Optimo Group Inc. would like to share its news with you:
February 2019 - Optimo Group Inc. has come to an agreement with renown process control firm ControlSoft to become sales representative in assigned territories in USA and Latin America. Both firms are know for their expertise in the process control field. ControlSoft is the creator of scalable software solutions that optimize process plants including optimum PID control tuning, process control performance monitoring, and model-based process control.
June 2018 - Optimo Group Inc. performs optimum control tuning at a two pump station and a receiving station of a major oil pipeline system in South America. The improvement results in higher throughput, elimination of pressure shutdowns, stable pressure profile, and more reliable reception of oil.
May 2018 - Optimo Group Inc. obtains substantial process control improvement in the slug catcher unit of a major Central Processing Facility (CPF). The improvement results in more stable separation trains that include high-pressure separators, low pressure separators, and electrostatic dehydrator. Benefits include 1% increase in oil and gas production.
March 2018 - Optimo Group Inc. becomes agent and sales representative of Perceptive Engineering Limited, a renown advanced process control solution creator headquartered in northwest United Kingdom.
By combining extensive expertise in process engineering and process control, both companies enhance their offer of advanced process solutions that improve performance and generate significant savings. Their clear focus is on your bottom-line profitability.
March 2018 - Fernando Otero, CAP, president of Optimo Group Inc., has become an adjunct professor of process control in the Chemical Engineering department of at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Professor Otero is teaching the advanced process control class to senior students highlighting hands-on applications on its High Bay Lab, which houses 20 unit operation projects with state-of-the-art instrumentation and process control systems.
October 2017 - Optimo Group Inc. becomes a technical partner of Crux OCM, a company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and dedicated to produce advance control solutions for pipeline operation optimization.
Crux OCM has developed advanced pipeline solutions that involve pipeline modeling and simulation, advanced process control, and optimization. The goal is to maximize flow, optimize power consumption, and optimize DRA consumption in real time. To do this, proprietary models and control algorithms are used to deploy optimal set-points and manage constraints.
March 2016 - Fernando Otero, CAP, president of Optimo Group Inc., has become an adjunct professor in the Process Automation Specialization at Universidad de los Andes, Department of Electrical Engineering. Professor Otero will teach the Advanced Process Control class and Process Optimization class in different semesters. This specialization program is designed to graduate engineers that want to enhance their knowledge in process automation and apply it at their works.
The following are some of the latest presentations that professionals from Optimo Group Inc. have delivered:
Industrial Automation, Present and Future of the Profession and the Professional – 2nd International Seminar on Automation and Robotics, Ica, Perú, Octuber 20-10, 2017.
Process Control Improvement impacts on Business Bottom Line. ISA Colombia, ISA Colombian Congress on Automation, Automatisa2017, June 14-17, 2017.
Regulatory Process Control – Key in Advance Process Control Success 1st International Congress on Advanced Process Control and Optimization, Lima, Perú. April 20-21, 2017.
Process Automation, Present and Future of the Profession and the Professional – 8th International Seminar on Industrial Automation, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán, Colombia, May 10-14, 2016.
Avoid these typical mistakes in process automation projects. (Evite estos errores típicos en proyectos de automatización de procesos). – 5th Congreso de Automatización Industrial, AutomatISA, ISA Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, June 10-12, 2015.
Control loop monitoring and performance – Key in plant optimization. – Automining 2014 – 4th Congress on Automation in Mining. Viña del Mar, Chile, November 5-7, 2014.
Process variability costs money – learn how to monitor and minimize it with good process control – ISA Process Control and Safety Symposium. Houston, TX. October 6-9, 2014.
Control Performance Forum – Panelist. Paper Reviewer. ISA 2013 Automation Week. Nashville, TN. November 5-7, 2013.
January 2015 - Optimo Group is proud to announce its 2015 course calendar:
Certified Automation Professional (CAP®) Exam Review Course - EC00 -- ISA Bolivia (Octubre 6-9, 2015)
Jan 2015 - Optimo Group performs expansion of a control loop monitoring system at a CPF plant including setup of KPIs base lines and thresholds.
Dec 2014 - Optimo Group assists the start up of a new CPF of a major oil & gas company in South America. The service included comprehensive loop tuning of the crude oil separation system and process gas processing.
Dec 2014 - Optimo Group Inc. performs installation and setup of control loop moniotoring system PlantTriage at a mining plant in Mexico.
Dec 2014 - Optimo Group performs an oscillation study at a major crude oil pipeline system in North America. The study included high speed data collection and analysis to determine causes of pressure oscillation at an initiating station.
Nov 5-7 2014 - Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. presented the paper "Control Loop Monitoring and Performance: Key for Plant Optmization", in the 4th International Congress on Automation in Mining. Viña del Mar, Chile.
