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Inprocess staff participate in congresses, meetings and events where we explain our successes and work in general in the form of presentations and reports.

In this section you can find a variety of informative articles which are free to download.

 

  • Inprocess Incorporating Process Simulation into Control Engineering

    Incorporating Process Simulation into Control Engineering


    Author(s)
    JoseMaria Ferrer, Josep-Anton Feliu

     

    Magazine
    2017. Automazione e Strumentazione, March, pages: 88 - 90

     

    Abstract / Summary
    The definition of a Control System in Chemical and Petrochemical Plants requires specific know-how with the target of optimizing and improving existing systems and designing new ones. When designing a system, it is necessary to follow some basic steps such as modelling the system, analysing such model, designing the system/controller and finally, implementing and testing it. In order to bridge the gap between the industry’s in-depth knowledge of classical control techniques and the new process simulation features, Inprocess proposes a simulation-based course, targeting process control engineers, where the right combination of theory and practical exercises allows the meeting of such professional needs. Training could be extended to Multivariable model predictive control (MPC) topics

     

  • inprocess Practice Makes Perfect

    Practice Makes Perfect


    Author(s)
    Dieter Krenz (Linde), Manel Serra (Inprocess), Theron Strange (Simplot Phosphates)

     

    Magazine
    2017. World Fertilizer, September-October, pages: 94 - 98

     

    Abstract / Summary
    Process simulation is a technology used in many areas and project phases. Its usage ranges from the design stage of a plant (initial concept and front-end engineering) to assistance in daily plant operations, including planning, optimisation and monitoring. To a certain extent, the simulation lifecycle is similar to the lifecycle of a process plant, bringing support and value to multiple stages in the lifetime of a process plant.

     

  • Inprocess FPSO Lifecycle modelling adds benefits to development offshore West Africa

    FPSO Lifecycle modelling adds benefits to development offshore West Africa


    Author(s)
    Leonardo Carpio, Sergio Juan and José Maria Nougués (Inprocess), and Kari Berte Bye (Yinson Production)

     

    Magazine
    2017. World Oil, November, Pages: 33-38

     

    Abstract / Summary
    This case study presentation shows a Dynamic Simulation Study (DSS) carried out for the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) designed and operated by Yinson Production for the OCTP development project in Ghana. The Aspen HYSYS Dynamics model was used extensively to run about 15 transient conditions (Start-up, Emergency Shutdown, Blocked inlet/outlet, load sharing, ramp-up, etc.) to verify the sizing, process layout, control layout, operating procedures, etc. During a second project stage, the detailed model was re-used to create a Lifecycle Direct-Connect Operator Training Simulator (OTS) by connecting it with the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS).

     

     

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    10 Best Practices to Request and Exploit Lifecycle OTS


    Author(s)
    JoseMaria Ferrer

     

    Magazine
    2017. Inprocess’ White Paper, December, pages: 1-15

     

    Abstract / Summary
    Operator Training Simulators (OTS) have become an integral element in the Operator Competency Development Programs of the process industry. The dynamic simulation technology has evolved from the early days, incorporating new training functionalities and communication capabilities. On the other hand, modern Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS) include independent soft-controller tools to allow an exhaustive check-out of the ICSS and the OTS development. This has enabled flexible and customizable OTS architectures, which significantly reduce the development costs and maximizes the value of the OTS investment. The main focus of this article is to provide recommendations and advice to Operating Companies (OpCo) and Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) Companies when they embark on a tender process to procure an OTS.

  • Web-based Operator Training System

    Web-based Operator Training System


    Author(s)
    Manel Serra, Erika Franco, Lluís Rumi, JoséMaria Ferrer, José María Nougués (Inprocess)

     

    Magazine
    2017. Proceedings of the 27th Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering – ESCAPE 27

     

    Abstract / Summary
    Producing plants must be safe and reliable. Plant Safety is strongly dependent on how well people responsible for running the facility (control room operators, CRO) is aware of its operation. Improving the understanding and awareness is the goal of any training to CROs, hence, their trainings must be carried out in an environment as similar as possible to the one they will find in their work, like airplane pilots do with flight simulators, in order to be minimally qualified to carry out their job tasks. And this is the objective of the Operator Training Systems (OTS): deliver training to CROs in a replica of their working environment, maximizing its effectiveness. Matching the availability of the training facilities (comprising instructor) with the one of the CRO can be crucial in easing to achieve an on-time learning activity. That's why, in the traditional approach to the OTS, these training systems live in a training room, typically close to the actual control room they emulate. The universalization of internet connections, even in the most remote locations, and the evolution of the software technologies to support and enable mobility bring new opportunities to training systems. Those OTS systems that had to be physically deployed at every site where operators were trained can now be remote by combining some of the latest developments: e-learning standards (like the well-established SCORM or AICC), sound software applications used to develop and deploy OTS (dynamic process simulators, control system emulators...) and the latest technologies on virtualization. This distributed framework does not only facilitate scalability of the training sessions or overall system maintenance, but it also grants access to comprehensive training to more people in many different conditions, even to people in the same company that are in charge of similar processes. The return of investment in training and education is then maximized by easing the access to many more people.