Friday, May 31, 2013

From DOWNSTREAMTODAY:Bitumen Prices Bubble Up as Glut Melts

Alberta called it the "bitumen bubble," and warned earlier this year that low prices for its heavy oil would bleed billions from corporate and government bottom lines.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Did you download PRO/II 9.2, PIPEPHASE 9.6, DYNSIM 5.1, & ROMeo 6.1 yet?

SimSci Suite 2013

All SimSci-Esscor software on a single DVD to make it easier for you!

SimSci Suite 2013 includes all current SimSci-Esscor simulation and components to enhance your experience.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How are pseudocomponents treated in the calculation of GHV?

The GHV for pseudocomponents is determined by a correlation that is based on molecular weight.

Links to view free webinar recordings on SimSci-Esscor Software

We finished another month of successful Webinars. If you want to see the past recordings please follow these links, register and enjoy.

What are the current versions of your SimSci-Esscor software?

Want to know what the current release of your favorite SimSci-Esscor software is?


Click here to vist the blog - look in the upper left hand corner of the blog where the current versions will always be listed!

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor is an Invensys solution that offers applications to give your plant a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  SimSci-Esscor offers integrated simulation, optimization, training, and process control software and services. For over 45 years, these applications have been improving profitability and performance in plants across the globe.

If you have decided to use SimSci-Esscor products but you do not where to begin, Invensys Operations Management is now offering training courses. These courses will provide the necessary guidance to use SimSci-Esscor applications that will allow your plant to reach its full potential and maximize performance and profitability. 




New to SimSci-Esscor products?  Are you looking to refresh your skills?  Update your skills?



Join us worldwide for a SimSci-Esscor training course.

To register for the upcoming training course visit http://iomtraining.invensys.com/simsci/public

Friday, May 24, 2013

Changing back pressure threshold in VISUAL FLOW

Back pressure threshold for different type of relief valves can be modified / changed in VISUAL FLOW as follows:

1.       Go to Task > Diagnostic Thresholds > Back-Pressure Threshold


Thursday, May 23, 2013

DYNSIM Back-up tip!


The model configuration and graphics data for each DYNSIM model are saved in the S4M file. However, DYNSIM also provides the capability to back up the simulation in XML form which is a compact, readable format.

From CHE.com: Petroleum Refining Outlook :: Chemical Engineering

"Petroleum from shale and oil sands offers opportunities for North American refiners, but the shifting crude diet also presents challenges, as refiners look to match product output with demand"

Petroleum Refining Outlook :: Chemical Engineering

Dynamic Simulation enhances competitive positions

Guest Blogger: Lourdes Reyes, OTS Sr. Consultant, Invensys

The need to keep a competitive position in the global market has forced engineering and operating companies to improve the process design of grassroots and existing plants to reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX), increase safety, and improve availability and profitability.

Dynamic simulation provides a very accurate and quantitative understanding of highly complex and highly integrated plants in order to analyze their operability predict the dynamic behavior of the real system before the capital is committed to a project.

With an expertise in process modeling, industry experience and the use of state-of-the-art technology, the Invensys’ Engineering Services Team delivers operating and design recommendations as well as a complete DYNSIM based simulation model for application areas such as:

  • Relief System upgrade analysis 
  • Reactor Depressuring Studies 
  • Steam System Design 
  • Turbo-machinery Controls Design 
  • Furnace Draft Implosion/Control Studies 
  • IGCC gasification and operation studies 
  • 2nd generation biofuels and Biomass gasification 
  • Design and operation of chemical plants 
  • LNG process design and analysis 

Get our technical brochure to learn more about the Invensys’ SIM4ME Services Program based on DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation and see how Invensys can help you to increase your profitability.

About DYNSIM: DYNSIM is part of the Dynamic Simulation Suite from Invensys, assisting in process design, controls checkout, and control system design. This dynamic simulator helps plant management operate in a safe and profitable manner. Its operator training simulator provides safer operation while also improving performance and productivity. One example is using DYNSIM to evaluate flare and relief systems in a plant to raise the safety standard by making sure that the flares can handle the loads as they occur dynamically. DYNSIM is a cost-effective program, reducing the cost of process equipment.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PRO/II Reference Streams

What can be overwritten in a reference stream in PRO/II?

What are the current versions of your SimSci-Esscor software?

Want to know what the current release of your favorite SimSci-Esscor software is?


Click here to vist the blog - look in the upper left hand corner of the blog where the current versions will always be listed!

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor is an Invensys solution that offers applications to give your plant a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  SimSci-Esscor offers integrated simulation, optimization, training, and process control software and services. For over 45 years, these applications have been improving profitability and performance in plants across the globe.

