Abstract

Pipeline controller training conducted with hydraulic modelling software introduces the possibility for adaptive training scenarios that explore direct consequences of controller inputs. Additionally, uncommon scenarios can be practiced in a virtual environment without affecting real operations. Applications include responding to line breaks, practicing operational configurations and strategies, and responding to high demand situations.

An issue with using hydraulic modeling software for this purpose, however, is that pipeline controllers are not acquainted with the software and its visual display or how to interact with it. Control rooms commonly use Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software to monitor pressures, flowrates, and alarm signals at points throughout a pipeline network. The visual displays of SCADA and the selected modelling software, DNV Synergi Gas, are not similar. Training that uses the modeling software display while controllers normally work with SCADA displays could lead to confusion, delayed response times, and additional training to learn the unfamiliar interface. The effectiveness of the training simulation would thereby be limited.

Features available in the selected modeling software can be leveraged to overcome the visual inconsistency. Through a novel application of Synergi software features, SCADA screens can be simulated in the modeling software interface to deliver adaptable pipeline controller training sessions that include hydraulic considerations in a familiar visual environment.

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