Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From "The Globe and Mail": "The LNG industry: What's next for B.C.’s long-term bet?"

The British Columbia government has great hopes for liquefied natural gas, anticipating that exports of the fuel will give the economy a long-term boost – and send billions into the provincial treasury. Global energy players have been flocking to the province to test the waters; they’ve also been creating alliances to try to get their projects built.


To read more of the article, click here.

Monday, December 30, 2013

From "Eco-Business.com": "Shale gas to the rescue?"

LONDON – The developed world is slowly emerging from the Great Recession, but a question lingers: How fast and how far will the recovery go? One big source of pessimism has been the idea that we are running out of investment opportunities – and have been since before the 2008 crash. But is that true?


To read more of the article, click here


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Generating good column initial estimates in PRO/II, #simsci

Good initial estimates for recycle streams and columns should aid model convergence. From PRO/II 7.1 onwards, users can update their recycle stream estimates, in a solved model, by selecting the Update Recycle Stream Initial Estimates from the Input menu. All recycle streams will be updated with solution data.

Friday, December 27, 2013

From "Market Realist": "How refining capacity affects crude tankers (Part 6)"

Oil is not all the same
One must also know that crude oil found at different locations is not all the same. The two main characteristics used to describe oil is density and sulfer content. Crude oil with less sulfer are considered “sweeter” while those with more sulfer are tagged “sourer”. This is pretty important because different refining specifications are required to process oil with different densities and sulfer contents.

To read more of the article, click here.


ROMeo Optimizes Plant Profitability, #SimSci

Are you optimizing your plant operations? 

ROMeo Process Optimization provides real-time optimization for the refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. This industry-leading technology generates precise operating information that improves performance, which allows for increased profitability. The provided real-time data is based on current economic and process conditions. ROMeo Process Optimization has been developed with an Excel-based interface, making it easier to use. With the help of this product, operators have the ability to make informed decisions at an expedited rate.


SimSci ROMeo
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

From "Arab Times": "Crude Price May Drop To $80 Pb Due To Shale Output – Think Tank"

Price of the crude oil is forecast to fall to $80 per barrel in the coming few years, due to forecast growth of non-conventional oil output, according to a Kuwait-based think tank. The Diplomatic Center for Strategic Studies said in a report, released on Tuesday, that it is difficult to make specific anticipations regarding the crude prices due to prevailing variables on the market. On unpredictable factors, it mentioned international and internal conflicts, particularly in oil producing countries, such as Libya, Nigeria and Iraq. Nevertheless, the crude prices will remain, mainly, affected by supply and demand. Future oil prices will be affected with emerging factors, such as cost of supplies of non-conventional crude, namely shale oil. Other major factors are OPEC states’ readiness to invest in the oil industries, namely in drilling and exploring as well as the capacity to develop used oil wells. World oil demand, which amounted, in 2013, to approximately 89.5 million barrels per day, would reach some 94.5 million bpd in 2018.


To read more of the article, click here.

PRO/II overview video on YouTube, #simsci


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Season's Greetings from #SimSci


Happy Holidays! 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. 
See you in 2014.

Enthalpy calculation basis in PRO/II #simsci

The enthalpy basis is zero liquid enthalpy at zero degrees C.  For ideal gas enthalpy, we follow the library enthalpy line to the NBP then use the latent heat to get the saturated vapor enthalpy.  Finally, SRK is used to calculate the departure from ideal.  HOCV is used for associating acids and HEXAMER is used for HF.



About PRO/IIPRO/II is the major product in the Process Engineering Suite (PES). This process simulation software optimizes plant performance by improving process design, operational analysis, and performing engineering studies. It is designed to perform rigorous heat and material balance calculations for a wide range of chemical processes. PRO/II allows users to evaluate the use of heat integration with case studies, rigorously evaluate process improvements with the help of a process flow diagram (PFD), or model crude distillation units. PRO/II offers a wide variety of thermodynamic models to virtually every industry and is incredibly cost effective, decreasing both capital and operating costs.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Friday, December 20, 2013

From "shalestuff.com": "What is fracking?"

"We hear a lot about fracking as a mining technique for extracting gas from coal seams and shale deposits. How is it done? And when is it used?
As the world looks to new and more diverse energy sources for the future, one source that is growing rapidly is shale and coal seam gas (CSG)."

