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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 3: OTS Project Execution and Best Practices

I have been delivering OTS systems for the past 30 years, working with many OTS suppliers, and in 2013 I started a consultancy business helping OTS end users get the most out of their systems.

In the 1970s and 1980s, when OTS systems were new to the process industry, suppliers running OTS projects were executing projects with Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) (Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSSs) as they're known these days) because either the companies building them were DCS companies, or the smaller companies building them were guided by the DCS manufacturer.

Since the two projects (OTS systems and DCSs/ICSSs) are different in nature, particularly their execution methods, different companies had their own (almost ad hoc) OTS project execution strategies.

In this chapter, we will discuss a model that has proven over my years of experience to be the best practice in the execution of such projects, namely the...