Simulation and optimization

Process simulation

Petro-SIM is KBC’s leading process simulation software and optimization platform for driving excellence in facility performance and organizational productivity. At the core of Petro-SIM’s technology are rigorous process simulation models which generate dependable results in an intelligent, user-friendly environment.

Winner of the Hydrocarbon Processing Best Digital Technology Award

Petro-SIM process simulation software is the go-to technology for upstream, midstream and downstream refinery and petrochemical processes.

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The benefits of using Petro-SIM

Petro-SIM process simulation technology is more than just a leading software. It is also a thorough ‘decision support’ tool. Its unique open platform architecture promotes exceptional levels of integration and collaboration between project teams.

It allows date-based process simulations and scenarios to be fully developed, making it a uniquely effective predictive and analytical tool. It closes the loop between monitoring and planning, allowing for real-time comparisons of plans, actuals and simulations.

For upstream oil and gas, Petro-SIM is the only purpose-built process simulation software that can ensure facility processing capabilities meet long term reservoir needs.

In oil refining and petrochemicals, our Petro-SIM process simulation software works in tandem with our world-leading SIM Reactor Suite to create the only proven simulator capable of scaling from reactor units to entire facilities.

In other industries, Petro-SIM supports plug-ins for third-party simulation tools.

Key features of Petro-SIM include:

  • Addresses each phase of the facility and asset lifecycle.
  • Integrates processes, pipelines and utility systems within a single environment, including highly detailed sizing and rating models for unit operations.
  • Built to work in real-time, for monitoring unit health and profitability.
  • Allows superior collaboration and version control, and the ability to build in your own design standards and checks.
  • Contains all the infrastructure to connect and manage messy real-world data, including historian connections, data validation and reconciliation.
  • Supports data and model analytics, with all simulation calculations stored in a database for historical analysis and datamining.

Take a look through our Petro-SIM brochure to find out more about our leading process simulation software.

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KBC’s dynamic real-time process optimization (D-RTO) solution is control system agnostic and ensures that a whole facility or plant continuously responds to market signals, disturbances, such as feed changes, and globally optimizes on a minute-by-minute basis.

Energy and utility systems

Saving energy is the most reliable way to reduce operating costs and improve profitability in a volatile market. Our software tools show you how to optimize the design, revamp and operation of energy systems, ensuring optimum efficiency.

Multi-period optimization

Visual MESA Multi-Period Optimizer is a high-fidelity analytics technology for optimal operation of energy across the process industries. It reduces costly uncertainty in planning, scheduling and trading of energy over multiple time periods.

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Flare systems

Flaretot is a software solution designed to seamlessly carry out all aspects of flare system design, revamp and auditing. Linking directly to Petro-SIM and other process simulators, Flaretot provides a rigorous approach to the modeling of flare systems within a single, user-friendly visual environment.

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