Friday, November 10, 2017

Update to SimSci Licensing Options

Dear SimSci Software User, 

This post is to provide an update on the licensing and security options from Flexera Software, who produces the security software that SimSci software products use for LAN, WAN, and Token Licensing. Flexera Software FLExNetPublisher (FNP) 11.11 and (FNP) 11.12 have reached the end of limited Lifecycle support.

In an effort to support our customers going forward, SimSci is supporting now the latest version of FlexNetPublisher, 11.14.  The SimSci team is implementing the following plan:

1.       Existing FNP 11.11 and FNP 11.12 security licenses will be upgraded the next time they are renewed to FNP 11.13 or FNP 11.14. However, we do recommend that you upgrade at your earliest opportunity to avoid any potential problems.  
2.       Older FLEXlm licenses will continue to work, however, if they stop working before the renewal period, they must be upgraded to FNP 11.13 or FNP 11.14.
3.       Future installations of SimSci software will allow FNP 11.13, FNP 11.14 and respective TOKEN versions, and USB security options. 
4.       The latest server software install and a retrofit package to upgrade all your SimSci software to use FNP 11.14 can be downloaded from the Support Site.  
5.        Any customer migrating to Windows 10 will need to upgrade to FNP 11.13 or FNP 11.14 as previous versions of the server do not install in Windows 10. 

We appreciate your patience through the migration and will do our best to minimize the impact on your use of our products. Please contact technical support if there are any problems. 

Regards,
 

The SimSci Team

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SimSci ROMeo 7.0 is now available on the Global Customer Support site

 
Download SimSci ROMeo 7.0 from the Global Customer Support site now!
What is it?
ROMeo is an advanced, unified modeling environment delivering on-line and offline optimization plus advanced monitoring applications to help users obtain peak performance from their operating units. This industry-leading technology generates precise operating information that improves performance, allowing for increased profitability. The provided real-time data is based on current economic and process conditions, giving operators the ability to make informed decisions quickly.
Why is this important?
ROMeo provides:
  • Increased plant profitability in real-time based on current economic and process conditions via accurate process optimization
  • Easy to use and maintainable solution with lowest total cost of ownership
  • Time and labor savings
What is new?
ROMeo 7.0 offers:
  • New platform infrastructure support, including 64-bit server support, Microsoft Windows support (Windows 7 and 10, WinServer 2012R2 and 2016) and Captive historian in SQL Server
  • Updates to Calculations and Interfaces, including the interface to SPYRO 7, embedded utilities models mixed-integer capability, and 3rd party reactor model interfaces
  • Enhanced performance by improving the simple stream, multi-component separator, and the information stream

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

SimSci APC 2016 SP2 is now available on the Global Customer Support site

SimSci APC 2016 SP2 is now available on the Global Customer Support site.

What is it?
SimSci APC uses both real-time and historical data to analyze, identify, and model the significant cause-and-effect relationships in a process. These powerful analytical tools provide an engineer with valuable insight into process behavior and understanding of process characteristics.
Why is this important?
SimSci APC brings value to our customers through:
  • A more stable and better constrained controller than any other controller on the market 
  • Ease of use that enables maintenance to ensure  a high service factor service
  • Improved process profitability and control
  • Enhanced quality, increasing throughput, and reducing energy usage 
What is new?
SimSci APC 2016 SP2 offers:
  • Ability to configure different modelset for simulation to simulate model mismatch
  • Added nonlinear transform formula in data manipulation through X-Y lookup table
  • Enhanced DMC+ import functionality with map file for IA DCS and added imported parameters
  • Improved trending function to preserve same range and offset while navigating through trends from trend manager
  • Added option to select CV setpoint balancing
  • Improved tagdata  import and export functionality
  • Fixed defects

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Capabilities in SimCentral Simulation Platform 2.0

SimCentral Simulation Platform 2.0 delivers these new capabilities:

For Simulation Builders:

  • Faster and more reliable editing of curve data.
  • Improved the way Snapshot variables are saved in Snapshots to support upward compatibility.
  • There are now Torque and Acceleration variable types.
  • Mole fractions may be in ppm.

FOR MODEL WRITERS:
  • Typical Connection Models can be a stream for process simulation, or a pipe for fluid flow simulation.

