CNA-Qatar training its students on ExplainMedia's 3D Virtual Reality simulators

Students at the College of the North Atlantic Qatar undergoing virtual refinery training.

The College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) is training students on ExplainMedia's 3D Virtual Refinery software.



ExplainMedia delivers simulators with field operator views to the STC Group

ExplainMedia delivers simulators with field operator views to the STC Group - © ExplainMedia

ExplainMedia and Dutch simulator company Mobatec delivered a series of simulators with field operator views to the STC Group.



Fixed Bed Reactor

Fixed Bed Reactor - © ExplainMedia

ExplainMedia's latest addition to the "Virtual Refinery" suite of 3D process simulator extensions: The Fixed Bed Reactor. A high-definition version is available on ExplainMedia's YouTube channel.



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ExplainMedia's Virtual Refinery Add-On:
The New Standard in Process Technology Simulations

Operator Training Simulators have been around for decades. Started as hardware-based solutions, in the 1980s OTS applications became available for PCs. In 2005, ExplainMedia came up with a new innovation: A virtual reality component showing the outside operator view. This 3D world is dynamically linked to the process simulator.

ExplainMedia has taken proven training programs, provided by Simulation Solutions, Inc., and has developed corresponding 3D Virtual Refinery modules. With this Virtual Refinery Add-On, Outside Operators can actually open and close hand-operated valves, start and stop pumps, take field reading, see and hear equipment running, communicate with the control room, etc. Instructors can mentor and manage training sessions, instead of being tied up in role playing the functions of an Outside Operator from previously provided “remote function” switches.

Atmospheric Crude Unit (ACU) - Copyright ExplainMediaUsers can navigate towers, reactors and observe dynamically over a full range of operating conditions how equipment, feedstock, catalysts, and products  respond to changing feed rates, temperatures, pressures, etc. All Outside Operator station functions and responses are being driven by differential equations and mathematical models.

Distillation Fundamentals ModulesThe Virtual Refinery packages developed for Simulation Solutions, Inc. include a 12 module Distillation Series and several complete plant modules. On-line demonstrations are available.

Detailed Custom Programs, realistic DCS Emulations, and state-of-the-art Virtual Reality based Outside Operator Stations combine to form the key elements of the Virtual Refinery, and create a “test bench” capability for safety and engineering studies previously unavailable. Users can “field test” control schemes and outside operator duties against a virtual plant, and also improve procedures, conduct realistic training for entire operations teams, and ultimately help develop the most efficient and safest way to troubleshoot and respond to plant upsets and emergencies.

The VR modules developed for Simulation Solutions include the modules listed below. For more information about the products of Simulation Solutions, please visit their website.

Fundamentals A:

  • Centrifugal Pump
  • Pump and Valve
  • Fluid Flow
  • Mix Tank


Fundamentals B:

  • pH Control
  • Condenser System
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Reboiler System

Fundamentals C:

  • Flash Drum
  • Cooling Water Tower
  • Centrifugal Pumps


  • Distillation with Dynamic Profitability Analysis

Additional Fundamentals:

  • Vacuum Ejector System
  • Air Cooler
  • Centrifugal Compressor
  • Steam Boiler


  • Fixed Bed Reactor
  • Atmospheric Crude Unit (ACU)
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU)

Contact us for a free online demonstration or additional information about our products and services.

Other Services by ExplainMedia

Exploded view of a heat exchanger - Copyright ExplainMediaExplainMedia offers complete visualization services to develop, extend, or convert high-quality technical content into static or interactive 3D materials. Process technology concepts are particularly suitable for our participative animations, improving the viewer’s insight into the spatial layout of equipment parts. We can also link a 3D virtual reality environment to an external data source, which can be a simple spreadsheet, or a professional process simulator.

At ExplainMedia, staff with a technical engineering background work closely with staff with years of experience in academic research, education, and new media. We look at things from your perspective.

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