The U.S. Department of Transportation Operator Qualification Rule requires pipeline Control Center Operators to be evaluated on their ability to perform “covered tasks”, and recognize / react to abnormal operating conditions. ChevronTexaco has chosen to utilize pipeline simulation technology as a skill evaluation tool for its Control Center Operators. Metso Automation was selected to provide the pipeline simulation-based evaluation system. This paper provides an overview of the pipeline simulation application system that was selected and implemented by ChevronTexaco.

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