Thursday, July 31, 2014

97% of surveyed SimSci customers felt they improved their designs with SimSci Design software, #TechValidate

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Experience the value of SimSci software’s physical methods and ease of use, #TechValidate

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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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You are invited to the SimSci Sessions at the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando

I would like to invite you to attend the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference September 29-October 3, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.



I would like to invite you to attend the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference September 29-October 3, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The event is an excellent value for the level of education, networking, and exposure to new technologies and applications you will receive. This three day event brings a major return on your investment by giving you access to:

  • 60+ educational sessions, technical overviews, demos, collaboration sessions, and product roadmaps from Schneider Electric Software management and partners
  • 18 Technical Support Symposium presentations that will deliver detailed product features/tips/troubleshooting by the experts within the Schneider Electric Software Global Support Group
  • 3+ hours of keynote presentations covering the latest industry trends 
  • 10+ hours of networking with peers from other companies
  • 10+ hours of product and solution demos by both Schneider Electric and partners
 The SimSci session at the Global Customer Conference will include:

66% of surveyed SimSci customers designed new processes with SimSci software from Invensys, #TechValidate

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Strong Argument in Favor Of Fracking…Perhaps

According to Oil & Gas Journal, states that invested money in hydraulic fracturing recovered quicker from the 2008 recession that those that did not. Job creation, higher wages, and a lower employment rate resulted. The author points to Texas and North Dakota as success stories, while states that have struggled during this time, such as, California and New York, currently have fracking bans in place. The author seems to indicate the economic benefits of fracking are obvious, but the concern and cost of environmental compliance still remains. The numbers are here in the article; judge for yourself.

PRO/II is a very useful and powerful tool for us to carry the engineering design, #SimSci #TechValidate

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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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

68% of surveyed SimSci customers revamped older designs with SimSci software from Invensys, #TechValidate

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

Announcing the release of SimSci Suite 2014

SimSci Suite 2014 – is now available on the Electronic Software Distribution site


What is it?

SimSci Suite 2014 contains all of SimSci’s most recent versions of its process design, operator training, and optimization software. Understanding processes with SimSci simulation software is the first step to designing, operating and optimizing a company's processes and thereby improving performance and profitability.


Why is this important?

A single suite with all SimSci software makes it easier for customers to:
  • Do business with SimSci 
  • Deploy and maintain software versions 
  • Ensure all SimSci software are compatible with each other 
SimSci Suite 2014 delivers software for the chemical, petroleum, natural gas, solids processing, polymer and power industries; the most comprehensive solution suite available today.

What is new?

SimSci Suite 2014 contains new versions of the following software:

Design Software
  • PRO/II 9.3
  • VISUAL FLARE 5.6 
  • INPLANT 4.4 
  • PIPEPHASE 9.7 
  • SIM4ME Portal 2.3 
Simulation & Training Software
  • DYNSIM 5.2
  • Foxboro Evo Simulation 5.0
Optimization Software 
  • ROMeo Material Balance Module 6.2 
  • ROMeo Performance Monitoring 6.2 
  • ROMeo Process Optimization 6.2 
  • ROMeo Utilities Optimization 6.2 
  • ROMeo Refinery Modeling 6.2 
  • Connoisseur 15.5 
  • SimSci APC 2014 

57% of surveyed SimSci customers debottlenecked processes with SimSci software from Invensys.

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Refinery 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. SimSci by Schneider Electric has developed products that find any chance of profitability anywhere in the refinery.

SimSci ROMeo Online Performance Suite solution provides optimization features for the entire refinery. ROMeo Utilities Optimization optimizes the way plants supply energy from its utilities. It will significantly reduce energy cost, which is very often a refinery’s greatest expense. ROMeo Process Optimization allows for a change in operation based on current economic and process conditions. SimSci ROMeo solutions are used by some of the world’s leading refineries including Exxon Mobil, Shell, and BASF. Invensys Yield Accounting Solution provides refineries with more accurate data and more reliable tracking. In doing this, it provides less room for error which also optimizes performance. Planning & Off-sites Integration with ROMeo is another Invensys optimization solution. Integrating ROMeo with planning LP technology and off-sites management applications allows for much less manual work.

Join the world’s leading refineries and start optimizing performance in your workplace by choosing Invensys optimization solutions.

From Market Realist: "Why has the US refining industry been so profitable lately?"

Interesting read on the profitability factors for US refining: here


SimSci software for modeling, rating and modifying complex relief systems, #TechValidate

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About VISUAL FLOW: SimSci VISUAL FLOW is a fluid flow simulator that designs, rates, and analyzes oil and gas flare networks. This Invensys application provides safer design and operation for engineers while also providing a reduced capital and operating cost. VISUAL FLOW is DIERS compliant while also complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), API 520, and Health Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory requirements. This application is integrated with the SIM4ME Portal, creating a user-friendly environment based on an Excel interface.
Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

CSAPR is coming - will you be ready? We can help!

Comply with CSAPR quicker and more cost effectively with SimSci APC!



