Simulator To Train Operators On Newly Installed Pumping Equipment
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New screw pumps were installed at an existing offshore oil platform that originally housed only centrifugal pumps, thus creating the need to safely train operators on the new equipment. Therefore, a training simulator was developed with control screens identical to those provided by the manufacturer providing a safe and low-cost way for training operators. The simulator was designed with the ability to control the entire pumping system, so that any operating scenario could be created in addition to the preloaded cases. Screens were added to provide insight into the operating behavior of the system and to allow the chance to try alternative operating procedures. The simulator developed provides a means for the platform operators to comply with API 1120, ASME B31Q, RP 1161 and RP T-2. This paper will focus on describing the need for creating a training simulator, the approach to creating the simulator, will present some example screenshots, and present the system insight that is gained by allowing operators to learn about the system hydraulics.
Bennett, Jeffrey A.; Garcia-Hernandez, Augusto; León-Dorantes, Moisés; Muñoz-Prior, Marco Antonio (2015). Simulator To Train Operators On Newly Installed Pumping Equipment. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from