To read more, click here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

From "Alaska Journal of Commerce": "ConocoPhillips applies for export license to restart LNG plant"

ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy to resume LNG exports from Alaska, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 12.
The company plans to reopen its mothballed liquefied natural gas plant at Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, to operate on a seasonal basis, spokeswoman Natalie Lowman said.

To read more of this article, click here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

From "The New York Times": "Britain Opens Door to More Shale Gas Drilling"


LONDON — The British government signaled on Tuesday that it was intensifying its efforts to encourage the development of shale gas production, with plans to award a new set of shale drilling licenses next year despite persistent opposition from environmental groups.
“Today marks the next step in unlocking the potential of shale gas in our energy mix,” Energy Minister Michael Fallon said in a statement on Tuesday. Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, which regulates the oil and gas industry, said it was “currently making preparations” to offer the licenses.


To read more of the article, click here.

Guide to picking the right Thermo method #simsci

The below guideline can be used for selecting the right thermo method. To know more about the various thermo methods in PRO/II one can look-up in the Thermodynamics reference manual. If PRO/II is installed this reference manual can be found under Start > All Programs > SimSci > PRO/II > PRO/II Documentation > Thermodynamic Keyword Manual. This manual can also be found under C:\SimSci\PROII91\Manuals.


EOS:       Equation of State method
LACT:     Liquid Activity method

Monday, December 16, 2013

From "philly.com": "Marcellus Shale drilling becomes more efficient"


TROUT RUN, Pa. - When David Dewberry landed in Pennsylvania in 2010, the veteran of the migratory worldwide oil-and-gas workforce said he required more than a month to drill a typical Marcellus Shale natural gas well.

On Dec. 4, a crew under Dewberry's direction dug into the mountaintop of a state forest near here with a diamond-studded drill bit. Dewberry reckons it will require only 16 days to finish drilling the well's full length, more than 21/2 miles.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131215_Marcellus_Shale_drilling_becomes_more_efficient.html#T76iDHDAQeYiPPmM.99

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Invensys Releases Integrated Spiral Crude Assay Management with SimSci Design and Optimization Software

Invensys Releases Integrated Spiral Crude Assay Management with SimSci Design and Optimization Software


Unique integrated offering seamlessly helps design, analyze and optimize refining assets


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Spiral CrudeSuite helps refiners understand their exposure to changes in feedstock costs, product demand and refinery operations, and it greatly increases the accuracy of their refinery models.







OCTOBER 16, 2013 /HOUSTON, TEXAS -Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, released integrated Spiral CrudeSuite™crude oil knowledge-management software with its SimSci® PRO/II™ design and ROMeo® optimization software. The new integrated offering gives the hydrocarbon processing industry a single-source software solution that enables seamless access of latest crude assay information for refinery design, analysis and optimization. The integrated Spiral CrudeSuite offering will provide accurate and complete crude assay information throughout plant lifecycle modeling from design through operations and performance optimization.


 

 

To read more of the press release, click here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

From "Your Industry News": "Rosneft and Statoil move forward with Shale Oil Cooperation in the Samara region"


Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

Rosneft and Statoil today signed the Shareholders and Operating Agreement for a joint venture to assess the feasibility of commercial production from the Domanik shale formation.

To read more, click here.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Customer case study on how PIPEPHASE helped them improve process designs

Great PIPEPHASE customer case study:
Customer Survey verified by TechValidate.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Where are light and heavy keys specified for Liquid-Liquid Extraction?

While it is not necessary to designate the key components, it is strongly recommended.  The algorithm uses an immiscible pair of components to initialize the distribution of components between liquid phases.  Specifically declaring the key components instead of relying on the calculations to find an appropriate pair significantly reduces the time required to reach a solution.  The light and heavy keys are specified in the Thermodynamic Data section on the METHOD statement:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

From "Climate Progress": "Oil Refinery Terminal Would Open Up California To North Dakota Crude Trains"

For years, California has gotten much of its crude oil via pipeline from its own oil patches, or via tankers from Alaska or abroad. But with local sources in decline and an abundant supply of crude coming out of Texas, Colorado and North Dakota, this may all soon change.

To read more, click here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Customer Survey Result: How much have you increased profitability with your OTS?

