The 2017 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

  • Hector E. Gamboa-Arizpe, Strategic Planning / Senior Process Engineer, CITGO Petroleum Corporation
  • Eric M. Legare, Process Development Manager, Tesoro Corporation
  • Darwin Logerot, Sr. Consulting Engineer, Prosys Inc.
  • William Ross McDaniel, Sr. Process Engineer, KP Engineering, LP
  • Kevin Solomon, Director - Field Technical Services, Athlon Solutions
  • Jeremy Theiss, Detroit Technical Services Manager, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

FCC Panel

  • Bryan Dinkel, FCC Technologist, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Michael Federspiel, Chief FCC Technologist, W. R. Grace & Co.
  • Darin Robert Foote, Refinery Operations Superintendent, CHS Inc.
  • Alex Maller, Process Engineer, TechnipFMC Process Technology
  • Steve Tragesser, Chief Technology Engineer - FCC & Alkylation, KBR

Gasoline Processes Panel

  • Geoff Dubin, Senior Technology Manager, Axens North America
  • Bryan Kinderman, Sales Director, Fuel Upgrading - BU Catalysts, Clariant Corporation
  • Alexander V. Sabitov, Senior Technical Services Engineer, Phillips 66
  • Kyle Sharon, Director Technical Service at Ardmore Refineries, Valero
  • Patrick Sugg, Services Manager - Americas Region, UOP LLC – A Honeywell Company

Hydroprocessing Panel

  • Brant Aggus, Process Engineering Manager, Becht Engineering Co., Inc.
  • Noaman M. Al-Fudhail, Superintendent, Refinery Engineering Division, Aramco
  • Errol G. Johnson, Process Engineering Lead, Motiva Enterprises LLC
  • Sarah Long, Process Engineer, Navajo Refinery
  • David Pappal, Technology Advisor, Valero
  • Ramamoorthy Ramachandran, Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
  • Lyle Schoellkopf, Technical Advisor, Advanced Refining Technologies

Click  here to view the questions and discussion topics.

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

  • Supporting Today's Simulation Needs: A Next Generation Platform, Schneider Electric
  • Use of Advanced Predictive Analytics for Early Detection and Warning of Column Flooding Events, Valero   
  • Online Prediction of Claus Combustion Temperatures, ProSys Inc.
  • A Perspective on Justifying Control System Life-Cycle Upgrades, Enterprise Products Operating LLC
  • Open Process Automation: A Standards-Based, Interoperable, and Secure Control System Architecture, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Does the Purdue Model Exist in 2017 and the Future?, Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd.
  • Rigorous Refinery-Wide Optimization, KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.
  • On-line Integration of Planning & Scheduling with Real-time Unit Optimization and Control, Manufacturing Technology Network, Inc.
  • Incorporating Safety and Best Practices into Your Process, Prosys Inc.
  • Are You Getting Full Value from Your APC Investment?, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
  • The Mary K. O' Connor Instrument Reliability Project, Process Reliability Solutions
  • Q&A Panel on OPCAT Issues, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Prosys Inc., Schneider Electric

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.

  • Building and Sustaining an OT Security Services Capability from Within, Flint Hills Resources, LP
  • The Value of Hands-on Training for ICS Cybersecurity, aeSolutions  
  • IIOT: Been There, Done That, Have the T-Shirt!, University of Houston
  • Networked Identity Management of Internet of Things Using Blockchain, Old Dominion University
  • Trustworthy Critical Infrastructures via Physics-Aware Just-Ahead-of-Time Verification, Rutgers University
  • Crash Override, Dragos, Inc.
  • TBD, Valero  
  •  The Value Proposition of Working with a University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Incident Response Lessons Learned, Schneider Electric
  • Exposing the Silence Within: Building Robust Insider Threat Operations, PricewaterhouseCoopers  
  • Creating A Unified Risk Language, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
  • Anatomy of an Attack: Two Real-World Industrial Control System Attack Vectors and How to Defend Against Them, PAS Global, LLC

And more…

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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

  • Coker Foaming, Part II (Part I was in 2016)
    • Operating Practices
    • Chemistry
  • How to Use APC in a Crude or Coker
    • Entire Unit vs. Modularized?
    • Rapid Crude Characterization for Better Processing / Blending (Assays Not Representative)
  • Distillation Tower Panel
    • Amine Sources / Detection / Mitigation
    • Overhead Corrosion Control
    • Tower Internal Inspections
    • Internal Design “Improvements” – Packing vs. Trays, Divided Wall, etc.

