November 15, 2017 CE – Modeling

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Model Before You Specify

Presenter: Stephen Hall, PE
Chief Process Engineer
Genesis Engineers

Wednesday November 15, 2017
5:15pm-5:30pm – Brief Networking & Dinner
5:30pm-6:15pm – PDH Lecture
6:15pm-6:30pm – Q&A Session

PDH Credit: 1 credit

Conference Room 1 South
1st Floor
(instead of 3rd Floor Main Conference Room)
Two Ash St. Suite 3000
Three Tower Bridge, Jacobs Engineering
Conshohocken, PA 19428

$30 Members
$35 Non-members & Guests
$15 Students
$15 WEBEX option– Please select from Drop down menu and Laura-Ann Chin ( will be in contact with follow up webex info.

Dinner will be provided with registration for live attendance.


Hall will demonstrate techniques, tips, and tricks to use Excel to create pump/system curves, size control valves, and model unit operations to assist in writing intelligent specifications.

Engineers love to write “Performance” specifications because it puts the onus on the vendor to come up with the best solution. This saves the engineer time. And it lets the vendor, an expert in his product line, provide an optimal answer to the problem at hand.

But there are pitfalls and drawbacks to this practice. How can you be sure, for example, that the vendor fully understands and appreciates the nuances of your project? Will the vendor’s goals for the project align with your requirements? Are hidden costs, such as energy consumption or maintenance requirements, exposed so that you can make an informed selection among multiple offers?

Excel is in ideal platform for modeling systems, or portions of systems, without resorting to full-fledged process simulators. This presentation will illuminate some of the possibilities that Excel offers by showing completed examples with explanations of how to achieve similar results for your projects.


Stephen Hall brings proven and trusted expertise to drive engineered capital projects for pharmaceutical manufacturers. He leverages his technical know-how with his management background and broad regulatory compliance experience to benefit the engineers, scientists, and operators who are tasked with executing the design, construction, start-up and qualification of new or renovated manufacturing facilities. His book, Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers, gives practical advice, information and mathematical formulas that are used by process and project engineers throughout industry (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012).

Steve earned his B.S., Chemical Engineering, from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Drexel University. He authored numerous articles for Pharmaceutical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Progress and others, and presented at various professional meetings.

Hall is currently a Sr. Process Engineer at Genesis Engineers, Plymouth Meeting, PA.


Please register no later than Wednesday November 15 at 5:15 PM. Cancellation requests received by the registration deadline will be fully refunded.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura-Ann Chin at 520-275-4152 (Mobile).

If you arrive after 5.30pm and the main entrance doors are locked, please call or text:
Josh Popek (570-814-8833), or Laura-Ann Chin at 520-275-4152 (Email: