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Process Automation MSc/Diploma Short Courses for CPD. What is Process Automation?. The process industries: oil and gas, chemicals (petro-, bulk-, speciality-, fine-, bio-,), pharmaceuticals, food & drink, water, utilities, cement, steel, nuclear power, etc.

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Process automation msc diploma short courses for cpd

Process AutomationMSc/DiplomaShort Courses for CPD


What is process automation

What is Process Automation?

  • The process industries: oil and gas, chemicals (petro-, bulk-, speciality-, fine-, bio-,), pharmaceuticals, food & drink, water, utilities, cement, steel, nuclear power, etc.

  • Process control is the automatic control of plant and equipment used in the chemical and process industries.

  • Characterised by measurements of temperature, pressure, flow, level, composition, etc.

  • Process automation includes process control but also those systems that address enterprise wide issues such as operability, quality, reliability, safety and viability.

  • Process control provides the platform for automation


What is the igds

What is the IGDS?

  • Integrated Graduate Development Scheme(IGDS) in process automation.

  • It is aimed at personnel employed in the chemical and process industries.

  • The IGDS is a national scheme based in Newcastle.

  • It provides a flexible part-time pattern of study.

  • Consists of a suite of one-week intensive modules.

  • Parts of modules can be taken as short courses.

  • Modules can be taken alone for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

  • Credits may be accumulated for an MSc/Diploma.


Some statistics

Some Statistics

IGDS was established in 1995:

  • 28 alumni to date (24 MSc, 4 Diploma).

  • 24 current active MSc & Diploma registrations.

  • 10 suspended MSc and Diploma registrations.

  • 12 active occasional delegates.

  • 16 active ad-hoc delegates.

  • 149 former ad-hoc/occasional delegates.

    Note: delegates is IGDS speak for students.

    Correct: end March 06


Who are the delegates

Who are the Delegates?

  • IGDS is designed for personnel concerned with process automation.

  • Delegates must be involved in the design and development of systems, their application, operation, support and management.

  • May be employed by suppliers, contractors or end users.

  • All delegates are sponsored by their companies.

  • Bursaries available for delegates employed by SME or self employed.

  • Spectrum of ages (23 to 55) and experience.


What are the benefits

What are the Benefits?

  • Benefits to delegates: ●self improvement: both expertise and experience, ● alternatives: exposed to new ideas/ different practices,●demanding: delegates stretched academically,●satisfying: opportunities to apply theory to practice.

  • Benefits to employers: ● usefulness: able to deploy the technology effectively, ●credibility: staff are qualified and being developed, ●reward: demonstrates delegates’ worth to company, ●motivation: fires interest in and enthusiasm for work,●loyalty: commits delegates to company for 5 years, ●confidence: meets needs of industry and up-to-date.


Delegate backgrounds

Delegate Backgrounds

Current MSc/Diploma registrations: a healthy mix:

  • 36% chemical engineers.

  • 32% electrical engineers.

  • 32% other engineers & scientists.

  • 29% MEng, MSc, PhD

  • 49% BSc, BEng, (2.2 Hons).

  • 22% HNC, HND, etc, with relevant industrial experience.

    Correct: end July 2004


Nature of the modules

Nature of the Modules

  • Modules are generic, concentrating on principles and technology.

  • Delivery is vendor independent and not product specific.

  • Close involvement of industry in design and delivery.

  • High academic standard and quality of content.

  • Emphasis on international standards.

  • Theory related to practice and technology throughout.

  • Both advanced and conventional techniques.

  • Examples and applications of a process nature.

  • 16 modules covering spectrumof process automation.


Process automation msc diploma short courses for cpd

Elect Eng

Principles

Chem Eng

Principles

Instrument’n

& Meas’t

Mathematics

& Matlab

A

C

P

T

Classical

CS Design

Schemes

& Strategies

Control Syst

Technology

Modelling &

Simulation

Modern

CS Design

Control of

Distillation

Batch Process

Automation

Manag’t of

Auto Projects

Optimisation

& Scheduling

Adv Process

Control

Adv Process

Automation

Industrial

Project

Fuzzy Neural

Expert Sys


Module content

Module Content

List of some of the techniques and technology taught:

  • AIN, ALARP, AMS, APC, ARMAX, ANN, ASM, ATEX, BLS, CHAZOP, CIM, COOP, CPD, CSTR, DCF, DCS, DDC, DDL, DFS, DOC, DPMO, ELS, ES, ESD, FAT, FF, FIR, FLC, FMEA, FTA, GA, GAMP, GC, GLC, GLS, GPC, HART, HIPS, HR, IEC, JIT, KBS, KPI, LAN, LEL, LVDT, MCC, MCS, MEI, MILP, MIMO, MIS, MLP, MLR, MPC, MRP, MSPC, MTBF, MV, MVC, NPV, ODE, OLE, OLTF, OPC, PCA, PFD, PID, PLC, QA, QP, RBF, RGA, RLS, RTOS, SCADA, SIL, SISO, SEX, SFC, SPC, SQL, SQP, SSO, STC, S88, TCP/IP, TQM, UAL, URS, ZOH, etc.


Process automation msc diploma short courses for cpd

Pattern of Study

  • Module is 1-week full-time intensive study at Newcastle: ● plus assignment (over 2 months) and written exam.

  • Approx 3 months per module.

  • Some 2-3 modules per year per delegate.

  • Typically 3-4 years to complete 9 modules for MSc.

  • Plus 1-2 years to complete industrial project.

  • Upper limit of 5 years.

  • Delegates choose modules subject to:● availability, interest, needs, funding, order and cycle.

  • Cycle of 18 months for 16 modules.


Industrial project

Industrial Project

  • Equivalent to 3 month’s full-time effort (45 credits):● lapsed time of 1-2 years.

  • Done on an in-company basis. Must be of sufficient: ● importance to company to justify time & resources,● challenge and relevance to justify MSc degree.

  • Dissertation covered by confidentiality agreement.

  • Some examples of projects completed: ● fuzzy logic ratio trim on coal fired boilers (Npower), ● prototype protection system design (BNFL),● high speed bar code verification system (Muller), ● model predictive controller on exothermic reactor (BP).


What is the pact

What is the PACT?

  • Partnership in Automation and Control Training (PACT): ● originally established in 1992.

  • Currently consists of Newcastle University (CEAM) and 12 companies in the process sector.

  • A healthy mix of end-users, contractors and suppliers.

    ● ABB, BP, BNG, Emerson, Eurotherm, Huntsman, Jacobs, Pfizer, RWE Npower, Honeywell and Siemens.

  • PACT responsible for establishing and supporting the IGDS on behalf of the industry.

  • The IGDS is delivered by and through the PACT.


What is the lmc

What is the LMC?

  • Local Management Committee (LMC).

  • The LMC consists of representatives of the University, each of the PACT companies and the ISA. ●majority are industrialists, chaired by an industrialist.

  • Statement of Intent (SoI) delegates authority to the LMC: ● the LMC determines policy regarding all aspects of operation of the IGDS and controls PACT finances.

  • LMC members are actively involved in course design, delivery, management and quality assurance.

  • Provides confidence in the relevance of the Scheme●demonstrates University’s commitment to the industry.


Further information

Further Information

  • Detailed information about the IGDS on the website:

    http://www.ncl.ac.uk/pact

  • Enquiries by email please to: [email protected]

  • Jonathan LoveSchool of Chemical Engineering and Advanced MaterialsMerz CourtNewcastle UniversityNE1 7RU


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