#1470 - An Introduction to Advanced Process Control

Course Objective

Advanced Process Control (APC) has thousands of industrial applications worldwide.  Currently, most companies in the hydrocarbon and chemical processing industries are implementing APC in their plants and have a large number of APC applications that they are maintaining.  Nevertheless, there is a shortage of APC expertise, and this course is designed to address this problem.  While this short course will present how APC works for simple examples to illustrate its inner workings, it will also present material that is directly applicable industrially (e.g., how to apply APC to industrial processes with constraints and how to organize an effective project to install and maintain APC in a plant environment).  An overview comparison of the most common APC technologies is also presented.  The overall objective of this course is to provide an overview understanding of APC from how it works to how it can be effectively applied industrially.

Who Should Attend

All those working in the petrochemical, oil, and gas process industries with a need to understand and use advanced process control.  Process control engineers and other professionals associated with process operations will benefit the most from this course.

Course Description

The course covers the key elements associated with the application of Advanced Process Control (APC) to the hydrocarbon and chemical processing industries.  The course will begin with an introduction to APC that includes the history of this technology, the primary terminology associated with APC, and an in-depth description of how a single-input/single-out (SISO) APC controller functions.  Computer-based training exercises are used to demonstrate how to identify a SICO APC model and how to tune a SISO APC controller.

Then the extension of APC to multi-input/multi-output systems with constraints is presented.  An emphasis on identification of the APC models and the economic linear program (LP) is included.  Next, the recommended steps for the organization of an APC installation project are presented and discussed.  Thee include:

Finally, APC maintenance is addressed in some detail and a comparison of the major types industrially-available APC is also presented.

Training Objectives/Key Benefits

Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Course Logistics

Participants will receive a course notebook and an electronic copy of the simulation software used in the tuning exercises.  Participants will need a laptop computer with MS Excel in order to run the simulation software for the tuning exercises.  There will be time at the end of each day to address questions and provide additional explanations for the material covered that day.

Daily Course Outline


Day 1


Identification of a SISO APC model

Development of a SISO APC controller

Day 2

Extension of APC to Multiple-Input/Multiple-Output (MIMO) Systems

Organization of APC application project

Day 3

Organization of APC application project (continued)

Approaches for APC Maintenance

Comparison of Industrial APC technology

Problems and challenges of APC

Summary overview


What this course does not offer

This course will not be taught with respect to a specific type of DCS although specific issues associated with a DCS can be addressed. 

Course Duration - Approximately 3 days