Oil and gas reservoir simulation and VR training

At the Invensys OpsManage’10 customer conference in Disney World, Paris, this week, Invensys Operations Management (IOM) gathered 825 representatives of existing and potential customers, integrators and partner companies from across Europe, Africa and the Russian areas.  A new partnership alliance was signed during the conference, between the National Center for Development of Innovative Technologies (NC DIT), based in Moscow, and IOM, which will mean that the TimeZYX Group, a leading private sector company operating within the NC DIT, will combine its reservoir simulation package, MKT, with the SimSci-Esscor simulation software. The TimeZYX MKT package, will help  SimSci-Esscor to deliver a more integrated reservoir and surface facilities simulation system for oil and gas wells world-wide. TimeZYX will therefore benefit from the global reach of IOM into the oil and gas production market, and SimSci-Esscor will benefit from TimeZYX contacts, particularly throughout Russia, where their simulation packages will benefit the productivity of existing wells.

“This partnership will reinforce our presence in the Russian oil and gas industry” said Stuart Batchelor, vice president for emerging markets within IOM. “Combining our industry-leading PIPEPHASE surface facilities simulator with the TimeZYX reservoir simulation module will provide customers with the technology they need to make better, more-accurate reserve estimations as they pursue productivity excellence.”

The new solution will provide operators with a better understanding of the oil and gas reservoir behavior with regard to the interaction between gathering stations and the surface network. By simulating “what if” scenarios, oil and gas companies will be able to increase the recovery factor and reservoir predictability.

Kazakhstan president sees virtual reality training in action.

Earlier, Invensys Operations Management demonstrated the EYESim virtual reality (VR) system to President Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Jose Manuel Barosso, President of the European Commission, as a part of the Kazakhstan-European Partnership Summit held in Brussels on October 27.

EYESim is the first industrial virtual reality training solution for process plant engineers and operators, that enables them to see and safely interact with the VR model of the plant and processes they control. To do this they use a stereoscopic headset, and can enter a completely immersive virtual environment in which they can apparently move throughout the plant. EYESim technology is geared towards the energy, chemical, oil and gas, and other vital process industries: those that face knowledge management and training challenges, particularly in a rapidly expanding economy like that in Kazakhstan.

Invensys has demonstrated its commitment to the education and development of Kazakhstani engineers through its sponsorship of the Kazakh-British Technical University. President Nazarbayev expressed his appreciation of these efforts and the IOM commitment to his country, applying advanced technologies and contributing to the education and development of Kazakhstani citizens.

Commercial Launch in collaboration with ENI.

At OpsManage’10, IOM and SimSci-Esscor announced the commercial launch of the EYESim 3D simulation training solution in collaboration with Eni Refining and Marketing, Italy’s  largest international refiner. Building on Eni’s refining expertise, the new EYESIM training kiosks take a unique approach to training field operators on generic and specific process tasks, helping the operator improve the safety and productivity of the refinery. The first kiosks will be piloted in Eni’s Gela refinery on the Southern coast of Sicily before being deployed in other Eni facilities around the globe.

“Using proven SimSci-Esscor simulation software integrated with a games console controller and experiencing 3D navigation, trainees and plant personnel can learn process operations and procedures from an interactive tutorial. They can also score their performance with unrestricted access to training kiosks that offer a fully lifelike virtual plant,” said Maurizio Rovaglio, head of innovation and emerging technologies, Invensys Operations Management. “This project continues the close, long-term relationship we have had with Eni Refining and Marketing, with a focus on reducing risks, improving safety and securing productivity excellence at Eni facilities’ worldwide using new 3D training tools and advanced applications from Invensys Operations Management.”

Using and applying gaming and other skill sets most familiar to younger employees, the EYESim solution also appeals to employees new to the engineering and plant workplace, as well as experienced engineers. It combines virtual reality technologies with high-fidelity process and control simulation, computer-based maintenance and documentation management and other applications to provide a highly realistic and safe training environment for improving operating efficiency and skills. Simulations are driven by the IOM SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM high-fidelity process simulator and SimSci-Esscor FSIM Plus software, providing Foxboro I/A Series control system emulation, and other compatible programmes.