SimSci by Schneider ElectricThe Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that implements stricter emissions standards with the goal of reducing the emission of pollutants such as NOx and Sox was recently upheld by the US Supreme Court. Are you ready to meet these new regulations? 

Our proven advanced process control (APC) technology allows you to make significant progress towards CSAPR compliance for a fraction of pollution-reducing equipment cost in short time. SimSci by Schneider Electric can help power producers move towards compliance more cost effectively and quicker than installing expensive emissions reducing equipment such as scrubbers or selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. In cases where greater reductions are required, then smaller emissions reducing equipment may be installed with lower operating costs.

Save time and money with SimSci Advanced Process Control.

Register HERE
SimSci APC 2014

Control Systems: Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

Interesting article!! Check it out.

Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

End Users and Suppliers Agree: Advanced Process Control Is a Powerful and Effective Tool, but Implementation and Maintenance Need to Be Simplified

Control Systems: Advanced Process Control Ain't Easy

Repost: 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, July 23, 2014

57% of surveyed SimSci customers evaluated alternative plant configurations with SimSci software from Invensys, #TechValidate

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

Wobbe index in PRO/II

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.

Repost: 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.

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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SimSci provides our customers with information about conditions and parameters in any process, #TechValidate

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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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

SimSci has been rated 5/5 stars by this customer, #TechValidate

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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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

SimSci allows for a complete pressure relief, #TechValidate

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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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Since it is Friday - Check out this whimsical video quiz


“[We value] problem solving in the area through a numeric simulation and conditions validation with [SimSci software.]”, #TechValidate

Customer Proof verified by TechValidate.

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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Really good progress has been made by SimSci Design Software in terms of CAPE-OPEN support, #TechValidate

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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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SimSci for process simulation, #TechValidate

Customer Survey verified by TechValidate.

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.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Birth of a Nation

What happens when the land in which you live becomes a completely sovereign country? And what are the ramifications to its largest industry—deep water offshore oil & gas exploration and production—when it comes under new national policy? It’s an idea/possibility/movement that dates back to Margaret Thatcher’s rule of Great Britain in the 80’s, but it will be September 2014 when voting-age adults decide whether Scotland secedes from the United Kingdom. Oil & Gas Journal has an interesting editorial on the situation and what it means to the greater oil markets. (If the link forces you to log in, google “An Independent Scotland, Oil & Gas Journal” to access the article directly.)

Optimize existing processes with #SimSci, #TechValidate

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

The PFD interface of SimSci PRO/II works well. Also we are able to generate many tables and spreadsheets from the software directly, #TechValidate

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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.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Announcing the release of INPLANT 4.4

INPLANT® 4.4 – is now available on the Electronic Software Distribution site


What is it?
INPLANT® is a fluid flow simulator for the design, rating, and analysis of plant piping systems. The simulator assists plants in their ongoing effort to improve safety in the workplace and to comply with regulatory requirements.


Why is this important?
INPLANT® provides:

  • Improved plant design and revamp 
  • Lower capital/operating costs 
  • Efficient safety and regulatory compliance 
  • Reduced piping costs 
  • Increased plant throughput 
  • Safer process plant operation 

INPLANT® can be used to model process piping, vacuum transfer lines, fire-water networks, utility distribution systems, steam systems, flare relief networks, vessel depressuring studies, and single-link & relief system pipe sizing.

What is new?

INPLANT® version 4.4 represents numerous new features and improvements, including:

  • Enhancements to PVT data, assay handling, and phase envelope 
  • Upgrade to PRO/II 9.2 thermo with access to all PRO/II thermodynamic methods; ability to import data from PRO/II keyword files 
  • Improved ease of use, including updates to the right-click menu, pictures, UOM conversion, etc. 
  • Ability to cut/copy/paste or disable devices; improved segmentation 
  • New or improved input/calculation options, including nodal analysis, erosional velocity method , Cv specification for fittings, and an allowance of multiple pump curves 
  • Microsoft Excel report improvements 

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90% of SimSci customers rated SimSci Technical Support as 3 stars or more, #TechValidate

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

PRO/II simply offers high turnaround speed in evaluating news concepts / ideas, #SimSci #TechValidate

Customer Survey verified by TechValidate.

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.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2015 U.S. Oil Production to be Highest Since 1972

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted that U.S. crude oil production will hit its highest level since 1972 next year. Unconventional oil, mainly from shale deposits, has spurred this increase—15% over the last six years and another 11% next year alone. With this boom, oil imports have been cut in half and dropping. In 2015, imported oil will account for 22%, down from 60% the previous decade, and the lowest since 1970.

According to the EIA, “The United States and Canada are expected to account for most of the world’s projected growth in production of oil and other liquid fuel through 2015 while China and less developed countries will drive most of the growth in consumption”. Read the full article.

Invensys provides training, engineering, and control, #SimSci #TechValidate

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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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PRO/II software simplifies modeling of complex chemical process networks, #SimSci #TechValidate

Customer Survey verified by TechValidate.

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.

From "Herald and News": U.S. is now world’s biggest oil producer

WOW - US overtakes Saudi Arabia and Russia as now world’s biggest oil producer...

"LONDON — The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said.
U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report Friday. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids." read the full article here