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Pre-release Announcement

Symmetry is a comprehensive simulator that captures all aspects of your models from reservoir to product distribution. Symmetry is built using VMG’s industry proven simulation technologies that have been optimized to scale to your engineering needs.

Symmetry is in its final beta cycle and we are still looking for feedback. Contact us to get early access to all of the functionality that Symmetry offers.

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What is Symmetry?

Symmetry uniquely integrates the modeling of fields, pipe networks, process plants and flare systems, providing an unprecedented level of collaboration. Symmetry is designed with flexibility in mind. It can be used to model a specific application or to create a comprehensive model that may span from the field through different types of facilities. Everything using a consistent thermodynamic engine. If you are a VMGSim user you will feel right at home since Symmetry builds upon familiar workflows and a powerful core of process simulation technology that comes from VMGSim.

Tailored Workspaces

Each flowsheet in a simulation model can be solved in steady state or dynamics, and different types of flowsheets provide tailored workspaces for models of processing facilities, pipe networks or flare systems. The steady state solver in the pipe and flare workspaces provides a unique combination of a pressure flow network solver and a sequential solver depending on the specifications.   

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Figure 1. Asset wide model with a consistent thermodynamic fluid definition. Different areas of the model may use different workspaces.

Symmetry’s tailored workspaces include:

  • Process: World-class process simulation built from VMGSim for facilities and plants
  • Pipe: Rigorous multiphase pipe network for complex and looped networks
  • Flare: All-inclusive relief system analysis with integrated PSV, network header and stack design
  • Field: Fully integrated gas reservoir and multiphase gathering system with forecasting functionality

The Process, Pipe and Flare workspaces share the same simulation environment therefore they share the same extensive set of tools including regression, an optimizer, economics, connectivity and fluid characterization. The thermodynamic engine is consistent across the entire simulator and becomes a critical component of an integrated simulation model. Workspaces are tailored with specific features and views to promote common workflows and increase productivity. 

Sample Applications

The flexible design of Symmetry enables users to create simulations for a wide variety of applications and uses, from conceptual design to optimization and debottlenecking. The versatility of Symmetry makes it the perfect tool for desktop work or for Industry 4.0 implementations.

Process - World-class process simulation built from VMGSim for facilities and plants
  • Gas Processing
  • Sweetening
  • Sulfur Recovery
  • Refining and Petrochemical
  • Heavy Oil Processing
  • Specialty processes such as Gasification and Fischer-Tropsch
  • Sizing and rating of equipment

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Figure 2. Asset wide analysis. From field to gas plant.

 

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Figure 3. Refinery wide study. Economic impact of sulfur species in coke product.

 

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Figure 4. Emissions from a dehydration process.

 

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Figure 5. Aromatic extraction.

 

Pipe - Rigorous multiphase pipe network for complex and looped networks
  • Oil and gas gathering networks solved with a network solver
  • Mechanistic flow models
  • Flow Assurance studies
  • Steady State and Dynamics including pigging and slugging studies
  • GIS input

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Figure 6. Impact of pigging in facilities. 

 

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Figure 7. Flow assurance study in a gathering network.

 

Flare - All-inclusive relief system analysis with integrated PSV, network header and stack design
  • Header network analysis with detailed kinetic energy tracking
  • PSV sizing and rating
  • Flare scenario manager with constraint analysis
  • Steady State and Dynamics studies

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Figure 8. Flare scenario manager with constraint evaluation.

 

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Figure 9. Combined steady state and transient analysis of a flare network.

 

Field - Fully integrated gas reservoir and multiphase gathering system with forecasting functionality
  • Field forecasting
  • Pseudo-pressure formulation for reservoir
  • Pipeline integrity
  • GIS based input

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Figure 10. Large gathering system.

 

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Figure 11. Pipeline integrity study. 

Learn More

This was just a brief introduction to the wide variety of applications possible with Symmetry. Please contact us for more information about a specific area or the product in general. 

Symmetry is in its final beta cycle and we are still gathering feedback so please email us if you want to get involved as a tester and get early access to all of the functionality that Symmetry offers.

Raul Cota, Ph.D., P.Eng., VMG Calgary

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