| William H. Tillman
More than 200 capital projects using his methods have come on stream ahead of schedule and below budget
Process Technical Services proudly sponsors Professional Seminars International (PSI). Individuals from a wide range of industries worldwide have attended PSI seminars since 1975. Process Plant Start-Up Seminars are led by William H. Tillman whose career includes leadership roles in 17 start-ups. Mr. Tillman participated in 7 start-ups over a 21-year period with DuPont in maintenance and operations managerial roles. His career with DuPont included a four-year loan assignment in Canada as General Project Manager and Executive Team Member for Petrosar,Ltd.,Sarnia, Ontario,Canada.Mr.Tillman received a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Ontario.
Mr. Tillman’s project methods for coordination and start-up systems are recognized as exemplary worldwide.
| Jerry L McAfee
Mr. McAfee holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and is a member of the Project Management Institute
Mr. McAfee began presenting seminars after 35 years in chemical manufacturing and project experience. He worked 32 years for DuPont in technology, business, manufacturing and project managerial positions. He participated in 8 projects with responsibilities ranging from shift engineer to Project Manager.
His Project Management assignments included responsibility for the Design, Construction, Start-up, and ongoing operation of the world's first HFC-134a ("FREON" replacement commercial facility, a second larger plant using alternative technology, and a "Terathane" plant.
In 1989 he attended Bill Tillman's Process Plant Start-up Seminar and subsequently enrolled his project teams in the seminars. All three projects were completed and started up under cost, ahead of schedule, and with exceptional start-up results with two receiving corporate awards.
McAfee is a disciple of Tillman's process start-up philosophy and methodology and his common sense implementation of modern management concepts.
The Worlds Leading Seminars for Process Plant Start-Up!
Preparation for Initial Start-up
What To Do, When, By Whom
Detailed Planning for Training & Commissioning
Early Start & Quality Execution
Staffing Numbers & Schedules
From Project Authorization Through On-Stream
Fast-Tracking At Reduced Cost
People Side of Project Start-Up
Reducing Stress, Fatigue, & Work Hours
Process Plant Start-Up Topics
50 years of change in project / start-up execution and lessons learned
Typical Start-up Problems
Selective discussions of 50 sources
Minimizing Equipment Problems
How to direct equipment problem avoidance actions from beginning of engineering through on-stream operation.
All aspects of preparing for operations are included: what to do, when, how, by whom, etc. with special emphasis on training and commissioning.
Comparison of permanent staff numbers vs. start-up needs; staffing alternatives including shift schedule variations; obtaining "extra" short-term personnel.
Merits of the two dominant project / start-up management systems; most successful start-up organization; initiating concepts focused on continuous improvement of operating organizations.
Example of severe consequences of low morale; leadership influence on morale.
Start-up Cost Prediction
Using historical factors to estimate start-up cost and to highlight avoidable high-cost circumstances.
Commissioning - The Heart of Start-up
Multi-team approach to mesh commissioning and construction turnover schedules; commissioning responsibility options; specific commissioning activities.
Construction Quality / Productivity Assurance
Operations role in QPA; contractor/owner coordination; examples of safety improvement and cost reductions resulting from owner’s QPA efforts.
Major concerns about safety during initial operation and stabilization; preparing for emergencies; special training for start-up.
Human Relations during Projects / Start-up Assignments
Discussion about temporarily modifying HR policies and union contracts for project / start-up circumstances; avoiding excessive work hours and family problems.
Comments from Past Seminar Participents
"An absolute must for all major project teams." - Steve Alwart, Hoechst Celanese
"The most interesting, informative, and useful seminar I have ever attended." - James Martin, General Mills
"Insightful review of start-up management. Should be a pre-requisite for anyone embarking on a key role in a chemical plant start-up." - Ram Sriram, AKZO Nobel
"This should be a required starting point for all projects." - Donald Gill, Du Pont
"If the procedures outlined in this course were used from a project’s beginning, I don’t believe a start-up could go wrong." - Steve Bray, Union Carbide
"Tillman’s course provides a logical step-by-step method for organizing and starting up a process unit. It is the best ‘how-to’ course I’ve participated in." - Mark Hochwalt, Monsanto
"Tillman is worth every penny. He has the freedom to speak the truth." - Martha Ramirez, Lyondell-Citgo
"This course is very useful and practical for people involved in projects in other countries such as Venezuela." - Gustavo Leal, Petroquimica de Venezuela
"This seminar should be required by all companies that are involved in major projects, the owner, engineering, and builder of these projects." - Gregory Harris, Exxon Chemical
"Fulfilled all my expectations." - A.G. Frasier, Weyerhaeuser
"A must for any serious Project Task Force." - T.O. Okikiolu, Mobil Producing Nigeria
"A fast moving, factual and practical course that should be attended by all members of the project or unit turnaround teams to optimize start-up time and minimize cost." - Jerry Usry, Amoco Polymers
Seminar Fee – Process Plant Start-Up
(Houston, Texas - $1,395.00)
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada - $1,795.00)
The fee for the Seminar includes course tuition, seminar materials, continental breakfasts, refreshments, and lunch each day.
Once the registration form is received in our office by mail, fax, e-mail, or by telephone, a letter of confirmation will be mailed. Registrations are accepted on a fi rst-come, first-paid basis. Early registration is encouraged due to limited seating capacity.
SUBSTITUTES from the same company may attend in place of a confirmed registrant. A registrant may TRANSFER without penalty to the next scheduled class two weeks PRIOR to the Seminar date. CANCELLATIONS made PRIOR to two weeks of Seminar date are subject to a $150 processing fee. CANCELLATIONS made WITHIN two weeks of Seminar date are subject to a $300 processing fee. NO-SHOWS, who do NOT provide prior cancellation notice, will be subject to one-half the Seminar fee.
Information concerning hotel accommodations will be provided at the time of registration. To receive a Seminar group room rate, reservations should be made directly with the hotel identifying yourself as a registrant of the Process Technical Services Process Plant Start-Up Seminar. Hotel rooms are limited and subject to availability.