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PIMS Platinum
A Brief Tutorial (and supplement to training and online documentation)
Ashley Johnson, Product Marketing, Aspen Technology, Inc.
Ashok Rao, Product Management, Aspen Technology, Inc.

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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Generating a Flowsheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Data Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Case Sets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Group Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Allocating Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Unallocated Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Incorrect Allocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Reorganizing the Allocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Additional Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Dashboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Creating a Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Creating a Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Saving the Layout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Additional Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Introduction
aspenONE PIMS Platinum is changing planning with an easy-to-use, web-based, flowsheet environment. Visualize
constraints, evaluate economics by asset, adjust the plan, and see its immediate impact. aspenONE PIMS Platinum allows
you to run planning cases and modify data on the flowsheet, making it easier than ever to identify refinery processing
opportunities and share data. The software can easily be launched from Aspen PIMS™ and accessed from any web-
enabled device for better supply chain visibility.

This is not meant to be used as a stand-alone reference document. AspenTech recommends that a range of other
resources be referenced to give the new user a comprehensive view of how to use aspenONE PIMS Platinum. These may
include:

• AspenTech support website (support.aspentech.com)


• AspenTech courseware available in online and in-person versions
• AspenTech Business Consultants
• Help center available within aspenONE PIMS Platinum
This guide covers getting started with aspenONE PIMS Platinum, beginning with how to generate a flowsheet from within
Aspen PIMS. See how easy it is to learn a whole new way to plan!

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Generating a Flowsheet
After running your model in Aspen PIMS, click on the aspenONE PIMS Platinum icon on the toolbar and select Generate
Flowsheet.

Figure 1: Select Generate Flowsheet

A confirmation notice will appear indicating the flowsheet is being generated (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Auto-configure flowsheet

Once the flowsheet is complete, it will open an option for editing in the aspenONE PIMS Platinum environment (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Flowsheet List

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In order to begin configuring the flowsheet, click on the pencil icon to the right of the flowsheet name (Figure 3).

The aspenONE PIMS Platinum Flowsheet editor (Figure 4) is used for project configuration. It helps map Aspen PIMS and
sub-models to aspenONE PIMS Platinum using a standard or process model.

There are multiple options for configuring the flowsheet, including:

• General
• Data Source
• Case Sets
• Group Assets
• Additional Features

Figure 4: Edit flowsheet environment

As information is entered or specified, make sure to save changes using Apply to remain on the screen or Save to save and
exit. The user will be prompted to save changes with a symbol that appears by the page navigation pane indicating a save
step needs to be performed prior to moving to another step.

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General
The General screen is used to specify a flowsheet name and description. The flowsheet name then appears in the
Flowsheet list, as shown below.

Figure 5: Naming the flowsheet

Data Source
Use the Data Source screen to connect to the database used as the foundation for the flowsheets. When generating a new
flowsheet, the active Aspen PIMS model is linked as a data source by default, as shown in Figure 6 below.

Figure 6: Data source selection

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For existing flowsheets, multiple data sources can be added. Doing so retains defined case sets, as well as allocated
assets. This allows you to create a base flowsheet with standard group assets and attach a modified results data source.
Doing so allows you to roll data forward without having to redefine flowsheet components and dashboards. All current
data can be reviewed on a previously defined flowsheet. Data sources can be edited using the icons on the right-hand side
of the window (Figure 6).

Case Sets
Case sets can be created under the next selection. Case sets allow the user to customize how to group cases more easily
and how to quickly analyze data. The user can assign the same case to multiple case sets.

As a default, aspenONE PIMS Platinum automatically creates case sets with cases that have similar names (Figure 7).
These sets appear in the Defined Case Sets pane. After case sets are created, they can be modified, removed, or have
additional case sets added.

Figure 7: Define case sets

Group Assets
Use the Group Assets tab to assign sub-models/equipment to process units. The options on this screen are used to group
assets in logical groups that will be displayed on a flowsheet. Only assets assigned to a group will appear on the flowsheet.
Assets left in the Unallocated Equipment Pane will not appear.

The Auto-Allocate option enables the system to use rule-based logic to determine assignment of equipment to groups.
Rules are based on common English naming conventions used by industry experts when labeling and defining process
units and associated sub-models/equipment. When generating a new flowsheet, group assets are auto-allocated as a
default.

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Allocating Units
Units can also be manually allocated by the user for multiple reasons, including units that are unallocated, units allocated
incorrectly, or units that the user wants to allocate differently. The following scenarios will address each of these issues.

Unallocated Units
Any unallocated units will appear in the column under Unallocated Equipment. To allocate the unit, click on the unit and
drag and drop it into the appropriate group asset.

In this case, one of the crude units – SNSP – needs to be allocated with the other crude units (Figure 8). Click on the
unallocated unit, and drag it to the Crude Unit group asset. Once completed, the unit will be reflected as part of the
correct group asset (Figure 9).

Figure 8: Unit to be allocated

Figure 9: Unit allocated correctly

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Incorrect Allocation
At times, a unit may need to be reassigned to a different group asset as it was not auto-allocated correctly.

In the following example, one of the units – BCPR – was incorrectly allocated to the Gasoline Blender group asset (Figure
10). In order to allocate it correctly, click on the unit and drag and drop it to the correct group asset. Once the change is
made, the BCPR unit is now allocated correctly in the Distillate Blender group asset (Figure 11).

