Operator training simulators are widely used across the process industries to meet both safety and performance objectives. The objectives of an OTS vary, but most are implemented for some variation of the following:• Controls testing/commissioning time and risk reduction
─ A control checkout and logic testing tool to reduce commissioning time
─ Process analysis: scenarios, shutdowns, debottlenecking
─ Decision support tool to improve avail-ability and reliability
─ An engineering tool to lower capital and operating costs
• Knowledge management
─ Console & field operator training
─ Operator certification
─ Best practices capture and standardization
─ Knowledge transfer from experienced to new personnel
Training can cover both common and extreme scenarios in a risk-free environment, including, but is not limited to:• Steady state operations
• Procedures for plant start-up and shutdown situations
• Handling of utility system and process unit trips, turndown and other upsets
• Fault diagnosis, alarm handling & corrective actions for equipment malfunction during normal operation
A well-defined operator training simulator considers all the necessary training elements including hands-on experience, direct feedback, evaluation and assessment of trainee progress. An OTS uses dynamic simulation technology to produce a high- fidelity representation of the processing system including the process equipment, controls, and automated procedures. The dynamic simulation calculates, in real-time, how the process system will respond to outside influences such as feed changes or operator control actions like unit stop/start or set point changes.As operators and personnel switch jobs and/or migrate between various operations, technology holds the key to engaging the next generation of operators. The reduced training time an operator training simulator provides keeps skills current, operators qualified, and can accelerate careers by keeping trainees more engaged and invested with updated tools. As Earl Wallace from Shell Canada Scotford will show, these training strategies support the capture and transfer of best practices, thus increasing efficiency, driving safety initiatives, and maximizing profitability within the plant and across the enterprise.
Join us on Tuesday, June 19 at 11 am EST to learn how Shell Achieves Operational Excellence via High-fidelity Operator Training Simulators: A Customer’s Perspective. Register for this webinar.