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2018: Speaker – Emerson Global Users Exchange Conference (Main Automation Contractor Execution Strategy)
2012: Vice President - Society for Automation, Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SAIMC)
2012: Speaker - Process Control and SCADA Africa Summit 2012
2011: Speaker - International Field Networking Conference (Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus and AS-i bus)
2010: Registered Professional Engineer - Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
2010: Values Behavior of the year – Sasol Technology Recognition Awards
2008: Safety performer of the year – Sasol Technology Recognition Awards
2008: Recognition as Outstanding Mentor - Graduate Development Program at Sasol Technology
2008: Performer of the Month at Sasol MiBK 2 project
Masters in Business Administration (MBA), 2019 – University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, TX USA
Management Acceleration Programme (MAP), 2013, INSEAD - Singapore & Fontainebleau-France
Masters in Engineering: Technology Management, 2010, University of Pretoria - Pretoria, GP, South Africa
Bachelor of Engineering: Technology Management (MOT), 2007, University of Pretoria - Pretoria, GP, South Africa
Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Electrical Engineering, 2002, University of KwaZulu-Natal - Durban, KZN, South Africa
I have wealth of experience as both an engineer and manager in the control, instrumentation and automation field. With strengths in project management, engineering, maintenance and operations in the oil and gas industry. I have vast experience with large capital projects ranging from conceptual feasibility studies to final investment decision, through detailed engineering and procurement, to commissioning and start-up.
I am currently the Automation Program Manager for the Aromatics Project at Motiva Enterprises LLC. I am responsible for development and execution of Automation program strategies and the implementation of smart digital technologies to safely and efficiently automate the process and present useful operational and maintenance data across all level of the enterprise.
In my previous role I played a central technical role in the development of Sasol's global framework agreements for Main Automation Contract strategies to support sourcing of automation contractors for large scale global capital projects. I started my career in operations and maintenance before moving on to project engineering and execution.
I was the the Automation Program Lead which entails management of the Main Automation Contract and leading the Control and Instrumentation Engineering discipline for the Sasol Lake Charles Chemicals Project which represents a $11 bn direct investment, the largest and first wholly self-executed project for Sasol globally. I was the single point of accountability for a 45000 i/o (input/output) Greenfields automation scope which includes the engineering, construction, commissioning, and start-up of multiple control and safety instrumented
systems, complex controls, field instrumentation, valves and analyzer systems, fire and gas system, operator training simulators and remote instrument enclosures as well as first ground breaking implementation of wireless field instrumentation technology across the facility. This includes construction of a large scale central control room and integration of the new green fields project into the existing brownfield infrastructure and augmentation of the control network.
I enjoy working with multi-discipline teams with EPC organizations and thrive in roles where working in complex and dynamic environments, managing risks, and delivering challenging objectives to stringent customer and stakeholder requirements is the norm. I regard developing and maintaining relationships with all stakeholders to be a core skill. I am personally committed to creating a safe working environment for people and to continuously raise standards of performance in HSE and process safety.
I have a solid educational and technical foundation and a passion for automation, results-oriented and specializing in complex problem solving.
01/2019 to Present
Automation Program Manager - Aromatics, Motiva Enterprises LLC – Houston, TX
Support organizational objectives by developing and implementing a common automation philosophy and strategy across the program.
Ensure that shared learnings and common solutions are applied and leveraged across the program to improve program costs, schedule, safety and operability.
Proactively develop and support hardware and software interfaces to minimize any operational interruptions.
Identify key automation risks and develop mitigation plans to minimize or eliminate their impact.
Provide support for the Main Automation Contractor working with each EPC to develop the needed work processes to optimize the required MAC goods and services.
Support the MAC steering committee consisting of Motiva and MAC leadership to address program opportunities.
Work with MAC support to resolve any engineering or construction conflicts if they develop.
Proactively support the development and implementation of engineering activities so they are completed on time and within the determined budgets.