Figure 10: Unit allocated incorrectly

Figure 11: Unit allocated correctly

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Reorganizing the Allocation


In another instance, the user may want to adjust the allocations to better reflect the refinery model.

In Figure 12, the planner wants to assign two of the crude units into a separate group asset.

Figure 12: Crude units to be reallocated

In order to create a new group, click on Process Unit Icons and all available group asset options will be listed. Select
the new group—in this case the crude unit—and drag and drop it onto Flowsheet listed at the top of the process units
(Figure 13).

Figure 13: Create new group asset

The new crude unit assay group will appear at the bottom of the allocated equipment list. In order to move the desired
units to the new group, click on the selection and drag and drop the units into the new group asset (Figure 14).

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Figure 14: New group asset

Once the necessary changes have been made, click Save. The flowsheet status will then change to Draft State, meaning it
cannot be opened by another user on the same machine.

After a flowsheet has been published, the Draft State is removed and any other user with the right access can open the
flowsheet.

Additional Features
The Additional Features tab lists any additional options that may have been added to the model. In Figure 15, the option to
run cases in aspenONE PIMS Platinum has been selected.

Figure 15: View available additional options for the model

Once the configurations are saved, the flowsheet is generated and available for viewing (Figure 16).

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Figure 16: Flowsheet overview

Dashboards
Dashboards are blank canvases where data access objects such as charts, graphs, and tables can be defined and created.
aspenONE PIMS Platinum allows for nearly every data element within the database to be reportable in many different
ways. It also allows for data manipulation functions to be created and applied against specified data elements. Created
data access objects are dynamic and updated with each successive model run.

Note: Dashboards must be saved to a layout to persist with the displayed data. If a dashboard is closed without saving
to a layout, the user will not be able to retrieve the data or the dashboard.

To create a new dashboard, click on the Add icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window, then select Insert
Dashboard. The Dashboard tab will be added and the window will be blank by default. While the Dashboard tab is selected,
click Edit then Insert Chart or Insert Table (Figure 17).

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Figure 17: Creating a dashboard

Creating a Chart
When creating or editing a chart, use the Chart definition dialog to select desired variables by clicking on either the Chart
or Formula icons (Figure 18).

This will prompt the Select Property window to open where the user can set the parameters for a chart (Figure 19).

Figure 18: Select chart icon

Figure 19: Select chart properties

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To confirm the selections, review the Basic Information tab then click Apply (Figure 20).

Figure 20: Confirm selection properties

The chart can now be viewed in the Dashboard (Figure 21).

Figure 21: Chart is available for viewing in the Dashboard

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Creating a Table
To insert a Table, click on the Insert Table icon. There are three options for creating a table:

1. Empty Table – Adds an empty table to the dashboard. Click on any cell to select properties to display.
2. Stream Comparison Wizard – Displays the Stream Comparison Wizard. It walks the user through creating a table to
compare stream properties.
3. Table Wizard – Displays the Values by case table Wizard. It walks the user through creating a table to compare case
information.
In the following figure, the Table Wizard option is selected from the Edit icon dropdown menu.

Figure 22: Select Table Wizard option

The Table Wizard table will appear to walk the user through the selection process.

The first option is to confirm the data source and name the model (Figure 23). When available, click Next.

Figure 23: Name the table

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Under the Cases tab (Figure 24), select the pertinent cases in the left-hand column and click the right-facing arrow. The
desired selections will appear in the right-hand column (Figure 25), then click next.

Figure 24: Select desired cases from left-hand column

Figure 25: Selected cases appear in right-hand column

Properties for the table can be defined under the Properties tab. Click on the Chart icon to select the desired properties
(Figure 26).

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Figure 26: Select table properties

The available selections will be listed in the window in Figure 27. Click on the desired properties in the left-hand column,
and then select the right-facing arrow. The properties will then appear in the right-hand column. Click Select.

Figure 27: Selected table properties

The selected attributes will then appear in the Properties tab. The listed properties can be adjusted up or down with the
arrows on the left-hand side of the window (Figure 28). Additional format changes—size, style, background color—can be
made under the Format tab. Once the user has made the appropriate changes, click Finish to generate the table.

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Figure 28: Confirm selected properties

The Table now appears on the same dashboard with the Chart created earlier (Figure 29).

Saving the Layout


These two components comprise the Layout. Layouts are customized views that highlight important data and can be
saved for future use, and be configured as public or private.

Figure 29: Dashboard view

In order to save the layout for future use, click on the Save icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then, click on
the Save Layout icon (Figure 30).

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Figure 30: Save the layout

Once the flowsheet is generated and organized, the user can begin to utilize the powerful capabilities of aspenONE PIMS
Platinum, including viewing the plan and schedule side-by-side (Figure 31) and running cases within the solution.

Figure 31: View plan and schedule side-by-side

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Additional Resources
To learn more about the capabilities of aspenONE PIMS Platinum, please visit the following links:

Public Website:
aspenONE Petroleum Supply Chain

aspenONE PIMS Platinum

Aspen PIMS

Aspen PIMS-AO

Online Training:
http://www.aspentech.com/products/aspen-online-training/

On-Demand Webinars:
Special Two-hour Hands-on Session Featuring aspenONE® PIMS Platinum

Create, Share, and Modify Your Refinery Flowsheet—Quickly and Easily—with aspenONE® PIMS Platinum

View the Refinery Plan and Schedule at the Same Time to Easily Identify Discrepancies – Increasing Your Operational
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