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Coke Drum Reliability Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide updates on the most current coke drum technology and to continue to discuss and develop “Best Practices” in key areas to improve coke drum reliability, performance and safety.



March 27 – 28, 2018



Stress Engineering Services Conference Center
13610 Westland East Blvd.
Houston, TX 77041


 Workshop Highlights:
  • Coke Drum Life Management: Design to Replacement
  • Overview of Structural Failure Modes in Coke Drums
  • Cracked Blowdown Lines/Shells/Skirts: Run, Repair or Replace?
  • Bulging Severity Assessment
  • Weld Overlay Reinforcement and Repairs
  • Coke Drum Flow Distributions: Single, Dual or Center Feed
  • Coke Drum NDE Inspection
  • New Advancement in Coke Drum Health Monitoring Technology


Who Should Attend?

Engineers, managers and inspectors involved with the operation, maintenance and design of coke drums. This meeting will be especially beneficial for young engineers wanting to achieve a greater understanding of the problems and how to improve coke drum performance.



Free of Charge!   **Advance Registration Required.**
Register Now! 



Contact:  Shelley Hicks
Phone: 281.955.2900 ext 1470

**NOTICE** Topics, Times, and Speakers are Subject to Change with Notice


Dr. Calvin Cobb

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Calvin Cobb
Founder, Calvin Cobb & Co.

Dr. Calvin Cobb is the founder of  management consulting firm, Calvin Cobb & Co, located in Houston, TX. The firm provides consulting services to energy and chemical industries: Strategy and business analysis, investment process development, technology integration and portfolio management, just to name a few. Prior to this, Dr. Cobb served as President of Wright Killen & Co for 10 years and Chairman of AIChE in 2001.

Gary Pitman

Gary Pitman
Co-Founder, President and Coker SME – Coking.Com Inc.

Mr. Pitman’s roots run deep as an operator, maintenance technician and turnaround planner at ARCO/BP. He commissioned the Hovensa Coker in the Virgin Islands doing training for the structure block to the operators, then managed 315 craft people for a maintenance contractor on site. He has performed Coker Site Safety Audits and training in Asia, Europe, South America and North America and served as the subject matter expert for new product development for major manufacturers of delayed coking equipment. With his vast experience working with coker people close to the iron, “Mr.” is in high demand for consulting on un-heading, coke cutting, unit operations, design review, training and commissioning with his start-up team.