Training Simulators




Every Pipeline Operating company should have a training simulator. Following the lead of the aviation industry, an increasing number of companies are using them to demonstrate their commitment to pipeline safety. Simultaneous benefits include the minimisation of downtime an improvement in efficiency and increasing profitability. But a training simulator can also create problems for a pipeline operating company if it does not match the reality of the pipeline operation. SSL uses its advanced VariSim simulator at the core of the Training Simulator application to provide one the most realistic environments on the market today.

The training facilities can be provided in a variety of arrangements. Any number of trainee workstations and any number of trainer workstations in any combination can be provided including the ability to run the trainee environment and the trainer environment on the same workstation. One of our systems has been provided with over 6 trainer setup workstations and 40 trainee workstations.

Training simulators can be used to train operators to deal with a variety of frequent and infrequent events that they could experience on the real pipeline. They help significantly advance an operator’s experience that would otherwise take months or even years to obtain. Indeed, the operator can be exposed and trained to deal with unwanted hazardous events and even learn to prevent them occurring in the first instance.



The trainee interface is the same interface as VariSim supplemented with an instructors interface for creating scenarios and initiating assessment criteria. The trainee interface can take one of two forms. It can use an actual copy of the SCADA system itself or a replicated SCADA interface can be provided by SSL.


  • Rapidly advance an operators experience in dealing with everyday normal pipeline operation
  • Learn to use the SCADA system and associated real time application
  • Replay pipeline events
  • Learn to operate safely and effectively within design limits.
  • Train operators to recognise and deal with hazardous pipeline operations including the ability to deal with pipeline leaks
  • Demonstrate the effects of misuse and learn to trouble shoot with confidence.
  • Demonstrate and verify start-up and shutdown procedures
  • Practicing pig (scraper) tracking
  • Practicing of product movement through the system


These typical requirements can be included within a comprehensive training program with each trainee having an individual set of training metrics to work towards, including: -