In recent years, digital technologies have changed the way chemical companies operate. These technologies have enabled information to become available when and where it is needed, allowed processes to become simulated in a virtual environment before being implemented on-site, made it possible for plant operators to be more mobile, and much more.

So, what do you do when you are building a completely new plant where your options are theoretically endless? How do you decide which technologies to employ and ensure they are truly integrated to create the biggest impact on your project? Where do you even start?

Join us for this webinar to find out how a large chemical manufacturer tackled this exact challenge. Based on the learnings from a large capital project, Tony Lee, a Production Engineer/Supervisor from Evonik, will shed light on the thought process that went into making technology decisions and specific areas of the project that were impacted as a result. Mr. Lee will be joined by Todd Hassel, who is a Regional Account Manager with Siemens Industry.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover how to maximize your investment in digital technologies.
  • Discover how to approach technology decisions for greenfield chemical plants.
  • Learn how to use new engineering and design tools for major capital projects.
  • Understand the practical steps required for successful implementation of a multi-vendor operator training system
  • Gain insights into the considerations that go into creating a modern and efficient 21st century control room.
Tony Lee
Senior Process Control Engineer, Evonik Corporation
Tony Lee, BSEE Mississippi State, is a Senior Process Control Engineer with Evonik's corporate Engineering office in Mobile, AL. Evonik is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty chemicals. Mr. Lee has over 36 years of engineering experience, with 33 of those years dedicated to Process Control. In 1990, Mr. Lee began his process control career at Dupont’s TiO2 Delisle, Mississippi plant. In 1995, Mr. Lee began working with Evonik (formerly Degussa).

As Senior Process Control Engineer, Mr. Lee is responsible for the automation and instrumentation specifications for each project. Mr. Lee has worked on multiple capital projects, both in the USA and internationally. He has also been responsible for multiple automation projects and converting older distributed control systems (DCS) to modern DCS systems. Mr. Lee has helped drive innovation with DCS vendors to develop new features and functionality within the control system.

Mr. Lee is currently working on a large capital project that embraces the concept of digitalization to the fullest, including modern engineering tools, operator training system, and virtual reality operator training.
Todd Hassel
Account Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Todd Hassel is a native of Ohio and an alumnus of Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating, Mr. Hassel joined Armstrong World Industries as a corporate project engineer and was selected to join their leadership program.

After holding a series of successful engineering and manufacturing management roles within the Floor Products and Building Products Operations business segments, Mr. Hassel completed his MBA at the University of South Alabama. As the Senior Process Engineer of the Mobile Ceiling plant, Mr. Hassel and his team earned notable recognition as an integrated ceiling plant, which set the US benchmark for financial performance in Direct Margin.

Mr. Hassel then joined systems integrator Prism Systems, Inc. as a Business Development Director. Shortly after joining, Prism Systems became a Siemens Solution Partner. Over the next 17 years, Prism Systems earned a reputation for successful integration of complex Controls projects as well as Software and Network expertise. One of his proudest accomplishments is recruiting, hiring, and coaching high-achieving young engineers and software professionals in an entrepreneurial environment.

In 2019, Mr. Hassel accepted the role of Siemens Regional Account Manager in the southeast US. Mr. Hassel is responsible for DCS and instrumentation sales as well as the Siemens-US Evonik relationship at the Theodore, AL, site.
Scott Jenkins
Senior Editor, Chemical Engineering Magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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