Oil and Petrochemical Industry

The VariSim Suite supports some very powerful applications for the oil and petrochemical industry that can be applied to any pipeline configuration – whether simple A to B pipelines or more complex networks. Desktop studies can be undertaken for designing, planning, troubleshooting and optimising.

If it is possible to obtain recorded data, VariSims dynamic simulator capabilities can provide a unique  insight  into  the  performance  of  a  pipeline / network  and visibly  demonstrate  the  dynamic  interaction  of  the whole  pipeline  infrastructure – including the control schemes, variances in product type and DRA injection. This provides the ultimate environment for helping to solve the day to day operational issues that are increasingly experienced on oil and petrochemical systems today.

Desktop Analysis


Use the powerful build processes to generate models of any oil/petrochemical pipeline or network including simple A to B pipelines, branched pipelines or complex networks. Simulator models are created with VariBuild using the inbuilt user interface with graphical drag and drop functionality and/or the model build wizard that imports models from third party databases or GIS shape files.

Design, Plan, Troubleshoot, Optimise
Starting conditions can be based on design data, field observed data or logger data depending on the objective of the study which can include:-

Steady state flow, pressure and temperature distribution for detailed review.

Dynamic hydraulic and thermal reaction to equipment operation, control schemes and supply / consumer changes.

The effects of surge suppression techniques

The distribution of Crude Oils and refined products (including batched) to identify quality, composition, source, age, interface mixing and any other component (such as DRA and its deterioration)
Perform repeated simulations to optimise the operation of the pipeline / network and accurately size equipment across the range of transient pipeline conditions. Example optimisations include pipe sizing, pump sizing, valve set-point and control system settings, surge vessels, DRA injection volumes, batch ordering etc.
Use the VariSim tools for tracing flow, analysing isolation sequences and their effects, inventory analysis, batch tracking, batch management and optimisation.
Display all VariSim output in a GIS format against any background shape files such as topographical layout.

Measurement Driven Simulation


VariSim has the ability to use measured data to drive it. With this type of simulation, it mimics the real pipeline and is often termed an online simulator or a digital twin. The measurement data may be logger data so that it mimics the pipeline / network reaction at the time the logger data was recorded, or it can use current data (obtained through the connection to a live database) to make the simulator a real time simulator.

A real time simulator can transfer its current state to a copy of the simulator operating in a desktop environment. This allows the user to initiate the simulation with current conditions for subsequent simulation and analysis.

In reality, all pipelines or networks are transient and frequently in a state of imbalance. True transient simulation is essential for solving the conditions of pipeline systems that are hydraulically imbalanced and a simulator that uses a steady state solution will frequently fail to achieve this.

Monitor, Detect, Optimise
View any VariSim calculated value at any location on the pipeline / network including flow, pressure, temperature, velocity, density, wavespeed, DRA levels etc.
Obtain Virtual Instrumentation values at any location on the pipeline / system
Detect events and anomalies that develop on the pipeline / network.

• High / Low Pressure, Flow, Velocity
• Excessive pressure loss identifying poor pipeline condition
• Over/under concentration of additives such as DRA
• Over / Under delivery of batches
• Low Quality Crude Mixing
Analyse the potential for customer interruptions
View all data against any GIS information including topographical layout, water sources (reservoirs, lakes and rivers) etc.
Add plugins for additional functionality including :-

• Leak Detection and Location
• Inventory Management and Balancing
• Optimisation
• Pump Management
• Pig Tracking
• Pipeline Integrity and Efficiency
• Flash Point / Gas Breakout calculations

Display output in standard VariSim displays and / or a SCADA style graphical user interface.

Simulation Construction using VariBuild

Real Time System Monitoring with Batch Tracking

Monitoring and Leakage Detection

Batch Scheduling and Predictive

Tank and Batch Optimisation




Pipeline Management Systems

    More Applications

Performance Studies

Batch and Capacity Management

Leak Detection



Engineer and Operator Training

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