Customer Evidence verified by TechValidate.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Customizing the PRO/II Toolbar

The Toolbar in PRO/II allows the user to access key data entry windows and other program features quickly and easily. The user can configure the Toolbar to increase or reduce the number of items displayed, or to change the order in which items are displayed to suit personal preference.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Increasing Agility with Integration

Increasing Agility with Integration

Invensys helps refiners drive integrated operations through more accurate feedstock information

In the face of volatile global economic and political environments causing significant fluctuations in energy prices, businesses necessitate an agile response to remain profitable. Oil companies, in particular, must adapt to changing product demand and raw material prices on a daily basis. To adapt accordingly, a refiner must understand the plant process thoroughly, and the only way to do so is through simulation. However, the simulation of this process is only as good as the raw data feeding it.

Friday, November 29, 2013

From "Reuters": "EU 'fitness check' on refinery laws set for late 2014"

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The European Commission will unveil the results of a study of the EU laws governing refiners by September 2014, officials said on Wednesday, raising concerns it will be too late to prevent new legal burdens on the struggling industry.


To read more, click here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

From "Australian Mining": "US shale oil and gas boom threatens LNG future"

As the US shale boom gains momentum many Asian buyers are holding off on LNG contracts, awaiting the cheaper alternative of shale gas.

To read more, click here.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From "Gulf Business": "US Shale Boom Could Impact GCC In Long-Term"

The effects of shale oil and gas production in North America could impact oil prices in the medium to long term, according to a report by Standard and Poor’s.


To read more, click here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Train for abnormal events that could prove to be catastrophic, if they ever happened


What does your OTS do for you? This customer saved more than a year training each operator and increased profitability by 10+% with an Invensys OTS!

Customer References verified by TechValidate.


From Gas Processing News: Marcellus shale likely to dominate U.S. gas supply

"HOUSTON -- Improvements in drilling efficiency and well performance continue to drive production growth in the Marcellus shale despite falling rig counts, according to new in-depth analysis by Wood Mackenzie made available on Thursday. 

Growth has been so rapid that an estimated 1.4 bcfed of production is currently being restricted at the wellhead. This highlights both the tremendous potential of the play as well as the continuing infrastructure and gas pricing challenges that operators face" Read the full article here

Monday, November 25, 2013

EMEA Process Engineering Forum - February 19th - 20th, 2014

Save the Date!
February 19th - 20th, 2014 EMEA Process Engineering Forum
http://events.invensys.com/EMEAProcessEngineeringForum 



The process engineering world is changing fast and new solutions have to be quick and effective.
  1. Are you ready?
  2. Would you like to learn how operating and engineering companies deploy SimSci software solutions for a sustainable competitive advantage? 
  3. Would you like to be among the first to experience the new SimSci Software tools? 
If the answer is yes, then meet us at the
EMEA Process Engineering Forum
Andaz (Hyatt) Hotel in London, UK.
19 and 20 February 2014


Our networking-rich agenda includes a free pre-conference software training, plenary and breakout sessions on Engineering & Operational Excellence, presentations from industry top executives, opportunities to interact with global experts from Invensys as well as offering plenty of time for an informal discussions with your peers.



Connoisseur - Advanced Process Control Increases Profitability

Connoisseur is an advanced process control (APC) software developed by Invensys  designed to improve process profitability. The quality improvements that result from using this software are also met with considerable economic improvements. The standard deviation of key product parameters from target specification is significantly reduced, leading to increased throughput and significantly reduced material and/or energy consumption, providing a total payback in three to six months or less.

Friday, November 22, 2013

From "Bloomberg": "Shale Boom in the U.S. Is Bridge to Future Cleaner-Burning Fuels"

A shale boom in the U.S. that’s led to lower natural gas prices and higher energy efficiency will act as a bridge to cleaner burning fuels, Carol Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency head, said today.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From "Hydrocarbon Processing": "North America set for economic expansion wave, driven by oil and gas"


The oil and gas (O&G) industry is a high-technology business. Much of this industry’s past success is attributed to the innovative thinking in solving problems. Speakers at the 2013 Deloitte’s O&G Conference, entitled Capitalizing on Success, emphasized that more creative action is needed by industry to handle future problems.

To read more, click here.

ERTC 18

The excellent presentations continue.  Great presentations from PETROBRAS and Haldor Topsoe yesterday and a great presentation today from ENI on their EST complex. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

From "Reuters": "Arrow LNG a likely target in Shell spending rethink"

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The Arrow gas export project in Australia is a likely casualty of a tighter spending regime at Royal Dutch/Shell as the company's new boss considers feeding output earmarked for it into a rival plant instead.


