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 DMCplus controller
  • Take advantage of Aspen Watch facilities for assessing problems with 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 DMCplus
  • Make full use of Aspen Watch facilities to gain insight into how well the DMCplus controller is performing
  • Know how and when to update controller tuning parameters to improve control performance


Engineers responsible for deploying or maintaining 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 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

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 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: Focus on monitoring an Aspen DMCplus controller for a given distillation column
  • Workshop 2 – Add Controller, 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 how 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 t

Benefits Monitoring
  • Learn why an online benefit calculation is important
  • Aspen DMCplus and Aspen Watch parameters that are related to benefit calculations
  • Discuss the types of benefit calculations that can be used
  • Recognize the pitfalls to avoid in benefits monitoring
  • Learn the application of benefit calculations in Aspen Watch
  • Workshop 5 -:Benefits Calculation – Set up a benefits calculation

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.

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
  • Use Adaptive Modeling
  • Use the Test Agent
  • Workshop 9: SmartStep, Calibrate, and Test Agent – Use Aspen Watch support for plant testing using DMCplus in SmartStep mode

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 10: Prediction Analysis – Graphically demonstrate how prediction problems can be caused by model gain errors

Aspen SmartAudit
  • How to use Smart Audit to fix colinearity problem in the DMCplus model

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

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 11: Analyzing Dynamic Tuning – Diagnose genuine controller operational and tuning problems

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
  • Workshop 12: - Identify and Correcting Model Mismatch Errors - Use Aspen Watch to identify model mismatch problems and show how mismatch problems can be addressed in a commissioned controller

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.