Support and provide support of the automation system architecture plans in support of cyber security requirements and business system interfaces to meet Motiva’s strategic requirements.
Develop mitigation plan for competency gaps for any EPC or direct staff.
Act as liaison with existing “Site” specific projects to identify any automation impact or overlap between both (Mega & Site) projects.
Provide support of automation program deliverables to make sure they align with site requirements.
Provide support of the Automation Program QA/QC plan as developed by the program QA/QC.
Support the quality of delivery through Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) and Software Acceptance Tests (SATs) which include major elements such as Process Control Systems, Safety Instrumented Systems, Fire and Gas Systems, Vibration Monitoring, Remote Instrument Enclosures, and Field Instrument Enclosures.
Provide technical support during construction and develop plans for conducting loop checks and turnover methodology.
Assist and support the automation program through commissioning and start-up of assets.
08/2018 to 12/2018
Senior Process Control Lead, Ascend Performance Materials – Alvin, TX
Provide process control engineering support for chemical manufacturing operations. Provide automation system hardware/ software maintenance and reliability planning as well as technician support, project development and execution to manufacturing operations. Responsible for maintenance, development, and deploying of process control strategies to improve throughput, yield, and or energy usage and drive increased productivity.
03/2015 to 08/2018
MAC Manager, Control and Instrumentation Lead, Sasol North America Inc – Lake Charles, Louisiana
I was the overall Process Control and Automation Lead, accountable as owner representative responsible for the strategic implementation of an $11 billion capital complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility includes a world scale Ethane Cracker, Polyethylene plants (LLDPE and LDPE), EO/MEG plant and downstream specialist alcohols plants in the order of 45000 input/output points.
I lead and oversew delivery by myself and a global team of Engineers, Engineering Contractors, Construction Contractors and Emerson as the Main Automation Contractor across multiple project units.
I effectively oversaw the definition of requirements for the overall complex wide integrated automation system architecture, combining control systems to business systems and in compliance to department of homeland security guidelines and ISA 95 model.
Lead the Sasol process control and automation team to deliver on objectives such as:
Ensuring package skid PLC SCADA systems interface seamlessly with the overall Integrated Control and Safety system comprising DCS, SIS and FGS.
Defining and implementing requirements for automation support systems and enabling technologies.
Managing stakeholder involvement from, operations and maintenance to incorporate elements such as Emerson AMS system taking advantage of HART protocol and interfaces to Meridium asset performance management, logistics management systems, environmental management systems, etc.
Defining cost effective use of buss technologies to leverage information between Electrical MCCs and Process Automation Systems using Modbus TCP, Profibus DP, Wireless HART and Industrial Wifi and OPC.
Reviewing and approving field instrumentation and valve vendors' manufacturing quality control plans and manufacturing procedure to reduce cost and schedule impact of mandatory release inspections.
Reviewing and approving process control narratives, cause and effect matrices, logic diagrams, Safety Requirement Specifications (to IEC61508/61511).
Reviewing and approving SPI generated documentation including, instrumentation spec sheets, loop drawings, termination and wiring drawings, cable schedules, instrument indices.
Review and Approve control systems calculations incl. valve sizing, flow element sizing, SIL calculations, thermowell wake frequency calculations,.
Ensure compliance and correct application of NFPA codes for hazard area installations (NFPA 70), burner management systems (NFPA 85, 86,87), fire alarming and suppressions systems (NFPA 15, 20, 72).
Ensure compliance and application of EPA and Regulation cfr codes for emission monitoring and control of new fired process equipment, boilers, flares
04/2013 to 02/2015
MAC Manager - Automation & Process Controls- Sasol North America Inc – Houston, Texas
Accountable for the strategic execution & management of all main automation contractor related delivery including but not limited to KPI management, technology selection, cost, schedule & scope management.
Succesfully managed process control and automation strategic execution of MAC across two global locations (Rome Italy and Houston Texas) in persuit of Sasol global growth in North America.
