April 2007

Training

Capture the long-term benefits of operator training simulators

Here are the prerequisites, pitfalls and vision for the future

Cheltout, Z., Coupier, R., Technip France; Valleur, M., Technip

The surge of construction projects in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has prompted a new interest in operator training simulators (OTS). Owners of grassroots plants are facing the issue of training and keeping a skilled workforce of control room and field operators in a context of scarce human resources1 and growing concerns with safety2 and environmental issues. High-fidelity dynamic training simulators are part of the strategy to properly train and certify plant operators. However, their implementation is not always an easy task. The essential lesson learned from recent projects is that proper engineering and maintenance of the controls database and process models are major pre

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