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Advisian presenting at 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

The AIChE Spring Meeting is the year’s key technical conference for practicing chemical engineers. A wide range of subjects relevant to the current needs of industry is covered. Plus, GCPS covers the critical needs of process safety practitioners more broadly and deeply than any other conference.

Among the speakers at this year’s AIChE meeting are:

  • Andrew Sloley –  Advisian
  • Armen Abazajian – Advisian
  • Scott Schroeder – Advisian
  • Chris Jansen – WorleyParsons


41c Improving the Crude Vacuum Heater
Andrew Sloley
Monday, Apr 23 4:30 PM 

190f Reboiled Refinery Sidestrippers Considered As a Special Case of Thermally Coupled Columns
Andrew Sloley
Wednesday, Apr 25 4:27 PM 

78a Refinery Residue and Bitumen Upgrading: Gasification
Armen Abazajian (author) – Advisian, with Andrew Sloley (co-author) 
Tuesday, Apr 24 10:20 AM 

160b Refinery-Petrochemical Integration: Organization and Culture
Andrew Sloley (author), with Scott Schroeder (co-author) – Advisian
Wednesday, Apr 25 8:30 AM 

168c The Future Is Here: Robotic Catalyst Removal
Chris Jansen (author) – WorleyParsons, with co-authors Scott Schroeder and Andrew Sloley 
Wednesday, Apr 25 11:05 AM 

Session Chair
Andrew Sloley

  • Operational Excellence in Refinery Distillation:  Monday, Apr 23 1:30 PM 
  • 2020 Bunker Fuel Specs, Lubes, and Waxes:  Tuesday, Apr 24 10:15 AM 

Session Co-Chair
Andrew Sloley

  • In Honor of Andrew Sloley:  Monday, Apr 23 9:30 AM 
  • Advances in Dividing Wall Column (DWC) Technology:  Tuesday, Apr 24 8:00 AM 
  • Safety Measures for Tower Entry:  Tuesday, Apr 24 1:30 PM 
  • Advances in Distillation Technology I:  Wednesday, Apr 25 8:30 AM 
  • Advances in Distillation Technology II:  Wednesday, Apr 25 1:30 PM 

Program Co-Chair
Andrew Sloley 

  •  Separations Division – Absorption and Distillation

About the speakers

Armen Abazajian is currently a Senior Consultant at Advisian.  He is a process industry technology, market, and economics expert with a strong technology background and over 30 years of experience in consulting, engineering, and project execution, including 10 years with WorleyParsons/Advisian.  He is a serial innovator, inventor, and author in process technology and economics and is experienced in leading design and development efforts.

Chris Jansen is currently program manager and co-inventor for WorleyParsons’ robotic catalyst removal technology.  He is a chartered chemical engineer with a strong track record for innovation and problem solving in the oil and gas industry.  Chris developed his plant knowledge and process safety experience as a process support engineer at BP’s Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane.  He won the 2015 IChemE global award for young chemical engineer in industry.  Chris is now the lead developer of CAROLTM, the world’s first commercial catalyst unloading robot.

Scott Schroeder is currently Senior Technical Consultant at Advisian.  He has over 18 years of experience in the conceptual design, FEED/FEL, construction, and start-up of hydrocarbon processing facilities. His experience covers natural gas processing, natural gas liquids fractionation (NGL & LPG), refinery off-gas processing, gas and liquids treating, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. In addition, he has worked on the development of several novel chemical and hydrocarbon processes. Scott Schroeder is the co-inventor of two patents, with a third patent pending.

Andrew W. Sloley is currently a Principal Consultant at Advisian. Andrew has worked in process technology development and unit revamps at Exxon, Glitsch, and other consulting firms. His background includes major work on refinery black oil units including crude, vacuum, FCC, hydrocracking, delayed coking, and visbreaking as well as light ends units. His specialty is the area of distillation, product recovery, and heat-integration. He has authored over 200 papers and technical presentations in these areas. Audiences have included the National Petrochemical and Refiner’s Association, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Publications have appeared in Hydrocarbon Processing, Oil and Gas Journal, Petroleum Technology Quarterly and others. He currently writes a monthly column on plant and process design and troubleshooting for Chemical Processing magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.