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)

  • ExxonMobil Presentation
  • FCC Standby Operations and Safety Concerns
  • Typical FCC Gas Plant Constraints - A Generic Case Study

Gasoline Processes

  • Reformer Regeneration Do’s and Don’ts
  • Options and Good Practices for Chloride Treatment
  • Naphtha Hydrotreater Optimization
  • Cleaning and Repair of Texas Towers
  • Packinox Exchangers in Reformers


The Bards of Hydroprocessing

  • Hydrogen by Any Name Would Smell As Sweet
  • Much Ado About Shutdowns
  • To HydroCrack, or CatCrack…….That is the Question
    Many refiners have invested in high pressure FCC Pretreat and ULSD units to meet clean fuels requirements. As refineries gain good experience with these units, there are opportunities to extend their capabilities to provide refineries flexibility to modify diesel to gasoline production ratios. By Mild Hydrocracking of vacuum gasoils (typically destined for the FCCU) in these capable Hydroprocessing units, while still maintaining capability to make high quality clean fuels, refineries can improve margins as diesel and gasoline economics shift.
  • Safety, Safety, Where Art Though Safety
    Working to review a past, well-documented safety event on a Hydrotreater/Hydrocracker. Followed by reflection on the advancements that have been made over last 20 years, which have dramatically improved the safety of operations to avoid this type of incident today.

Fostering Profitability

  • Recent Market Trends Driving Refining Profitability
  • Finding the Hidden Profitability Opportunities in Fractionation
  • Energy Excellence Through Good Practices to Reduce Steam Venting and Insulation Losses
  • Innovative Process for Developing Profitability Driven Capital Projects
  • Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of the IMO’s 2020 Marine Fuel Standard

Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Town Hall

  • Collaboration
  • Working with the Millennial Generation of Engineers
  • Getting the Most Out of Business Relations with Other Managers
  • Managing External Relationships (i.e., with suppliers)
  • Alternate Topic: Balancing the Responsibilities of Being a New Leader

Click here to view the principles and practices schedule. 

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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.

Current exhibitors include: Advanced Refining Technologies • Air Products • AIS Software • Arkema Inc. • Athlon Solutions • Baker Hughes, a GE Company • BASF Corporation • Catalyst & Chemical Containers • CB&I • ChemTreat • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP • Clariant Corporation • Criterion Catalysts & Technologies L.P. • Crystaphase • Dow Chemical Company • DuPont Clean Technologies • Eurecat U.S. • Forum Energy Technologies • Gayesco, L.L.C. • GE Water & Process Technologies •  Haldor Topsoe, Inc. • Honeywell • Hunter Buildings & Manufacturing, LP • Intertek Pilot Plant Services • Johnson Matthey • JV Industrial Companies • KBR Technology & Consulting • Matheson • Merichem Company • Nalco Champion • New Gas Technologies Synthesis (NGTS) • Petroval Inc. • Porocel International, LLC • Prosep USA • Prosys Inc. • Quantum Technical Services • Refined Technologies • Richard Industrial Group, Inc. • Sabin Metal Corporation • Saint-Gobain NorPro • TechnipFMC Process Technology • VEGA Americas, Inc. • W. R. Grace & Co. • Wood Group • Woven Metal Products

Click here to apply to exhibit.

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Networking Opportunities

  • The Summit Kickoff Event – Join us as we celebrate the 70thAnniversary of the Q&A. Take a look back at the history of the industry as you renew friendships and make new contacts. Sponsored by AFPM and Crystaphase
  • 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 Refining Reception – Come share your experiences and make new contacts as we share challenges and solutions unique to women in the hydrocarbon processing industries. Sponsored by W. R. Grace & Co.  
  • 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

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 September 1, 2017. 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 e-mail to

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