This course is designed for engineers and technicians from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds and will provide an excellent introduction to mastering plant documentation and diagrams. It covers the flow of documentation from design through manufacture to maintenance and operations. The program looks at the applications of each diagram type detailing where and when the document should be used.

During the life span of any plant, a multitude of different vendors will supply plant modifications and equipment as the plant is continuously enhanced. The quality of the documentation produced will vary enormously with each new supplier. You will be given the skills to apply an internationally acceptable set of standards to your plant documentation.


  • Process control devices and the symbols used to define them
  • The use of specifications to control the design scope of the project
  • How to implement and manage drawing plant modifications from conception to completion
  • How to define and use process flow diagrams, P&IDs, instrument lists, specification forms, logic diagrams, location plans, installation details and loop diagrams
  • How to define and specify vendor criteria for production of plant documentation to order
  • The purpose of a HAZOP in the development of a plant
  • The ISA standards available to assist you in developing and understanding instrument and control documents
  • The scope, responsibility and interaction of each discipline in the completion of a project or plant modification

Next intake starts April 13, 2015.

It is the only intake in 2015 so do not delay your opportunity to join this course.

There are limited places available so contact us now to secure your spot!


MODULE 1: Role of Plant Documentation, Standards and Specifications

  • Introduction
  • Who sets the standards (ISA, IEC , ISO)
  • Understanding diagram layouts and formats
  • Cross references
  • ISO 9002 and document control

MODULE 2: Fundamentals

  • Relays
  • Transducers
  • Switches
  • Gate logic
  • Fail safe design

MODULE 3: Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&ID)

  • Process flow diagrams
  • An introduction to the PFD, P&ID, UFD, MFD
  • Control loops on the P&ID
  • Mass balance
  • Functional specifications

MODULE 4: Instrumentation

  • Document types
  • Instrument lists
  • Logic diagrams
  • Wiring diagrams

MODULE 5: Instrumentation cont.

  • Indexes
  • Schedules and lists
  • Block diagrams
  • Data sheets
  • Loop diagrams

MODULE 6: Instrumentation cont.

  • Circuit function
  • Fault finding
  • Standards and symbols
  • Nomenclature

MODULE 7: Electrical

  • Electrical standards
  • Electrical document types
  • Main circuits
  • Control circuits
  • Symbols
  • Nomenclature
  • Determine function, fault-finding

MODULE 8: Pneumatics and Hydraulics

  • Introduction
  • Standards
  • Layout and symbols
  • Basic circuits
  • Deducing principle of operation

MODULE 9: Ladder Logic

  • Introduction and overview
  • Standards and layout
  • Power supply circuits
  • Circuit design

MODULE 10: Electro Pneumatic Circuits

  • Overview
  • Truth tables
  • Fault finding
  • Principle of operation

MODULE 11: Practical Exercises

  • Develop basic hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic drawings
  • Develop P&ID drawings for pressure, temperature, flow and level loops

MODULE 12: Practical Exercises

  • Detail the documentation for typical instruments
  • Proceed through development of a full plant set of drawings from flow diagrams and process description to P&ID, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic symbols
  • Using software to undertake these typical tasks

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