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VALVE SCHOOLS 2017 – 2 DAY COURSE

Sealweld® Valve Maintenance & Safety Seminar – 2 DAY COURSE

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VALVE TRAINING – 2017 AUSTRALIA

Topics covered during the two day Sealweld® Valve Maintenance & Safety Seminar include:

  • An overview of Ball, Plug and Gate valves with specific reference and focus on the clients major type and make of valves
  • The proper methods of loading, using and maintaining, high-pressure hand-held hydraulic sealant injection guns, with an emphasis on safety
  • The proper methods of loading, using and maintaining, high-pressure hand-held screw primed sealant injection guns, with an emphasis on safety
  • The proper methods of loading, using and maintaining power assisted sealant injection pumps, with an emphasis on safety
  • Valve fitting identification and servicing recommendations
  • Sealant Injection Fittings – Safety aspects of sealant injection fittings and insert check valves. How to identify dangerous designs including the safe use of specialty adapters
  • Discussion on the makeup and purpose of Valve Care Products including; Valve Cleaners, Valve Lubricants, Valve Sealants, Emergency Sealant Products and Packings
  • Working principals and sealing techniques for Ball, Plug and Gate Valves. Safe application techniques of valve maintenance products
  • Learn how to properly read a high-pressure sealant injection gauge to aid with valve servicing and safety.
  • How to determine the proper amounts of lubricants for various valve sizes, as well as riser pipe quantities for buried valves
  • Practicing preventive maintenance, including typical maintenance routines and reporting procedures
  • Emergency valve sealing techniques
  • Commissioning procedures for new valve installation
  • Questions are encouraged throughout the seminar

If you think you or a colleague could benefit from attending the Sealweld 2 Day Valve Maintenance & Safety Seminar please contact us to express your interest, click here.  We will contact you will dates, locations and costing information.

 

VALVE SCHOOLS 2017 – VALVE PRO 3 DAY COURSE

VALVEPRO® TRAINING – 2017 AUSTRALIA – VALVE CARE & MAINTENANCE 3 DAY COURSE

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR 2017 – EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Heath Pipeline Services and exclusive supplier Sealweld (from Canada) are now seeking expressions of interest for the very highly regarded ValvePro® Valve care training course to be run later this year in Australia.  Schools will be running 24 October to 14 November, throughout Australia.  AVAILABILITY will be limited. 

THE MOST COMPLETE VALVE CARE TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY

ValvePro® is a training program designed to help students acquire advanced knowledge of valve components and functions, and to practice hands-on skills to properly maintain valves and increase overall pipeline integrity. ValvePro® graduates will gain the knowledge and skill set to increase valve life span, reduce fugitive emissions and optimize efficiency at their facility will also benefit from enhancing their awareness of potentially hazardous situations and improving work practices.

Preventative valve maintenance, when performed regularly by skilled individuals, can mean the difference between optimal operation of your facilities or pipeline and an unscheduled shutdown.

Because every second of downtime means lost revenue, the ability to safely service valves that are inline and under pressure, without a shutdown, becomes essential to any operator whose goal is to run their facility as safely, efficiently and profitably as possible.

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” course is intended for anyone seeking a career as a pipeline valve maintenance technician and for existing technicians who wish to enhance their skills. Individuals involved in pipeline construction, design, purchasing or engineering can also benefit from this program.

The ValvePro® course is comprised of an online component (approx 20 – 30 hours) and hands-on 3 days class room training.

COURSE OUTLINE

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” training curriculum is delivered in two separate modules:

  • Online Training Module – takes students approximately 20 – 30 hours to complete
  • Hands-On Training Module – three consecutive days of instructor-led demonstrations, presentations and lectures

After successful completion of both modules, students will be awarded a “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” certificate issued by PETEX.

The self-paced, self-study Online Training Module provides theory and procedures presented throughout four different levels:

  • Level 1 – Valve Basics
  • Level 2 – Valve Commissioning
  • Level 3 – Valve Inspection and Maintenance
  • Level 4 – Troubleshooting

It is designed to help students acquire the theory and knowledge to identify typical valve malfunctions and corresponding solutions to restore seal integrity. Successful completion of each module, with a mark of 75% or higher, is required before eligibility for the Hands-on Training module.

