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Development of simulation and modelation system for operation plant training in the chemistry industry (itop)

It is intended to develop a simulation and modelling system useful for training in plant operations within chemical industry sector and plant failure detection. In this sector, for security reasons and environment accident risks, this process has a critical importance.

It is intended to develop a simulation and modelling system useful for training in plant operations within chemical industry sector and plant failure detection. In this sector, for security reasons and environment accident risks, this process has a critical importance. This solution, that we have called Inprocess Training for Operators (ITOP) will have to achieve the following objectives: * To create a training programme for application for excellence in companies' operation and to hold up Plant's Operator professional development. * To help to identify the knowledge areas in which operators can improve and achieve those objectives. * To be conceived as a flexible tool, so it will enable their evolution throughout the time. * To be an efficient and innovative solution in emergency situations for local authorities certification. * To consider that scenarios' complexity may increase according to a training strategy previously defined, starting from unitary and simple operations to reach the generation of much more complex units. * To be able to generate emergency situations which simulate infrequent failures, in order to verify failure detection systems. * To identify failures by using historical data and using plant models. * To be used as a help tool in failure identification based on simulation models. For all these, it will be necessary to ITOP to have an architecture based on the following pillars: 1. Simulation Environment: Flexible environment developed by INPROCESS, to launch predefined simulation cases, and including an interface with user that will represent unitary operation or plant schematic. The tool will allow being adapted to clients' specifications, and adapt itself easy to their changing necessities, reducing maintenance costs (Inprocess Simulation Manager - ISIM). This system module is the most complex one, and for this it will have technological novelties; ISIM must: * Enable system's configuration without need of programmation knowledge (by XML code) and, like this, exercises, scenarios and evaluations will be kept up to date. * Let exercises be recorded, launch evaluation tests, represent process' schematics, manage communication between operators' and instructor's computers through a specific development by OPC (OLE for Process Control) protocol. * Aside from being user's interface, it will provide the whole required environment to scenarios' development (plant start up, stop, emergency stop, plant breakdown, etc.). 2. Training Activities: Conceptual development of operation scenarios and malfunction scenarios for operator, and documentation generation to its optimal monitoring. INPROCESS can offer an instructor with a proven track record in O&G (Oil and Gas), Refining or Chemistry. The training content and agenda can be developed according to clients' requirements. 3. Documentation: It is expected to generate documentation to support the theoretical concepts. As before, it can be adjusted depending on clients' necessities. 4. It is planned to give as much help as possible to instructor and operator by means of interactive use of accessible help menu directly from operator's or instructor's console. 5. Operator's Evaluation: After each course, and after executing multiple scenarios, operator's evaluation can be done. This evaluation will gather two areas depending on legal requirements to which the companies and their employees are subject to. * To collect and memorise all the action taken by operator. Evaluation will take place by means of variation on process' study parameters. If variables exceed certain predefined ranks, exercise will be penalised. * Through an on-line test. This test can be taken at any moment by operator (after the exercises, after the course, etc.).
Acronym: 
ITOP
Project ID: 
5 570
Start date: 
16-03-2010
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
700 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Process Plant Engineering
Market Area: 
Other Industrial Products (not elsewhere classified)

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