Oct 6-9 2014 - Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. presented the paper "Process variability costs money; Learn how to monitor and minimize it with good process control " at the 2014 Control and Safety Symposium of ISA in Houston, TX.
May - July 2014 - Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control optimization at one initiating station and two mainline stations as part of a pipeline replacement project of a major pipeline company in USA. All three stations included coordinated control with VFD and PCV.
July, 2014: Optimo Group Inc. was retained by a major Oil and Gas company to design an efficient process control strategy at a mainline pumping station of a 305-Km crude oil pipeline.
June 10-13, 2014: Optimo Group Inc., teaches the CAP Exam Review Course to ISA Colombia Section, in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
April 14, 2104 - Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. delivers the seminar "Importance of Knowing the Process in Industrial Process Automation" to professors and students of the Departmente of Electronic Engineering - Automation and Control of the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, ESPE, in Latacunga, Ecuador.
April 2014, Optimo Group Inc. performs the installation, configuration, training and assessment set up of a 300-loop PlantTriage monitoring system at a major copper and molybdenum concentration plant in Peru.
April 8th, 2014, Optimo Group, Inc. has been named the exclusive supplier of ExperTune products for the country of Colombia. Optimo Group Inc. is also an authorized sales representative and certified service/training provider of ExperTune in Latin America.
February 4-6, 2104 - Optimo Group Inc. delivers the course on Automatic Process Controls in Steam and Power Generation Plants. Curso: Control Automático de Procesos en Plantas de Generación de Vapor y Energía (Feb 4-6, 2014)
December 9-13, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performed a boiler load test and control optimization on three boilers at the Central Heating Plant of a major university in USA.
November 7-9, 2013: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. attends ISA's Automation Week 2013 in Nashville, TN. Fernando Otero was a paper reviewer and PMCD Scholarship juror.
March - October, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. assisted a DCS migration project as main consulting firm in a CPF facility of a major oil and gas company. Services included improvement of the process control strategy, design of new control strategies, recommendations for start up tuning, start up assistance, comprehensive plant tuning.
October 8-11, 2013: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches a process control optimization and advanced control class to industry engineers.
October 21, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. opens an affiliate, Optimo Group S.A.S in Bogotá, Colombia, to run and cover operations in Latin America.
September, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. hires control engineer Julian Vidal, CAP, as a process control consultant and coordinator of optimization projects and services.
September, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. hires chemical engineer Julian Valencia to run operations and sales.
August - September, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performs process control optimization at five pumping stations of a major heavy crude oil pipeline in South America.
July, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performs installation of a new 100-loop monitoring PlantTriage system at a main facility of a major oil and gas company.
June, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. carries out a process control commissioning and tuning at an initial pumping station of a major crude oil pipeline in North America.
June, 2013: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc., teaches the CAP Exam Review Course.
May, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. provides training personnel services to a major corporation in Food and Beverage industry on process controls in food industry.
April - May, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performs a process control improvement project at a major crude unit and gas plant facility.
April 16-19, 2013: Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "Pipeline Process Control Optimization Techniques" in South America.
October 2012 - April 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control loop optimization at 7 mainline and delivery stations of a major crude oil pipeline in North America.
November 2012 - January 2013: Optimo Group Inc. performs installation of powerful loop monitoring software PlantTriage at a major copper concentration plant in South America. Besides installation, the services included loop configuration and training. This is a 750-loop monitoring system.
November 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs process control improvement services at an EPF of a major oil and gas company.
October 29-31, 2012 - Optimo Group Inc. trains process operators on Process Control Optimization at a major oil and gas process facility in South America.
October 8-12, 2012 - Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course Process Control Optimization and APC - ISA Colombia Section, Bogotá, Colombia.
September 2012: Optimo Group Inc. - Tecval S.A.S performed comprehensive control loop tuning and optimization at an injection water transfer system in a CPF of a major crude oil production facility.
September 2012: Optimo Group Inc. - Tecval S.A.S performed comprehensive control loop tuning and optimization at an injection water transfer system in a CPF of a major crude oil production facility.
August 28-31, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "Pipeline Process Control Optimization Techniques" along with Pronamics and Tecval S.A.S, in Bogotá, Colombia.
August 15-17, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, presents the paper "Process Variability Costs Money - Learn How to Monitor and Reduce It" at the Automation in Oil and Gas Symposium organized by ISA Colombia Section in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
August 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs a comprehensive plant tuning session at a major Gas Plant and LPG facility. The plant was left operating in a stable manner and process variability was significantly decreased.
July 2012: Optimo Group Inc. - Tecval S.A.S perform a diagnostic study for an injection water transfer system that is showing reliability and variability problems at a crude oil productin facility.