Succesfully completed the visioning exersize to define the automation landscape by addressing automation direction, scope alignment and KPI development for a future Sasol complex in North America .
Ensures that Emerson as the selected automation alliance partenar is aligned and deliver on the KPI's.
Ensured required delivery from all lead Control Engineers within the group including engineers from EPC's and licensor.
Ensure adequated interface management between functions & disciplines i.e process control and automation, process engineering, electrical and Information management together with maintenance & operations to ensure seamless collaboration.
Ensured adherence and compliance to company process control and automation engineering standards.
Overall Coordination and approval of Control & safety philosophies, Technology selection and approval, Control standards and specifications, Operations and maintenance requirements.
General Business requirements for ERP and MES interfacing.
Ensuring that the MAC delivers value add to the organization.
Strategic assistance to Home office with respect to:.
Ensuring that there is alignment and delivery for Emerson against the Global Framework Agreement
Improved the Sasol strategic automation alliance partnership.
Serve as single point accountabity for liaison between Emerson and existing operations.
06/2010 to 03/2013
Principal Process Control Engineer - Sasol Group Technology, South Africa
Supervision of junior and senior engineers within Sasol Group Technology functional structure. This include managerial position within the Control Engineering function, as a line manager for specialised portfolios serving Sasol
business units. Managing other control engineers within the Sasol Synfuels International portfolio while also performing as lead discipline project engineer on tier 1 multiple discipline capital projects.
Registered ECSA professional engineer (Pr. Eng)
05/2006 to 05/2010
Senior Process Controls Engineer Sasol Group Technology
Supporting the site team leader, developing leadership and managerial skills acting in leadership roles within the Control Engineering department.
Mentoring and Training of Junior Engineers.
Primarily responsible for providing project support to various business units within Sasol.
Providing technical project management expertise with regards to Control Systems design.
Produce control systems engineering deliverables for various phases of the project life-cycle.
Provide input into conceptual process engineering packages
Generating design philosophies,Performing strategic decisions during technology selections
Developing Technical scope specifications for input into procurement RFQs
Accountable for Control & Instrumentation FEED packages. Accountable for Control Systems Engineering, Procurement & Construction deliverables during the execution phases. Provide commissioning and startup engineering support.
Ensuring the development and application of Engineering Track Quality Plans from project conception through to hand-over. Development of company Technical Specifications and Standards. Development of Software and Graphical configuration specifications DCS / PLCS
01/2002 to 04/2006
Process Controls Engineer Sasol Group Technology, South Africa
Control systems engineer, providing project support to different business units within Sasol both international and local.
Providing technical consulting with regards to Control Systems design.
Basic Engineering (Instrumentation and Systems).
Detail Engineering (Instrumentation and Systems).
Distributed Control Systems.
Safety Instrument Systems.
Network Design (System architectures).
HAZOPs (Multidiscipline Projects).
SIL reviews (Safety Requirements Specifications).
QA/QC (Quality Management Systems).
Electrical /Instrument Interfacing.
SCADA PLC systems Comms protocols incl.
Hart, Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus DP and Modbus Advanced Process Control strategy developments.
Currently developing high level tools for OPC integration using Delphi Safety systems: Fire & Gas systems.
Project management activities: Project Manager for single discipline projects.
Engineering Services and Construction Works packages based on NEC contracting Strategies.
Engineering Procurement & Construction Management.
Engineering Track Quality Plans Managing of engineering and construction contractors.
ISA - International Society of Automation (Member)
ECSA - Engineering Council of South Africa (Pr. Eng) - 20080157
SAIMC - Society for Automation Instrumentation and Control (Member of Council) - 5162
SAIEE - South African Institude of Electrical Engineers (Member) - 7818
AF - Automation Federation Board – Represted SAIMC in USA (2013 – 2016)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - PROJECTS HISTORY AND SUMMARY
Sasol Lake Charles Chemicals Project – MAC Manager / Control and Instrumentation Lead (2015 - Current)
Overall C&I Lead accountable as owner representative for the automation portion of the EPC Phase through detail engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup of the $11billion project in Lake Charles Louisiana. Responsible to lead a team of Integrated Project Management Team lead engineers, Engineering Contractor and Emerson as the MAC. Progress the FEED Package to detail engineering and design.
