September 2012: Optimo Group Inc. - Tecval S.A.S performed comprehensive control loop tuning and optimization at an injection water transfer system in a CPF of a major crude oil productin facility.
Augutst 28-31, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "Pipeline Process Control Optimization Techniques" along with Pronamics and Tecval S.A.S, in Bogotá, Colombia.
August 15-17, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, presents the paper "Process Variability Costs Money - Learn How to Monitor and Reduce It" at the Automation in Oil and Gas Symposium organized by ISA Colombia Section in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
August 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs a comprehensive plant tuning session at a major Gas Plant and LPG facility. The plant was left operating in a stable manner and process variability was significantly decreased.
July 2012: Optimo Group Inc. - Tecval S.A.S perform a diagnostic study for an injection water transfer system that is showing reliability and variability problems at a crude oil productin facility.
July 10-13, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "CAP Exam Review Course" for ISA Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
June 20-22, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "Optimum Loop Tuning" for ISA Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
June 2012: Optimo Group Inc. successfully designed, implemented and performed comprehensive tuning of an improved control strategy for a water inyection pressure control system of a major oil producing facility in South America. The impact of this project is over 3 million US dollars in a year.
May 2012: Optimo Group Inc. and Cornerstone Controls Inc. installed a new compressor control system for an exisiting coke gas compressor system at a major coke gas battery.
April 2012: Optimo Group Inc. collaborates with PACIV, from Indianapolis, for autmation and start up support of a new pharmaceutical product plant.
April 2012: Optimo Group Inc. and ExperTune installed powerful control loop monitoring system, PlantTriage, at a chemical plant. The system will monitor a total of 100 loops 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
February 2012: Tecval S.A.S receives specialized training on process control optimization from Fernando Otero, CAP.
February 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs a diagnostic study in order to assess the performance of a pressure control system of a water injection system at a major oil producing facility .
January 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs diagnostic tests to evaluate sources of oscillations at a mainline pump station of a major crude oil pipeline.
December 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control loop optimization at eight mainline and delivery stations of a major crude oil pipeline.
November 2011: Optimo Group Inc. assists start up of a brand new LPG plant and performs comprehensive loop tuning.
October 10-12, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the Process Control Optimization and APC course for ISA Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia.
October 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs control strategy analysis and provides loop tuning parameters for the start up of a brand new LPG plant.
September 9, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches a 1-day seminar on Process Control Optimization to Northland Automation Services in Bogotá, Colombia.
September 5-8, 2011, Fernando Otero, CAP, delivers a presentation at the Automation Conference for the Oil Industry (JAIP 2011) in Bogotá, Colombia. The title of the presentaion was: "How to Get your Control System to Do its Work and Generate Benefits".
August 16-19: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches an Advanced Process Control course to process control engineers in Johannesburg, South Africa.
July 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs optimization of the pressure control system of a major crude oil and NGL pipeline consisting of 8 mainline stations and 1 delivery station. Five stations had dual final control elements made of VFD and PCV.
July, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. provides loop tuning analysis for a start-up of a brand new LPG plant.
June, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. analyzes controllability of a designed control strategy for a brand new LPG plant.
June, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs a study to optimize usage of Coke Oven Gas at a coke battery plant.
May, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control optimization at a major crude oil pipeline including 8 mainline stations, 1 initiating station, and 1 terminal station. The pressure control optimization including systems based on pressure control valves (PCV's) and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's)
April 4-7, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the CAP Review Course at the AutomatISA 2011, in Bogotá, Colombia.
March, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the course: Optimization of Process Control in Oil Industry to process control engineers at a major oil and gas company.
March, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches a process control fundamentals to operators of a major oil and gas facility.
March, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. teaches a process control fundamentals to operators of a major oil and gas facility.
February 28th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs process control strategy review and improvement at a oil well facility.
February 10th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs loop testing and process dynamics identification at a chemical reactor unit for advanced process control implementation.
