Aspen InfoPlus.21: Real Time Information Management Foundation

Course Id:  MES101   |   Duration:  5.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  3.5   |   Level:  Introductory

Course Objective

This course will help you prepare for the certification exam and the exam fee is waived with this course.
Obtain an overview of the Aspen InfoPlus.21 system - Database, Historian, Data Transfer and System Administration. Get real-world Aspen InfoPlus.21 experience through hands-on labs and exercises. Learn how to implement and configure an Aspen InfoPlus.21 system including database security, data back up, and data transfer from DCS/PLC. Learn how to supervise, maintain, and troubleshoot an Aspen InfoPlus.21 system

Course Overview

  • Learn how to implement and configure an Aspen InfoPlus.21 system including database security, data back up, and data transfer from DCS/PLC
  • Learn how to supervise, maintain, and troubleshoot an Aspen InfoPlus.21 system
  • Understand different Client tools available with Aspen InfoPlus.21 to effectively monitor critical plant data


  • Obtaining a thorough understanding of Aspen InfoPlus.21 will help you to extract maximum value from your investment in this product
  • Training will help you to provide maximum security and stability for your valuable plant and environmental data
  • Attending training will make for a smoother and more cost-effective implementation whether you do the implementation yourself or are in a supervisory role


  • Those designated as Aspen InfoPlus.21 system administrators or backup administrators
  • Anyone who needs to add tags to the database
  • IS supervisors who need to gain an overview of the Aspen InfoPlus.21 database and the demands it will place on their networks
  • Process control engineers/managers
  • System integrators
  • Anyone involved in technical evaluation of products


  • The Aspen InfoPlus.21 Foundation course is a five-day, comprehensive, introductory course for Aspen InfoPlus.21 administrators
  • Short lecture sessions focused on concepts and terminology 
  • Structured hands-on lab exercises that promote lasting learning experiences
  • Product features up to and including Aspen InfoPlus.21 V11 are covered
  • As the main section of the course nears completion, if time allows, one or more optional topics may be covered


Although the course does not assume any prior experience with Aspen InfoPlus.21, those attendees that already have a working familiarity with the product will also benefit by discovering how the Aspen InfoPlus.21 components integrate together.

Subsequent Courses

  • MES201 Aspen SQLplus for Aspen InfoPlus.21: Using and Configuring for Power Users (highly encouraged!)
  • MES305 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Advanced System Administration
  • MES311 Aspen InfoPlus.21: Applications Development

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

MES101: Aspen InfoPlus.21: Real Time Information Management Foundation

Overview of Aspen InfoPlus.21

  • Discuss the benefits, features and functionality of Aspen InfoPlus.21
  • Briefly introduce the applications and tools that will be used during this course: 
    •     InfoPlus.21 Administrator
    •     Aspen SQLplus Query Writer
    •     AspenONE Process Explorer
    •     Aspen Calc
    •     Tag Browser
    •     InfoPlus.21 Manager
  • Discuss new feature in V11 of Aspen InfoPlus.21
AspenONE Process Explorer, Analytics and Search Overview
  • Begin a new trend plot in AspenONE Process Explorer
  • Display tag data in a trend plot
  • Configure the Legend
  • Perform Ad Hoc Calculations
  • Save a plot
  • Reload and existing plot
  • Modify the feature of the Timeline Control
  • Workshop: Create and Edit a Trend in A1PE
  • Workshop: View and Use Trend Data 
InfoPlus.21 Database
  • Describe the architecture of the InfoPlus.21 database
  • View database records in the Administrator tool
  • Create a new record in the database
  • Modify fields in a record
  • Turn on History for a Tag
  • Delete records
  • Build records to save snapshots automatically
  • Take a manual snapshot
  • Workshop: Navigate Using the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Administrator
  • Workshop: Investigate the Fixed and Repeat Areas
  • Workshop: Create a New Record
  • Workshop: Delete an Existing Record
  • Workshop: Configure and Generate an Alarm
  • Workshop: Save a Database Snapshot
  • Workshop: Create and Delete a Supporting Record
  • Workshop: Design and Implement a Reactor Expansion
Other Database Features     
  • Discuss and implement the mechanism behind record processing and record activation
  • Identify two types of records that activate other records
  • Use Aspen Calc and SQLplus to create simple calculations
  • Create a simple Custom Record structure
  • Workshop: Activate a Simulation Record
  • Workshop: Create and Automate an Aspen Calc Calculation
  • Workshop: Create and Activate an SQLplus Query
The Historian
  • Visualize data flow from the Aspen InfoPlus.21 real-time database to the Historian
  • Describe data compression
  • Determine the correct data compression settings for a tag
  • Create and configure a new repository and new archive file sets
  • Maintain a repository
  • Backup a repository and critical history system files
  • Workshop: Examine History
  • Workshop: Configure a Repository
  • Workshop: Implement an Automated History Backup 
Aspen Cim-IO
  • Describe the elements of a typical Cim-IO system
  • Create a new logical device using the Wizard 
  • Start/stop a logical device
  • Configure a transfer record using the Wizard
  • Add source and destination tags to a transfer record
  • Identify potential bottlenecks
  • Activate a transfer from a device
  • Troubleshoot problems in a Cim-IO system
  • Workshop: Explore Aspen Cim-IO Records 
  • Workshop: Configure Aspen Cim-IO for OPC
System Administration 
  • Explain the following concepts:
    •     What is the Aspen InfoPlus.21 environment?
    •     How to configure system startup and shutdown?
    •     How to check for a healthy system and troubleshoot?
    •     How are individual records saved and reloaded?
    •     How can a large number of records be loaded at the same time?
    •     How are time, memory and other system parameters configured?
  • Implement Security
  • Determine Licensing and data source administration issues
  • Workshop: Use the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Manager GUI
  • Workshop: Manage the InfoPlus.21 System
  • Workshop: Examine Licenses and Data Sources
Configuring the Aspen Framework AFW Security Manager
  • Open the AFW Security Manager
  • Add roles to the AFW Security Manager
  • Link roles to Windows login accounts
  • Secure InfoPlus.21 database configuration
  • Secure the AFW Security Manager
  • Workshop: Implement Database Security
Certification Exam

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.