Selection, Applications, Operation, Troubleshooting and Diagnostics


About The Course

This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of distributed control systems (DCSs), and smart technology.  The seminar will focus on all the advanced features and advantages of DCS’s including optimization of control strategies, enhancement of performance and reliability, two-way communication, remote diagnostics and troubleshooting, reduction in instrumentation and control cables, telemetry, minimization of instrumentation and control equipment cost, etc. This seminar will also provide an in-depth understanding of the design of all modern control systems as well as all their instrumentation and equipment. All the methods used to enhance control system performance, reliability, robustness, speed of response and minimize wear and tear of control system components will be covered thoroughly. The seminar will also provide a thorough understanding of all types of control valves, actuators, and their accessories.  The sizing and selection process of all types of control valves and actuators will be covered thoroughly.  This includes all the calculations, materials used in this equipment, elastomers, packing materials and designs, cavitation and noise control methods, etc.  All the applicable non-destructive tests and troubleshooting methods for control valves and actuators will also be covered in detail in this seminar.  Several examples of sizing control valves and actuators for liquid and compressible fluid applications will be performed during the seminar. The main focus in this seminar will be on maximizing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of these systems and equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques, preventive and predictive maintenance.

This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of modern instrumentation and control systems, distributed control systems (DCSs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA), control valves, actuators, and smart technology because it covers how these systems and equipment operate, the latest maintenance techniques, and provides guidelines and rules that ensure their successful operation. In addition, this seminar will cover in detail the basic design, operating characteristics, specification, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components and all preventive and predictive maintenance methods in order to increase the reliability of these systems and equipment and reduce their operation and maintenance cost

Learning Outcomes

This seminar will provide the following information for modern control systems, distributed control systems (DCSs), SCADA, control valves, actuators, and smart technology:

  • Basic Design
  • Specification
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • Common Operational Problems
  • All Diagnostics, Troubleshooting, Testing, and Maintenance

Practical applications of smart instrumentation, and Distributed Control Systems, control valves, actuators, etc in the following industries will be discussed in detail:

  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • Power generation
  • Pulp and paper
  • Aerospace
  • Water and sewage treatment
  • Electrical power grids
  • Environmental monitoring and control systems

The instructor will guide the delegates during the seminar to do the following:

  • Design distributed control systems for the chemical, petro-chemical, and power generation industries
  • Size and select the smart instrumentation, control valves, and actuators for these control systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair these control systems

The seminar will focus on the following:

  • Strategies used to enhance the performance of modern distributed control systems and smart instrumentation as well as reduce their capital, operation and maintenance costs
  • Techniques used to increase the reliability and enhance the performance of distributed control systems and smart instrumentation as well as reduce the failure rate of their components and plant downtime
  • Methods used to minimize plant upsets and failures due to disturbances

Following the seminar, individuals will be able to do the following:

  • Design modern distributed control systems for all industrial applications
  • Select all the smart instrumentation and equipment required for Distributed Control Systems
  • Operate, diagnose, troubleshoot and repair all distributed control systems equipment including smart instrumentation, processors, control valves, and actuators

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

Course Faculty - Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh

Has more than 32 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation as an Engineering Supervisor and Training Manager, has conduct courses and seminars, to more than 4,000 working engineers and professionals who consistently ranked him as “Excellent” or “Very Good”. Philip has also wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh has more than 32 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the largest electric utility in North America. He was previously involved in research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories.


While working at OPG, Philip acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time, he worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.


Philip subsequently worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations.  The training provided by him covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations. He has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. He has been consistently ranked as “Excellent” or “Very Good” by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.


Philip has written 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York.  Below is a list of the books authored by him:

  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).


Furthermore, he has received the following awards:

  1. The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by PowerEdge, Singapore, in December 2016
  2. The first “Excellence in Teaching” award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  3. The “Excellence in Teaching Award” in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  4. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).


Lastly, Philip was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree “with distinction” from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Topics Covered

Review of Control System Fundamentals, Control System Design, Applications of Control Systems in the Chemical, Aerospace, and Power Generation industries, Proportional-Integral-Derivative control, Strategies to Optimize Control System Performance

Distributed Control Systems (DCS) Architecture, Features, Advantages, Communication Protocols, Human-Machine Interface, Processors, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System, Smart Instrumentation, Remote diagnostics and troubleshooting

Intelligent (Smart) Transmitters, Controllers, Sizing and Selection of Control Valves, Positioners, and Actuator for Compressible and Non-Compressible Fluids, Control Valve Flashing, Cavitation and Noise Control, Control System   Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan