Aspen Watch Performance Monitor - Real Time Monitoring and Maintaining Controllers Online

Course Id:  APC210   |   Duration:  3.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  2.1   |   Level:  Intermediate

Course Objective

Learn how to use Aspen Watch KPI to analyze and troubleshoot controller performance, and how to detect and repair model mismatch in Aspen DMCplus controllers. Learn to sustain the benefits achieved by your control applications. Learn how Aspen Adaptive Control can help improve performance of the controller through generating and deploying updated models.

Course Overview

  • Learn to use Aspen Watch to monitor the performance of DMCplus Controllers
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Plots and Reports
    • Diagnostic Tools
  • Differentiate between poor and healthy performing controllers
  • Assess the performance of the PID Loops
  • Modify or create Key Performance Indicators
  • Manage baselines for controller performance evaluation
  • Generate custom Aspen Watch reports
  • Build a benefits calculation to assure the continued optimum economic performance of a DMC3/DMCplus controller
  • Take advantage of Aspen Watch facilities for assessing problems with DMC3/DMCplus controller performance
  • Diagnose mismatch between the controller model and the actual plant
  • Use Aspen Watch dynamic tuning indicators to optimally adjust dynamic tuning parameters


  • Be able to use Aspen Watch to sustain the economic benefits achieved by installing DMC3/DMCplus
  • Make full use of Aspen Watch facilities to gain insight into how well the DMC3/DMCplus controller is performing
  • Know how and when to update controller tuning parameters to improve control performance


Engineers responsible for deploying or maintaining DMC3/DMCplus controllers


  • A thorough presentation of the Aspen Watch tools that are useful to operators and managers 
  • Practical workshops give hands on experience using Aspen Watch to assess controller performance
  • A thorough presentation of the Aspen Watch and PID Watch tools that are useful to engineers for monitoring and maintaining PID loops
  • Hands on workshops that demonstrate the use of the PID Watch to manage regulatory loop performance
  • A thorough presentation of the Aspen Watch tools and facilities that are useful to engineers for monitoring and maintaining online controller performance
  • Hands on workshops that demonstrate the use of the monitoring and diagnostic tools of Aspen Watch


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Class Schedule

Class Agenda

APC210: Aspen Watch Performance Monitor - Real Time Monitoring and Maintaining Controllers Online

Controller Monitoring

  • Explain the basic components that make up a process control monitoring system using Aspen Watch and Aspen DMC3/DMCplus
  • Use the Aspen InfoPlus.21 package on the Aspen Watch Server
  • Perform basic maintenance tasks on the Aspen InfoPlus.21 database
  • Use  Aspen Watch Maker to configure Aspen DMCplus controller monitoring
Miscellaneous Variables and PID Tags
  • Use Aspen Watch Maker to configure miscellaneous data collection and PID loop monitoring
  • Workshop 1 – Process Overview – RTE conversion: Focus on monitoring an Aspen DMC3/DMCplus controller for a given crude column and converting an ACO controller to a RTE controller 
  • Workshop 2 – Add Miscellaneous and PID tags: Configure an Aspen Watch Server to monitor a new controller, miscellaneous and PID tags
Custom Key Performance Indicators & Custom Reports
  • Learn the function of custom calculations in Aspen Watch
  • Configure custom calculations from Aspen Watch Maker
  • Configure custom calculations to send an email when an event occurs 
  • Learn to reuse calculations with the calculation library
  • Workshop 3 – Building a Custom KPI: Configure a custom KPI using the Custom Calculation feature.
  • Workshop 4 – Report Generation: Configure and schedule a custom web report.
Benefits/Profits Monitoring
  • Learn why an online profit calculation is important
  • Aspen DMC3/DMCplus and Aspen Watch parameters that are related to profit calculations
  • Discuss the types of benefit calculations that can be used
  • Recognize the pitfalls to avoid in benefits monitoring
  • Learn the application of profit calculations in Aspen Watch
  • Workshop 5 – Benefit KPIs: Modify benefits KPIs
Generating an Aspen Watch Controller Baseline
  • Learn why it is important to implement a performance baseline
  • See what information is contained in a baseline
  • Recognize  what condition are required to generate  a good baseline and what conditions cause a poor baseline
  • Learn how a baseline can be generated from Aspen Watch Maker
  • Workshop: 6 – Generating Baselines: Generate a new baseline for an operational controller
Process Control Web Viewer
  • Learn what basic components are used on an Aspen Watch Desktop computer
  • Learn how to view Aspen Watch data using the Production Control Web Interface 
  • Workshop 7 – Process Control Web Viewer: Explore use of the PCWS, Perform Mode
PID Watch Overview
  • Explain the basic PID Watch architecture
  • Use the Production Control Web Interface to configure PID groups
  • View PID loop data on the Production Control Web Interface
  • Workshop 8 – PID Watch Analysis: Set a group to scan a given flow loop
Prediction Analysis
  • Learn how to compare the actual measured CV to that predicted by the controller model without incorporating feedback
  • Learn how to analyze the implemented model accuracy 
  • Workshop 9 – Prediction Analysis: Graphically demonstrate how prediction problems can be caused by model gain errors
Steady State and Dynamic Problems
  • Learn typical indications that a controller has problems that need to be corrected 
  • Suggestions on how to address problems in the Steady State and Dynamic solutions for a controller problems
  • Colinearity Analysis
  • Robust Control
Seeing DMCplus Tuning Effects using Aspen Watch
  • Learn how to tell which variables are most heavily influencing the Aspen DMCplus dynamic move calculation
  • Learn how you can use this information to make tuning decisions
  • See how to determine how much of the error between 
  • What is CV Performance Analysis and how to interpret CV Analysis results
  • Workshop 10 – Analyzing Dynamic Tuning: Diagnose genuine controller operational and tuning problems 
Adaptive Process Control using Aspen SmartStep, Calibrate, and Adaptive Modeling
  • Learn how Aspen Adaptive Control can help improve performance of the controller through generating and deploying updated models 
  • Understand the engine behind SmartStep and Calibrate
  • Workshop 11 – SmartStep, Calibrate, and Test Agent: Use Aspen Watch support for plant testing using DMC3/DMCplus in SmartStep and Calibrate mode
Best Practices
  • Learn the importance of thinking about sustained performance from the very start of the project
  • See how Aspen Watch can be used throughout the project cycle
  • Learn the importance of communicating with your operations and planning people
  • See the vital importance of an ongoing training program

Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.