The instructor-led Hands-On Training module includes theory and practical procedures:

  • The operation of hand and power-operated injection equipment
  • High-pressure gauge reading techniques
  • Fitting and adapter identification and applications
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting the most common valves
  • Actuator and gearbox basics

All students must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competency to the instructor under live or simulated conditions.

If you think you or a colleague could benefit from attending the Sealweld ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance course please contact us to express your interest, click here.  We will contact you will dates, locations and costing information.

LANDFILL MONITORING – SPECIALIST TRAINING AVAILABLE

LANDFILL GAS, FUGITIVE EMISSION MONITORING,USING REMOTE METHANE LEAK DETECTOR (RMLD)

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THE ISSUE WITH LANDFILL GAS …

Methane is a major constituent of landfill gas and has a global impact as a greenhouse gas. Additionally methane is an explosive gas and poses a health and safety risk in landfill areas and nearby properties. Due to its buoyancy methane can migrate vertically through the soil profile and accumulate under buildings and slabs.

LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

Regular checks are a statutory requirement necessary to demonstrate how active gas management at landfills is, minimising the release of landfill gas from the site surface (fugitive surface emissions).

HOW WE CURRENTLY MEET REQUIREMENTS

Landfill gas emission monitoring is currently achieved with regular walkover surveys. During the walkover survey, the gas concentration close to the surface of the ground is monitored using a range of portable landfill gas detectors, normally equipped with internal sensors.

THE PROBLEM WITH CURRENT METHODS

Landfill gas migration is a complex and variable process. Several factors like weather conditions (wind gust, barometric pressure) might obscure the presence of localised point-source emissions.  Additionally, technology currently used in the landfill gas equipment (with internal sensors) is not capable of resolving small changes in methane concentrations over a period of a few seconds. Therefore, the current approach based on a semi-quantitative, spot check walk-over or drive survey to detect fugitive landfill emissions is prone to failure.

PROPOSED METHOD

Surveys can be performed using a Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD).  The HEATH (RMLD) is a portable gas detector based on highly advanced technology known as Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy.

The detector is equipped with a laser light beam transmitted from the launch port. As the laser passes through a gas plume, the methane absorbs a portion of the light. Gas concentration is calculated by the amount of infrared light absorbed.

This technology allows the real-time detection of low methane concentrations (5ppm-m) and can be operated at a safe distance (30 metres).

The RMLD is the first of a new generation of leak survey instruments that improves the productivity and safety of a walking survey.

NEW TRAINING AVAILABLE

A new training event aims to provide participants with a general understanding of landfill gas migration, statutory requirements and fugitive emission landfill gas monitoring techniques. The training will encompass a practical component where the RMLD will be used in a real-field environment.

ABOUT YOUR TRAINER

This training event will be presented by Grazia Gargiulo  (B.Chem PhD Env.Chem.).

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Heath Pipeline Services are currently seeking expressions of interest to attend this 1 day training session. Courses will be offered for October and November dates. On site training can be organised for small groups (max 5 participants).

VALVEPRO VALVE CARE TRAINING SYLLABUS

ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician – 2016 Syllabus

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VALVEPRO® TRAINING – 2016 AUSTRALIA – VALVE CARE & MAINTENANCE

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” training program is designed to certify maintenance and technical personnel responsible for the operation of lubricated plug, ball and gate valves.

ValvePro was developed in response to the large number of skilled and knowledgeable technicians that had left the petroleum work force. Between layoffs, retirements and amalgamations, the pipeline industry has been left with a short supply of in-house valve experts. New workers face significant risk. Public safety is increasingly threatened as existing pipeline systems age.

New valves need to be properly commissioned and existing ones need to be properly maintained. ValvePro shares its vast knowledge of the latest technologies, equipment and valve care products designed to prolong the service life of lubricated valves. It will also teach students the fundamentals of new valve commissioning and methods of troubleshooting valve integrity issues. Fugitive emissions from leaking valves can force unscheduled shutdowns. Performing regular maintenance while valves are inline and under pressure  helps mitigate these shutdowns and saves the company from lost revenue.

The procedures exist, the products work, and the investment in training is invaluable.

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” program is a collaboration with the University of Texas – Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX). The course provides the knowledge and skills for pipeline personnel to safely perform a variety of valve commissioning and maintenance procedures and systematic methods of troubleshooting valve integrity issues.

