Process Modelling Expert
During his PhD research project, successfully concluded in april 2003, Mathieu Westerweele and prof. H.A. Preisig developed a methodology for the rapid and systematic construction of consistent dynamic process models.
The thesis “Five Steps for Building Consistent Dynamic Process Models” can be downloaded here. The developed approach has proven itself being very efficient. Models are constructed much faster and also guaranteed to solve structurally and in most cases also numerically.
From 2006 until 2013 Mathieu has been involved in the Post-Masters design course Process and Product Design (PPD) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. First year coordinator, member of the Scientific Staff and lecturer of the Modelling and Simulation course. From 2013 up to now Mathieu is still involved as lecturer at PPD.
Jan Laurens has been working as model engineer at DSM Research for a period of 17 years. During the last 7 years he was the workgroup leader of the modelling group. After that period he engaged a position as modelling engineer at DSM’s Stamicarbon. Since 1994 he has founded his own company, providing model engineering and model development to customers in industry.
The models Jan developed have been, and still are, used for product and process development, debottlenecking, process optimisation, process control and training&simulation. Besides the knowledge needed on numerical mathematics techniques the modelling activities performed require expert insight in physical and chemical technology.
For use of model building the simulator software package Mobatec LauTrane has been developed by Jan and has been succesfully in use during the past 20 years. Mobatec LauTrane is now fully integrated into the Mobatec Modeller, and still under Jan’s attention for further developments.
Senior model engineer
PhD in astrophysics, experienced model engineer in the research and the IT services industry. “Modelling by heart” describes him best, a personal drive in creating the best possible models and providing the best solution for physics research, process development, analysis and testing. Specializations in numerical simulation and model engineering of physical and chemical processes and scientific algorithm development.
Senior model engineer
Graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Belgrade University, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy. Immediately Vladimir decided to extend his knowledge and participated and succesfully concluded the Professional Doctorate in Engineering at the Technical University of Eindhoven, with focus to Multi-Phase Reactor modelling. A passion for chemical engineering and with that the design of “the real” dynamic tooling to simulate and build the best possible plants.
“Give me the problem I will create the solution” is what best describes Vladimir.
Model & Simulation Engineer
Graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Belgrade University, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Miloš was immediately admitted to work for Mobatec.
Beside the talent for mathematical modelling a passion for computer programming and web technologies made him an important member of our team.
“Continuous improvements and innovations” is what describes him the best.
Passionate about IT and Video Surveillance technology, and enjoys creating success. He has an entrepreneurial spirit, and focuses on providing value added solutions. He also has broad experience in system/network design and setups, video security and surveillance installations, troubleshooting large scale technical issues and taking control of critical situations.
Peter Heerschap (1963) studied chemical engineering and Human Resources Management. He acted as Learning & Development Advisor for Shell in The Netherlands and abroad, with specific focus on training of operators and technicians. Checking and training competences are of utmost importance, even though training on the job has become extinct, nowadays. Still, real-life operator training is the key to craftsmanship and professionalism. It is Peter’s quest that newest technology and methods are available to trainers and trainees, and will continuously evolve to maintain state-of-the-art training and certification tools.
Ir. Henk Leegwater (1951) is not only a former professor and Managing Director at the Technical University Eindhoven; he is a highly recommended consultant in the industry, both on boardroom and plant level and very much involved in implementation projects of improvements and innovations. Since recognising the unique solutions of Operator Training Simulators, Henk has been our Managing Director with a bird’s eye view and a ‘hands-on’ consultant. He has an unstoppable desire to improve safety and reliability in the petrochemical industry. His knowledge on Systems and Control Engineering is furthermore supported by 25 years of experience as an executive manager in the chemical process industry (DSM).
Angela Hulst graduated in economics and finished a post master in financial management. She has a background in consulting focusing on performance improvement and risk management world wide. Clients were: BP, Akzo Nobel, ASML, TPG, Cofra (e.g. C&A). She did several projects in waste processing under private equity to integrate and optimise processes within AVR & Van Gansewinkel. At the Port of Rotterdam, as a Sr Investment Manager, she was responsible fort the business case and negotiations for Maasvlakte 2. She did research on the viability of Gassification complementary to he chemical cluster as well as Coolport. Other projects were Container Transferium, RDM and serveral linfrastructural projects. More recently she initiated the innovation platform iTanks and realised several innovations within the petrochemical industry.
Consulting Plant manager
Ron started his career within operations at Shell Pernis as a process operator.
After 20 years Ron joined Lyondell. In his role as shift supervisor Ron was involved in training, construction and startup of the grass root POSM plant at Maasvlakte Rotterdam. In this period Ron got familiar with Mobatec, a Mobatec Training simulator was used to train the operators of this new build plant, resulting in an extreme smooth startup of the POSM plant. In 2005 Ron became operations superintendent at the Botlek site of Lyondell and after 5 years manager operations of the world scale POSM plant at Rotterdam Maasvlakte.
“Operator Training simulators are getting more and more important in the process industry to assure that (panel) operators are well equipped with respect to their skills and competences . Automation has been rapidly implemented in the control systems of the petrochemical processes e.g. by implementing advanced matrix controllers. Especially the implementation of these controllers has changed the requirements with respect to skills and competences of the panel operator, processes are running more and more on ‘automatic pilot’. This is resulting in the fact that operation simulators are not only required for training purposes of Upset or emergency situations but also for regular start up and tuning of the process in case the panel operator has to switch off the advanced control loop.”
Consulting Plant manager
Marco has been working in the process industry for more than 35 years. He began his career as an process operator in Shell. After operations he made a switch to Supply Chain as Logistics Manager which later extended to the role of Site Service Manager responsible for Logistics, Quality, Laboratory and procurement.
“Technology is changing rapidly and reliability of plants is increasing which makes operations more vulnerable due to lack of experience as a panel operator. Process simulators are the future, operators will be trained quicker and keep their experience up to date. But simulators also provide Engineers and technologist the ability to test and improve the functionality of their control system.”
Cor Van De Linde