Safety seminar - Scores4chem: a knowledge platform for safety, optimization and control


By Prof. Jan van Impe, Dr Geert Gins, KU Leuven

SCORES4CHEM is a knowledge platform aimed at Safety, Control & Optimization via Research, Education and Services for the Chemical and life sciences industry. It is funded by the Industrial Research Fund of the KU Leuven, and co-financed by Essenscia, the Belgian federation for the chemical and life sciences industry.</p>\r\n<p>SCORES4CHEM supports the industry to further strengthen its competitive position by answering the growing need for Advanced Data Mining and Advanced Process Control, often in conjunction with process safety. In this presentation the \"Research\", \"Education\" and \"Services\" components of the</p>\r\n<p>platform will be illustrated. As for the \"Education\" component, in November 2009 the Chair Essenscia \"Safety Engineering\" was founded at the KU Leuven. One of the objectives of this Chair is to promote high quality education for industrial safety in order to meet the changing industrial demands and to keep up with major new developments in the field of technical and occupational safety.

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Safety seminar - Excellence in Operations, Workforce Engagement and Human Factors


By Prof. Geert Vercruysse, BASF

It is stipulated in Belgian law for high threshold Seveso plants and by corporate guidelines to revise the process safety study on a 5 yearly frequency. This presentation will show with a practical example (distillation unit) how additionally the information/data should be gathered so that the Process Hazard Analysis documentation can be used for training purposes of process operators.

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Gas shale and coalbed methane as new energy sources:facility to demonstrate Innovative process technology

By Rudy Swennen, Professor of Geology, KU Leuven (Belgium)


The technological development of horizontal drilling and fraccing were key factors for producing gas from non-conventional hydrocarbon bearing rocks. In this presentation the difference between conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources will be highlighted. Information will be provided with regard to the way the study of natural analogues, outcropping in the Belgian Ardennes, can help to come up with criteria that allow to evaluate the potential of these unconventional resources in the subsurface of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Attention will also be paid to the chemicals used during fraccing and the risk of groundwater and air pollution induced during production. Also the differences between a gas shale play and a coal bed methane project will be highlighted. Aim of the presentation is to provide objective information on this new resource and its importance on the geopolitical side.


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