A great deal of effort and expense goes into the technical
development of an operator training simulator (OTS) without a
commensurate effort in planning for its implementation as a
training tool. Because of this, OTS benefits are not fully
realized, and, after limited initial use (often for a new plant
startup), an OTS falls into disuse. A proven systematic
five-step approach for implementing OTS over the long term is
described in detail, along with testimonials from OTS users.
The five steps include: identification, normal operations,
startup and shutdown, troubleshooting, and optimization. The
use of OTS to develop applied skills such as cooperation,
communication and supervision is also covered.