Ensure owner control systems participation and sign off on control scheme design and P&ID level, participation in P&ID reviews, PHA, LOPA and 3D model reviews, Alarm Documentation and Rationalization reviews. Perform and ensure owner sign-off on all control and instrumentation procurement packages from RFQ generation to Purchase Order, expediting, factory inspection and testing, and site installation and commissioning support. Define requirements for the overall complex wide integrated automation system architecture using the ISA 95 model, connecting control systems to business systems. Ensure package skid PLC SCADA systems interface seamlessly with the overall Integrated Control and Safety system comprising DCS, SIS and FGS. Define and implement requirements for automation support systems and enabling technologies for project execution, operations and maintenance to be incorporated into the system design, such as Instrument Maintenance Management systems taking advantage of HART protocol, interfaces to Meridium asset performance management, logistics management systems, environmental management systems, etc. Define cost effective use of buss technologies to leverage information between Electrical MCCs and Process Automation Systems using Modbus TCP, Profibus DP, and OPC. Review and approve field instrumentation and valve vendors' manufacturing quality control plans and manufacturing procedure to reduce cost and schedule impact of mandatory release inspections. Review and approve process control narratives, cause and effect matrices, logic diagrams, Safety Requirement Specifications (to IEC61508/61511). Review and approve SPI generated deliverables including, instrumentation spec sheets, loop drawings, termination and wiring drawings, cable schedules, instrument indices. Review and Approve control systems calculations incl. valve sizing, flow element sizing, SIL calculations, thermowell wake frequency calculations.
Sasol US Megaproject – Program MAC Manager (2013 - 2015)
Responsible for the execution of Sasol US Megaproject's $500m automation scope. I was responsible for leading the completion of the automation Basic Engineering Packaging as part of FEED and completed the detail engineering scope definition for the EPC phase. Obtained favourable review and endorsement. Technology Centre of Excellence on the readiness for of the engineering package to proceed into detail engineering and procurement phase. Responsible for driving the MAC execution activities and for the detail engineering delivery for Fluor and Technip Integrated automation teams as the managing contractor. I was nominated and received the hard working individual award on the project. Facilitated the MAC steering committee, where feedback from the task teams is provided to Sasol executive management and obtain directional steering where required. Coordinated the development of the Emerson – Sasol alliance partnership charter that forms the basis of the MAC global framework agreement for the supply of equipment and provision of services across Sasol's global projects and operations lifecycle support. Responsible for the development of project specifications and guidelines required for multiple EPC execution of standardized design across the project. Responsible for leading the optimization efforts to reduce and optimize overall automation capital cost burden on the project.
Canada GTL – Lead Control Engineer (2012 - 2013)
Lead control engineer responsible for control systems scope on the 7billion dollar estimated investment in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for Sasol's slurry phase distillate GTL process. Successfully completed the technical feasibility package for the project which received MD's recognition award at the Sasol night of the stars awards. The project was put on hold at the end of the feasibility phase due to Sasol's re-evaluation of GTL investment and prioritization.
Meerkat II Project FT Cobalt Catalyst – Lead Control Engineer (2010-2012)-
Lead control engineer responsible for managing engineering, procurement, and construction management activities performed by external contractors and consultants. $100m capital invested in the project that was completed and commissioned during fourth quarter of 2010. I was responsible for a multination control systems execution team with licensed technology from BASF in the Netherlands. Managed challenging aspects of adopting international standards for approval and compliance to South African regulation. I was responsible for all design, procurement, and inspection and testing of all control systems and inspection through to site construction and pre-commissioning. Using advanced smart instrumentation technology, I was responsible for setting a record loop check rate of 101 loop checks per day during one of the most successful pre-commissioning shifts on the project.
