Aspen InfoPlus.21: Real Time Information Management Foundation

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

Course Objective

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 experience


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
  • Aspen Process Explorer
  • Aspen Calc
  • Tag Browser
  • InfoPlus.21 Manager
  • Workshop: aspenONE Process Explorer -View Trend Data. Begin a new plot, add pens to a plot. Open existing plots.

Aspen 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: Navigation - Locate tags and other records. View fields in fixed area and repeat areas of a record. Modify fixed area data.
  • Workshop: Fixed and Repeat Areas - Investigate the fixed and repeat areas of various records in the InfoPlus.21 database
  • Workshop: Creating Records - Create a folder in readiness and ProductFlow record for the Reactor Expansion project. Configure records for history, test the alarm capabilities, and duplicate records
  • Workshop: Deleting Records- Go through the necessary steps to delete a record
  • Workshop: Field and Alarm Processing - Observe the effect of Field Processing by entering values manually into a record. Configure alarm parameters. Generate an alarm for a record and view the alarm in Aspen IP.21 Browser
  • Workshop: Snapshots - Take a snapshot of your database manually and by using a scheduled snapshot record
  • Workshop: Support Records/Deleting Records - ¬†Experiment with integer format records
  • Workshop: Reactor Expansion Project - Create tags for main project. Create Process Graphic to display data

Other Database Features    
  • Discuss and implement the mechanism behind record processing and record aviation
  • Identify two types of records that activate other records
  • Implement calculations as part of a project
  • Use Aspen Calc and SQL Plus to create simple calculations
  • Create a simple Custom Record structure
  • Workshop: Activations - Create a simulation record that is activated manually, by a scheduled activation and by a COS trigger
  • Workshop: Aspen Calc - Create, test, enable, and automate an Aspen Calc calculation
  • Workshop: Aspen SQLplus - Investigate the system configuration for Aspen SQLplus

Aspen InfoPlus 21 Historian and CIM-IO
  • 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: Examining History - Use the Aspen InfoPlus.21 Administrator Historian hierarchy to, inspect the
  • status of the queue, cache, and h21archive process. Inspect File Set and Repository properties.
  • Workshop: Configuring a Repository - Add a new repository and File Sets to the system. Stop and restart the AspenInfoPlus.21 database.. Configure tags to use the new repository.
  • Workshop: Implement Automated History Backup - Verify configuration of a record and Windows folders.
  • 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: Exploring the Aspen CIM-IO Records - Determine which records and fields are associated to data in a given tag.
  • Workshop: Configuring an Aspen CIM-IO Sub-System - Setup an Aspen CIM-IO configuration, reading data from a simulated external device.

System Administration
  • Overview of the Aspen InfoPlus.21 System Environment
  • Configuring Startup with Aspen InfoPlus.21 Manager GUI
  • Check for a healthy system and troubleshoot
  • Saving/Loading Individual Records and Mass Loading Records
  • Configure time, memory, and other system parameters
  • Determine licensing and data source administration issues
  • Workshop: The Aspen InfoPlus.21 Manager GUI - Examine the configuration of tasks in the list of Defined Tasks. Add a new SQL task and add a new External Task record.
  • Workshop: System Management - Use the Properties dialogs to change the database size, Record ID range, and Time Display Format. Create, edit and reload a "recsave" text file from a record in the database
  • Workshop: License Manager and ADSA - Examine the current licensed products using aspenONE Software License Manager (SLM).Examine the data source configured to connect to the local Aspen InfoPlus.21 server.
  • Workshop: Implement and Test Database Security - Setup new Windows login account with different roles and permissions.
  • Workshop: Record and Field Security - Configuring Security for Applications - Investigate the effect of associating behaviors with roles on Aspen Process Explorer functionality. Secure the AFW Security Manager
  • Workshop: Configuring Security for Applications - Investigate the effect of associating behaviors with roles on Aspen Process Explorer functionality. Secure the AFW Security Manager

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.