If you have decided to use SimSci-Esscor products but you do not where to begin, Invensys Operations Management is now offering training courses. These courses will provide the necessary guidance to use SimSci-Esscor applications that will allow your plant to reach its full potential and maximize performance and profitability. 




New to SimSci-Esscor products?  Are you looking to refresh your skills?  Update your skills?



Join us worldwide for a SimSci-Esscor training course.

To register for the upcoming training course visit http://iomtraining.invensys.com/simsci/public

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Carbon capture technology becoming cost effective

Carbon capture technology becoming cost effective
The Cost Reduction Task Force, which authored the report, found that carbon capture and storage technology could be a viable option for the UK government in meeting its carbon reduction targets. The report estimated that CCS technology could soon generate electricity at a breakeven cost.

Repost: 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.

Friday, May 17, 2013

From DownstreamToday: Global Shale Oil Impact to Vary By Country

Really interesting article on shale oil and how it will affect the global economy.

Shale oil production could revolutionize global energy markets, reducing oil prices and bolstering the economy globally, but its impact will vary on a country-by-country basis.

How do you feel about your OTS?

What do you really think of your OTS? 

Check out the PowerPoint headline to find out what one customer said at the recent ARC conference......

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cleaning up a PRO/II Flowsheet

How do I clean up a messy flowsheet in PRO/II?

A few days ago we showed you how to create tabs in your PFD. Also known as flowsheets. Today we’ll show to you how you can improve the look of your simulation using flowsheets in PRO/II 9.2.

Let’s start with a very bad looking simulation. Would you have a PFD with an entire plant on one single piece of paper? Probably not. No need to do it in PRO/II either.

Displaying results on flowsheet in VISUAL FLOW

Displaying results on flowsheet in VISUAL FLOW

1. Run and converge the VISUAL FLOW simulation

2. Go to the tool bar and click select the text box option



3. Click on the object for which the results are to be viewed e.g. vessel, RV, links, outlet etc and text boxes as shown below will appear on the flowsheet.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

From the BBC: US shale shifts global power balance

"US shale shifts global power balance"

"A sharp rise in shale oil reserves is set to turn the US into a net exporter of oil, hitting demand for supplies from the Middle East, a report says." 
Read the full story here

Exergy Calculations

Exergy (or availability) calculations may be requested by the user by selecting the Miscellaneous Data option of the Input menu and checking the Include Exergy Analysis check box.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Refinerlink: Oil Refinery Career Paths for Chemical Engineers

Very Interesting article about careers in refining from Refinerlink.
Have you just started your career or are interest in a career in oil refining? Read on and I’ll show you what promising opportunities lie ahead.Read the full article here

Monday, May 13, 2013

Invensys Yield Accounting Solution



About Yield Accounting: The Yield Accounting solution from Invensys addresses one of the most stressing issues of a refinery, petrochemical plant, or other processing facility: unaccounted losses. This solution improves the efficiency in a facility with data reconciliation, which finds errors in raw plant data and closes the mass balance and production accounting, which allows the plant to better account for feedstock and products. Material tracking and product yield tracking accounts for inventory and pinpoints losses. 

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


Invensys Enhances Usability of SimSci-Esscor Simulation Software

And here is the official news release from my blog announcement earlier! SimSci Suite 2013 News Release


INTRODUCING SimSci Suite 2013 with PRO/II 9.2, PIPEPHASE 9.6, DYNSIM 5.1, & ROMeo 6.1


SimSci Suite 2013

All SimSci-Esscor software on a single DVD to make it easier for you!

SimSci Suite 2013 includes all current SimSci-Esscor simulation and components to enhance your experience.

Friday, May 10, 2013

From Hydrocarbon processing: Ecopetrol approves additional funding for the modernization of its Cartagena refinery

The decision was made after the management team of Reficar asked for the additional funds based on an estimated budget of $6,467 million. Read more here

My favorite quote from the article:

Energy Management Infographic - ROMeo can lower your energy costs


What can ROMeo do for your energy costs?




About ROMeo Utilities Optimization: The SimSci ROMeo Utilities Optimization solution is being used to optimize performance in plants across the globe by minimizing usage of steam, water, fuel, and other utilities. Plant energy costs can be reduced by 3 to 5 percent with the help of this software. Plant management is always concerned about energy management and ever-changing environmental restrictions and constraints. This software monitors and even helps reduce emissions of CO2, SOX & NOX by placing limits on those emissions as part of the solutions calculations. With all of the benefits this solution has to offer, management can expect a typical payback in 6-12 months or less.
Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

repost: Updating Stream Estimates in PRO/II

Updating stream estimates with solution data for streams containing pure, petro or user defined components is simple in PRO/II.  After solution, select your target stream, and then select Copy from the Edit menu (or use Control-C).  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

From Automation World: The Ever-Evolving Automation Industry

From Automation World: The Ever-Evolving Automation Industry

From Automation World: The Ever-Evolving Automation Industry

In a one-on-one meeting with Invensys Operations Management President & CEO Michael Caliel and Systems Business President Gary Freburger,...read full article here

Interesting insights on Invensys and on the Automation industry from Invensys Operations Management President & CEO Michael Caliel and Systems Business President Gary Freburger. What do you think led to the rebound of the Automation Industry?