MiBK 2 Project (2008-2010)
This project was a multidisciplinary effort involving the construction of a new MiBK (Methyl iso-Butyl Ketone) solvent plant at the Sasol 1 site. The plant is to produce 30ktpa of solvent for global distribution. My main responsibility on the project was that of a Lead Control Systems Engineer, responsible for the design and installation of the process control systems. I was accountable for the successful delivery of Control System solution to effectively control, monitor and safely shutdown the MiBK Plant, using a new DCS, SIS and other auxiliary systems which includes (Fire and Gas System, Machine Protection System and HVAC system for the new equipment room). Contributing towards the development of the conceptual package for the new plant, Development of the integrated HAZOP and SIL (Safety Integrity Level) review philosophy, stream metering philosophy, Process Control philosophy, Scope of Facilities document for C&I and Works Information forming part of NEC (New Engineering Contract) tender invitations to EPC service providers, main CE being Krupp UHDE. Update the alarm management philosophy, Generate recommended C&I manufactures list for the plant. C&I design philosophy. Development of discipline specific Engineering Track Quality Plan according to Sasol's BD&I model. I was responsible for ensuring that Sasol Specifications are applied for the design of the new plant. Proper application of the INtools documentation requirements. Conducting of HAZOPs, MFD, PFD, and Plot Plan, 3D model, Constructability and SIL reviews. Mobilise and Manage involvement of C&I QA/QC and commissioning & handover teams. Conducting Factory and Site Acceptance Tests of C&I equipment. Ensure validations and versifications of
Safety Instrumented Functions in terms of SIL compliance according to IEC-61508 and IEC 61511. I was involved in the development of the maintenance strategy on new equipment for the new plant in terms of spares and maintenance support philosophies together with reliability assessments. I was directly responsible for performance management of the Control and Instrumentation discipline portion from our main engineering contractors. The projects main performance driver is cost, hence I was directly responsible for the comparison cost estimation of the End of Job C&I cost forecasting between Sasol Technology's Cost Engineering epartment estimate and main engineering contractor's cost estimating process.
Section 500 Substation Upgrade (2007 –
2008) This project was a multidisciplinary project involving the upgrade and modernization of the old Motor Control Centres in the Sasol 1 Solvents substation 500. The scope involved the demolition of existing MCC panels. Trenching cable tray systems in the absence of two tier basement type substation. I was the lead control engineering responsible for specifying the design, procurement and installation of DCS system to interface with the new smart MCC from Siemens. I was responsible for specifying and implementing the advanced interface communication protocols for control and monitoring of electrical process equipment using Profibus DP protocol, through redundant fibre optic ring. The project was highly successful, executed within budget and schedule to commissioning during a tight shut-down window.
Project Turbo (2006 – 2007) -
The project was split in to two sub-projects: Poly 3 (Construction of a new Plant), Poly X (expansion of existing Poly 2 plant and upgrading of ethylene distribution capacity in Sasolburg). The total value of the project was +$400m. The project was brought about by the need for Sasol to comply with government's new fuel regulation for the removal of Lead from Petrol. This was a multidisciplinary project where I formed part of a team of three Control Systems engineers. I was one of the Lead control systems Engineers for the Poly X module while serving as the support control systems engineer on the Poly 3 portion. My main responsibilities included the design, supply and installation of a new telecommunication infrastructure for the Polythene complex, which included the LAN, Telephone PABX and ISDN networks, Public Address Systems, Radio communications network and Fire and Gas management infrastructure. The LAN infrastructure for PolyEthylene complex which came at a cost of R3 million, included supply and installation of a new underground single mode fibre optic network backbone, new access layer L3 switches from Cisco. I was directly responsible for developing the requirements specifications for the telecommunication infrastructure, the works information documentation for the tendering processes to service providers and construction contractors based on NEC (new engineering contract) guidelines.
