ESI PipelineTrainer use case report from Spanish Enagas

Rigorous, ongoing training program said to reduce human error and incident rates.

Energy Solutions International has just released PipelineTrainer to help pipeline operators satisfy their HSE and performance obligations with a ‘rigorous, well-defined and ongoing training program’ that is claimed to reduce human error and incident rates across operations. Pipeline simulation systems built with PipelineTrainer accurately map the real-world operations of that pipeline down to the smallest details, leveraging ESI’s tools for pipeline design and modeling. Simulations can model the real pipeline network under virtually any operational scenario—what happens if a specific valve opens or closes or if a pump goes out? PipelineTrainer also realistically models leak or theft detection scenarios, pigging operations and emergency shutdown.

ESI also recently released a case history of its software use at Spanish utility, Enagas. Enagas operates around 10,000 km of gas pipelines throughout Spain along with underground storage facilities and regasification plants. PipelineTrainer was deployed to provide a realistic scenario for routine training and performance evaluation metrics for pipeline controllers and new apprentices. The simulation system needed to allow Enagas to simulate normal and abnormal operation of the pipeline based on a detailed model of the actual pipeline network. Scenarios appear to operators as high fidelity images of the actual SCADA system and its environment via the same graphical user interface.

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