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The subject matter presented in the Technical track is specifically targeted to experienced technical and engineering personnel working with valves and related products.


For questions or assistance registering for the event, contact Malena Malone-Blevins, VMA Meetings Manager.






APRIL 11-13, 2018


VALVE INDUSTRY knowledge forum


Advancing Valve Integrity Through Technology 



Attendees to the Technical track at the Valve Industry Knowledge Forum can look forward to hearing from industry experts on leading issues facing the valve industry. Demonstrations on gasket and bolt tensioning as well as 3D scanning and laser light measurement will add a hands-on element to the topics presented, including: Advances in NDT, Online Monitoring of Control Valve Diagnostics, Advances in Welding Technology and what is typically our most popular presentation, the Industry Standards Update. Panel discussions, the presentation of case studies and networking opportunities will round out the Technical track for attendees.


The Technical program features a dozen different presentations and several demonstrations, including:

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Kevin Swift, Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council
This session will examine the status and challenges facing the North American chemical industry. It will provide perspectives on energy and feedstock supply and examine in detail basic chemicals and specialty chemicals. An industry outlook will be presented along with implications for capital spending.

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Tony Smart, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Technical Lead, Valve Engineering, Shell Global Solutions International
The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is a group of the major oil companies and national oil companies from around the world. The association has a Joint Industry Project (JIP33) backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) capital project complexity initiative whose goal is to simplify and standardize procurement of equipment and services across oil companies. Some of the topics in this discussion will include: What is the World Economic Forum and IOGP? What is JIP33? What are the goals of WEF-IOGP? Where does this fit between API and ISO?

Herman Anaya, Materials Principal Engineer, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company
This session will review some prominent hydrogen embrittlement failures and their effect in the development of industry specifications such as API 20e, API 6ACRA & DNV RP-F112. Hydrogen embrittlement will be looked at from the viewpoint of the materials and how the material characteristics define susceptibility towards hydrogen embrittlement.

Chris Punshon, Industry Sector Manager, TWI Ltd., The Welding Institute
The focus of this session is valve bodies designed for use in heavy engineering applications, such as those in the oil and gas production, chemical, marine and power industries. This session will examine the potential use of advanced welding methods and processes to produce high-integrity valve bodies in a range of engineering alloys. Also being covered: the possibilities for producing dissimilar metal joints and methods for the introduction of corrosion or wear-resistant materials in strategic areas. The viability of methods described will be illustrated by several case studies where successful production or prototype production has been achieved.

BOLT TENSIONING/GASKET DEMONSTRATION: Giang Dang, Specifications Engineer, Flexitallic

The gasket is usually the least expensive item in a flange assembly. However, if the correct gasket is not installed correctly, the gasket can become the most expensive item in terms of downtime, lost productivity, health and safety issues, etc. During this demonstration attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the many factors that affect the performance of a bolted-gasketed joint as well as see a bolt tensioning/gasket demonstration.

3D LASER SCANNING AND MEASUREMENTS: Brad Browning, Account Manager, Faro Technologies
This session will discuss and demonstrate, how to leverage the advances in blue light 3D Laser scanning throughout the design, manufacture, troubleshooting, and re-servicing process, Hhting how this accuracy, and software driven solution can catch costly errors earlier, and help make more of a quality product faster.



Wednesday, april 11

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Technical Track Pre-Conference Workshop

John Siefert, EPRI


Thursday, april 12

7:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:00 am



8:10 – 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker:American Chemical Industry - Economic Trends and a View to the Future

Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council


9:00 am

Exhibit Set-up


9:00 – 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker: Unlocking Value through WEF-IOGP JIP33 Global Operators: Harmonized Equipment Procurement Specifications

Tony Smart, Shell Global Solutions International


9:45 – 10:00 am

Morning Coffee Break (all attendees)


10:00 – 10:45 am

DEMONSTRATION: Gasket and Bolt Tensioning

Giang Dang, Flexitallic


10:45 – 11:30 am

Hydrogen Embrittlement in the Oil and Gas Industry

Herman Anaya, Cameron, a Schlumberger Company


11:30 – 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors (all attendees)


1:00 – 1:45 pm

HF Alkylation Proper Valve Application

Mark Fucich, HF Alkylation Consultants


1:45 – 2:30 pm

Advances in Welding and Manufacturing Processes

Chris Punshon, TWI Welding Institute


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break with Exhibits Open


3:15 – 4:00 pm

Castings: Ordering, Sourcing, Quality, Defect, Repair, Prevention

Raymond Monroe, Steel Founders’ Society of America


4:00 – 4:45 pm

Online Monitoring and Analysis: The Evolution of Control Valve Diagnostics

Leo Hughes, Baker Hughes, a GE Company


4:45 – 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


7:30 -8:00 am

Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:45 am

Advances in X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)_for Positive Material Identification (PMI) in Manufacturing/Fabrication Quality Control

Dianne Hillhouse, Olympus Corporation of the Americas


8:45 – 9:30 am

DEMONSTRATION: Advances in Blue Light 3D Laser Scanning

Brad Browning, FARO Technologies


9:30 – 9:45 am

Morning Break


9:45 – 10:30 am

Review of IOGP specification S-562 for ball valves

Ron Manson, Cameron, A Schlumberger Company


10:30 – 11:15 am

Introduction to ISA S96 Valve Actuator Standards

Stan Hale, MRC Global


11:15 – Noon

Industry Standards Update

Carlos Davila, Crane, ChemPharma


Noon – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion


12:30 pm

Forum adjourns



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