CNIM DOT, an interactive operation simulator

CNIM has developed and refined a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant operation simulator that is unique on the market. This simulator, called CNIM DOT (CNIM Digital Operator Training), is a WtE plant simulator comparable with the flight simulators used in the aviation industry.

With CNIM DOT, the trainee interacts virtually with all the equipment of a WtE plant, just as they would in the control room, and the simulator reacts like a real plant. This stage of so-called familiarisation with the routine management of a WtE plant trains the trainees in ordinary operating situations.

The trainee is then given scenarios of unusual or exceptional situations. These simulations are initiated by the trainer following progression plans, like a flight simulator. The trainee must then, alone or as a team, implement all the necessary actions to restore the nominal operation of the plant. CNIM DOT reacts like a real plant, and trainees progress rapidly in their management of ordinary or exceptional situations.

I particularly benefited from using CNIM DOT, a system that reacts to the input data. It lets you analyse the reasons why certain things happened and the actions that should be implemented.

Robert P. (Control room operator)

We’re talking cognitive sciences!
All the CNIM ACADEMY training methods have been designed and built on the basis of the most recent or common concepts of the social and cognitive sciences, without forgetting the concept of the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve. We place great importance on aspects that might have an effect on the quality of learning (self-belief, emotions and motivation) when we provide our training.

A factual control of the skills of operators

Based on its control-command expertise and expert software capable of simulating complex thermodynamic and physical reactions, CNIM has developed a unique Waste-to-Energy plant operation simulator, called CNIM DOT (CNIM Digital Operator Training). It is based on the use of the operating system of a real plant coupled with a digital model. Within a framework configured by the trainer, the operator can interact with a simulated process that reproduces the behaviour of the equipment. The challenge is then set to operate the plant in a variety of scenarios, including abnormal situations that sometimes need to be resolved by team work or in small groups. It’s a motivating way of putting the theory into practice and factually testing the skills of operators.

As demonstrated in aviation, the use of an operation simulator is the best way of developing skills and mastering the corrective procedures.

Sites whose operating teams have all been trained with CNIM DOT have found they are far more homogeneous and effective in the management of operating anomalies. These sites also found that the transfer of an operator from one team to another no longer disrupted the implementation of corrective measures thanks to the homogeneity of the training provided by CNIM ACADEMY.

CNIM DOT also has a tool to evaluate the skills of the operators and teams. This enables the most demanding operators to define the skills levels required at the end of the training, and provides them with the certainty that these levels have in fact been achieved when the training is over.

The trainee is placed in a situation of full immersion. Not only does the system react to the actions of the trainee, the whole control-command system is also used to stimulate the training (alarm pages, operating sequences, trend curves, safety matrix, etc.). A single and unique goal: to develop a homogeneous spirit of problem analysis and resolution shared between all the teams!

 I have just been promoted to operator. This course educated me on the different characteristics of the plant. I was able to develop my skills and I feel more confident in myself. 

Steve C. (Control room operator)

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CNIM CLASS, our person-led theoretical training (face-to-face or remote)
CNIM HANDS-ON, practical on-site training
CNIM E-LEARN, our e-learning module

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