Thermodynamics:

  • Thermo Data Manager (TDM) integration, DETHERM PPDX support, Grayson-Streed correlation, Racket liquid density method, COSTALD liquid density method, Vapor-Liquid-Water (VLWE)

Control Library:

  • The PID controller now has mole flow and volume flow options.
 

Cooling Water Library:

  • There is now a Reducer / Enlarger model. The Pump now has a Net Positive Suction Head calculations for NPSHR (required) and NPSHA (available); calculate efficiency from the pump performance curve.

Flare Library:

  • The Pipe is the default Connection Model; PipeRig is optional The Pipe calculates density times velocity squared variable called rhov2, commonly used for flare pipe sizing. If the Pipe Service parameter is set to InletPipe, the pressure drop is calculated to check the 3% rule, but is not applied to the relief valve inlet per API 521 practice. PipeRig uses equal length segmentation as a more reliable default setting, especially for low or zero flow and includes no-slip holdup in each segment.
  • The Stack calculates Thermal Dosing Units (TDU) from Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) report “Human Vulnerability to Thermal Radiation Offshore”.
  • There is a FlowPort to FlarePort converter to create simulations consisting of both Process and FlareLib library models.

Steam Library:

  • The Pump has a Net Positive Suction Head calculations for NPSHR (required) and NPSHA (available). The Pump can calculate efficiency from the pump performance curve. PipeRig uses equal length segmentation as a more reliable default setting, especially for low or zero flow.

Process Library:

  • There is a new Distillation Column and a three phase separator.
  • Drum model has a non-equilibrium option with separate vapor and liquid holdups.
  • Pump has a Net Positive Suction Head calculations for NPSHR (required) and NPSHA (available). The Pump can calculate efficiency from the pump performance curve.
  • There is a new Recycle model that helps with some hard to converge recycles.

Custom Transient Flow Library:

  • For sources, you can enter vapor fraction for vapor pressure calculations to perform column separation when the piping pressure is lower than the fluid vapor pressure.
  • Valve model can take input from the PID and other models in the Controls library.
  • New warnings for heat exchanger tube rupture. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

SimSci DVD 2017 is now available!

SimSci DVD 2017 is now available 
 
What is it?
 
SimSci DVD 2017 contains the most recent versions of its SimSci 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?
 
SimSci DVD 2017 includes all current SimSci simulation and components to enhance your experience. This new comprehensive DVD will be updated every 12 to 18 months, providing for a more structured software deployment and maintenance. Individual product patches or service packs will be released as needed.
 
 
What is new?
 
SimSci DVD 2017 contains the following software versions, including:
 
 
Process Design Software
 
  • PRO/II 10.0
  • INPLANT 4.5
  • VISUAL FLARE 5.8
  • PIPEPHASE 9.8.1
  • HEXTRAN 9.2 
  • DATACON 3.2
  • SimCentral 1.6

  • Simulation & Training Software
     
  • DYNSIM 5.3.2
  • TRISIM 3.0
  • SCP 3.0
  • Foxboro Evo Simulation 6.0


  • Process Optimization Software
    • SimSci APC 2016 SP1
    • ROMeo 6.5
    • Connoisseur 15.5
     
      

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Top 5 reasons to consider SimCentral by Dhaval Dave, Schneider Electric

    Guest post courtesy of Dhaval Dave, Schneider Electric

    https://software-solutions.schneider-electric.com/discover-simcentral


    In my professional career, I must have used dozens of simulation software applications for conceptual design, detailed design, steady state heat and mass balance, real time optimization and dynamic simulation.

    Recently, I was tasked to work on the simulation software application SimCentral. In my 20 years of simulation experience, I have not seen a better tool than this. I am very excited and would like to share my experience with you.

    In this post, I would like to mention top 5 reasons you should consider SimCentral for your simulation needs.

    1. User Interface and Workflow

    All the simulation software applications that I have used in the past have required at least a couple of days of training and often I would travel to Houston or New Jersey to be trained. With SimCentral, I was able to build my first professional simulation in a week without expert training.

    The SimCentral user interface exposes relevant information to the user at the right time. The help is available in form of videos and at the right place. Most of the equipment detail information is available right on the equipment user-interface. And I could verify equations right away.

    I did not have to learn any new programming language. The equation writing was as simple as it would be in Microsoft Excel.

    The experience felt like changing investment options in my retirement savings plan using an app. Where I am working on important stuff but I did not take any training to use tax software. It was that easy!

