Filtration and Separations Technical Training for Oil and Gas, Chemical and Petrochemical Industries - Principles, Applications and Troubleshooting

Projects, Facilities, and Construction Production and Operations

Course Description

This 1-2 day course reviews the science behind separation, filtration, coalescing, activated carbon
absorption in addition to other related technologies as well as their applications in gas processing and
refining industries. Attendees are able to better understand fundamental principles, equipment designs
and modes of failure to assist in troubleshooting performance problems. Real cases from Nexo’s past
projects are reviewed and discussed.

  • Introduction to Process Separation Systems
  • Principles of Filtration
  • Filtration in Liquid Streams
  • Filtration in Gas Streams
  • Filtration Vessel Designs
  • Principles of Coalescence
  • Coalescence in Liquid Streams
  • Coalescence in Gas Streams
  • Coalescing Vessel Designs
  • Activated Carbon Beds
  • Centrifuges, Cyclones and Scrubbers
  • Membrane Pre-Filtration
  • Problem Solving
  • Real Cases
  • Seven Deadly Sins of Filtration and Separation

Course Length

1 or 2 Days

Why Attend

  • Poor contamination control is the leading cause of process instability and losses
  • Filtration and separation is often overlooked and poorly understood in many plants
  • Proper knowledge of separation systems is critical to plant performance
  • Lack of formal training across process industries leads to uninformed decision-making

Who Attends

All levels of: Process Engineers, Operations abd Maintenance Personnel, Managers, Supervisors, Technical Specialists, R&D Personnel, Purchasing Personnel, Engineering & Construction Personnel, Suppliers, and Consultants


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and / or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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David Engel has more than 20 years of industrial experience in a variety of technology areas. He has 17 US invention patents and has authored of a number of technical and scientific papers. He has worked for Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Pentair and Sulphur Experts.

Dr. Engel holds a BS degree in industrial chemistry from University of Santiago, a PhD in organic chemistry from Indiana University and post-doctoral stay at Eli Lilly and Company. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Gas Processors Association. David is also President of the American Filtration and Separation Society (Southwest Region), a GLC Consulting member, editorial board for Elsevier and board member for Genesis Bio-Health, Amine Filtration Company and Exion Systems.

Heath Burns has 17 years of experience in the oil, gas and process industries with regards to filtration and separation technology. Heath has a well-rounded background ranging from manufacturing, research and development, pilot testing, engineering design and business development. He has extensive field experience in solid/liquid, liquid/liquid and gas/liquid separations.

Heath has worked intimately in the field developing methods for evaluating filters, coalescers, and separators with the end results determining the effectiveness of the equipment evaluated. Heath was the lead inventor in a United States Patent for the selective extraction of acids from a process gas and liquid. He has since adapted this technology to incorporate extraction of soluble contaminants from LPG/Amine treaters systems as well. These developments have led to significant reductions in equipment and costs all while increasing process efficiencies.