Training Course Agendas

All of our training courses are provided at no charge.

These course agendas are a representation of the course material presented for the specific classes. All material is subject to change depending on the specific needs of the clients at each course.

Some courses may be shortened to one or two days when represented by a three day agenda; these courses will typically cover the first day or two days worth of material. Please contact Bryan Research & Engineering for additional information on any training session.

BRE 211: Refinery Operations

Upcoming Sessions

2/25/2019 - 2/27/2019Fort Saskatchewan - Alberta - Canada


The Refinery Operations course offers an immersion into the simulation of Refinery Process Technologies using ProMax®. This course focuses on "how-to" efficiently model separation and conversion processes such as Fractionation, Blending, Isomerization, Hydrotreating, Hydrocracking and Reforming among others.

Attendees will learn:

  • Process applications used in the refining industry
  • Specific applications of ProMax and its features with regards to Refining processes
  • Capabilities and features of ProMax simulation software for Oil characterization
  • Plant modeling techniques and methods, specifically towards fractionation, conversion and blending processes


  • BRE 101 or 111, or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of ProMax specifiers, solvers, and Scenario Tool®


  • Instructor-led demonstrations
  • Hands-on simulation
  • Question-Answer
  • Open floor discussion


Day 1: Introduction and Installation of ProMax

The first step in all courses is to verify that ProMax is properly installed on each attendee’s computer. An overview of the different process engineering aspects of the Refining industry will also be provided.

Day 1: Oil Characterization and Fractionation

  • Exercise 1: Oil characterization – Introduction to the characterization of crude oil and products in terms of boiling cuts from crude oil assay data.
  • Exercise 2: Crude unit – Attendees will simulate an atmospheric distillation column and further integrate it with vacuum distillation to achieve a target product slate, determine the cut points and compare the quality of the separation with TBP data. Heat integration across the crude unit will be addressed.
  • Exercise 3: Oil speciation – Attendees will perform the molecular speciation of a crude oil and its products from the ProMax Crude Oil database, estimate relevant fuel properties for the mixture and compare with results from boiling cut based characterization.

Day 2: Refining Conversion Processes

  • Exercise 4: Naphtha Hydrotreater – A case study on the conceptual design of a naphtha hydrotreater. From a base case, attendees will evaluate the impact of processing increasing volumes of conversion naphthas on performance, while keeping a constant target on sulfur for the de-C5 bottom product.
  • Exercise 5: Catalytic Reformer – A case study on how to optimize the operating conditions across a catalytic reforming unit towards maximum BTXE yields.

Day 3: Refining Conversion Processes

  • Exercise 6: Naphtha Splitter – A case study on how to simulate a naphtha splitter.
  • Exercise 7: FCC Post-Treater – A case study on the conceptual design of a FCC post-treater. From a base case including integration with the naphtha splitter from exercise 6, attendees will evaluate strategies for octane preservation under decreasing sulfur scenarios.
  • Exercise 8: Blending – A basic optimization of the gasoline pool.

Notes About the Agenda:

Our agenda is provided to give the approximate material to be covered in the course, in the approximate order it will be covered. All courses we provide will be tailored to the needs of the host company providing the training accommodations, as well as the needs of the course attendees. Some courses may cover additional topics, while some may cover less than indicated in the agenda.

Some courses may be shortened to one or two days when represented by a three-day agenda. These courses will typically cover both process simulation and process optimization topics, but will exclude several exercises. Please contact our training team here: Contact Training, or through the consulting engineer for your region, for specific information for any course.