Course Description

This training program is a two part course utilizing both self-study and hands-on training to obtain certification. The self-study portion is done at the student’s own pace using an interactive, online platform. The second portion is a three day seminar that incorporates both instructor-led classroom exercises and hands-on instruction. Classes are held at one of our training facilities or on-site at your location to certify each student is competent to work on valves.

After successful completion of the program, students will be awarded with a “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” certificate issued by PETEX.

Course Overview

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” Training program is delivered in two separate modules – an interactive online module and a three day instructor-led classroom module.

The online module provides theory and procedures presented throughout four different levels:

  • Level 1 – Valve Basics
  • Level 2 – Valve Commissioning
  • Level 3 – Valve Inspection and Maintenance
  • Level 4 – Troubleshooting

Before taking Level 1, student are required to complete a “Basic Skills Evaluation” consisting of eight question from each level. This test is then repeated once students have passed all four levels.

  • Level 1 – Valve Basics begins by defining what an “Abnormal Operating Condition” (AOC) is and the common AOCs that apply to valves and valve fittings. AOCs are pointed out and identified throughout all four levels. Valve Basics then describes how valves function and seal, and the different methods used to test valve integrity. The sections in this level include: common lubricated and non-lubricated valves, actuators/operators, fittings and adapters, valve care products, injection equipment and hoses.
  • Level 2 – Valve Commissioning includes: valve delivery, fitting and valve inspection, pre-lubrication, installation, hydrostatic testing, final preparations, portable jumper assembly and stem extension winterizing.
  • Level 3 – Valve Inspection and Maintenance includes: valve site surveys, body cavity depressurization techniques and preventative maintenance and servicing on ball, gate and plug valves.
  • Level 4 – Troubleshooting includes: causes of valve stem and seat leaks, fitting leaks, seized and stiff valves, filling a body cavity, actuators/operators and specialized equipment.

Students must complete a multiple-choice test after completing each level and achieve 75% or higher to pass. All test questions are randomly selected from a database containing over 500 questions. All tests and results are maintained in a database and incorrect answers can be reviewed by the student after completing each test.

The instructor-led module provides theory and procedures and includes:

  • A quick review of the online module
  • An assessment of the student’s roles and responsibilities
  • The operation of hand and power-operated injection equipment.
  • High-pressure gauge reading techniques
  • Fitting and adapter identification and applications
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting the most common valves
  • Identification of actuator and gearbox basics

Student Testing

The review of the online module includes a Q&A discussion to verify that all students fully understand the content and to clear up any concerns the student may have.

The student assessment allows the instructor to tailor the class topics to the student’s specific needs. For example, if students are primarily with a distribution company, the scope of the class will be more focused on the types of valves most common to their application. Likewise for those who work more with mainline pipelines and liquid or gas services. Typically, the valves operate and function the same but the procedures may vary slightly.

The instructor gives a hands-on demonstration of the operation and loading procedures of common hand and power-operated injection equipment with emphasis on safety. This includes understanding why a high-pressure gauge is needed, what the gauge is indicating and to understand what injection pressures are safe.

The fittings and adapters portion provides students with hands-on samples from various manufacturers and for many different applications. The instructor demonstrates how some of these adapters are used and in what situations. The samples are used to help students identify dangerous, low-pressure fittings and obsolete designs.

The maintenance and troubleshooting portion is used to review these topics from the online module and provides students with actual hands-on experience in the lab. Low-pressure air is used to simulate a natural gas pipeline and teaches students to service valves in pressurized conditions. Lubricated ball, gate and plug valves are used in the lab.

All students must demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competency to the instructor under live or simulated conditions. In situations where the instructor goes to the student’s facility, actual field equipment must be readily available when it is not practical or feasible to provide one of our portable labs.

Delivery Mode

The ValvePro online training module is an easy-to-use, Adobe Flash-based application that will run with most Windows browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. Some students have had success using tablets with a browser application called Puffin. Other apps may be available but must support Adobe Flash Player. Not all browsers are the same version and some firewall settings may prevent this application from functioning properly. We continue to strive to overcome these obstacles.

