Continuing its global reach, the Turbomachinery Laboratory is excited to share the post-event summary for the 2022 Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS). The fourth biennial ATPS took place on 23-26 May, 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Engineers and technicians, from novice to experienced, chose from a combination of five short courses, 14 lectures, 10 tutorials, several discussion groups, 35 case studies and 6 technical briefs. The technical program is selected by the Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Advisory Committee and led by experts in their disciplines. Topics included compressors, steam and gas turbines, expanders, pumps and drivers, and auxiliary equipment such as couplings, bearings, gearboxes, dry gas seals and annular seals.
The Symposium held two popular panel sessions moderated by Program Chair Dag Calafell. They included a Career and Industry panel which discussed being new to the industry, where the industry was going, and what it is like to be a rotating equipment engineer. The second panel, titled Net Zero Emissions, discussed the impending shift to cleaner energy, and staying abreast of the energy landscape.
“A great combination of elite panelists across the world comprised of equipment manufacturers, government agencies, and consultants provided key insights on what is being done and how critical it is we do more, starting with setting policy. The variety of panelists provided wide perspectives and technology review for today and tomorrow,” Calafell comments. A special thanks to the panel contributors: Dr. Hazariah Mohd Noh, Principal Researcher Gas Turbine Engine, UniKL; Ir. Nizam B A Wahab, Custodian (Rotating Equipment)/ GTA SKG12 Mechanical Discipline Advisor, GTS, PETRONAS; Dr. Elya binti Mohd Nor, Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, UPNM; Ir. Ts. Dr. Alvin Yap, Acting Head of Research & IoT, ACE Resource Advisory Services Sdn. Bhd. and lham Sunhaji, Head of Corporate Strategy and Research at Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corp.; Rainer Kurz, Manager, Gas Compressor Engineering, Solar Turbines, ASME Fellow, TPS and ATPS Advisory Committee; Dr. Jason Wilkes, Manager of the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section, Southwest Research Institute; Nicholas Corbett, CEng FIMechE, Consultant.
The technical program was paired with an international exhibition featuring leading companies and organizations from across the globe that showcased full-size equipment and the latest technological trends. Longtime partners of the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium (TPS) such as Eagle Burgmann who also exhibited at the inaugural ATPS, were pleased with their event experience and praised the quality of delegate interaction at their booth.
An upstanding welcome address by Program Chair, Dag Calafell, Y.Bhg. Dato Sri Abdul Khani Doud, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Mazri Mohd Ali, Head of Operational Excellence, Centre of Excellence Upstream Business, and Jay H. Wadhwani, Chief Operating Officer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific Region kicked off the event. The Gala Dinner agenda included an introduction from the Director of Texas A&M University Turbomachinery Laboratory, Dr. Eric Petersen, a greeting by Noor Ahmad Hamid, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Convention and Visitor Bureau, a presentation by Col (Retired) Professor. Dr. Khairol Amali bin Ahmad, Dean of Engineering at UPNM, and a Traditional Cultural Performance by National Department for Culture and Arts Selangor, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Selangor Dance Troupe, organized by Dr. Alvin Yap.
The conference is modeled after TPS, founded in 1971 and hosted annually in Houston. ATPS debuted in Singapore in 2016 in response to a need for industry education and networking in Southeast Asia. It has since moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to be more central to the Asia Pacific region.
ATPS hosted 1156 delegates from 33 countries, and 30 exhibiting companies.
Plans are underway for future events in the region, looking towards 2024 for the next full Symposium.
ATPS was sponsored by PETRONAS (Platinum) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Gold). The event was supported by the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau under their 3R economic recovery program.
Conveniently positioned in the fastest-growing market for energy, oil and gas, and manufacturing, The Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium (ATPS) is the ideal training and networking opportunity for professionals in both pump and turbomachinery industries. ATPS 2022 is set for May 23-26, 2022 at the PETRONAS Towers, Kuala Lumpur Conference Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ATPS builds upon the success of the longstanding Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) in Houston, featuring a technical program crafted by industry experts and a large exhibit hall. The Symposium is organized by the Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The ATPS Program Chairman is Dag Calafell, Consultant at Technical Opus Solutions.
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