Raw power – close to reality

Cape Software and Dutch integrator, Bellt-GCA’s co-generation plant training simulator at Eurogen, Rotterdam, is clever. The plant is a joint venture operated by Air Liquide, providing steam to local plants. The company needed a simulator whose dynamic behaviour and operator interface tightly mimicked the real thing. So Cape eschewed the conventional approach of emulation, going […]

Cape Software and Dutch integrator, Bellt-GCA’s co-generation plant training simulator at Eurogen, Rotterdam, is clever.

The plant is a joint venture operated by Air Liquide, providing steam to local plants. The company needed a simulator whose dynamic behaviour and operator interface tightly mimicked the real thing. So Cape eschewed the conventional approach of emulation, going instead for PC-based modelling and real control system hardware and software.

Thus, the simulator, which has been in since November last year, includes a dual Foxboro AW-51 station and two control processors connected to a PC-resident process model/trainer with Cape’s VPLink simulation package/interfaces. This not only made for reality; it also cut cost of the simulator.

The simulator control database is a copy of the control system’s. Creating the simulator operator displays was done by downloading the real system configuration, while modelling some of the safety systems as the `process’.

Benefits include: future proofing and the provision of an effective development test bed.

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