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Globalisation has placed increasing demands on modern process control in terms of quality, safety, flexibility and costs. However, more efficient control can only be achieved through better measurement – when the process instrumentation provides the correct information.

This workshop, ‘Process Instrumentation – Measurement and Sensors’, is designed to provide engineers and technicians with the basic theoretical and practical knowledge involved in the selection, application, installation and commissioning of industrial instrumentation and on-line analytical instrumentation. Designed for both novice and experienced engineers and technicians, this workshop provides an insight into modern instrumentation practices covering the elements of pressure measurement, level measurement, temperature measurement, flow measurement, and on-line analytical instrumentation practices – together with the elements of pH, conductivity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, chlorine, IR spectroscopy and chromatography.

What you will learn

The course is based on a wealth of experiential knowledge gleaned from the author's experience working within a systems integration company and also feedback from more than 4000 technicians and engineers who have attended the author’s workshops. On successful completion of this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • understand the fundamentals of process control
  • appreciate the major technologies used in the measurement of flow, temperature, pressure, and level
  • review the construction and operation of the most important process instruments
  • evaluate and select the appropriate instrumentation system
  • install process equipment correctly
  • optimise control with effective selection and installation of your process equipment
  • calibrate and troubleshoot instrumentation systems
  • isolate and rectify instrumentation faults
  • review the construction and operation of the most important analytical instruments
  • troubleshoot problems in the measurement of pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and chlorine, etc.
  • implement procedures for testing and calibration of analytical instruments

Training methodology

Throughout the workshop, participants will learn through active participation using exercises, questionnaires, and practical sessions covering:

  • process calibration, span and zero
  • sizing and selection calculations
  • diagnostic tools
  • 4 - 20 mA process simulation
  • troubleshooting

Who should attend

Professionals involved in designing, selecting, sizing, specifying, installing, testing, operating and maintaining process instrumentation and control systems

  • Automation Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Installation and Maintenance Technicians
  • Instrument and Process Control Engineers
  • Instrument Fitters
  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
  • Operations Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Process Operators
  • Production Managers
  • Project Managers
  • System Integrators


Workshop length

5 days

What you will receive

  • “Process Instrumentation: Measurement and Sensors” – a 400 plus page reference book.
  • “Periodic Table” – Interactive look-up table of all the elements on Flash Memory Drive.
  • Acrobat copy of all PowerPoint slides used in the presentation on Flash Memory Drive.
  • Certification of attendance: each delegate will receive a workshop certificate documenting their attendance

What people say:

“Mick has received excellent reviews and positive feedback for all his courses. His down-to-earth, practical, and entertaining approach makes him a sought-after speaker and lecturer in a wide variety of disciplines.” - IDC Technologies
“Presented in an easily understood manner.” - E. Maughn, Eskom
“Really knows his subject.” M. Radcliff, Houston Texas
“I gained a full understanding for the first time.” - G. Duff, Krohne Instruments, Sedgefield



  • Purpose of instrumentation
  • Location of control functions
  • Variables measured and controlled
  • Final control elements
  • Instrument operating medium

Basic measurement concepts

  • Measured and controlled variables
  • Performance terms and specifications
  • Measurement terminology
  • P&ID symbols

Flow measurement

  • Basic fluid properties
  • Reynolds number
  • Flow measurement
  • Positive Displacement Meters
  • Inferential meters
  • Oscillatory Flow Meters
  • Differential Pressure Meters
  • Electromagnetic Flowmeters
  • Ultrasonic Flowmeters
  • Coriolis meters
  • Thermal mass meters
  • Open Channel Flow

Temperature measurement

  • Basic principles
  • Scales
  • Expansion systems
  • Thermocouples
  • Resistance thermometry
  • Thermistors
  • Radiation thermometry
  • Installation considerations

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Pressure measurement

  • Basic principles
  • Manometers
  • Dead weight testers
  • Bourdon tubes
  • Bellow elements
  • Diaphragm elements
  • Electrical displacement sensors

Level measurement

  • Basic principles
  • Visual gauging systems
  • Float systems
  • Displacement systems
  • Conductive level detection
  • Capacitive level measurement
  • Hydrostatic head measurement
  • Ultrasonic level measurement
  • Radar gauging
  • Nuclear level measurement
  • Point level measurement
  • Load cells

Electrochemical cells

  • Electrode potentials
  • Simple voltaic cell
  • Polarisation.
  • Daniell cell
  • Electrolytic bridges
  • Electrochemical series

On-line analytical measurement

  • Measurement of pH
  • Measurement of Redox
  • Conductivity measurement
  • Dissolved oxygen measurement
  • Chlorine measurement

NOTE: The modules may be arranged to include ‘Control valves and actuators’ in place of ‘On-line analytical’