• Call for Papers / Questions

    Participation in AFPM meetings can be accomplished in several ways: presenting a paper or workshop, serving on a panel, or submitting your questions for a Q&A session. We value your expertise and experience in the industry and are always looking to develop the best programs possible. To that end, we hold call for papers periods where we accept abstracts for presentations at upcoming meetings. Check to see if the conference in which you are interested is currently accepting abstracts. Please read the Website Terms of Use carefully before using this website.

    Annual Meeting

    2015 Annual Meeting
    March 22-24, 2015
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX

    The call for papers is closed. If you have any questions please contact Yvette Brooks for more information.

    Cat Cracker Seminar

    2014 Cat Cracker Seminar
    August 19-20, 2014
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
    Houston, TX

    Thecall for questions is currently closed.Contact Gordon Robertson at grobertson@afpm.org for more information.

    Plant Automation and Decision Support

    2015 Q&A and Technology Forum
    October 5-7, 2015
    New Orleans Marriott Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
     

    CALL FOR QUESTIONS

    Based upon attendee feedback and a commitment to continuous improvement, the Plant Automation session of the AFPM Q&A and Technology Forum will have its own Q&A session. It is recognized that a Q&A session provides a unique chance for meeting attendees to share operating and technical challenges in key areas of interest and their experiences in resolving them. As this session’s effectiveness depends on your questions, please consider what key challenges your organization is facing that you would like discussed and submit them to AFPM by April 30, 2015.

    By using the Plant Automation Q&A session Call for Questions form, you can make this session more relevant and valuable. You may submit questions on refining and petrochemical technologies for the follow categories:

    • Alarm Management
    • Compliance
    • Cybersecurity (both IT and ICS)
    • Designing Control Systems to Meet Industry Standards (SMS, DMS, etc.)
    • DCS Asset Lifecycle
    • DCS and APC Benefit to Overall Organization
    • HMI/Human Factors
    • Operator Training
    • Wireless

    If you have any questions, please contact Dan Strachan at dstrachan@afpm.org for more information.
     

    Plant Automation and Decision Support

    2015 Q&A and Technology Forum
    October 5-7, 2015
    New Orleans Marriott Hotel
    New Orleans, LA

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    The 2015 Program Committee has developed a list of two broad topic areas which are today’s top priorities in plant automation and decision support:

    • The Transformation of Plant Automation in Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturing
    • Basic Building Blocks: Supply Chain, Planning, Blending, Scheduling and Business Optimization

    We welcome abstracts from operating companies, suppliers, consultants, and academics.

    The Program Committee is looking for presenters and panelists who have experience in one or more of these areas. Please note, topics are not limited to those listed and If you have expertise in a plant automation and decision support area not listed, please visit the AFPM website and complete the online submission form.

    There will be a separate call for papers for the Cybersecurity Sessions that are scheduled on Monday, October 5.

    Abstracts proposed by operating companies or those with a firm operating company commitment to co-author (i.e. will contain operating company’s perspective) will have a significant advantage over similar paper proposals (all else being equal). This is not a guarantee that the abstract will be selected for the conference.
     

    To submit an abstract for consideration, please click here. The due date for abstracts is Thursday, April 30, 2015

    If you have any questions or need further information, please call or e-mail Dan Strachan of the AFPM at (202) 457-0480, dstrachan@afpm.org

    IMPORTANT: Those who submit abstracts do so with the understanding that their abstracts will be reviewed by the AFPM Plant Automation and Decision Support Program Committee. That Committee is comprised of representatives of AFPM member companies.

    Plant Automation and Decision Support

    2015 Q&A and Technology Forum
    October 5-7, 2015
    New Orleans Marriott Hotel
    New Orleans, LA

    CYBERSECURITY DAY CALL FOR PAPERS

    The inaugural AFPM Cybersecurity Day will be Monday, October 5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will take place in conjunction with the 2015 AFPM Q&A and Technical Forum. Cybersecurity Day will provide cybersecurity experts a forum to present information and case studies on the tools and techniques used for cybersecurity in the refining and petrochemical industries. Cybersecurity Day brings together the leading vendors, adopters, and developers of cybersecurity technologies in an event that stresses learning, sharing and problem solving. The AFPM Cybersecurity Subcommittee has developed a list of broad topic areas which are today’s top priorities in cybersecurity. We welcome abstracts from operating companies, suppliers, consultants, and academics. One need not be in the refining and petrochemical industries to submit an abstract.

    The Subcommittee is looking for presenters and panelists who have experience in one or more of these specialized areas. Please note, topics are not limited to those listed. If you have expertise in a cybersecurity area, please visit the AFPM website and complete the online submission form.

    Abstracts proposed by operating companies or those with a firm operating company commitment to co-author (i.e. will contain operating company’s perspective) will have a significant advantage over similar paper proposals (all else being equal). This is not a guarantee that the abstract will be selected for the conference.

