Simulation and optimization

Our simulation and optimization software goes hand-in-hand with robust business processes that support operational excellence and is the most advanced engineering technology. Petro-SIM® process simulation software is the core of our award-winning digital twin. Our thermodynamics is the upstream industry de facto standard, and our refinery reactor models are the industry benchmark. Coupled with the Visual MESA® suite of energy, asset, and supply chain management tools, we provide operations with the single version of the truth, automating and tracking complex-wide systems to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Effective business process optimization with our software

Our simulators and optimizers are both modular and equation-based, steady state and dynamic, designed for the Energy and Chemical industry to work the way you do, making the complex simple and always striving for a closer representation of reality. We have integrated traditionally separate engineering tools inside a single seamless platform that can be used for design, scenario planning and monitoring, optimization and training. Our simulation and optimization software helps you make the best decisions possible through deeper, more accurate and comprehensive engineering and thermodynamic analysis tied to economics.

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Comprehensively covering the entire oil, gas and petrochemical value chain and asset lifecycle, our software ensures that process design and operations can be automated and optimized for maximum efficiency, safety and profitability.

  • Rigorous steady state and dynamic simulation models for upstream, midstream and downstream refinery and petrochemical processes
  • Tools to optimize the design, revamp and operation of energy systems
  • Multi-period optimizer will optimize now for the best possible future outcome
  • Support in making utility configuration decisions
  • Detailed, rigorous kinetic models of reactors
  • Trusted analytical tools for conversion unit monitoring, planning, optimization, and design and engineering studies
  • Comprehensive modeling of pressure, volume and temperature (PVT) and physical properties of pure components and complex mixtures
  • Thermal hydraulic network models
  • Built-in economic optimizer


GOSP energy benchmarking and opportunity identification

After an energy assessment at a Gas Oil Separation Plant (GOSP) by a major national integrated oil company, KBC was appointed to carry out an energy benchmarking and opportunity identification project.

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Our simulation and optimization software

Process simulation

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

Advanced thermodynamics

Our Multiflash fluid property engine is a comprehensive PVT (pressure-volume-temperature) and physical properties package. It allows for complete modeling of the phase behavior of complex mixtures and pure substances.

Refinery simulation software

Our SIM Reactor Suite works in tandem with Petro-SIM. Our rigorous refinery and petrochemical reactor models are the industry’s most trusted analytical tools for conversion unit monitoring, planning, optimization, and design and engineering studies.

Advanced Process Control (APC)

Advanced process control (APC) and estimation platform is the best in class suite to rapidly design, develop, deploy, and sustain multi-variable control applications through-out the plant lifecycle. It will drive down your costs of developing and maintaining applications while giving you tools and capabilities to address challenging control problems.

Dynamic Real-Time Process Optimization D-RTO

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.

Integrated production modeling and flow assurance

Maximus provides steady state, thermal hydraulic network models capable of handling the world’s most complex pipe networks. FloWax provides multiphase fluid dynamics with wax deposition modeling capabilities, indispensable for flow assurance and production applications.

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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