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

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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!

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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

SimSci OTS software technology exceeded this customer's expectations.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Superior technical support


I've always believed it to be true, but SimSci has the BEST technical support according to this customer.



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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. 

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!

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Monday, October 21, 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 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."

SimSci Academic Program provides simulation education to universities

SimSci Academic Program provides simulation education to universities

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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. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SCP270 replaces FSIM Plus

SimSci Esscor SCP270 (Simulated Control Processor 270) software from Invensys, included in its Dynamic Simulation Suite (DSS), is replacing FSIM Plus. It provides Foxboro I/A Series system users with a comprehensive environment for modeling, testing, and system checkout prior to start up. SCP270 is delivered as part of a turnkey OTS from Invensys or for users for DCS Control Checkout for control logic checkout. Use of SCP270 will dramatically reduce start-up and commissioning times. The reduced start-up times provide customers with significant cost savings. This new software also allows for efficient operator training, control systems validation, and enhanced plant performance.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Guest Blogger Wanted

Are you interested in process simulation software? Do you use SimSci simulation software? Do you have something to say? Use my blog as a platform to let your voice be heard.

I am looking for a few people within Invensys and outside of Invensys who are willing to be guest bloggers. We have over 108,000 views, and average 250-300 views/day now.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Relative tolerance vs. absolute tolerance in PRO/II

What is relative tolerance vs. absolute tolerance?

AVESTAR Team Wins 2013 FLC-MAR Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for 3D Virtual Energy Plant Simulator

Join me in congratulating Stephen Zitney Director, NETL AVESTAR Cente and the entire NETL team for Achieving Operational Excellence for Energy Systems from Smart Plant-to-Smart Grid

From the AVESTAR LinkedIn Group: "The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has selected the “AVESTAR 3D Virtual Energy Plant Simulator and Immersive Training System (ITS)” as a winner of the 2013 FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional (MAR) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Based on the EYESIM virtual reality (VR) software from Invensys Operations Management and deployed at NETL's AVESTAR Center, the virtual energy plant ITS is used to deliver realistic, cost-effective, and low-risk workforce training to the energy industries. VR-based training helps operators increase their process knowledge and confidence, so they can bring plants online faster, reduce shutdowns and downtime, and reduce the risk and cost of equipment damage.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Operator Training Simulator Case Study - Saving 1-2 months training each operator with Invensys OTS

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Release of PRO/II 9.2.1. PRO/II now integrates with Spiral CrudeSuite

I am pleased to announce that PRO/II 9.2 patch 1 is now available for download from the Software Updates & Knowledge Base page.

Here is a quick overview of the new features that are now available in addition to several defect fixes:
  • Enhanced Run Unavailable Window
  • Exclude Include Block diagrams
  • Open File in Original Version
  • Update icons in Menus and Toolbar
However, the most important feature just may be Spiral CrudeSuite 5.5.1 integration to PRO/II.

A Comprehensive refinery-wide simulation and optimization solution

A Comprehensive refinery-wide simulation and optimization solution

Monday, October 7, 2013

Invensys OTS leads to a clear understanding of the process

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Link from Hydrocarbon Processing: Invensys to supply refining simulators for KBR

Invensys to supply refining simulators for KBR
Invensys will supply simulation software to help KBR best model its process technology, which KBR will use in design proposals to customers and on technology licenses. read full release here
Or check out the release on iom.invensys.com

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Invensys Yield Accounting: Improving Customers’ Bottom Line

To remain profitable in a competitive marketplace, customers can trust Invensys’ Yield Accounting Solution for accurate financial assessments and tracking.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Increasing Agility with Integration

Significant fluctuations in energy prices today due to global and various regional economic and political environments necessitate agile response from businesses to remain profitable. Oil companies must adapt to changing product demand and raw material prices. In order to adapt accordingly, the refiner must completely understand the process. The only way to do understand the process is through simulation. However, the simulation of the process is only as good as the feedstock information.