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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 2: OTS Benefits and Best Use

As you saw in the previous chapter, there are many types of OTSs. The benefits are totally dependent on the type of OTS that you are using. In a generic-type simulator, you don't expect to benefit from controller tuning, for example, or operating procedures testing.

You can only tune the controllers if the process model is of a fidelity that represents the process in a way that reflects the process dynamics. Add to that the fact that the control emulation has to be faithfully translated and will need to be an exact representation of the real system. So, you can clearly understand how the benefits of an OTS increase as the cost and time of a build go up, which is further presented in Figure 2.1.

In this chapter, we will discuss the benefits of every OTS type, with a focus on the full-replica, hybrid, high-fidelity simulators.

In this chapter, we are going to cover the following main topics:

  • Generic simulators
  • Replica simulators...