Digital design, digital operations –
practical approaches to deliver value NOW

23 October 2019
Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel, Yokohama, Japan

Digitalisation is a topic constantly discussed throughout the process industries. PSE, with its gPROMS advanced process modelling technology, has for many years been at the forefront of developments that are enabling the revolution in digital design. Siemens is an industry leader in the field of digitalisation, having been instrumental in the original German Industrie 4.0 initiative.

In this seminar the two companies describes a broad vision for digital design and operations that leverages the deep process knowledge contained in the form of high-fidelity process models, and a practice that can deliver value now, rather than in the future. The vision and practice are illustrated with examples of actual applications from leading process organisations.


Please note that this agenda is subject to change prior to the event.

10:00-10:30 Digital design, digital operations – current practice and trends
Digital design and operations are hot topics in the process industries, but there is a lack of consensus as to what the terminology means in practice. This presentation describes (1) a vision for digitalisation that combines deep process knowledge in the form of high-fidelity models with data – laboratory and plant – capable of delivering significant value, and (2) a practical set of technologies and solutions capable of delivering value now, not just at some distant point in the future.

Mark MatzopoulosPresenter: Mark Matzopoulos, PSE
Mark is VP Energy & Chemicals. He is a Chemical Engineer with 35 years’ experience in the application of simulation and modelling to industrial processes, and a driver of PSE’s vision for leveraging deep process knowledge within digital design and operations applications.

10:30-11:00 Intelligent digital operations
The ability to incorporate deep process knowledge in the form of first-principles models within digital operations applications is a major step forward for operation of large-scale process plants. This presentation describes what this means in practice, and the ways in which the company is taking the new applications to market as part of its digital transformation strategy.

Mathias OppeltPresenter: Mathias Oppelt, Siemens Process Automation
Mathias is Siemens Head of Simulation. He has a PhD on the integrated use of simulation within the lifecycle of a process plant from the Technical University of Dresden, and is driving the vision for this approach within the Siemens organisation.

11:00-11:30 Intelligent digital operations case studies
This describes some practical applications, including; ethylene yield monitoring and furnace optimisation technology, a site utilities optimiser for minimising energy cost, and a large-scale gas operations optimisation that enables optimal response to abnormal situations.

Dr Steve HallPresenter: Dr Steve Hall, PSE
Steve is PSE’s Director of Digital Applications. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and extensive experience in the application of Operational Excellence Solutions to large-scale industrial processes.

11:30-12:00 Reactor decision support systems for operators
Similar digital operations technology can be applied to monitoring and optimising the complex reactors at the heart of most chemical processes. This presentation describes a recent application, illustrated with typical operator decision support dashboards.

Dr Sang Phil HanPresenter: Dr Sang Phil Han, PSE
Phil is President of PSE APAC, having set up PSE Korea in 2008. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and, drawing on his strong background in CFD, is a strong advocate for the use of multiscale modelling to solve design and operational problems.

12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:45 Digital design for formulated products – pharma, food & specialty chemicals
Digital design has been increasingly applied in the pharmaceuticals and other formulated products sectors in the last 5 years, and was given a significant boost by the 4-year Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics (ADDoPT) project, which is currently drawing to a close. This session describes some of the applications addressed in that project, among others.

Dr Sean BerminghamPresenter: Dr Sean Bermingham, PSE
Sean is PSE’s VP for the Formulated Products Business Unit, and has a PhD in Crystallization from the University of Delft. He is a thought leader in the application of mechanistic modelling for advanced digital design to support formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutics, food and other formulated products.

13:45-14:00 Case: Digital design of drug substance manufacture
14:00-14:15 Case: digital design of continuous drug manufacturing processes
14:15-14:30 Case: Digital design of spray drying processes for food manufacture
14:30-14:45 Case: Digital design of lithium processing operations
14:45-15:30 Co-simulation for detailed equipment design – spray dryers
The combination of CFD and advanced process modelling provides powerful capabilities in cases where complex chemistry and mixing effects both need to be taken into account. This presentation describes the principles, practice and benefits of combining the two technologies, illustrated with examples.
Presented by Siemens PLM
15:30-16:00 Wrap-up and discussion

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