February 7th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control optimization at three pump stations of a major crude oil pipeline. Optimization work included pipeline simulation, process gain assessment, control linearization, comprehensive loop tuning and varaibility assessment.
January 10th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs loop optimization and coordinated plant tuning at a gas plant.
November, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. teaches two seminars about optimum process control loop tuning two process control engineers at a main crude oil refinery.
November 5th, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. assists the start up of an expansion of a gas plant. The tasks included: review of process control strategy, provide start-up loop tuning, assist plant start up, comprehensive plant tuning once in normal operation. Start-up time was much shorter than planned and star-up was smooth with no un-expected shutdowns.
November-December, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure and flow control optimization at a major crude oil pipeline.
November 5th, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. assists a stoker boiler start up and coordinated tuning.
October 25-28, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Process Control Optimization and Advanced Control, ISA Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
October, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. performs simulation of a major crude oil pipeline including 1 initial station, 12 pumping stations, and 2 delivery stations. The work included pressure gain evaluation, control linearization, and pressure control loop tuning.
October 14-19, 2010. Advanced process control design on the reactor/regenerator of a major pyridine plant.
June, 2010. Plant master optimization and boiler automation upgrade performed at a boiler house of a major steel plant.
May 21, 2010: Steam header control optimization was performed on a Central Power Plant at a major university.
May 10-14, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Fundamentals of Process Controls for Oil Industry - BP Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
January 20-22, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Effective Energy Reductions in Boilers, Unistrategic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 6th, 2009: Optimum pressure control tuning was performed at a number of stations of a major crude oil pipeline system. The line was left operating in a stable manner with minimized station loop interaction and optimized pressure variability.
October 30th, 2009: Fernando Otero, from Optimo Group Inc., taught the course Process Control Optimization and Advanced Control for ISA in Colombia, South America. The course, attended by industry engineers, described the main aspects of process variability management through the optimum performance of process controls and explained the different options of advanced process control (APC) available such as adaptive control, fuzzy logic control, neural networks, and model predictive control (MPC).
October 16th, 2009: The process modeling and simulation on a main line of a major liquid Pipeline company was performed in order to analyze performance, determine process gain behavior, implement loop linearization, and estimate optimum tuning. The results of this are used to perform optimum pipeline pressure control tuning and improve loop and pipeline performance.October 2nd, 2009: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc., presented a paper at the 2009 Emerson Users Exchange in Orlando, FL. The title of the presentation was: Minimize Variability in your Plant - Optimize Controls - Use Performance Metrics.This presentation illustrates techniques to quantify and minimize variability. Optimization of controls and use of loop and plant performance metrics and key performance indicators (KIP’s) are presented. Profit increase and savings generation are feasible when process variability is minimized and plant performance is monitored. Examples of use of DeltaV InSight and variability analysis are shown.
September 25th, 2009: Functional specification for the automation of a packaged boiler was performed. The project included the combustion control system and the burner management system. The automation system involves the plant master, boiler master, fuel oil flow, natural gas flow, combustion air flow, furnace pressure, excess oxygen, drum level, and feedwater flow.September 4th, 2009: A control loop optimization of the chemiwahser in a pulp and paper plant significantly reduced process variability, minimized carry over, provided stable automatic operation, and generated savings in chemical.
August 27th, 2009: Coke battery overall control optimization improved stability in plant operation, significantly eliminated number of emission release, and reduced process variability throughout the plant. Plant sections such as battery offtakes, exhauster, byproducts, booster compressor, flare stack, gas delivery are operating in a smoother and more efficient manner.
August 17th, 2009: Distillation train control improvement study and Optimum Loop Tuning class performed at an oil refinery in Central America.
August 6th, 2009: Optimo Group Inc. performs pipeline pressure control at several crude oil pipeline stations.
July 8th, 2009: Optimo Group Inc. is founded by Fernando Otero.