Control Systems Training

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Control Systems Training

The Control Systems training event will encompass a broad range of control topics including:

  • Why you would want a control system
  • Elements of a control system
  • Basics of designing a control system
  • PLC and DCS and the differences
  • and many others...

Presenter:  SKW, Inc.

Date:  November 14th

Time:  9:00am - 3:00pm    

Location:  Offices of Linde Engineering North America
                 6100 S. Yale Avenue, Suite 1200, Tulsa, OK

Cost:  $25 for members, $75 for non-members


Course Description:

Ideal for process engineers, operators, field technicians and others who manage midstream and pipeline facilities, this course provides an overview of midstream control systems with a closer look at key elements that include switches, transmitters, actuators, and level/linear controls. Also covered:

  • Common sense practices for: control loops, controls in hazardous areas, control shutdowns
  • Basic overview of: controls architecture, SCADA, HMIs and PLCs, Data Historian software, ROCs, DCS and other controllers
  • Mindful approaches to: flame and gas detection, equipment survivability on a pipeline

In addition, there will be special Q&A sessions on the basics of designing/upgrading a control system and the basics of maintaining/troubleshooting these systems.

Also offered will be Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits.




  • David Stanfield, PE has been with Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. (SKW) since 1989 and presently serves as president of its Energy Division and the firm's wholly-owned subsidiary SKW Enterprise Solutions (SKWESI) that specializes in automation/controls and EPC delivery. Trained as an electrical engineer, Dave’s project experience includes: natural gas compressor station expansion and controls modernization; major diesel engine generation plant expansion; synthetic gas and petroleum production; automatic emergency diesel generator systems; and supervisory controls and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • As Vice President of SKWESI, Vince Mattione, PE is responsible for oversight of all projects and integration of technical services. His more than 30 years of instrumentation and electrical engineering experience includes the design of process monitoring/control, flow control, and metering systems. Trained as an electrical engineer, his strategic focus is on analyzing technology, resource needs, and market demand to assess project feasibility, plus product design approvals and client consultations to prepare project specifications.
  • Randy Sambursky, CEM serves as a Team Leader on EPC projects for SKWESI ensuring that instrumentation and controls are installed according to P&ID drawings and within specification.  He has been responsible for numerous automation system upgrades for natural gas and crude oil pipelines and stations. Randy is skilled at: system evaluation, troubleshooting, and EPC delivery of process monitoring equipment, flow control, and metering systems.​
  • As a software engineer with SKWESI, Andrew Parmley focuses on start-to-finish control system design for a wide range of oil and natural gas applications that include fuel terminals and compressor stations. Andrew is skilled in the software and languages frequently used in HMI design and PLCs: AutoCAD Electrical 2015, MATLAB, QBasic, LabVIEW, Visual Basic, C, C++, C#, Java, Pascal, Swift, Python, Smart Technology (ST), Ladder Logic, Structured Ladder Logic and Sequential Function Chart (SFC).​
  • Tim Lewis entered the engineered instrumentation sales industry in 1980 and currently serves in operations and sales management positions for Tulsa-based Canada Company and CanServ. Tim has participated in international and national conferences on the subject of gas & flame detection. He has represented General Monitors for more than 35 years and most recently accepted the role as a distributor for Honeywell’s line of gas/flame detection products.​
  • Pat Smith serves as Managing Director for SKWESI in Oklahoma. He is a hands-on instrumentation and electrical design engineer. Actively involved in instrumentation requirements analysis and specification, electrical and P&ID design, systems development, and commissioning/construction management, he delivers turn-key compressor station and plant solutions. During his career with SKWESI, he has been responsible for numerous station automation system upgrades and often serves as client field manager and construction manager for our clients.​
  • As a Team Leader on EPC projects, Jack Clendenny has been a member of commissioning teams responsible for ensuring all controls and safeties are installed according to P&ID drawings. Projects have ranged from installing/commissioning emission controls on dehydration, amine and BETX units to install/commissioning control panels for 4000 hp vertical engine/compressors and 8000 hp turbine compressors. Jack joined SKWESI in 2011 with 35 years of experience in the specification, development, and troubleshooting of gas compressor station and oil and gas pipeline instrumentation and control systems.​
  • Bob Keller, PE serves as SKW’s Energy Development Officer within the Energy Division. He works with other technical professionals to develop strategic business plans, technical and financial feasibility, and implementation. For more than 30 years, he has provided assistance to many clients within the energy sector, both public and private. Prior to joining SKW in 2008, he served as the Energy Manager at the City of Kansas City, Missouri which included natural gas procurement; he was concurrently Division Manager of engineering planning within WSD at the City, involving capital improvements and O&M planning for the utility.


MCGPA Control Systems Training – November 14, 2017, Tulsa, OK


REVISED 10/3/2017

9:00 am-10:15 am

  • [2 m]     Welcome DAVE M.

  • [10 m]      Overview of midstream systems: from gathering to transmission DAVE S.

  • [25 m]      Business case for control systems: RANDY

  • [40 m]      Elements of a hydrocarbon control system (incl. switches, transmitters, actuators, level/linear controls); why local control vs. centralized control DAVE S. AND VINCE

10:15 am-10:30 am BREAK

10:30 am-12:00 pm

  • Common sense practices for:

    • [15 m]  Control loops VINCE

    • [20 m]  Controls in hazardous areas VINCE

    • [30 m]  Ladder logic ANDREW

    • [10 m]  Control shutdowns DAVE S.

  • [15 m]  Q&A: Basics of designing/upgrading a control system ALL

12:00 pm-12:30 LUNCH

12:30 pm-1:45 pm

  • Basic overview of:

    • [15 m]  Controls architecture DAVE S.

    • [15 m]  SCADA (incl/ 192 and 195 regs) DAVE S.

    • [15 m]  HMI and PLC ANDREW

    • [15 m]  Data Historian software ANDREW

    • [15 m]  ROCs, DCS and other controllers VINSON, RANDY

1:45 pm-2:00 pm BREAK

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

  • Mindful approaches to:

    • [20 m]  Flame and gas detection TIM LEWIS, CANADA CO.

    • [20 m]  Equipment survivability on a pipeline DAVE S.

  • [20 m]  Q&A: Basics of maintaining/troubleshooting a control system ALL


November 14th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   3:00 PM
6100 S. Yale Avenue
Suite 1200
Tulsa, OK 74136-1908
United States

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Event Fee $75.00

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