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PetroSkills Acquires Simulation Solutions, Inc (SSI)

PetroSkills announced today that it has acquired the assets of Simulation Solutions, Inc. (SSI) out of Shrewsbury, NJ.  This addition significantly expands the range of products and services available to members of the PetroSkills Alliance and to PetroSkills customers worldwide, particularly in the midstream, refining and petrochemical market segments.

Since 1980, Simulation Solutions and its predecessor, Atlantic Simulation, pioneered the field of microcomputer process training simulators by using low cost, readily available computer hardware. Since then, the power and speed of these low cost machines have substantially increased, allowing us to exploit the tremendous capabilities of today's technology.

From the beginning, our focus has centered around cost effective simulator packages utilizing a wide range of available Standard Process Models and Emulated Distributed Control System (DCS) operator training stations.  Our low cost hardware solutions coupled with readily available Standard Process Models permits our clients to implement simulator technology in the face of budget constraints. Today, our advanced programming methods allow Simulation Solutions to stress model fidelity and control system realism that others find difficult to duplicate.

In 2001, Simulation Solutions created a major breakthrough in simulator training technology. Our new Hands On Training System contains a broad range of high fidelity process models and realistic DCS system emulations which have been integrated into a network based, fully automated training system that includes detailed training exercises, comprehensive on-line help, self and graded evaluations, and the recording of test scores and results.

Clients using this newly developed technology are able to deliver hands on training on shift and around the clock. Our automated system frees up available simulator Instructors for more coaching and advising, and/or allows for complete self-paced, self-study and practice. Immediately after taking a classroom or network based course on theory, operators can see this theory put into action through the use of our dynamic and realistic simulator training exercises.