Pilot Plants: Principles of Design, Operation and Maintenance

Edmonton, Alberta /
Apr 3 - 5, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-1102-2358

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After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Improve your knowledge of common types of pilot plants in various branches of industry
  • Familiarize yourself with main design principles of pilot plants, their construction and efficient operation
  • Apply updated information on how to follow the start-up procedures and data acquisition
  • Recognize the need for analysis of capital and operation costs of operation in batch or continuous operation mode
  • Acquire an awareness of safety associated with operation of pilot plants and protection of personnel and environment
  • Make your company products more profitable by increasing the reliability of design procedure and data validation

The design of a commercial plant can be risky and very expensive if the available experience is not sufficient enough to scale up the information from bench scale laboratory tests. Unless one has extensive experience with similar materials and products, it is very wise approach to verify the laboratory results in a pilot plant. An old saying: "Make your mistakes on a small scale and make your profit on a large scale", can be applied to pilot plants which represent intermediate stage between the laboratory simulation tests and the future industrial plant. In these cases, the decision to proceed with the full scale plant project will be based on a proven process, and on a more reliable economic estimate.

This course will cover all aspects of the consideration of pilot plants, including design, construction and operation. It will explain the main design principles of pilot plants, selection of appropriate materials for fabrication and selection and installation of the vital components of equipment.  Discussed will be the elements of financial aspects of pilot plants: systematic analysis of capital and operation costs of pilot plants will be provided. Attention in the course will also be devoted to instrumentation and control systems as well as to aspects of safety of personnel and environmental protection. All course materials will be provided.

Course Outline

  • Pilot Plant Selection and Sizing
  • Location and Organization
  • Prototypes and Scale-Up
  • Stationary and Rotating Equipment
  • Utility Connections
  • Budget Control and Cost Optimization
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Safety and Alarm Systems
  • Inspection
  • Wastes and Environmental Protection

Who Should Attend 
Engineers and Technicians • Operators of Pilot Plants • Maintenance Technical Personnel • Supervisors and Plant Managers • Consultants and Contractors  • Inspectors and Technical personnel

More Information


Daily Schedule 
8:00 Registration & Coffee (Day 1 only) 
8:30 Seminar begins 
12:00 Lunch (provided) 
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Day 1

Pilot Plant Design Concepts and Objectives

  • Pilot Plants Feasibility & Product Development
  • Prerequisites & Size Selection
  • Laboratory & Prototype Investigations: Method of Scaling up
  • Technical Factors of Equipment Used: Material Selection
  • Economic Issues & Cost Minimization of Construction & Operation
  • Budget Constraints & Economic Considerations
  • Pilot Plant Project Administration: Management & Planning
  • Workshop: Case Studies & Problem Solutions

Day 2

Design Methodology & Plant Site Management

  • Design of Pilot Plants & Capacity Calculation
  • Site Location & Equipment & Piping Layouts
  • Equipment Installation, Commissioning & Stat-Up
  • Selection of Instrumentation & Control System
  • Pressure, Temperature & Flow Rate Measurements
  • Connection to Utilities: Electricity, Water, Steam, Compressed Air
  • Disposal of Liquid & Solid Waste & Environmental Protection
  • Workshop: Case Studies & Problem Solutions

Day 3

Operation & Control Systems

  • Plant Start-Up Procedure
  • Operation of Pilot Plants: Batch or Continuous
  • Computer Control Systems & Performance Monitoring
  • Operating Data Acquisition and Recording
  • Safety Problems in Operation, Inspection & Hazard Estimate
  • Maintenance Organization & Planning
  • Guidelines to Reduce Downtime & Costs
  • Summary & Conclusions


Mike Ivanovic, Dr.

Mike is President of UBAMIP Consulting, and also former Adjunct Associate Professor at U of Toronto. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem solving in operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Make has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in industry in Canada, USA and overseas.

His area of expertize among others, includes design, operation and maintenance of various types of heat exchangers such as coolers, reboilers, condensers, evaporators. The focus in the consulting projects has been on the process optimization and analysis of operational issues related to improving the overall thermal performance of equipment. This is also combined with risk assessment and selection of equipment failure prevention technologies based on fitness for service studies.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
4440 Gateway Blvd.
Edmonton AB  T6H 5C2

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Fee & Credits
  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after February 22, 2019:

$2095 + taxes


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