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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

OTS standards

In this section of the philosophy, the OTS standards will be defined. Why is this important, you might ask?

To be able to draw a training and assessment matrix that we can check every trainee against, we need to define the standards that we are going to include in the matrix.

We will show a sample of the matrix later on.

OTS training standards are as follows:

  • Units: In this instance, the definition for a unit is an area of competence or training. Units can be standalone units or supporting units, but typically, for process plant-specific units, they will consist of elements and sections.
  • Elements: These are a part or a subset of a unit. For every element, a competency standard will need to be demonstrated for every trainee.
  • Sections: A section is an area of skill and/or knowledge to be demonstrated for each element. There are five sections for each production element. These are as follows:
    • Normal operation: Controlling batch or continuous operations...