The Virtual Voice
MYNAH Technologies is honored to be the sponsor of the Virtus Dynamica Chemical Engineering Student Award at Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of MIssouri, Columbia, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Todd Jaco, MYNAH Technologies, Clayton Burback, MS&T, William Weaver, Wash U, and Mart Berutti, MYNAH Technologies
It is good to be in the company of the St. Louis chemical engineering community tonight. I would like to read for you an excerpt from the March 2014 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress. The article by Terry McMahon, in the Process Automation Corner states:
“The ACC anticipates that net exports of chemical products will exceed $35 billion late in this decade, up from less than $3 billion last year. If pharmaceutical production could be reshored, net exports would be even larger. Current trends toward continuous pharmaceutical production could expedite the reshoring process.”
By now, everyone in the US should understand that we are in the midst of an energy renaissance unlike any we have experienced before. The consequences of the shale gas and tight oil boom are significant but the impact on the US Chemical Market is amazing. At MYNAH we have worked on Ammonia plant and Methanol plant projects where the process units were cut apart in developing countries and moved to the US. That is a phenomenon I have never seen before in my 30 years as a chemical engineer. But according to the American Chemical Council it is only beginning! Just think … chemical exports growing more than 10x before 2020!
If one word can describe the chemical and process industries it is DYNAMIC. And the good news for chemical engineers, young and old, this renaissance of the North American process industries, means lots of opportunities. Industry needs more chemical engineers to support this growth and we need more chemical engineers at MYNAH Technologies.
At MYNAH, our mission is to improve the safety, reliability, and performance of process plants. We do this by delivering life cycle dynamic simulation that provides significant business benefits for greenfield capital investments and brownfield operational excellence initiatives. Using our MiMiC Simulation Software, process plants can train operators, improve the performance of their automation systems, and evaluate operational improvements without impacting their running plants. To deliver this value to the process industries, we employ chemical engineers and we will need many more in the future.
The role of the chemical engineering departments in our local universities is essential to equip this next generation of “captains of industry”. We need these departments to grow and succeed if they are going to supply men and women to be future leaders in our companies.
We are very proud to sponsor the Virtus Dynamica Chemical Engineering Student Award at our three local Chemical Engineering Departments, Missouri S&T, Mizzou, and Wash U. The award goes to the chemical engineering student with the highest overall GPA as a senior in each universities program, hence the Virtus, latin for excellence. Dynamica because MYNAH is a provider of dynamic simulation technology and we work in a very dynamic, exciting industry. On behalf of MYNAH Technologies, we want to thank AIChE for allowing us to sponsor this award and congratulate our three recipients for 2014.
This year the awards go to Clayton Burback at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Corey Staller at The University of Missouri – Columbia and William Weaver at Washington University in St. Louis.
Complex unit operations like columns may be solved with simplified models like the one shown above or could require more complex models.
An important consideration in model simplification is that model complexity does not necessarily correlate to configuration difficulty. In fact, packaged models of greater complexity and resolution are often significantly easier to configure and integrate into the simulation. This has been made evident by recent interns that have been able to model complex systems using packaged models such as MiMiC's boiler object after just a few weeks of modeling and training.
This is not to say that model simplification is not beneficial in practice. In fact, simplification is necessary to meet deadlines and budgets when modeling complex processes. Furthermore, model simplification is not limited to process boundaries or unit operations with limited impact on other process equipment or controls. When careful consideration has been made to avoid potential pitfalls, simplified models can be created to simulate major process operations. However, if the consequences of oversimplifying of a process is not considered prior to model development, the amount of work required to address issues with control system integration may greatly surpass the effort required to create a complex model."
I look forward to your comments, questions, or suggestions.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Mart Berutti, 04/16/14
Martin Berutti is the President and COO of MYNAH Technologies. Areas of expertise include process simulation, control system and network design, and information integration. Martin has been with MYNAH and Experitec (parent company of MYNAH) for over 19 years and has held positions of Systems Engineer, Performance Consultant, Project Manager, Director, Performance Technology, and Business Director. Previous employers included Fisher Controls, Rosemount, and Applied Automation. Mart has a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla.