switching Valves

Electromotor Control

  • VSD’s

Course FAQ

Who has attended this course?

People in the following positions have attended this course:
Package Manager
Facilities Engineer
Engineering Assistant
Assistant Foreman
Project Engineer
Jr. Project Engineer
Opportunity Manager
Field Operations Engineer
Operation Engineering Tech.
Operations Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Process EIT
Manager, Systems Group
Process Engineer
Metallurgist/ Senior Technology Coordinator
The following companies have sent people to this course:
Gas Liquids Engineering
Propak Systems
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Imperial Oil
Devon Canada
Suncor Energy
SNC Lavalin


“Great introduction to process control.”

– Opportunity Manager

“Great real world examples”

– Anon.

“Great instructor. Very knowledgable. “

– Operations Engineer

“Enthusiastic instructor and very polite and helpful!”

– Facilities Engineer

“Organized, knowledgeable, concise and on topic.”

– Facilities Engineer

“Good entry level course.”

– Anon.

“Good experience with the subject.”

– Anon.

“Very knowledgeable, lots of experience.”

– Jr. Project Engineer

“Very interesting course material, good for future use.”

– Operations Engineer

“I really enjoyed the course; Educational, Interactive and Fun!”

– Process EIT

“Excellent and very knowledgable. I’ll definitely recommend this course to every Process and I&C Engineer.”

– Process EIT

“Excellent course and Instructor. Will highly recommend to other colleagues.”

– Process Engineer

“Very helpful, great presenter, fantastic presentation.”

– Metallurgist

“Mohammad was a delight and a patient instructor who clearly cares about his material.”

– Metallurgist/Senior Technology Coordinator

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