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  • Economic benefits of training simulators

    Tiina M. Komulainen, Ronny Sannerud, Bjarne Nordsteien and Havard Nordhus

    According to a recent study by ARC Advisory group, the real-time process optimization and training market will reach more than $1.5 billion in 2015. To ensure safe, stable growth in the industry, the experience and knowledge of retiring professionals have to be transferred to new operators in a fast, effective manner. High-fidelity operator training simulators (OTS), including the main process model and stimulated or emulated distributed control system, have been used for more than 20 years in the oil and gas indusry.2 The high-fidelity OTS allows realistic, hands-on training of normal operations, start-ups and shutdowns, upsets and emergency situations without compromising the health and safety of the operators, the well integrity and the surrounding environment.1,3 OTS’s are typically also used for training before major technology upgrades, training of procedures, and for regular refresher courses on rare emergency events.

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