To read more, click here.

Are you at ERTC in Budapest this week?

I am there, and presenting on Thursday, "Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils."

Friday, November 15, 2013

From "Bloomberg": "U.S. to Be Top Oil Producer by 2015 on Shale, IEA Says"


The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations, the IEA said.

To read more, click here.

The differences between the SOUR and GPSWATER packages?

The SOUR method is the same method used in PROCESS and accounts for phase and chemical equilibria for the sour water components NH3, H2S, CO2, and H2O.  The phase behavior of all other components present is modeled using SRKM.   NH3 and water must be present when using this method.  The following limits apply to the SOUR package:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

PIPEPHASE Mini Guides Excel Reports

In under 3 minutes, you can see how to use Excel reports in PIPEPHASE in this video.


About PIPEPHASE: PIPEPHASE is part of its Upstream Optimization Suite solution from Invensys. It is currently being used by the world’s leading oil and gas producing companies to increase production. PIPEPHASE is a steady state, multiphase fluid flow simulation solution for rigorous modeling of gathering networks and pipeline systems. This solution can model applications ranging from single well sensitivity analyses of key parameters, to a multi-year planning study for an entire production field. It is improving profitability and performance in companies across the globe.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

PIPEPHASE Mini Guides Simple Pipeline Model

Learn how to set up a PIPEPHASE model in this short video.

About PIPEPHASE: PIPEPHASE is part of its Upstream Optimization Suite solution from Invensys. It is currently being used by the world’s leading oil and gas producing companies to increase production. PIPEPHASE is a steady state, multiphase fluid flow simulation solution for rigorous modeling of gathering networks and pipeline systems. This solution can model applications ranging from single well sensitivity analyses of key parameters, to a multi-year planning study for an entire production field. It is improving profitability and performance in companies across the globe.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

From "Hydrocarbon Processing": "IEA predicts US energy independence by 2035"

Soaring shale output in the US is helping the world’s top oil consumer achieve its highest level of energy independence in two decades, cushioning it against disruptions in Africa and the Middle East. The boom threatens revenues for OPEC’s 12 members, whose output is at its lowest in two years.

To read more, click here.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

From "Reuters": "U.S. to ship 10-15 bcm LNG a year to Europe from 2020 -Wood Mac"

(Reuters) - The United States is likely to export 10-15 billion cubic metres (bcm) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year to Europe from 2020, although it will ship much more to Asian markets, a report by Wood Mackenzie showed.

Read more here.

PROII Mini Guides Viewing Stream Results

http://www.youtube.com/v/vEGgbiXa0RI?version=3&autohide=1&autohide=1&autoplay=1&feature=share&showinfo=1&attribution_tag=GXYbea9P6vfrSRGzJcCTaQ

Monday, November 11, 2013

Customizing the Excel Report in PRO/II


How do I customize the Excel Report in PRO/II?
  1. By default there are two options while generating an Excel report i.e. Summary Report and Detailed Report

Friday, November 8, 2013

Invensys Workforce Enablement Solutions

Invensys Workforce Enablement Solutions  Great post by Maryanne Steidinger

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Marcellus Shale likely to dominate US gas supply

"During the first half of 2013, the majority of new wells were drilled in northeast Pennsylvania. However, rigs have increasingly focused on the liquids-rich southwestern portion of the Marcellus since 2012. Here, operators benefit from NGL production and less severe gas price differentials." Read the full post here

Thursday, November 7, 2013

What is SCP270?

Guest Post by Janet Parker

What is SCP270?

SCP270 is a “virtual stimulation” of the Foxboro I/A Series DCS Control Processor (CP) combined with modeling capability from DYNSIM. SCP270 software is built from the same CP270 algorithms and communication infrastructure of I/A Series control processors. All operational and engineering applications, processes, and equipment that run with I/A Series control systems, run the same way with SCP270 software.

