The 2018 Summit Components

Cybersecurity Sessions

Networking Opportunities

Operational Planning, Control & Automation Technologies (OPCAT) Sessions

Principles & Practices Sessions

Q&A and Discussion Sessions

Tabletop Exhibition

The Answer Book


Q&A Sessions

Panels of featured industry experts from refining companies and technology providers respond to questions and engage attendees in a discussion of today's tough issues.

Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking Panel

  • Robert Boettger, Technical Services Engineer, HollyFrontier Corporation
  • Bill Cates, Staff Process Engineer, Hunt Refining Company
  • Michael Kimbrell, Heavy Oil Process SME, Becht Engineering Co., Inc.
  • Brandon Payne, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

FCC Panel

  • Saeed AlAlloush, Sr. Process Engineer, Saudi Aramco
  • Tiffany Clark, Account Manager - Refining FCC, BASF Corporation
  • Alec Klinghoffer, FCC/Alky Operations Superintendent, Wynnewood Refining Company LLC
  • Casey Lang, Sr. Process Engineer, MERRICK & Company
  • Minaz Makhania, Sr. Process Specialist-Technology Services Specialist-FCC, UOP India Pvt Limited
  • Dewey Stuart, Process Engineer Specialist, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Gasoline Processes Panel

  • Christian Arnoux, Senior Refinery Models Engineer, Valero Energy Corporation
  • Gayl Mercado, Senior Technologist, Axens North America
  • Tim Sheppard, VP Technical Services, HF Alkylation Consultants, LLC
  • Lance Tallman, CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Hydroprocessing Panel

  • Travis Beltz, Technical Services Manager, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Jeff Caton, Regional Sales Manager, Axens North America
  • Jeff Crouch, Global Market Segment Leader, IsoTherming® Technology, DuPont CleanTechnologies
  • Neil Howard, Staff Process Engineer, Chevron Lummus Global
  • Robert Steinberg, Hydroprocessing SME, Motiva Enterprises LLC
  • Wendy Wildenberg, Senior Technical Lead, Flint Hills Resources, LP

Click here to view the questions and discussion topics.

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OPERATIONAL PLANNING, CONTROL & AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES (OPCAT) SESSIONS

Technical presentations and Q&A sessions will cover topics in the categories of automation & controls, operations planning & scheduling, and reliability & safety.

  • Closed-Loop Real-Time Coordinating of a Refinery Mid-Distillates System, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
  • Sustaining Your Asset Model, A Practical Approach, Sinclair Oil Corporation
  • Closing the “LP Gap”: Integration of Production Planning and Supervisory Control, Andeavor
  • Process Control Support with Data Analytics During Abnormal Events, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
  • Model Predictive Control on a Vacuum Column, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Optimize Your Automation Systems and Staffing, Solomon Associates LLC

And more…

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Cybersecurity Sessions

Presentations and exercises will focus on contemporary cybersecurity topics, including industrial control systems, ransomware, risk management, the industrial internet of things, and supply chain security.

  • IT and OT Working Together: Why is Cybersecurity So Hard?, AE Solutions
  • Bypassing Enterprise Defense – Attack ICS Networks the Easy Way, Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  • Modeling Adversary Behavior Against ICS, The MITRE Corporation
  • Blockchain-Empowered Cyber Supply-Chain Provenance, Old Dominion University
  • Vulnerability Assessments: Choose your Own Adventure, FireEye
  • Cyber Resiliency of Mission Critical Automation Systems – In Depth, FoxGuard Solutions, Inc.
  • First, Break All the Rules, RKNeal
  • IT Malware Threat to OT Networks - A Cryptomining Casestudy, Radiflow
  • The Internet of Vulnerable Things: How to Secure ICS Environments Given New Threats, Indegy
  • "Cyber Strike" - A Hands-on Cybersecurity Exercise presented by the U.S. Department of Energy  
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Division, in collaboration with the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Idaho National Lab (INL), has developed the CyberStrike Workshop to enhance the ability of energy sector owners and operators in the U.S to prepare for a cyber incident impacting industrial control systems. The training offers attendees a hands-on, simulated demonstration of a cyberattack, drawing from elements of the 2015 and 2016 cyber incidents in Ukraine. The instruction platform challenges course participants to defend against a cyberattack on the equipment they routinely encounter within their industrial control systems.

    This free workshop will be tailored to the refining industry and will be open to all Summit attendees.

And more…

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PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES SESSIONS

These discussion-oriented sessions are primarily designed for the engineer whose overall operating experience is 3-15 years. Four of the P&P sessions complement the information exchange that occurs in the Q&A sessions; the other two P&P sessions address current industry issues. Each of the sessions addresses the fundamentals of good operation and the foundational principles for the technologies that are commonly employed. These sessions have short presentations followed by a time where attendees can ask further questions or present their own particular problems and benefit from the collective experience of the other attendees.

Crude/Vacuum Distillation and Coking

  • Discussion topics TBD

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)

  • Discussion topics TBD

Gasoline Processes

  • Discussion topics TBD

Hydroprocessing

  • Discussion topics TBD

Fostering Profitability

  • Discussion topics TBD

Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Town Hall

  • Discussion topics TBD

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Tabletop Exhibition

Two lunches and a reception in the exhibit hall which showcases catalyst, chemical, and technology providers, engineering companies, licensors and other industry suppliers in one convenient location.

Click here to apply to exhibit.

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Networking Opportunities

  • The Summit Kickoff Event – Join us Sunday evening prior to the start of The Summit to renew friendships and make new contacts.
  • New Manager Morning Mixer - Breakfast open to those who have been managers/supervisors for 5 or less years or will become managers/supervisors in the next year.
  • Monday Evening Reception in the Exhibit Hall – Explore the exhibit hall to learn about the latest products and services while making new and re-connecting with peers in the industry. Lunches Monday and Tuesday are also served in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Women in Industry Reception – Come share your experiences and make new contacts as we share challenges and solutions unique to women in the hydrocarbon processing industries.
  • Morning Coffee and Afternoon Refreshment Breaks – Continue the discussion as you grab a drink or snack mid-way through each session.
  • Affiliate Hospitality Functions – After the AFPM sessions end, visit industry suppliers as they host functions in meeting rooms and suites throughout the hotel. Stop in for a drink, a bite to eat, and entertainment as you learn about solutions and services provided by the host company.

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The Answer Book

NEW THIS YEAR: The Answer Book will be the only record of the Q&A and Discussion Sessions. AFPM will not be recording any of the session. Attendees are encouraged to respond to the selected questions from the Q&A and Discussion Sessions. The Answer Book allows you to incorporate visual aids and lengthy or highly technical comments into a response. The Answer Book will complement the session discussion and provide more depth on certain topics. Prior to the conference, a digital version of the Answer Book will be available to conference attendees on the My Meetings link of the AFPM website.

To have your answers included, submit them no later than August 28, 2018. This will allow time for AFPM to prepare the answers for distribution.

Please use the following format:

  • Identify yourself, your company, and the session and question number to which you are responding
  • Provide your answer, and include any supporting visual aids
  • Provide a contact name, phone number and/or email address in case there are questions about your response.

Submit your responses via email to Answerbook@AFPM.org.

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