February 2013

Special Report: Clean Fuels

The next generation of interfaces for process engineering software

This article offers new insight into how the user interfaces to the next generation of process engineering software might look, how they will benefit their users and the key enablers that will make it all possible.

Brown, S., Invensys Operations Management

Today you can point your smart phone at a bag of rice and see recipes, reviews and directions to a store that sells it at a lower price. So why can’t you point it at a distillation column and see its internal flows and properties? Or at a storage tank and see its contents and scheduled movements? This information is probably available in electronic form somewhere, so there is no technical reason why the next generation of process software shouldn’t provide engineers with the rich user experience we are growing accustomed to in our daily lives. The following pages will offer insight into how the user interfaces to the next generation of process engineering software might look, h

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