Energy Management Infographic - ROMeo can lower your energy costs!

What can ROMeo do for your energy costs?




ROMeo Utilities Optimization

The SimSci-Esscor 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




Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Refinery Wide Optimization


The declining global economy and increasing regional regulations are taking their toll on refineries. These two issues prove that there is no better time to improve performance and profitability. Invensys has developed products that find any chance of profitability anywhere in the refinery.

Download Whitepaper on Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils

Here is a sample of the white paper:

Introduction

The world’s energy industry has followed the availability of easily attainable and economically feasible supplies for the oil segment that has moved towards heavier feedstock. The earlier extraction, accessibility, transport and processing centered around lighter crudes with characteristics that could be uniformly and reliably processed in refineries using a stable of proven technologies is no longer possible. As those lighter crude supplies have become exhausted or more difficult to obtain, demand from emerging nations such as India and China has strained the supply chain. Because of their explosive growth, these and other countries experiencing economic growth are usurping an increasing amount of the existing supply of conventional crudes while investing in supplies of heavier sources as well. Heavier crudes have unique physical properties that often present costly refining challenges. Efficient processing solutions require a thorough understanding of the crude’s characteristics and operating behavior. Those involved in heavy or extra heavy oil refining must decide what they have and how they should process it.

Download and read the full white paper here: Whitepaper on Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils

Column Pumparound duties in PRO/II

How are Column Pumparound duties determined in PRO/II?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Invensys Yield Accounting Solution from SimSci-Esscor


Check out this video for an overview of the Invensys Yield Accounting Solution



Invensys designed a robust Yield Accounting solution integrating ErrorSolver, a third party yield accounting software, with Invensys’ existing Off-sites solutions. The end result enables customers to reduce the work time in half associated with reconciling and closing the balances. Data does not have to be imported by multiple sources or manually entered. This direct integration thus lessens the implementation time and eliminates a source of errors that arise from manual entry of tank and movement data.



About Yield Accounting: The Yield Accounting solution from Invensys addresses one of the most stressing issues of a refinery, petrochemical plant, or other processing facility: unaccounted losses. This solution improves the efficiency in a facility with data reconciliation, which finds errors in raw plant data and closes the mass balance and production accounting, which allows the plant to better account for feedstock and products. Material tracking and product yield tracking accounts for inventory and pinpoints losses.

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

Friday, May 3, 2013

Global Heat Transfer data in INPLANT / PIPEPHASE

Global Heat Transfer data in INPLANT / PIPEPHASE

User can define the heat transfer data for pipes and the surrounding medium e.g. Air, Soil or Water globally in the following steps:

What is behind oil pricing?

Great discussion with T Boone Pickens on the supply and demand sides of oil!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Operator Training Simulator (OTS) Best Practices Survey

Please take a few minute to take this survey to help OTS!

NAMUR, ARC Advisory Group and the US Department of Energy’s AVESTAR Center are conducting a survey to develop a better understanding of what manufacturers, operations, and executives are doing regarding the implementation, deployment and benefits from using Operator Training Simulators (OTS). 

Apps, Cloud Top Mobile Priorities (Yankee Group)

Apps, Cloud Top Mobile Priorities (Yankee Group)

Great post by Maryanne - it begs the question, what are your priorities with simulation software when it comes to cloud and mobile use?

Whitepaper on Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils

Free Whitepaper on Processing Heavy and Extra Heavy Oils - click here

Come get a free whitepaper on processing heavy oils. SimSci is determined to makes sure that the simulation software we provide has the technology needed for processing heavy oils!


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.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: Valero looks to boost refinery processing capacity for light, sweet crudes

"Valero said it was spending about $500 million for new equipment at its refineries in Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas, to increase their light, sweet crude refining capacity by a combined 160,000 bpd.

ACA.HF - The safer way to measure hydrofluoric acid (HF) in a refinery


ACA.HF is an Invensys Operations Management solution that received a breakthrough product of the year award from Process Magazine. This solution tests the level of hydrofluoric acid (HF) in a refinery.

Save the Date for the North America SimSci-Esscor User Group Meeting


Avantis, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware User Group Meetings - Oct 15-17 - Save the Date!