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Webinar Reminder: Advanced Process Control for MMM – Control and Optimize Using Models and Data

Participants will gain an insight into the benefits of applying MPC, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2020

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm AEST

Webinar: Online

Presenter: Dr Kevin Brooks,
Chief Engineer, BluESP
Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cost:

AusIMM/AIPG Member – $27.50

Non Member – $38.50

Student Member – $16.50

Student Non-Member – $27.50

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Please note: Registrants who cannot join the webinar at the scheduled time will receive a link to the recording to watch at a later time convenient to them.

Webinar Overview

Advanced Process Control (APC) and in particular Model Predictive Control (MPC) has been a very successful technology for real time control and optimisation in the oil refining and petrochemical industries since the mid-80s.  The uptake of MPC in the MMM field has been slower for various reasons but is now increasing.  This webinar will outline the main elements of this data-based control technique, with case studies.  Participants will gain an insight into the benefits of applying MPC, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.

Presenter

Dr Kevin Brooks,
Chief Engineer, BluESP
Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Kevin obtained his B.Sc (Chemical Engineering) in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1986, both from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a lecturer at Wits until 1990, where his area of research was spontaneous combustion of coal. On leaving academia he joined AECI where he worked on the scale-up of gasifiers for an ammonia plant.
He joined Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions in 1995 and was involved in dynamic simulation and advanced process control (APC) and optimization. He undertook projects in both South Africa and Europe in the oil refining, hydrometallurgy and pulp and paper fields. In 2007 he was appointed Global APC discipline lead for Honeywell.
In September 2007 Kevin joined BluESP. He has performed projects in ethylene, as well as fuel gas optimization. More recently he has been working with various mining houses on the control and optimisation of hydro and pyro-metallurgical processes.
Kevin has been involved in the South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC) since 2007, as was president of the body between 2013 and 2014 when SACAC hosted the International Federation of Automatic Control’s world congress in Cape Town. Kevin has over 20 publications and was appointed Visiting Adjunct Professor at Wits in July 2019.

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