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Models play an important role in industry. After a brief historic perspective considering how models were developed and used, current capabilities and examples are given to demonstrate the value of models in different industries ranging from chemicals, petro-chemicals to pharma. The use of models in on-line applications add the capability of automated and continuous optimization of operations. Models are however never perfect and automated updating of uncertain phenomena such as the degree of coking or fouling is crucial to ensure safe and optimal operation. The increased computational power has not only lead to ever more detailed and thus larger models, it also has led to an increased interest in uncertainties. Finally, some perspectives of future developments are discussed, such as cloud computing and new modelling capabilities.
Pieter Schmal has over 20 years of mathematical modelling experience using various software tools. He has worked with a wide variety of customers ranging from food, pharma, nuclear, paper, gas to liquid and base chemicals. Pieter has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from TU Delft, The Netherlands in large-scale dynamic modelling. After his Ph.D. Pieter did two-post-docs on the heat-integrated distillation column investigating control and sustainability using irreversible thermodynamics. Pieter had his own company, Pi-productions, where he worked to commercialize a patent for a new separation method. In 2008 Pieter joined Process Systems Enterprise in London as a consultant. In 2010 he moved to the New Jersey office in the US to run Application Engineering in the Americas. In 2012 Pieter became the head of PSE Academic. At present he is a Principal Applications Engineer & Head of PSE Academic.
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