Advanced Coker Process and Troubleshooting

The course is a detailed exploration of the coking process, design, and troubleshooting. Over the 2 days, participants will discuss common safety and reliability events with mitigation approaches. Process improvement and optimization strategies will be considered. The course includes interactive exercises and real-life case studies.

Your instructor has 40+ years of coking experience working hands on in the refinery running the unit and as a senior corporate consultant. His experience includes modeling, simulation, test run execution and analysis, yields unit optimization, troubleshooting, and start-up.

RefComm® - Advanced Coker Process and Troubleshooting

Mon-Tue, May 8-9 2017

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You Will Learn

  • Common design considerations and comparison of various technology platforms
  • Process control strategies for optimization
  • Heater fouling mechanisms, mitigation strategies and furnace optimization
  • De-coking heaters, spalling & pigging
  • Anti-foam best practices
  • Cracking reactions and feed property considerations
  • Coke morphology causes and effects
  • Review of major safety incidents over the past 20 years
  • Drum cycle times, cooling issues and safety
  • Fractionator (distillation) overview and best practices
  • Real experiences in safety and reliability
  • Gas Oil and Naphtha Quality
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Troubleshooting

Who Should Attend

Refinery staff experienced (1+ years) in delayed coking. This includes operators, engineers, inspectors, or maintenance staff.

Experienced chemical or mechanical engineers who are assigned to support a DCU.

Experienced operators who want to learn more about the details of the equipment design and improve their troubleshooting skills.

Vendor staff who want to understand how their equipment and possibility their competitor’s equipment is designed and utilized in the field.

Project staff working on design projects. Learn more about common issues and develop solutions for your clients before the equipment is operated.
The curriculum will be interactive based on group exercises and questions or concerns posed by the participants. Come prepared to get some options to consider for your plant. All of the experiences are based on real world examples from plants around the world with varying configurations or equipment types.


Recommended for those with previous experience in design, process, operations or maintenance of delayed cokers.

Your Instructors

Tom MeekTom Meek is a Sr. Coker Process Consultant for Inc. Formerly he was Principal Technologist Delayed Coking for Shell Global Solutions for 13 years. Prior to that he was Process Engineer & Superintendent Delayed Coking, Crude Distilling for 28 years at various Shell refineries. He has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for coking clients around the world. His experience include modeling, simulation, test run execution and analysis, yields unit optimization, troubleshooting and start-up.

Evan HydeEvan Hyde is the Director of Field Operations for Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. He has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for delayed coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization.

Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, bank wire transfer or corporate check. Training fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Make checks payable to “ Inc”.

Refund Policy

Fees are fully refundable until April 17, 2017 (three weeks before the event), after which a $200 USD fee will be charged for cancellations. Registering for this training course prior to April 17, 2017, will help maximize the probability that the course will proceed as planned.  Cancellations after May 1, 2017 (1 week before class until 24 hours before class) are charged a 50% fee. All other cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable.  Substitutions are allowed.  Submit all cancellations and transfers in writing, by email or by fax.

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