It is important to understand the difference between “full stimulation,” “virtual stimulation” and emulation. Full stimulation replaces the sensors with a software model that pushes the equivalent 4 – 20 mA signal into the Fieldbus Modules (FBM)/control processor using the same communication protocols, processor algorithms, and Human Machine Interface (HMI) as the real unit. This type of activity is good enough for “end-to-end” safety validation to ensure the control system is 100% functional from a hardware standpoint. Virtual stimulation replaces the sensors with a mathematical model and the controllers and FBMs with a simulation that is derived from the identical algorithms and communication protocols as the actual controllers. When used in the context of dynamic simulation, emulation can be considered a mathematical model built by a separate company based on documentation and controller observation. It typically extends to the HMI and is only useful for low quality training, not for control logic checkout or validation.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guest appearance in Tokyo

My blog made a guest appearance at the SimSci User's Meeting in Japan this week!

Are you at the Japan User's Meeting in Tokyo this week. I would love to know what you thought of the event. I went a few years ago. There was a great turn out and a lot of great discussions.

Photo Credit to Ian Willetts

My Favorite SimSci picture

This picture is meant to illustrate that our software works together to model the same process in various programs to obtain different results.

PRO/II is used for process design.
DYNSIM is used for design, to study the dynamic implications of the design, check-out the control system, and eventually operator training.
ROMeo is used to optimize the process.



About SimSci: SimSci simulation software has improved the work of many industries across the globe by aiding in the design, operation, and optimization of processes. SimSci provides tools for the most pressing aspects in today’s industries. Dynamic simulation tools and operator training simulators (OTS) improve safety in the workplace. Process optimization and process simulation result in improved performance and engineering software results in improved profitability.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

From USA Today: "Could fracking boom peter out sooner than DOE expects?"

"The future of the U.S. fossil fuel industry rests largely on fracking, which has brought a surge in oil and gas production. Energy experts disagree, though, on how long this boom will last." Read the full article here


"Tight oil development is still at an early stage, and the outlook is highly uncertain," says the Department of Energy's EIA in its Annual Energy Outlook 2013, adding its future will depend on how individual wells perform as well as their costs and the revenue they generate.

What is assay knowledge management?

Guest Blogger, Emma Price, Customer Relationship Manager for Spiral Software
Spiral was founded with a vision to transform the oil industry’s use of software, helping to maximise the value of every drop of crude oil. The inspiration behind this was twofold.
Firstly, the evolving industry context creates new challenges and opportunities. Refiners are seeing a more diverse feedstock market than ever before—diverse in both quality and pricing. There are now many crude oils available which present some processing challenges in return for a discounted market price. At the same time, product specifications are becoming more stringent and legislation is tightening around safer operational limits. Put together, this makes a confident understanding of feedstock refining behaviour more important than it has ever been.
Secondly, the new capabilities of information technology enable effective collaboration, even across huge global organisations. It is perfectly realistic to gather real-time information from operating sites and provide meaningful analytics that help users collaborate to make the best possible decisions. This is the step from looking at assay data as simply a set of laboratory measurements to seeing it as “assay knowledge”: bringing together assay measurement with operational data, refinery models, past experience, market information and even news feeds.
This is what we mean by “assay knowledge management” and since 1998, our tools span this whole space: from traditional implementations at laboratories that help them validate and work-up assay data, through to oil major implementations with over 2,500 users in a single enterprise, spanning every area of the business, across upstream exploration, feedstock trading, strategy and operations.
This pushes well outside the bounds of legacy assay management software. For example, some of the largest commodity trading companies use our tools to run thousands of cases to understand how markets would react to feedstock and refining capacity changes. In parallel, engineering and consulting companies use our tools to analyse strategic investments, understanding the future value and risk of capital investments and green field developments.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Are you at AIChE in San Francisco - come by booth 14 to learn more about SimSci

Invensys will be there and we would love to hear from you. Come visit us at booth 14 to learn more about our products and our educational program! At Invensys we believe the engineers of the future should be using the same professional tools in school that they will be using after graduation. We have a special program dedicated to helping universities train their engineers on our products.

Come to booth 14 to learn more and see what other educational institutions are saying about the Invensys Academic Program!


The Wobbe Index

The Wobbe Index is a measure of caloric value and has the same units as GHV (energy / time).  The formula for the calculation is:

Wobbe Index = GHV / SQRT(SPGR) / Zavg

where, GHV is the ideal GHV of the stream, SPGR is the specific gravity with respect to air, and Zavg is the average compressibility at standard temperature and pressure.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Energy Management Infographic - ROMeo can lower your energy costs!

What can ROMeo do for your energy costs?