I was responsible for the design supply and installation of the Control and Instrumentation equipment on the ethylene distribution upgrade which included the design and construction of a new remote HIPPS (High Integrity Pressure Protection System) on the pipeline from Secunda for additional ethylene supply to Sasolburg due to increased demand from the new Poly 3 plant. The HIPPS was controlled through a new HQ41 safety PLC from HIMA located at over 5km from the central control room. I was responsible for the fibre optics, MODBUS and Ethernet communications links between the HIPPS station and the central control room. I was responsible for construction management of all construction activities for the telecommunication infrastructure at the Polythene complex. Responsible for all control and instrumentation construction management activities for the ethylene distribution upgrade.
Vinyls Expansion Project (2003-2005) -
This project was a multidisciplinary effort involving the expansion of two existing Sasol Polymer's process plants, namely the PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) and VCM (Vinyl Chloride Monomer) at a cost of R250m. These two plants form part of the Vinyls resin business. My main responsibility on the project is that of a Control Systems Engineer, responsible for the design and installation of the process control systems. I am accountable for the successful delivery of Control System solution to effectively control, monitor and safely shutdown the upgraded Plants: My Scope for C&I deliverables for the PVC portion included: the design supply and installation of a new DeltaV DCS together with localised HMI, PLCs to operate the new Chiller compressors from Howden. The design, supply and installation of an ESD from HIMA for the safe shutdown of the upgraded PVC cooling and drying section. Supply and installation for all field instrumentation associated with the expansion.
I was responsible for the Integration of the new DCS and ESD system into the existing Rosemount RS3 DCS at the PVC plant. My Scope for C&I deliverables for the VCM portion included: the design supply and installation of a new DeltaV DCS to operate the new refrigeration screw compressors from YORK. The design, supply and installation of an from HIMA ESD for the safe shutdown of the upgraded EDC (Ethyl di-Chloride) Cracking furnace. Supply and installation for all field instrumentation associated with the expansion. I was responsible for the Integration of the new DCS and ESD system into the existing Rosemount RS3 DCS at VCM plant. I was directly responsible for the following deliverables on the project: Process Control philosophy, Scope of Facilities document for C&I and Works Information forming part of NEC (New Engineering Contract) tender invitations to EPC service providers. C&I design philosophy. Development of discipline specific Engineering Track Quality Plan according to Sasol'sBD&I model. I was responsible for ensuring that Sasol Specifications are applied for the design of the new plant. Proper application of the INtools documentation requirements. Conducting of HAZOPs, MFD, PFD, and Plot Plan, 3D model, Constructability and SIL reviews. I was responsible for mobilising and managing the involvement of C&I QA/QC and commissioning & handover teams. Conducting Factory and Site Acceptance Tests of C&I equipment. Ensure validations and versifications of Safety Instrumented Functions in terms of SIL compliance according to IEC-61508 and IEC-61511. I was also directly responsible for performance management of the Control and Instrumentation discipline portion from our main engineering contractors, namely Krupp Uhde for VCM and KBR for PVC. The project was completed successfully within budget,
schedule and both plants performed with satisfactory levels of quality. As the project team we won “Best Project of The Year” at the annual Sasol Polymers Bateleur awards.
SkillTEC DCS Replacement (2003-2004) -
This entailed starting and completing a project with the objective of replacing a legacy DCS at SkillTEC training centre at the Sasol 1 site. The intent was to replace the existing Yokogawa
microXL DCS, with a newer DeltaV DCS from Emerson Process Management. Further to the DCS replacement, secondary objectives included a complete refurbishment of existing field instrumentation to be wired to the new DCS. The scope also included installation and implementation of newer communication technologies. New field instruments made use of Foundation Fieldbus technology while electrical/Instrumentation interfacing for VSD was achieved via Profibus protocol. I was directly responsible for the system design,