The instructor-led module is ideally taken at one of our training facilities, however, a portable lab is available should an alternative location be requested. The classroom session focuses on practical exercises, simulation, practice and testing on relevant equipment. The instructor’s time alternates between theoretical and practical lessons. Interactive participation is highly encouraged.

Duration

The online module content and testing typically takes a student between 20 to 30 hours to complete depending on the student’s comprehension and experience level.

The instructor-led module is a three day session with breaks and lunches. The delivery time is based on a class of twelve students. The actual delivery time may be shorter if class size is smaller.

Purpose

This program helps to ensure individuals that perform service work on valves, inline and under pressure, are qualified to operate in a safe and effective manner. We work hard to assure technicians make safety their highest priority.

Target Group

This course is intended for anyone seeking a career as a pipeline valve maintenance technician and for existing technicians who wish to enhance their skills or become ValvePro certified. Individuals who are involved in pipeline construction, design, purchasing or engineering can also benefit from the vast knowledge base this program has to offer.

Pre-requisites

Individuals only interested in the online module require a computer or other device with a minimum resolution of 1024×768. A high speed internet connection is a must in order to view videos and animations throughout the course material.

Individuals interested in becoming a “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” must first:

VALVEPRO VALVE CARE MAINTENANCE TRAINING PROGRAM

VALVEPRO® TRAINING – 2016 AUSTRALIA – VALVE CARE & MAINTENANCE

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR 2016 – EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST

Heath Pipeline Services and exclusive supplier Sealweld (from Canada) are now seeking expressions of interest for the very highly regarded ValvePro® Valve care training course to be run later this year in Australia.  Schools will be running in late October – early November, throughout Australia.  AVAILABILITY will be limited. 

THE MOST COMPLETE VALVE CARE TRAINING IN THE INDUSTRY

ValvePro® is a training program designed to help students acquire advanced knowledge of valve components and functions, and to practice hands-on skills to properly maintain valves and increase overall pipeline integrity. ValvePro® graduates will gain the knowledge and skill set to increase valve life span, reduce fugitive emissions and optimize efficiency at their facility will also benefit from enhancing their awareness of potentially hazardous situations and improving work practices.

Preventative valve maintenance, when performed regularly by skilled individuals, can mean the difference between optimal operation of your facilities or pipeline and an unscheduled shutdown.

Because every second of downtime means lost revenue, the ability to safely service valves that are inline and under pressure, without a shutdown, becomes essential to any operator whose goal is to run their facility as safely, efficiently and profitably as possible.

The “ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance Technician” course is intended for anyone seeking a career as a pipeline valve maintenance technician and for existing technicians who wish to enhance their skills. Individuals involved in pipeline construction, design, purchasing or engineering can also benefit from this program.

The ValvePro® course is comprised of an online component (approx 20 – 30 hours) and hands-on 3 days class room training.

If you think you or a colleague could benefit from attending the Sealweld ValvePro® Certified Valve Maintenance course please contact us to express your interest, click here.  We will contact you will dates, locations and costing information.

MSAPMOHS217A – Gas Test Atmospheres

GAS TEST ATMOSPHERES TRAINING

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In conjunction with Simtars, Heath Pipeline Services is pleased to provide Gas Test Atmospheres training, delivered at client sites or Simtars fully-equipped Safety Training Centre (located Redbank, Queensland).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is suitable for anyone involved int he use of gas detector equipment; particularly individuals who are required to undertake gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace.

COURSE OUTCOMES

This course provides the competency required for MSAPMOHS217A – Gas Test Atmospheres.   Participants will gain the skills required to select, use and maintain electronic gas detectors.

COURSE CONTENT

The following content is covered during the course:

  • Definitions
  • Common gases and gas detector construction
  • Prepare for gas testing
  • Test the atmosphere
  • Gas detector maintenance

COURSE DELIVERY

The course is delivered over one day and includes both theory and practical exercises.  Participants will be required to complete a short written assessment and two practical assessments.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

On successful completion of the course and assessments, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

WHY CHOOSE SIMTARS FOR YOUR TRAINING?

  • Simtars have over 25 years of industry experience in mining safety
  • World class facilities enable practical training and enhance learning outcomes
  • Incorporation of virtual reality experiential learning
  • Expert trainers on hand to guide you through your course
  • Course can be delivered at your site or Simtars Redbank training facility

CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS