The Advanced Control Technology Club 

1st Energy Special Interest Group Meeting

Advances in Process Control for the Oil and Gas Industry

To be held at Marathon Oil, Aberdeen, 21st March 2000

This meeting is free of charge and open to employees from all ACT Club members.

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to Club Members only) from our Download Centre, or simply click on the appropriate link in the agenda below.

NOTE: Presentation material downloaded from our web-site should not be incorporated (either in part or in entirety) into other work etc., nor distributed (either in part or in entirety) to third parties, without the express permission of the authors.


A meeting will be held of members of the ACT Club and other invited attendees from the Oil and Gas Industry. The one day event will be concerned with process control problems which occur in both off shore and on shore structures. Both representatives from industry and academia will discuss the practical problems that arise in the design of such systems. The meeting follows on from a successful specialist meeting held at the University of Strathclyde last year.

One aim of the meeting is to establish a Special Interest Group in this area, focusing on the process control problems, which occur in production and manufacturing plants. Both offshore and onshore operations are of interest and it is hoped to bring together exploration, production and the supply companies.

The technical topics covered in the day will include predictive control, controller tuning, fault monitoring, detection and isolation, expert systems and neural networks, plant identification, modelling and simulation.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

10.00    Welcome to Marathon Oil, David Laing (Marathon Oil UK Ltd.)
10.05    Introduction to the Energy, Oil & Gas Special Interest Group, Prof. Mike Grimble (ACT Club)
10.15     Advanced Control and Economic Optimisation in Gas Processes, Ian Dickson (GE Industrial Systems)[586KB]
11.00    TEA/COFFEE
11.20    ACT Club Case Study on Platform-wide Control Optimisation, David Laing (Marathon Oil UK Ltd.) and Damien Uduehi (University of Strathclyde)
12.00    Dynamic Simulation - A Case Study, Colin Manson (Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants Ltd.)
12.45    LUNCH
13.45     Identification & Fault Diagnosis of an Industrial Gas Turbine Prototype Model, Prof. Ron Patton (University of Hull) [390KB]
14.30     Condition Monitoring and Emissions Compliance for Gas Turbine Operators on the BG Transco National Grid, Bryan Trafford (Cogsys Ltd)[55KB]
15.00    TEA/COFFEE
15.20     RapidMVC - Multivariable Control for the Process Industries, Alex Morris (National Power plc) [20KB]
15.50     Loop Scout, RPID and Profit Controller Produce Significant Benefits for BP, Phil Fedenczuk (BP Grangemouth) [707KB]
16.20    Open Session:
                 New Developments in Process Control Tuning and Optimisation, Prof Mike Grimble (ACT Club)
                 Key areas of interest for the Energy, Oil and Gas Industries
                 Recommendations for Future Energy, Oil and Gas Special Interest Group work
17.00    CLOSE

Additional Information:

This meeting is being held in the offices of Marathon Oil, Aberdeen. Click here for a map giving directions of how to reach Marathon Oil.

Nearby Hotels

Earls Court Hotel, 96 Queens Road, Aberdeen, Tel: 01224 321234
B&B 50.00
Palm Court Hotel, 81 Seafield Road, Aberdeen, Tel: 01224 310351
B&B 68.00 (Quote Marathon for Corporate Rate)
Atholl Hotel, 54 Kings Gate, Aberdeen, Tel: 01224 323505
B&B 71.00
Stakis Treetops Hotel, 161 Springfield Road, Aberdeen, Tel: 01224 313377
Room only 90 (Quote ACT Club for Corporate Rate)

The above prices are inclusive of VAT and are given purely as a guide. Prices quoted as at January 2000.