Process Data Analysis Using aspenONE Process Explorer®

Course Id:  MES121   |   Duration:  3.00 day(s)   |   CEUs Awarded:  2.1   |   Level:  Introductory

Course Objective

View data coming from your process using aspenONE Process Explorer. Customize the appearance of trend plots to suit your application. Specify plots based on statistical analysis of process data (aggregates). Exploit all the features offered by aspenONE Process Explorer concerning process data trending and graphic creation/viewing. Integrate real-time or historical data from your process into Windows desktop programs, such as Microsoft Excel. Configure Alarm Alerts and Alert Subscription to monitor your process variables and make sure they stay within defined specs.


  • Gain access to your process data stored in Aspen InfoPlus.21 without the need to study detailed database functionality
  • Learn how data accessibility can improve productivity
  • Increase the up-time of your equipment by scheduling preventive maintenance on regular basis
  • Monitor Key Performance Indicators in real time and make corrections to the process to meet financial goals


  • Process Operators, Engineers, and Managers responsible for troubleshooting, optimizing, or reporting a process monitored by Aspen InfoPlus.21 
  • Process Graphic Designers responsible for developing a graphical representation of a process unit or equipment


  • Learn how to use aspenONE Process Explorer graphical user interface to Trend Process data
  • View rich graphics to visualize the current and historical performance of your process with many hands-on activities  
  • Format is hands-on activity based, with a series of short PowerPoint based introductions to each topic
  • This instructor-led course gives opportunity for questions
  • Graphics creation element allows graphic designers to consult trainer on ways of achieving particular screen behavior


  • Microsoft Windows platform basic user skills
  • Working knowledge of Aspen InfoPlus.21 database

Subsequent Courses

  • MES1200 – Calculation and Data Analysis for Engineers (3 days)
  • MES205 – Aspen InfoPlus.21: System Administration (2 days)

Class Schedule

Class Agenda

MES121: Process Data Analysis Using aspenONE Process Explorer®


  • Visualize data with different client tools in InfoPlus.21
  • Use and understand aspenONE Process Explorer (a1PE)
  • Create trend plots within aspenONE Process Explorer
  • View High Performance Process Graphics
  • Explain aspenONE Process Explorer functionality in the web and mobile environment
Viewing Process Data Using aspenONE Process Explorer
  • Start aspenONE Process Explorer 
  • Begin a new trend plot
  • Bring Aspen InfoPlus.21 database items into the plot
  • Configure the Legend
  • Save a plot
  • Reload an existing plot
  • Set Default Data Source
  • Perform Ad Hoc Calculations
  • View KPI Trend and XY Chart
  • Workshop: Create and Edit a Trend Plot
  • Workshop: Filter Tags and Customize a Trend Plot
  • Workshop: Export Tag Data and Explore New Plot Types 
  • Workshop: Create an XY Chart and Dashboard
  • Workshop: Create a KPI Trend
aspenONE Search
  • Access aspenONE Search page 
  • View data from different Data Sources
  • Perform searches for
    • Tags
    • Graphics
    • Plots
    • APRM characteristics and aliases
    • S95 aliases
  • Workshop: Use the aspenONE Tag Search
Controlling the Display of Trend Data in a Plot
  • Modify the features of the Timeline Control
  • Use the Time Shift feature
  • Zoom in a Plot
  • Add Annotations to a Plot
  • Workshop: Adjust the Plot Timespan
  • Workshop: Analyze Data of Interest 
Customizing the Plot and Legend Environment
  • Customize the plot environment by changing certain properties exhibited by
    • Plot Area
    • Timeline
    • Pens
  • Use Scaling and Sampling features in trend plots 
  • Define Aggregates and how to use them
  • Workshop: Customize the Plot Environment
  • Workshop: Create an Aggregate Calculation
Event Plots
  • Identify and describe the functionality of the Event plots
    • Single Event
    • Event Overlay
    • Multi-Event Plot
  • Populate Event Plots with:
    • Production Record (APRM) events
    • Alarm events
    • Comment events
  • Workshop: Populate a Single Event Plot with APRM Events
  • Workshop: Analyze Anomalies with Ad-Hoc Events
aspenONE Alerts
  • Configure Alarm Alerts
  • Configure the Alert Subscription
  • Access the Alerts page
  • Visualize Alerts in aspenONE Process Explorer
  • Workshop: Configuring and Monitoring Alerts
Creating Process Graphics: Graphic Studio
  • Describe the Graphic Studio Environment
  • Create graphics using static and dynamic data objects
  • Link objects to Aspen InfoPlus.21 tags
  • Create symbols and add images to graphics
  • Examine scripting events in graphics
  • Display graphics within aspenONE Process Explorer
  • Workshop: Create a New Project and Graphic
  • Workshop: Add Real-time Data Objects
  • Workshop: Add Dashboard Components to a Graphic
  • Workshop: Implement Actions and Animations
  • Workshop: Append Symbols and Images to a Graphic
Creating Process Graphics: Process Graphics Editor
  • Describe the Process Graphics Editor
  • Create Static Objects
  • Import library items
  • Display dynamic live point data
  • Change the color of an Object using Animation
  • Build a hot-link
  • Public the graphics to aspenONE Process Explorer
  • Workshop: Create a Process Graphic

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.