Savvy Separator Educational Video Series

The ten-part video series provides a basic level of understanding of separator design and troubleshooting. The 15-30 minute videos (totaling ~3 ½ hours) are based on a 2-day SPE separator Training course. Separator types, design methodology, inlet piping effects, and internals are discussed. Troubleshooting methods and case studies are reviewed. Specialty topics of motion effects on separation, inline separation, and subsea separation are also covered. Process engineers, operators, and other discipline engineers would benefit from one or more of the videos.  

Bob Chin

Co-founder of Padden Engineering

Bob Chin is a co-founder and past chair of the SPE global Separations Technology Technical Section.  He created and continues to be the editor for the successful Savvy Separator articles in SPE’s Oil and Gas Facilities (online) Magazine.  He has  30+ years in the oil and gas industry, mainly with Shell, and was their subject matter expert in separations.  Bob joined Shell in 1981 advancing research on multi-phase flow, leak detection, and separations.   He left Shell in 1999 to form a separator design and supply company, returning to Shell in 2006 where he led teams on Facilities for EOR and Subsea Processing R&D.  Bob retired from Shell in 2014, is co-founder of Padden Engineering, and consults in the oil and gas industry.  This Savvy Separator Training from Home video series is a result of his passion for knowledge transfer.

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1 - Overview
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2 - Design Methodology
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3 - Inlet Effects
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4 - Internals
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5 - Motion
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6 - Troubleshooting
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7 - Lessons Learned
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8 - Case Studies
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9 - Inline Separation
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10 - Subsea Separation
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