U.S. Department of Energy Deploys Virtual Reality Training

U.S. Department of Energy Deploys Virtual Reality Training Solution
From Invensys Operations Management 
SimSci-Esscor Solutions Help Train Clean-Coal Power Plant Operators 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 --  Invensys Operations
Management, a global provider of technology systems, software
solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and
infrastructure operations industries, announced that it has
implemented a unique operator training simulator for the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) using Invensys Operations Management's
SimSci-Esscor(R) EYESIM(R) virtual reality training solution. 
Designed for use within integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC)
power plants with carbon capture, and implemented at the National
Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) Advanced Virtual Energy
Simulation Training and Research (AVESTAR) Center in Morgantown,
W.Va., the EYESIM solution uses 3-D virtual reality simulation to
help train power plant control room and field operators. Wearing a
stereoscopic headset, IGCC field operators are immersed in a virtual
environment with the ability to move throughout the plant,
coordinating their activities with control room operators and
interacting as if they were in the actual facility.  
The EYESIM solution is also fully integrated with plant operating
models, built on Invensys Operations Management's SimSci-Esscor
DYNSIM(R) dynamic simulation software, so actions taken by a field
operator affect the plant's process, and actions performed in the
control room change the information visible to the field operator.
Fully interactive animations respond and react to the actions of
plant personnel, illustrating how various pieces of equipment will
operate under almost any scenario and condition. As a result, field
and control room operators learn to collaborate and perform as a
"Training IGCC operators require us to simulate the chemical process
of coal-gasification with CO2 capture together with combined-cycle
power generation," said Stephen E. Zitney, Ph.D. and director of
NETL's AVESTAR Center. "No one has ever done that before, but now
with help from Invensys, we can simulate almost any operating
scenario, including disturbances, malfunctions and emergency
shutdowns. We can even train operators on different coal and biomass
feed stocks. The developments we've accomplished and the technology
we've installed at the AVESTAR Center show the growing viability of
IGCC power plants and indicate the growing demand for a well-trained
work force. We look forward to working with Invensys as we train and
enable the clean-coal operators of the future."  
The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the United
States has enough coal to last more than 200 years, but plants that
continue to use conventional fossil fuel technologies will emit
unacceptable levels of CO2 and other pollutants. IGCC with carbon
capture offers an environmentally friendly alternative by capturing
90 percent of the CO2 produced by traditional fossil-fuel burning
processes while at the same time reducing sulfur, mercury and other
NOx emissions. The IGCC process is more environmentally friendly than
other coal-burning processes, but it is also extremely complex and
requires skillfully trained personnel to operate what is effectively
both a chemical processing plant and a power plant.  
"Our EYESIM immersive training system makes the theoretical and
conceptual side of training more realistic and tangible by allowing
operators and trainees to become familiar with the layout of the
physical plant and how it will operate under almost any condition,"
said Tobias Scheele, Ph.D., vice president, advanced applications,
Invensys Operations Management. "The solution combines stereoscopic
360-degree views with collision effects, sounds, lighting and weather
conditions to give the plant operator a realistic walkthrough
environment and simulated hands-on experience with the plant's
physical operation, helping plant personnel improve operations
A separate EYESIM virtual reality training system will be installed
and commissioned at West Virginia University in Morgantown for
student education and simulator training as part of assigned course
work. In addition to training and plant design functions, the NETL
and its research and development partners, including Invensys, will
use the simulator to showcase the feasibility of clean-coal
technology as a means to support future electrical generation demand
without emitting environmental pollutants or greenhouse gases. The
formal site acceptance test was completed on July 16, 2012, after a
complete plant start-up. 
For more information about AVESTAR and the NETL, visit
For more information about Invensys Operations Management's
SimSci-Esscor simulation solutions, visit
About Invensys Operations Management
 Invensys Operations Management,
a division of Invensys, is a leading provider of automation and
information technology, systems, software solutions, services and
consulting to the global manufacturing and infrastructure industries.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, its solutions are used by more than
40,000 clients around the world in more than 200,000 plants and
Invensys Operations Management's offerings are delivered under
several prominent industry brands, including Avantis, Eurotherm,
Foxboro, IMServ, InFusion, SimSci-Esscor, Skelta, Triconex and
Wonderware. The company's approximately 9,000 employees and its
global partner ecosystem integrate these products and services to
help clients collaborate across systems and enterprises in real time,
extracting critical data to make faster, better decisions and
synchronize their operations from the plant floor to the executive
offices, aligning production goals with business objectives. To learn
more about Invensys Operations Management, visit iom.invensys.com.  
Experience the value of Enterprise Control -- linking business
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Invensys Operations Management
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