Aspen OnLine: Project Setup and Establish Connection

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the pre-requisite of the program before start running Aspen OnLine.
  • Setup Aspen OnLine project.
  • Load all supported process simulation models in the project.
  • Learn how to import and export tags and mapping variables in process simulation models. 
  • Learn how to schedule the automated run and data synchronization between historian and process simulation models.
  • Troubleshoot common basic issues during the use of Aspen OnLine.


  • Engineers working on Plant optimization and troubleshooting
  • Process control Engineers / Managers
  • System integrators

Training Details

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    1 day(s)

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  • Gain the skills and knowledge to setup the connection between plant historian and process simulation models.
  • Learn practical skill to monitor plant performance through the data transfer from Historian.
  • Determine optimal process conditions to improve current processes through process simulator using online plant data.


  • Instruction on basic topics
  • Discussion about the general approach and the key elements for successful data transfer from plant historian to process simulation models
  • Instructor-guided demonstrations of features
  • Hands-on workshops that apply learned concepts


  • Must have attended “EAP101 Aspen Plus: Process Modeling” training course if new to AspenTech modeling/simulation products
  • Basic understanding of plant historian operation

Subsequent Courses

  • EAP301 Real-Time Optimization
  • APC1400 Introduction to Advanced Process Control
  • APC2400 Advanced Process Control Application Development and Online Deployment 


  • Explain Aspen OnLine and its potential benefits
  • Describe the basic required architecture
  • Explain the basic steps of a typical RTO/AOL project
    • Discuss project applications
  • Explain AOL pre-project requirements
  • Define required software and dependencies
  • Verify that necessary services are running on startup
  • Verify that sufficient shared memory is available
  • Workshop 1: Setup prerequisites for Aspen OnLine
Graphical User Interface
  • Navigate the Aspen OnLine GUI
    • Project manager, navigation pane, ribbon menu, and forms
  • Comprehend the overall structure of an AOL project
  • Explain the use of the AOL Run-Time display
Project Setup
  • Explain the AOL Project Manager
  • Create and setup a new Aspen OnLine project for an existing model
  • Workshop 2: Create and setup a project in Aspen OnLine
Tag Attributes
  • Describe the different tag types used in Aspen OnLine
  • Explain the importance of Steady-State Detection (SSD)
  • Manage the use and behavior of tags in AOL
Variable Attributes
  • Describe what variable attributes are
  • Explain the unit conversion process:
    • For input variables
    • For output variables
  • Understand the use of overriding default values (for RTO modes)
  • Workshop 3: Configure tags and variables
Historian Connections
  • Setup a CIM-IO-IO Data Server in AOL
  • Understand project execution history and how to control it
  • Workshop 4: Add and validate a tag
Review Results
  • Check and interpret run status messages
  • Review run-time reports
Basic Troubleshooting

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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.