    To submit an abstract for consideration, please click here.The due date for abstracts is Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Cybersecurity Topics

    • New network defense tactics and techniques
    • State of the art network segregation techniques
    • Intrusion detection within ICS networks and plants
    • Characterization of cyber-physical attacks and current thinking at governmental and private level
    • Awareness campaigns and teaching employees about phishing and compromised credentials.
    • Value and issues with managed security services providers
    • ICS cybersecurity monitoring and associated work practices
    • ICS incident management
    • New collaboration paradigm; ICS and corporate infrastructure support and management
    • The pros and cons of cybersecurity insurance
    • Big data and the refining and petrochemical industries
    • Certification programs
    • The NIST framework two years hence
    • The technological balance between security and convenience
    • The future of cybersecurity in the refining and petrochemical industries
    • Cybersecurity in other critical infrastructures
    • Voluntary programs (e.g. C3, CSET, etc.)
    • What chemical and mechanical engineers need to know about ICS security
    • Other cybersecurity topics…

    IMPORTANT: Those who submit abstracts do so with the understanding that their abstracts will be reviewed by the AFPM Cybersecurity Subcommittee. That Subcommittee is comprised of representatives of AFPM member companies. If you have any questions or need further information, please call or e-mail Dan Strachan of the AFPM at (202) 457-0480, dstrachan@afpm.org  

    Environmental Conference

    2015 Environmental Conference
    October 18-20, 2015
    Grand America
    Salt Lake City, UT

    The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) announces its Environmental Conference for 2015. You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper to be presented at the conference.

    Please submit your abstract here

    Cut-off date – Friday, May 29, 2015

    Click here for suggested topics

    For more information contact Andriy Shvab

    International Lubricants & Waxes Meeting

    2014 International Lubricants & Waxes Meeting
    November 13-14, 2014
    Hilton Post Oak
    Houston, TX

    Call for papers is currently closed. Contact: Dan Strachan for more information.

    National Security Conference

    May 14-15, 2014
    Grand Hyatt
    San Antonio, TX

    Call for papers is currently closed. Contact Tanya Cooper for more information.

    Q&A and Technology Forum

    October 5-7, 2015
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA

    AFPM is now accepting nominations for Q&A Panelists for the 2015 AFPM Q&A and Technical Forum held on October 5 – 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana

    Nominating someone from your company for this prestigious assignment is an excellent way to recognize and reward technical achievement in your organization and to enhance your organization’s image within the industry. It is also an invaluable learning experience for the panelists who works with other acknowledged experts while planning and preparing for the meeting.

    A person may be nominated for one or more of the following Q&A sessions:

    • Crude/vacuum distillation & coking
    • FCC
    • Gasoline processing
    • Hydroprocessing

    You may submit nominations and recommendations, along with a brief description of the nominee’s experience and the session(s) of interest on the AFPM online form – Q&A Panel Nomination Form. Submission site closes on May 3rd, 2015. All submissions must entered by May 3rd, 2015 to be considered.

    ContactYvette Brooks for more information.

    Q&A and Technology Forum

    October 5-7, 2015
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA
     

    CALL FOR QUESTIONS IS OPEN!

    The AFPM Q&A and Technology Forum is a unique industry meeting where attendees share operating and technical challenges and their experiences in resolving them. This meeting’s effectiveness depends on your questions. AFPM needs to receive your questions by May 30th, 2015.

    By using the Q&A session Call for Questions form on the AFPM web site, you can influence the conference agenda and make the program more relevant and more valuable. Using this online form simplifies the submission and collection of questions for you and AFPM.You may submit questions on refining and petrochemical technologies for the usual categories:

    Advanced Process Control

    Bio Fuels

    Crude/Vacuum Distillation

    Alkylation

    Blending

    Deasphalting

    Amine Treating

    Catalysts

    Delayed Coking/Heavy Oil

    Benchmarking

    Catalytic Reforming

    Desalting

    Best Practices

    Corrosion Control

    Emissions Control

    Also, you may submit questions for:

    Energy Conservation

    Novel Technologies

    Project/Construction Mgmt

    FCCU

    Optimization

    Refinery Economics

    Flare Recovery/ Minimization

    Plant Security

    Regulatory Compliance

    Hydrogen

    Plant Utilities

    Safety

    Hydroprocessing

    Process Safety Metrics

    Start-up/Shutdown Emissions

    Sulfur Plants

    Anything Else

    Margin Improvement

    Crude Quality

    Tight Oil

    Profitability

    Workforce Issues

       

    The 2014 Q&A Transcripts are now available for purchase through the AFPM online store or as part of the 2014 Q&A attendee registration the 2014 Q&A Transcripts are available in My Meetings.  

    Contact Yvette Brooks for more information.

    Reliability & Maintenance Conference

    2015 Reliability & Maintenance Conference
    May 19-22, 2015
    Austin Convention Center
    Austin, TX

    The call for papers is currently closed. You may contact Gordon Robertson if you have any questions or need more information.

    National Occupational & Process Safety Conference

    2015 National Occupational & Process Safety Conference
    May12-13, 2015
    Austin, TX

    The call for papers is currently closed. Contact AFPM at nsc2@afpm.org if you have any questions or need more information.