OMS Conducts F2F Training Course on Blend Optimization for All Philips66 Refineries

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OMS eLearning Academy conducted a one-day training course on Blend Optimization for Phillips66 at their Houston corporate office. The training was attended by 35 professionals from Phillips’ 13 refineries, and the attendees included blend engineers/schedulers, lab staff, planners, operational managers, and Blend SMEs. The training was a grand success and was rated 4.6/5 by the attendees.

The focus of the training was on Blend Optimization methodology and how to minimize quality giveaways by using a blended offline optimizer. The course started with an overview of MCOR (Manage, Control, Optimize, and Reconcile), blended mathematical formulation using first principles, and built on optimization algorithms and analysis of results. Finally, the course used a generic offline optimizer, which was fully functional for multi-blends, and multi-periods blend planning, for a live demo and demonstrated the use of marginal values analysis to convert from infeasibility to a feasible blend-optimized solution.

Training Agenda

The training course covered the following 15 topics.

  1. The Road Map to MCOR of Refinery Offsite Operations
  2. Blending Problems and Challenges
  3. The Quality Giveaway – Concept, Cost, and Reduction Benefits
  4. Blending Definition and Formulation
  5. Blend Optimization
  6. Blend Models
  7. Methods to Handle Blend Non-linearity
  8. Regression and feedback of Blend Model Parameters
  9. Tanks Quality Analysis, Measurement, and Prediction
  10. Bench-marking of Fuels Blending System
  11. Overview of an Offline Blending Optimizer System
  12. Demonstration of An Offline Blend Optimizer System
  13. Discussion of Results-Marginal Values Analysis
  14. Why do Blending Projects fail?
  15. An Overview of OMS eLearning Academy

The training topics were very useful for professionals with less than 2 years of experience and served as reviews for more seasoned professionals. It was quite an interactive course, and attendees participated in the question-and-answer session at the end. A certificate of completion was awarded to all attendees. OMS eLearning academy plans to make this course one of the special eLearning curriculums shortly.


Some of the testimonials from the attendees were as follows:

“Good addition to “F2F”. Thanks.”

“Course contained a lot of foundation/basic information relative to my experience level. Seems to be a good course for people with less experience.”

“I liked how the challenges of blending were discussed and the importance of understanding models and the importance of blend header.”

“Overall, very useful course.”

“Overall useful reminders probably best for < 2 years on the job.”

“It would be nice to see how the P66 refineries were rated on the benchmarking system.”

“Good overview of everything. It was easy to understand as a new engineer.”

eLearning Course

This is course is now offered on OMS eLearning Academy as an online eLearning and hybrid or live-streaming course. So you can enroll in an offline version anytime and watch the online streaming course schedule.


OEA601P Advanced Blend Control And Optimization

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eLearning OEA601P OEA626P
Hybrid online Streaming OEA705P OEA730P
Live Online Streaming OEA755P OEA780P

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