Boiler Operation Accreditation courses in Qatar


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Take a look at this video which was the subject of the CEA's David Gunn Memorial Lecture, 19th October 2017, delivered in the House of Lords by Chip Rennie - Director, Global Industrial Energy Solutions. Whilst explaining "The "Art" of Combustion - Then and Now" Chip talked about the previous technologies of controlling fuel and air ratios and then discussed the modern way of controlling this air fuel mix and a new algorithm for controlling it, all of which is in the attached video just released by Emerson Process Management.
The CEA's Honorary President Dr Pete Waterman said "the presentation was extremely informative and has answered some very important questions for [him] and [his] guest Matt Conway, on recent developments in combustion technology". It was also very informative for many of the guests attending. For those that may not know, Pete Waterman has and still is very heavily involved in many aspects of Engineering from Heritage Railways rebuilding and renovation of steam locos through to the design, build and infrastructure for HS2 and all aspects of Engineering in-between, and it goes without saying, his passion for music.


Boiler Operation Accreditation courses in Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation’s boiler operatives are the first to receive accredited qualification outside of the UK. David Kilpatrick, director of the Combustion Engineering Association reports.

Leaving aside the magic of steam trains and the “proper engineering” of working museum exhibits, it is easy to miss the principal applications of steam. Steam is a very efficient method of transferring energy from a boiler to multiple locations where a wide variety of processes may need heat energy. Hot water can do this, but steam can pack so much more energy into the same volume and has the bonus of being ready for sterilisation of plant and products if required. That is why steam tends to be the energy vector of choice in hospitals.

The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) and the Safety Assessment Federation (Safed), manufacturers, training centres and employers all saw the need to create best practice guidance in safe boiler operation that everyone could support. The UK’s Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) provides the independent platform to bring all parties together and subsequently issue certificates to qualified operatives. That certificate is in the name of the Boiler Operation Assessment Scheme (BOAS), which also accommodates the supervisors and Managers.

Green Energy & Environmental Services Co. (GEESC) is an authorised Qatari training and consultancy company that delivers training and consultancy services to the major industries and governmental entities in Qatar. With a staff of over 800, many of whom have responsibility for operating the steam boilers across HMC’s sites throughout Qatar, Robert Smith, head of facilities at the Hamad Medical Corporation, was very keen to have some of his key staff qualified to international standards. Smith said: “with so much development and growth in the medical facilities market, I was becoming aware that sometimes my staff, in this case steam boiler operatives, had not received much formal training, or at least not for some time; so I set about formalising a training and certification programme to ensure that everyone was aware of the current best practice.”

While the engineers were competent with lots of experience and were made up of graduate engineers, navy, merchant navy, electrical engineers and some trained by US naval, there were gaps in the training they had received.

GEESC received a request for quotation from Hamad Medical Corporation for the delivery of BOAS training and subsequently contacted the CEA in the UK to find a suitable supplier for the course. Some of the eight BOAS approved training providers submitted proposals to GEESC for the work and after a selection process, Byworth Boilers were chosen to bid with GEESC to deliver the training in Doha. GEESC went on to win the project for delivering the BOAS Training to Hamad Medical Corporation.

GEESC is the authorised representative for Byworth Boilers in Qatar. The training carried out by Steve Blackburn of Byworth Boilers, in Doha, was the first BOAS course for 40 candidates from the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The training took place at their Engineering Training Department, Hamad Medical City, Doha. The candidates were from various sites across Qatar including from the Doha medical centre. Each of the two cohorts took five days (Sunday – Thursday) to complete and the qualification which is likened to taking a driving test but not the lessons leading to that test, as all candidates have to have previous experience in order to qualify for the course.

Candidates spent three days in the training room and half a day in the Central Boiler House for practical ‘hands on’ experience and training. The first of the two courses had 19 attendees with 23 for the second (40 took the exams), and for the practical work the trainees were in groups of 5 or 6. All four exam papers were taken at the Engineering Training Centre, with assessments done by Iain Summerfield of Kiwa GASTEC at CRE Cheltenham took place over the following 5 days. Iain followed exactly the same process that we use in the UK, where strict separation is maintained between the training programme and the ultimate assessment of competence.

The very enthusiastic trainees ranged from senior engineers to boiler operators and all were from either the Philippines or India. Maire Gallen organised the training for Green Energy and Floriano Kempis for HMC, and the course was authorised by Robert Smith, director of engineering for HMC. Abdulla al Kubaisi is the head of training for HMC, with more training programmes anticipated to follow. 

The final part of the process is the CEA registration, done by CEA officials based at its new offices in Sedgefield. The information supplied by the candidate to the training centre, the examination results and Assessor’s report, all of which go toward verification that the candidate justify registration under BOAS. 

Successful candidates receive a CEA certificate, confirming BOAS accreditation valid for five years, together with an identity card to confirm their status.



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