ROMeo Utilities Optimization

The SimSci ROMeo Utilities Optimization solution is being used to optimize performance in power plants across the globe. Plant energy costs are significantly diminishing with the help of this software. Plant management is always concerned about the ever-changing environmental restrictions and constraints. This software monitors and even possibly reduce emissions of CO2, SOX & NOX. With all of the benefits this solution has to offer, management can expect a typical payback in 6-12 months or less.

Guest Blogger: Kaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management



Saturday, November 2, 2013

EYESIM - The Gamification of Operator Training

Undertrained employees reduce performance and profitability in a refinery and may also risk the safety of other employees. The aging workforce is moving closer to the age of retirement, making it imperative to properly train younger, less experienced employees. Invensys Operations Management offers solutions that aid refineries in educating inexperienced operators, who will soon be relied upon to operate the refinery.

SimSci offers an immersive training system, EYESIM, which is a technology breakthrough in training. The EYESIM solution connects all refinery operators by a high-fidelity process simulation and virtual walkthrough plant environment. The virtual plant feature will significantly improve maintenance activities by offering direct feedback once a trainee completes an action. This will provide the knowledge necessary to act appropriately in any given situation. For more information on EYESIM, view the product page here.

Guest Blogger: Kaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management



About EYESIMUndertrained and inexperienced employees reduce performance and profitability in a refinery while also risking the safety of other employees. The aging workforce is moving closer to the age of retirement, making it imperative to properly train younger, less experienced employees. Invensys offers solutions that aid in educating inexperienced operators, who will soon be relied upon to operate the plant.
The immersive training system (ITS), SimSci EYESIM, is a technology breakthrough in training. The EYESIM solution connects all operators by a high-fidelity 3 dimensional process simulation and virtual walkthrough plant environment. Operator Training Simulators (OTS) allow operators to train on a computer in an identical environment to the control room. The virtual reality plant feature significantly improves maintenance activities by offering direct feedback once a trainee completes an action. This will provide the knowledge necessary to act appropriately in any given situation.
Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SmartFire solution based on Connoisseur APC

Guest BloggerKaylen McMullen, Marketing Assistant, Invensys Operations Management

The SmartFire solution from Invensys is based on an extension to the Connoisseur Advanced Process Control (APC) software. This solution is a boiler optimization application that offers multivariable model predictive control and neural networks. It is often applied to bias furnace air flow distribution and address O2 imbalances and regions of high CO. The original application needed some adjustments in order for it to achieve its fullest potential. It was decided that improvements could be made if this offering could automatically determine more optimum air/fuel settings at individual dampers.

From DOWNSTREAMTODAY: No Arctic Shipping Route: A Blow to Global Warming?

"Nils Andersen, head of Denmark’s A. P. Møller-Maersk (AMKBF-OTC), was interviewed recently by the Financial Times regarding his tenure running one of the world’s largest container shipping lines with a fleet of 583 cargo vessels and over 2.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) that carries approximately 15% of the industry’s cargo volume." nread the full post here

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Are you going to the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco?

Invensys will be there and we would love to hear from you. Come visit us at booth 14 to learn more about our products and our educational program! At Invensys we believe the engineers of the future should be using the same professional tools in school that they will be using after graduation. We have a special program dedicated to helping universities train their engineers on our products.

Come to booth 14 to learn more and see what other educational institutions are saying about the Invensys Academic Program!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

From Yahoo News: US ends most financing of overseas coal projects

"Washington (AFP) - The United States said Tuesday it would end most financing of coal projects overseas, taking a potentially significant step to curbing carbon emissions blamed for climate change." Read the full article here

Keep product specs on target with online optimization

Customer Evidence verified by TechValidate.

About ROMeo Process Optimization: ROMeo Process Optimization provides real-time optimization for the refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. This industry-leading technology generates precise operating information that improves performance, which allows for increased profitability. The provided real-time data is based on current economic and process conditions. ROMeo Process Optimization has been developed with an Excel-based interface, making it easier to use. With the help of this product, operators have the ability to make informed decisions at an expedited rate.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I am hiring: Product Marketing Manager (1302554) for SimSci

Product Marketing Manager: Click the link provided to see the complete job description.

I am looking for a seasoned product marketing manager with chemical engineering and operator training simulator or process simulation software experience.

This person is responsible for the definition and execution of the commercial and roll-out strategy of various products, including positioning, messaging, analyst relations, competitive intelligence, success stories, marketing strategy, channel readiness, digital marketing and sales collateral.

