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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

Project 1

Project type: Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), UK, North Sea

ICSS emulation: Hybrid – Emerson DeltaV®

Compressor control: Hybrid – CCC®

Model fidelity: High fidelity – Honeywell UniSim®

This was a newly built FPSO in the UK's North Sea. The digital twin was delivered many months before first oil (the very first startup of the plant, where oil production begins for the first time).

The main benefits were as follows:

  • All CRTs were trained on three different levels of training, introductory, startup, and abnormal operations, before first oil, achieving the competence levels that the project required them to have.
  • All operation supervisors were trained before first oil.
  • All operating procedures were validated on the OTS.
  • During the building of the digital twin, around 300 engineering items (ICSS and process) were noted and passed on to the project to address as required.
  • A further...