Answers to FAQs
Can I visit the AVESTAR Center?
A: Yes, we would be pleased to host your visit to the AVESTAR Center to view the facilities and simulators, as well as discuss your training and research interests. Please Contact Us to arrange a visit. When visiting the AVESTAR Center at NETL, Foreign Nationals must complete additional paperwork and submit it at least 60 days in advance of the visit date. Please note that these NETL requirements for Foreign Nationals do not apply to visits to the AVESTAR Center at WVU/NRCCE.
What is an operator training simulator?
A: An operator training simulator or OTS is a cost-effective, safe, and efficient way to train operators, engineers, and managers in a risk-free simulated plant environment. Using an OTS, trainees learn operator techniques, safe operation, and control strategies through highly detailed and realistic lessons on a computer screens in plant control-type environment.
Which dynamic simulators are available at the AVESTAR Center?
A: The AVESTAR™ Center currently features three full-scope, high-fidelity, real-time dynamic simulators including IGCC with CO2 Capture, Gasification with CO2 Capture, and Combined Cycle.
What if I’m interested in the development of a derivative or custom version of the dynamic simulators offered at the AVESTAR Center?
A: Please Contact Us to discuss opportunities for the development of derivative or custom, plant-specific versions based on the existing dynamic simulators offered at the AVESTAR Center.
What is a immersive training system?
A: An immersive training system or ITS is a 3D virtual plant walk–through environment that is combined with a real-time dynamic simulator to provide realistic field operator training. Using gamepads for navigation or 3D visors with head tracking, trainees can interact with plant equipment items (e.g., gasifier), activate transparent views (e.g., liquid level in a tank), display pop-up trends (e.g., gas turbine combustor temperature over time), and experience equipment sound effects (e.g., pump engines), malfunctions (e.g., leaks, fires), and visual training scenarios (e.g., CO2 absorber column operation). The virtual plant allows operators to practice training routines for malfunctions and abnormal situations that could not be attempted in the real plant.
What are the benefits of simulator-based training?
A: Comprehensive simulator-based training helps ensure safe, reliable, and efficient plant operations. It also provides realistic plant operations and control experience without compromising worker, equipment, and environmental safety. Imagine a training environment where you don't have to take your plant out of production, where your equipment won't be damaged, and your personnel won't be at risk. In addition, training on a high-fidelity simulator better prepares operators and engineers to manage the plant closer to economic constraints. Additional benefits include improved communication and collaboration among work crews, and training for safety-critical tasks. In summary, simulator-based training helps you to meet your business goals and to improve human, plant, and organizational performance.
How do I register for an AVESTAR training course?
A: Complete a Registration Inquiry form and we will get back to you shortly with a customized Contributed Funds Agreement (CFA) and invoice.
Can I earn continuing education units (CEUs) for AVESTAR training courses?
A: Yes, you can earn CEUs issued from West Virginia University.
Does the AVESTAR Center offer customized courses and training programs?
A: Yes, the AVESTAR team will work with you develop customized simulator-based courses and programs to meet your organization’s training needs. For inquiries on customized training on AVESTAR Simulators, please Contact Us.
What is maximum number of trainees that can be accommodated per course?
A: Each AVESTAR training facility (NETL and WVU/NRCCE) has eight operator training stations and can therefore accommodate a maximum number of eight students per course. The rule of thumb is one instructor per four students so a full course of eight students would require two instructors. In addition, each AVESTAR facility has a room divider that allows for holding two simultaneous training sessions, each with four students.
Which R&D topics are of interest to the AVESTAR team?
A: The main topics of research interest to the AVESTAR team include, but are not limited to process Dynamics, Control, and 3D Virtual plant simulation
What opportunities are available for exploiting the AVESTAR Center in engineering education?
A: The AVESTAR Center is interested in forming collaborations for enhancing the educational experience through the submission of joint proposals to funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation. For more information on Education Opportunities, please contact Prof. Richard Turton at West Virginia University, Richard.Turton@mail.wvu.edu, (304) 293-6277.