Responsibilities include:

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Citgo crude unit damaged by Lemont refinery fire

"The fluid catalytic cracker and one side of the coker are shut, said the people, who asked not to be identified. The alkylation unit is operating while output at other downstream units, including hydrotreaters, is reduced. The refinery provides gasoline and diesel to Chicago and the upper Midwest.?

Read the full article here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why you need an OTS!

Customer Content verified by TechValidate.


About Operator Training: Invensys offers a computer-based training method, Operator Training Simulators (OTS), to help give operators the skills they need to run a process or plant. Refineries and other plants are being forced to rely on inexperienced operators due to the aging workforce. Undertrained employees reduce performance and profitability in a refinery and may also risk the safety of other employees. The aging workforce is moving closer to the age of retirement, making it imperative to train younger, less experienced employees. Invensys offers an Operator Training System to aid refineries in educating inexperienced operators, who will soon be relied upon to operate the refinery and perform operational excellence.

Operators learn the ins and outs of a refinery in this virtual control room. DYNSIM is a model that controls the plant response. Trainees learn how to react appropriately when a similar situation occurs in the actual plant. DYNSIM Checkout is the first process dynamic simulation product designed specifically for control checkout. This solution can validate control system design before it is installed in the plant which eliminates many problems that occur during startup.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Minimum information required to get pseudocomponents in PRO/II

In order to calculate pseudocomponents from assay data, the user must enter at least the following information:  one stream with assay data, and an average gravity for that stream.


About PRO/II: PRO/II is the major product in the Process Engineering Suite (PES). This process simulation software optimizes plant performance by improving process design, operational analysis, and performing engineering studies. It is designed to perform rigorous heat and material balance calculations for a wide range of chemical processes. PRO/II allows users to evaluate the use of heat integration with case studies, rigorously evaluate process improvements with the help of a process flow diagram (PFD), or model crude distillation units. PRO/II offers a wide variety of thermodynamic models to virtually every industry and is incredibly cost effective, decreasing both capital and operating costs.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Column initial estimates in PRO/II


Good initial estimates for recycle streams and columns should aid model convergence. From PRO/II 7.1 onwards, users can update their recycle stream estimates, in a solved model, by selecting the Update Recycle Stream Initial Estimates from the Input menu. All recycle streams will be updated with solution data.

Friday, October 25, 2013

OTS Case Study

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Global HPI spending likely to jump 15% in 2014

Newfound optimism stems from rising availability of gas supplies in several nations, rich shale reserves in North America, and a new expansion wave for petrochemicals.

HOUSTON -- The outlook for the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is upbeat. Global spending is expected to exceed $279 billion in 2014, and spending in the US alone is forecast to reach nearly $78 billion.
The publisher and editors of Hydrocarbon Processing released this information at the magazine’s 40th annual HPI Forecast and Breakfast, held Friday at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

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I am looking for a seasoned product marketing manager with chemical engineering and operator training simulator or process simulation software experience.

This person is responsible for the definition and execution of the commercial and roll-out strategy of various products, including positioning, messaging, analyst relations, competitive intelligence, success stories, marketing strategy, channel readiness, digital marketing and sales collateral.

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From ARC: Integrated Spiral Crude Assay Management with SimSci Design and Optimization Software

From ARC: "Invensys also released integrated Spiral CrudeSuitecrude oil knowledge-management software with its SimSci PRO/II design and ROMeo optimization software.  The new integrated offering provides the hydrocarbon processing industry with a single-source software solution that enables access of the latest crude assay information for refinery design, analysis and optimization.  The integrated Spiral CrudeSuite offering will provide crude assay information throughout plant lifecycle modeling from design through operations and performance optimization.
Spiral CrudeSuite is an enterprise toolset for sharing, managing and modeling crude oil information.  Across the petroleum industry, its features enable companies to better extract maximum value from their data.  It supplies validated crude assay data so engineers can design refinery processes using the company's SimSci PRO/II software, and its crude assay data helps engineers better optimize the refinery to further maximize profitability using the company's SimSci ROMeo software."

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Achieve the best algal fuel design with process simulation

Today's blog post on Biofuel is the fourth in a series of post by Alevinia Wang, an intern at Invensys. Alevinia studied biofuels at Washington State University.