    2. Equation Oriented Platform

    SimCentral is based on equation oriented platform. The first time I was exposed to equation oriented platform was almost a decade ago. But such a platform was not very user friendly. Hence these tools were mostly used for critical online optimization applications and the cost of building and maintaining such application is still very high. On the other hand a sequential modular application is more user-friendly but inefficient in computational time. Where a sequential modular solver with many recycle and adjust/controller aid could take 10-15 minutes to solve, an equation oriented platform would solve in 15-30 seconds.

    The important quality of equation oriented platform is ability to “flip” the specification. For example, you can calculate the heat exchanger heat transfer coefficient when you specify the temperatures and flow rate. Once the heat transfer coefficient is determined, you can flip the specification and can calculate the temperatures for another set of data. There possibilities are endless with this functionality.

    SimCentral is different from the other commercially available process simulation applications that are equation oriented platforms because the user does not need to learn a programming language to issue a command to “flip the specification”. It is as simple as selecting/un-selecting checkbox.

    SimCentral keeps track of degrees of freedom in the equation oriented platform. The user is guided at every step to help decide the specifications to add/remove.

    For Equation Oriented (EO) simulators, the convergence troubleshooting is one of the key activities. With the SimCentral, one does not need to master the mathematical jargon such as step length, residual, major and minor iterations, and so on – for the square simulation problem (No of variables = No of equations). Sim Central suggests why the problem may be infeasible for the input data and recommends the remedy. These features and workflow saves a user a lot of valuable time, time the user can spend in formulating the problem and analyzing the results.

    3. Process – Fluid Flow and Dynamics Mode interoperability

    Many (most) times these other simulation tools have the ability to communicate with each other. For example one would make the conceptual design using the process mode, but then the detailed design would happen in fluid flow mode and finally the operations are evaluated in dynamics mode. And for each one of these modes, there would be a separate simulation tool with a data transfer mechanism of some sort, ranging from manual to Excel/csv files import/export to the two simulation tools having a direct data transfer capability. However, having multiple versions of a simulation would cause the transfer to fail. Another problem with this workflow is the models for the same equipment would be different in different tools – generating suboptimal and inconsistent results. For example, many times the design tools for pipelines may use proprietary correlations for pressure drop and velocity calculations. If the same correlations are not used in the dynamic simulation tools, different results are obtained that may lead to un-intended conclusions related to control and safety.

    SimCentral enables the transition between different modes in an smooth manner, via a single click. One set of equations are used in different modes, eliminating inconsistencies. Also you have the ability to move from process mode to the dynamics mode as frequently as you need to.

    This is the power of this simulation platform. The user can now have the higher level view of the problem. In the past, I have seen one manager overlooking two or more engineers working with two different tools – to ensure the consistency. Being one of these engineers, I can see this tool empowering engineers to take more responsibility in less time.

    4. Custom Equipment Models

    Working in simulation software development, I know how costly it is to fix a defect/bug in the program or to even update/add simple equation in the equipment models. For example, a simple code change would cost 300-500 hours between writing the specification, coding, compiling, quality management, and releasing and customer delivery.

    With the SimCentral, the model is created by the user just-in-time. There is not much that a programmer can do that a casual user cannot do. The user can write custom equations – just like one would write in Excel. The beauty is when one model is updated, say pressure drop equation in pipe – the change is readily available in all the places i.e. Process mode, Fluid Flow mode and the Hydraulics mode.

    The cost of adding new or proprietary features has gone down so much. And this will promote user research on the equipment models because the cost of experimentation have gone down. With this, I am hoping that the chemical engineering community will really solve exciting engineering problems. The future is here.

    5. Agile Model Development

    In my experiences, I had to work with plant engineers, operators, EPC contractors and subject matter experts. Historically, the work flow was to make sure that we all use the same version of the software tools. And we would exchange the big files on the shared drives and work iteratively. This would generate a lot of time from each one of us on model development.

    SimCentral changes the workflow by promoting collaboration, it allows user to work concurrently on the same model across departments with regional time zones between different companies. And yes, SimCentral is available on cloud platform.

    I am really glad to tell - the future of simulation is already here.
    Please visit the SimCentral website for more details and customer testimonials. 

