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Operator Training Simulator Handbook

By : Joseph Philip
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Operator Training Simulator Handbook

By: Joseph Philip

Overview of this book

Operator training simulators in the process industry have been around since the 1970s, but you may not find a book that documents the development of these systems and the standard best practices. The Operator Training Simulator Handbook covers best practices for OTS engineering and OTS training development and delivery, starting from the basic the jargon and the different types of OTS systems. It will take you through the best approaches to project specification as well as building, maintenance, planning, and delivering these systems by sharing real-life experiences and dos and don’ts. As you advance, you'll uncover the various challenges in the planning and delivery of operator training models and understand how to address those by working through real-world projects. This book helps in specifying the best fit for purpose, choosing a cost-effective system when acquiring an OTS. You'll also learn how you can turn your OTS projects into digital twins before finally learning all about documentation in a typical OTS project, covering the sample structure that you can use as a starting point in your projects. By the end of the book, you'll have learned best practices for developing operator training simulator systems and have a reference guide to overcome common challenges.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction, Definitions, and Classifications
Section 2: Best Practices for the Development of OTS Systems
Section 3: OTS' Future, Training Model, and Reference Documents

Chapter 1: OTS Introduction

It has been a long time since I wanted to write this book, and as always, time was an issue. The coronavirus lockdown in 2020 managed to give me the time needed to do so. I have been working in the Operator Training Simulator (OTS) field for more than 30 years, and I thought it would be good to document this experience in a textbook that will help many stakeholders in this field.

In this chapter, we will introduce OTS in the process industry and provide a classification of these systems. We will discuss who this book is directed toward and who the stakeholders are that will make the most of the information provided. The industry uses a lot of jargon, and in this chapter, we will look at some definitions to set a base to understand these terms.

Finally, we will discuss what is good for the user and give some sample cases from my past experience in this field.

In this chapter, we'll cover the following main topics:

  • Introduction to OTS
  • Who is this book directed toward?
  • OTS – Multi-Purpose Dynamic Simulator (MPDS) or digital twin
  • OTS jargon and definitions
  • The instructor station
  • OTS types
  • Third-party representation
  • Some use cases