Process Simulation: 
An Essential Tool for the Algal Fuel Industry
         
Model simulation of chemical engineering processes begins with an initial flowsheet. This flowsheet represents, in simple terms, the fundamental steps required to go from raw material to end product. Flow-sheets will, in theory, lead to a workable, but typically inefficient system. The difference between simply a workable system and a fully optimized one is where modeling comes into play. In order to achieve a properly optimized system an accurate virtual representation (a numerical model) is needed.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Biofuel: A Renewable Solution for Future Energy Demand by Alevinia Wang


Today's blog post on Biofuel is the first in a series of post by Alevinia Wang, an intern at Invensys. Alevinia studied biofuels at Washington State University.

Biofuel: A Renewable Solution for Future Energy Demand 

The world’s current energy needs are being met primarily with ‘’fossil-fuels’’ which are non-renewable and the use of which creates the majority of the worlds pollution.  Advancements in technology and political regulations have helped curb the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use but it is impossible to escape the eventuality of
simply running out.  As the famed economist Herbert Stein once said, ‘’If something cannot go on forever, it will stop’’.

The solution to this inevitability is Biofuel.  Biofuel is derived from living organisms (biomass) whereas fossil fuel consists of decomposed relics of ancient biomass.  Both Biofuel and Fossil Fuel are energy dense as a result of carbon fixation, however, the obvious difference between the two is the required time of formation (see Figure 1).  Fossil fuel requires many millions of years to form thus making fossil fuel feedstocks (coal, crude oil, and natural gas) non-renewable for all practical purposes.  Biofuel on the other hand is considered renewable because its ‘’cradle to grave’’ energy life cycle can be achieved in months, and is reproduced via photosynthesis and industrial bio-engineering processes.  Furthermore, the photosynthesis required to produce Biofuel effectively recycles the CO2 that is produced during its end use (its conversion to energy).


Thus a significant net reduction of CO2 emissions is anticipated when compared to traditional fuel sources.  A carbon neutral cycle can be achieved by balancing the CO2emission rate and biofuel production capacity.  The implementation and promotion of biofuel will relieve the economic and environmental stressors caused by fossil fuel depletion, reduce dependency on foreign crude oil importation, and will improve the sustainability of society. 


As biomass is also a primary resource for food production, the question arises: Must we replace a portion our food supply for energy production? The answer is no, not necessarily. The biomass sources can vary widely. Biofuel can be obtained from non-edible organic matter (such as wood chips, microalgae and grasses) and even animal waste.

Despite the wide variety and abundance of biomass resources and the reduction in carbon footprint, biofuel has faced a series of challenges. The greatest issue is the photosynthetic efficiency of plants themselves. Only 47% of the sunlight can be absorbed and utilized by green plants while green light, UV, and IR irradiation is by-passed. In addition, photosynthesis works most effectively in low light-intensity, it reaches its saturated status at about 20% of averaged sunlight intensity. The improvement of photosynthetic efficiency relies on the understanding of the fundamental mechanism of photosynthesis and process coupling in biomass cultivation.

We can conclude that Biofuel is a potential viable option that can ease our thirst for fossil fuel. In order for that to happen, however, the photosynthetic efficiency of the biomass needs to be improved through scientific and industrial efforts. Biofuel production is also the art of thermochemical process by subunit cooperation. Simulation of these processes can help researchers optimize each stage and achieve state-of-the-art levels of efficiency

Thursday, October 17, 2013

From Peak Oil: How Much Recoverable Oil Do We Have?

"Oil’s availability is of course of immediate concern to every driver, especially at a time when gasoline prices are high once again. The much greater concern, however, is whether we are reaching a limit where oil can no longer be recovered at prices consumers are willing to pay.


If something like that turns out to be true—a scenario that generally goes by the name of “peak oil”—then long-term economic growth may be constrained across the industrial world. At the same time, to look at the brighter side of the picture, long-term carbon emissions may be lower than previously projected."

Read the full article here.

Two points that I found interesting: 

  1. "The Age of Unconventional Oil and Gas" I agree with this point - we are at a point where recovering and processing unconventional oil & gas will be important if want to continue to use oil as a fuel. 
  2. "In effect, they suggest, [oil] prices have reached a level where consumers seek alternatives or conserve, rather than pay more; if oil prices go significantly higher, then the effect is to plunge the industrial world into recession, lowering demand." I am not sure what the price of gas is where you are, but it is still lower than it was last year for me, so I think that the price can increase a little, but I think we are close to that price point.