VMG Enhances Suite of Process Simulation Software with Rate-Based Technology

Posted on July 24, 2013 in Press News tagged 2013

Best-in-class simulation technology for gas treating processes into VMG’s products

CALGARY, Alberta - Virtual Materials Group (VMG), a global technology company that develops process simulation software and solutions for the oil and gas industry, today announced the release of VMGRateBase, a new mass transfer rate-based absorption and distillation program designed specifically for gas treating processes in the oil and gas industry.

The new software program is the result of a technology partnership with Procede Process Simulations (Procede), a process development company from the Netherlands.

“We are very excited to have Procede as a partner and providing their expertise in modeling mass transfer rates of chemically reacting solvents as an added option for our flow sheeting simulation software,” said Tony Vysniauskas, VMG chief executive officer.

This exclusive arrangement between Procede and VMG allows for the development of full rate based simulation package to be fully integrated into VMG’s process simulation software for the design, simulation and optimization of reactive gas absorption processes, ranging from natural gas conditioning to novel carbon capture processes at low pressures important for greener, environmentally friendly new processes.

With VMGRateBase working in conjunction with VMG’s suite of products, process engineers will obtain improved models for acid gas absorption with amine solvents backed by an experimental database of exceptional quality for the important reaction and mass transfer coefficient parameters backed by Procede’s many years of laboratory work.

Sjaak van Loo, director of Procede, said the combination of VMG’s simulation expertise and Procede’s experimental research capabilities will provide immediate benefits to the oil and gas industry in Calgary and worldwide.

“We look forward to working closely with VMG to provide full service software solutions to the oil and gas industry,” said Van Loo, Procede’s director since 2003.

Procede’s expertise is backed by decades of experimental work, where vapour-liquid equilibrium and chemical reaction rates in liquid phases are measured for the determination of reliable, basic parameters for the modeling of multiphase, rate-limited processes.

This experimental data is then integrated into their software, which VMG exclusively licenses to implement into their flowsheeting environment. This enables VMG to build from an extensive knowledge base that will be incorporated into the VMGSim process simulation framework, creating a best-in-class solution.

Dr. Marco Satyro and Dr. Geert Versteeg, founders of VMG and Procede respectively, will spearhead the technical effort to develop the latest software. They have more than 60 years of combined experience in applied scientific research, including expertise in gas treating, thermodynamics, process simulation, and experimental research.

“Dr. Versteeg and Procede are well-known in the industry for their accomplishments and we’re delighted to have access to their rate-based simulation technology and research development facilities,” said Vysniauskas.

About VMG:

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Virtual Materials Group (VMG) is a global supplier of applied thermodynamic and process simulation tools for the oil and gas industry. Their flagship products, VMGSim and VMGThermo, are used around the world by hundreds of companies for designing and simulating complicated natural gas processing plants, refineries, and chemical plants.

About Procede:

Based in the Netherlands, Procede Process Simulations BV (Procede) is a leading developer of custom processes requiring advanced chemical engineering knowledge, employing research, development and design teams of more than 25 engineers and scientists. Procede helps many of the largest corporations in the oil and gas industry, including Shell, Exxon-Mobil and The Dow Chemical Company.


Tony Vysniauskas, Chief Executive Officer
#222, 1829 Ranchlands Blvd. NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T3G 2A7
Tel: +1 403-457-4595

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