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Check out a free SimCentral Webinar with Hydrocarbon Processing: Simulation Driven Engineering for Process Utilities

    SimSci SimCentral Process Simulation



    Front End Engineering Design (FEED) has been stuck in the same workflow paradigm for decades. Simulation tools used by process engineers in the Oil & Gas, Refining, Utility and Chemical industries trace their origins to legacy architectures, operating systems and user interfaces. The typical FEED process is sequential and each major step in the plant lifecycle uses a separate modeling tool. Global competition, pricing pressure and energy alternatives are now driving the need for a new approach. The next generation of workers also expects modern, scalable and easy to use solutions with technology they now take for granted—high speed Internet access, mobile devices, touch screens and virtual reality. Join us for a free webinar today to see how Simulation is Driving Engineering for Process Utilities.

    Simulation Driven Engineering for Process Utilities

    Speaker: Robert Fernandez, Technical Sales Manager, Schneider Electric
    Moderator: Lee Nichols, Editor/Associate Publisher, Hydrocarbon Processing
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11am EDT, 10am CDT, 3pm UTC

    Register Now to Attend this Free Webcast


    Recent R&D developments have created new process simulation software, SimSci SimCentral, that allows multiple global users to collaborate within the same model at the same time. The new paradigm uses a single simulation platform as a single common point for the entire FEED process. At Schneider Electric, we are calling this new paradigm “Simulation Driven Engineering.” Benefits include:
    • Unified Lifecycle Engineering: One environment to support steady state, fluid flow, and dynamic modeling
    • Agile Process Development: Promotion of collaboration by allowing users to work concurrently on the same model, across departments and regional time zones and between Engineering Procurement and Construction companies
    • Entices the Next Generation: Modern software architecture and interfaces in exceeding the expectations of users to accelerate adoption, usage and time-to-value


    Learn more on the SimCentral Website - See how Unified Simulation is Unifying Engineering.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Announcing the release of VISUAL FLARE 5.8

    VISUAL FLARE® 5.8 – is now available on the Global Customer Support site

    What is it?
    VISUAL FLARE® is a rigorous, steady state, fluid flow simulator that helps engineers design, model, and document oil & gas, refining, petrochemical, and chemical flare networks. While VISUAL FLARE is fast, reliable, and accurate, it provides solutions for applications that range from line sizing and vessel depressurization to the rating of complex relief systems.

    Why is this important?
    VISUAL FLARE® provides:
    • Safer designs
    • Improved plant operation
    • Faster regulatory documents, compliance
    • More efficient flare network modeling
    • Reduced capital cost
    • Reduced operating cost

    VISUAL FLARE® can be used across numerous industries, including oil & gas production, gas processing, refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, engineering & construction, and consultancy.

    What is new?
    VISUAL FLARE® version 5.8 includes updates to:
    • Support for the most recent versions of Windows, Office, Crystal Report, SIM4ME Portal, SIM4ME Thermo, DIPPR 2016, and Flexera licensing
    • Calculations, including trace amount of liquid or vapor in inlet, Allowable Back Pressure specification, etc.
    • Equipment (according to API Guidelines), including:
         ─ Relief Valves: updated area for multiple valves, set pressure/MAWP calculations, reaction force calculations, etc.
        ─ Tees: 3 new coefficient methods, latest CRANE manual support, acceleration term calculation
    • Usability to copy/paste, Component Manager, Report Manager, Equipment and RV Manager, etc.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Announcing the release of ROMeo 6.5


    ROMeo™ 6.5 – is now available on the
    What is it?
    ROMeo is an advanced, unified modeling environment delivering on-line and offline optimization plus advanced monitoring applications to help users obtain peak performance from their operating units. This industry-leading technology generates precise operating information that improves performance, allowing for increased profitability. The provided real-time data is based on current economic and process conditions, giving operators the ability to make informed decisions at an expedited rate.
     
    Why is this important?
    ROMeo provides:
    ·     Increased plant profitability in real-time based on current economic and process conditions via accurate process optimization
    ·     Easy to use and maintainable solution with lowest total cost of ownership
    ·     Time and labor savings
    What is new?
    ROMeo 6.5 offers:
    ·     Support for TCL version 8.6.6, Office 365, and Spiral Assay 5.0
    ·     Unit updates to HXTrack heat exchanger tool, equipment performance charting, information stream, new KBC reactor interfaces, and the utility palette
    ·     New iMonitor macros and GEDE enhancements
    ·     Convergence assistant enhancements and new bound relax tolerance