Pipeline Operations Training Using a Pipeline Simulator PUBLIC ACCESS

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Dale Sutherland, Wolfgang Lehmann

IPL Technology and Consulting Services Inc.

Paper No. IPC1998-2111, pp. 947-952; 6 pages
  • 1998 2nd International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 2: Design and Construction; Pipeline Automation and Measurement; Environmental Issues; Rotating Equipment Technology
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 7–11, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4023-8
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


This paper details the authors’ experiences in using a pipeline simulator in pipeline operations training programs.

Pipeline simulators allow trainees to practice basic and advanced operating techniques in a “safe” environment. In the early stages of applied operator training, the simulator usually represents a fairly simple, generic pipeline. This allows clear illustration of operational concepts with a focus on specific tasks. In more advanced stages of an operator’s training cycle, the simulator can provide an exact simulation of the pipeline that the trainee will have to control in the future. Realistic scenarios can be presented and operator trainees are able to exercise almost all tasks and deal with any possible incident that may occur during the operation of a pipeline. Accurate records detailing trainees’ operational decisions during a simulator exercise are maintained and help in determining the skill level of different trainees. This information allows pinpointing of specific areas where more training may be needed.

At the same time, pipeline operations training which uses a simulator can address certification requirements. A simulator allows a company to set standards, and then to test operational skills and knowledge against those standards in a quantifiable and controllable manner. Since the performance of a trainee during a simulator training session is fully recorded, companies can use this record as a measure when qualifying operators.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
Topics: Pipelines
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