Every Pipeline Operating company should have a training simulator and can benefit in real, tangible terms from the use of an accurate and realistic installation. 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.
Every pipeline operating company can benefit in real, tangible terms from the use of an accurate and realistic training simulator. Following the lead of the aviation industry, an increasing number of companies are using simulators to demonstrate their commitment to pipeline safety.
Simulators that can not simulate the complete behaviour of the pipelines, its equipment and the control scheme (including SCADA logic) are severely limited in their ability to provide a meaningful training environment. With the VariSim simulator at its core, Simulation Software Limited can supply one of the most realistic and advanced training environments on the market today.
VariSim training simulators train operators to deal with a wide variety of frequent and infrequent events that could be experienced on the real pipeline. They help significantly advance your operator’s experience that could otherwise take months or even years to obtain. Indeed, your operator can be exposed and trained to deal with unwanted hazardous events and even learn to prevent them occurring in the first instance.
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
These typical requirements can be included within a comprehensive training program with each trainee having an individual set of training metrics to work towards. Automated assessment allows definition of training goals in measurable terms against which the trainees’ performance is continually assessed.
The training simulator is provided in two main formats. It can be supplied as a desk based simulator operated through its standard graphical user interface supplemented with an instructors interface for creating scenarios and initiating assessment criteria. This approach allows operators and users to analyse and understand a pipelines reaction to their equipment and control scheme operation. Alternatively, the simulator can be operated through a replicated (or copy of) SCADA front end so that the operator can control the simulation through the same environment used to control the real pipeline. The simulators output provides the feedback that would be obtained from the telemetry system.
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.
Comprehensive training programs can be provided with each trainee having an individual set of training metrics to work towards, including: –