Back to Upcoming Events

HTRI Training - Global Headquarters

Navasota, Texas, USA | February 27 - 29, 2024

Join us at the HTRI Global Headquarters in Navasota, Texas, USA, for three days of hands-on, case-based training. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your understanding of HTRI Xchanger Suite software.

The training schedule includes three courses, all taught by HTRI experts:

  • Xist Workshop
  • Xace Workshop
  • Special Topics in Xace Short Course

Register for one course or all three. 

Training Courses

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Courses run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Course fees include arrival tea/coffee, lunches and snacks at breaks and training materials (workbooks, solutions booklets, and electronic copies of the case files). Computers with Xchanger Suite are available for use during the training event. Computers may be shared with other attendees.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    Xist Workshop  (US$450)

    Instructors: Ashley Hinojosa and Matthew Berger

    This workshop is devoted to the shell-and-tube exchanger geometries handled only by Xist. The course focuses on the extensive options available in Xist and how you can use these methods effectively to solve several example problems. You will leave the class knowing how to take full advantage of the features this robust tool offers.

    Key Topics

    • Overview of Xist interface and the benefits of HTRI methods
    • Process specifications rules for rating, simulation, and design
    • Guidelines for specifying fluid properties
    • Description of Xist geometry input parameters and their defaults
    • Interpretation of Xist outputs for validation of unit performance

    Suggested Participants

    Designers of shell-and-tube heat exchangers and process engineers who evaluate their performance

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Xace Workshop  (US$450)

    Instructors: Lance Bishop and Frank Ashley

    Do you design air-cooled heat exchangers? Evaluate their performance? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to use Xace effectively to rate and design air-cooled heat exchangers, economizers, and air preheaters. All example problems and practice exercises relate to geometries handled only by Xace.

    Key Topics

    • Overview of Xace capabilities and applications
    • Geometry inputs for air coolers and economizers
    • Process specifications for rating, simulation, and design
    • Guidelines for specifying fluid properties
    • Introduction to HTRI analysis methods

    Suggested Participants

    Designers of air-cooled heat exchangers and process engineers who evaluate their performance

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

Thursday, February 29, 2024

    Special Topics in Xace Short Course  (US$650)

    Instructors: Salem Bouhairie and Lauren V. Moran

    Improve your understanding of the methods in Xace and develop new skills to model difficult cases. This short course focuses on improving thermal predictions, interpreting results, troubleshooting cases and applying workarounds. Even the most experienced thermal designers will gain new insight into how to improve thermal analyses using Xace.

    Case studies may include:

    • Rating natural draft (fans-off) cases
    • Improving accuracy of predicted driver power
    • Modeling units with redundancy fans (3x50% fans)
    • Multiple service units
    • Inert blanketing in air-cooled condensers

    Suggested Participants

    Experienced Xace users who rate, design and troubleshoot air-cooled heat exchangers

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

Shannon Resendez
+1.979.690.5050 office
[email protected]


Frank Ashley
Frank ashley

Sales Lead, Exchanger Optimizer, graduated in 2017 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas, USA. Frank’s education and experience have given him exposure to manufacturing methods and insight into building customer relationships. These skills have served him well in his role at HTRI, in which he leads the effort to increase the awareness and adoption of HTRI’s Exchanger Optimizer software tool. Frank has worked to develop and present material to a variety of customers related to the capabilities and uses of Exchanger Optimizer, tailoring those materials to the specific needs of each customer.

Matthew Berger
Matthew berger

Senior Project Engineer, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. While a co-op student at Gibbons Creek power plant, Berger performed performance reviews of pumps, pulverizers, and feedwater heaters. Following graduation, he progressed to project engineer and engineering manager roles for FTS International, leading engineering projects on various topics such as pulsation control, equipment redesign, software implementation, and vibration analysis. Since joining HTRI, his primary focus has been on proprietary contracts and the Edgeview software, as well as involvement in Technical Support and Training.

Lance Bishop
Lance bishop

Lead Test Engineer, Research & Technology Center, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. He worked for over ten years as a Plant Engineer at NRG Energy, Inc., where he conducted testing on different plant equipment and process systems, and modeled physical systems to determine points of efficiency and predict process scenarios. At HTRI, Bishop performs experimental tests for multiple areas of research, as well as maintenance of data acquisition and calibration equipment.

Salem Bouhairie
Salem bouhairie

Group Lead, Research, earned his BEng, MEng, and PhD in Civil Engineering from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While pursuing his graduate studies, he taught Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering as an Adjunct Professor; Bouhairie also worked as a Laboratory Experimenter in open-channel hydraulics. Following his graduation, he became a Research Assistant at the university, gaining additional expertise with CFD in modeling fluid flows. He worked at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he conducted physical hydraulic modeling investigations and river hydrology assessments. This experience gave him a broad-based knowledge of heat and mass transfer, thermal- hydraulic design, and computational methods. Bouhairie has delivered presentations on his work in Canada, the United States, England, and Brazil; his work has been published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Hydro-environment Research.

Ashley Hinojosa
Ashley hinojosa

Lead Project Engineer, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. During her studies, she completed two internships with oil & gas equipment company Proserv, gaining experience with product testing and technical writing. She worked in heat exchanger sales, covering the Houston, Waco, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas, for almost two years before joining HTRI. As a member of the Engineering Services group, she focuses on technical support and contracts but also assists with development of other materials for HTRI's technical program.

Lauren V. Moran
Lauren v moran

Director, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in Engineering from LeTourneau University, Longview, TX. In her early career, she worked for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contractors at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas (TX). As a Systems Engineer, Lauren spent 5 years focused on projects related to the International Space Station and was certified as a console extravehicular robotics engineer and safety engineer in the Mission Control Center, also serving as the technical liaison between Boeing and the Canadian Space Agency. She joined HTRI in 2006 in technical support and currently manages the technical support team. She continues to engage in sales, training and priority contract’s activities. With nearly 15 years of experience helping end users effectively use HTRI products allows a unique perspective for HTRI research to software initiatives.


HTRI Conference Center

165 Research Dr.
Navasota, Texas

Hotel Information

Residence Inn Bryan College Station
720 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840, USA
Booking Link: HTRI Training Block Residence Inn Bryan College Station


Getting Around

Ground Shuttle
Roundtrip options for IAH to CLL