SimSharp™ is PSA Software Services’ industrial process simulator. SimSharp™ combines the benefits of a traditional process simulator with unique training features associated with its multi-user PC environment. SimSharp simulations allow trainees to be exposed to a real-like process operation without the danger of actual interaction with the real equipment. All of the standard and process upset scenarios typically encountered in the real world can be recreated within the simulation and used for training.
Multi-user Environment permits multiple users to connect to the same simulation, enabling various training scenarios where learners and teachers can interact.
DCS Screens are reproduced inside the SimSharp™ simulation or real DCS screens from DCS vendor are used if the DCS vendor’s software supports it.
Non DCS Screens represent the numerous actions an operator has to do manually to maintain and operate a process. These tasks may include opening/closing manual valves, starting/stopping motors with local switches and push buttons, etc. All of these tasks are implemented in SimSharp™ on several displays where an operator can simulate the manual actions with a click of a mouse button.
Process simulated inside SimSharp™ is very close to the real one, as the simulation is designed to properly react to any operator input or any natural changes in the process. Simulated start-ups, shutdowns and upset conditions will respond reasonably close to real process. Process model is based on fundamental engineering equations along with flexible tuning systems that allow process behavior modification in order to match the behavior of clients’ specific equipment.
Control System is identical to the real control response, as all interlocks, permissives and trips along with appropriate DCS screens are recreated inside SimSharp™ or used within DCS vendor’s software if it is supported by them.
Operator’s Real Challenge scenarios such as upset conditions and cold or hot start-ups and shutdowns can be incorporated into SimSharp™.
OPTIMAS™ is PSA Software Services’ fully featured Learning Management System. OPTIMAS™ can be used to assemble, deliver, manage and track all aspects of employee training. Using OPTIMAS™, designated administrators can design curricula for individuals by job position or by equipment and then track employee training progress and measure comprehension using a Qualification System. OPTIMAS™ also includes a comprehensive Document Control and Management System that is integrated with the Learning Management System.
Reference Resource Area where all reference and training material is organized, stored, and can be accessed at any time by any OPTIMAS™ user. Administrators can build content structure and add material and links to the Reference Resource using the Content Manager function.
Course Training Area walks users through assigned training material which can be grouped into courses and assigned to multiple OPTIMAS™ users.
Qualification System is used to test a users’ comprehension of the material presented during Course Training. Exams can be configured to use a combination of core questions and randomly selected questions from the pool of quizzes associated with the course content.
Document Manager is a central, searchable repository for all of a client’s documents, SOPs, CAD drawings, etc. Document control can be enabled to manage and track the changes made to documents loaded into the manager.
MIDAS™ is a computerized document and data management system which provides one-source access to critical information on industrial equipment, design specifications, manufacturer’s data, historial test data, and operating conditions. MIDAS™ enables users to:
- Archive information in one accessible location, allowing users to retrieve and print information at any time from any networked computer.
- Store data for equipment such as tanks, pressure vessels, safety valves, heat exchangers, deaerators, fans, and boilers.
- Document records relative to equipment maintenance, including test date, inspection reports, and maintenance history.
- Assure compliance with legal requirements, inspection planning, and records maintenance.
Information Storage and Retrieval allows users to enter design, operating and manufacturer specifications for any type of equipment which can be retrieved, viewed and printed from anywhere on your network. Users can also link CAD drawings, P3 forms and photos.
Document Manager allows users to import equipment inspection reports, vendor manuals, repair documentation, etc., keeping a historical record of inspection reports in one place.
Test Data can be imported directly from dataloggers, Excel sheets, or Ultramate files and can be viewed in data sheets, line graphs or distribution graphs for historical tracking year to year.
Data Analysis allows users to view entire walls of data at once, easily identifying problem areas using customizable color coding.
Equipment Integrity allows users to perform regression analysis using historical data to optimize outage planning and NDE inspection protocol. Users can also calculate ASME and API values using built-in tools and track required inspections and issue reminders when an inspection is imminent or past due.