20210127 Advanced Process Control (APC): Theory & Applications in SAGD

20210127 Advanced Process Control (APC): Theory & Applications in SAGD

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Advanced Process Control (APC):
Theory & Applications in SAGD

Date: January 27th, 2021
Speaker: Thiago Avila 
Staff, Optimization Engineer, Cenovus Energy
Location: Webinar
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Cost: FREE


In today’s world of lower margins and reduced capital spending, it becomes increasingly important to leverage existing systems and knowledge to maximize the profitability of our operations in real-time. This is where the use of Advanced Process Control (APC) technology shines.

In our traditional base level process control system, real-time data for a piece of equipment is generally used to make automatic adjustments to keep the equipment operating in a safe and controlled range. This is referred to as single-input single-output (SISO) control.

The base level process control system is generating hundreds of thousands of data points every second. This is where APC is used to maximize the value of this existing real-time data. By properly designing and executing a controlled set of process changes with facility operations, the resulting uncoupled data is used within data analytics tools to generate dynamic models that characterize the observed behavior of the process. These models are then vetted using engineering principles. The resulting product is multi-input multi-output (MIMO) predictive control system.

Speaker Bio:

Thiago Avila is a Staff engineer in the Advanced Automation Team at Cenovus Energy. He designs and develops process automation solutions for Cenovus' thermal assets. He has 13 years of industry experience in manufacturing and energy. Thiago graduated from Waterloo with a degree in mechatronics and is currently pursuing a master's in computer science. Thiago is also a licensed Professional Engineer with APEGA and PEO.

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January 27, 2021
From 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM