Training Simulators

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Contact Information

Augusto Garcia-Hernandez
Group Leader
Pipeline Simulation
(210) 522-5693

Jeffrey Bennett
Research Engineer
Pipeline Simulation
(210) 522-3761

Anti Surge Control Simulator Screenshot

Simulator screen developed to control and monitor centrifugal compressor operating point

Compression system Simulator Screenshot

Training simulator screen developed to monitor overall plant performance and status

Onshore Receiving Facility Simulator Screenshot

Simulator screen used to visualize the booster pump network and monitor flow at key locations

Pump Performance Monitor Simulator

Pump control screen used to monitor operating point on the pump map and key operating parameters

Downtime at compressor and pump stations is very expensive, especially for offshore applications. Therefore, it is very important that operators are properly trained to run equipment and handle any potential upset conditions. Training simulators can be used to simulate important procedures and upset conditions, such as:

  • Start-up
  • Normal shutdown
  • Emergency shutdown
  • Blockage
  • Anti-surge valve fails open
  • Change in operating conditions
  • Sudden valve closures

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) develops training simulators for both gas and liquid operations. The simulators are built in two parts. First is the human-machine interface which is developed to mimic the control screens of the actual equipment. Second is the computational model which will run in the background and calculate the current operating conditions while reacting to any commands made by the trainee. SwRI will develop the computational model such that it represents all of the major components of your system.

Field performance services can also be provided to validate the training simulator.

Contact us for more information about our training simulator development capabilities, or how you can contract with SwRI.

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