July 10-13, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "CAP Exam Review Course" for ISA Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
June 20-22, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. teaches the course "Optimum Loop Tuning" for ISA Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
June 2012: Optimo Group Inc. successfully designed, implemented and performed comprehensive tuning of an improved control strategy for a water inyection pressure control system of a major oil producing facility in South America. The impact of this project is over 3 million US dollars in a year.
May 2012: Optimo Group Inc. and Cornerstone Controls Inc. installed a new compressor control system for an exisiting coke gas compressor system at a major coke gas battery.
April 2012: Optimo Group Inc. collaborates with PACIV, from Indianapolis, for autmation and start up support of a new pharmaceutical product plant.
April 2012: Optimo Group Inc. and ExperTune installed powerful control loop monitoring system, PlantTriage, at a chemical plant. The system will monitor a total of 100 loops 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
April, 2012: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc. is named Board of Directors member of ISA's Process Measurement and Control Division, PMCD Scholarship Committee.
February 2012: Tecval S.A.S receives specialized training on process control optimization from Fernando Otero, CAP.
February 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs a diagnostic study in order to assess the performance of a pressure control system of a water injection system at a major oil producing facility .
January 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs diagnostic tests to evaluate sources of oscillations at a mainline pump station of a major crude oil pipeline.
January 16, 2012: Optimo Group Inc. becomes sales representative of ExperTune Inc., creator of the famous, pioneer loop tuning software Expertune (now PID Loop Optimizer) and powerful, award winning software PlantTriage.
December 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control loop optimization at eight mainline and delivery stations of a major crude oil pipeline.
November 2011: Optimo Group Inc. assists start up of a brand new LPG plant and performs comprehensive loop tuning.
October 10-12, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the Process Control Optimization and APC course for ISA Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia.
October 2012: Optimo Group Inc. performs control strategy analysis and provides loop tuning parameters for the start up of a brand new LPG plant.
September 9, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches a 1-day seminar on Process Control Optimization to Northland Automation Services in Bogotá, Colombia.
September 5-8, 2011, Fernando Otero, CAP, delivers a presentation at the Automation Conference for the Oil Industry (JAIP 2011) in Bogotá, Colombia. The title of the presentation was: "How to Get your Control System to Do its Work and Generate Benefits".
August 16-19, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches an Advanced Process Control course to process control engineers in Johannesburg, South Africa.
July 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs optimization of the pressure control system of a major crude oil and NGL pipeline consisting of 8 mainline stations and 1 delivery station. Five stations had dual final control elements made of VFD and PCV.
July, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. provides loop tuning analysis for a start-up of a brand new LPG plant.
June, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. analyzes controllability of a designed control strategy for a brand new LPG plant.
June, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs a study to optimize usage of Coke Oven Gas at a coke battery plant in North America.
May, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control optimization at a major crude oil pipeline including 8 mainline stations, 1 initiating station, and 1 terminal station. The pressure control optimization including systems based on pressure control valves (PCV's) and Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's).
April 4-7, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the CAP Review Course at the AutomatISA 2011, in Bogotá, Colombia.
March, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches the course: Optimization of Process Control in Oil Industry to process control engineers at a major oil and gas company.
March, 2011: Fernando Otero, CAP, teaches a process control fundamentals to operators of a major oil and gas facility.
March, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. teaches a process control fundamentals to operators of a major oil and gas facility.
February 28th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs process control strategy review and improvement at a oil well facility.
February 10th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs loop testing and process dynamics identification at a chemical reactor unit for advanced process control implementation.
February 7th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure control optimization at three pump stations of a major crude oil pipeline. Optimization work included pipeline simulation, process gain assessment, control linearization, comprehensive loop tuning and varaibility assessment.
January 10th, 2011: Optimo Group Inc. performs loop optimization and coordinated plant tuning at a gas plant.
November, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. teaches two seminars about optimum process control loop tuning two process control engineers at a main crude oil refinery.
November 5th, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. assists the start up of an expansion of a gas plant. The tasks included: review of process control strategy, provide start-up loop tuning, assist plant start up, comprehensive plant tuning once in normal operation. Start-up time was much shorter than planned and star-up was smooth with no un-expected shutdowns.
November-December, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. performs pressure and flow control optimization at a major crude oil pipeline.
November 5th, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. assists a stoker boiler start up and coordinated tuning.
October 25-28, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Process Control Optimization and Advanced Control, ISA Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
October, 2010: Optimo Group Inc. performs simulation of a major crude oil pipeline including 1 initial station, 12 pumping stations, and 2 delivery stations. The work included pressure gain evaluation, control linearization, and pressure control loop tuning.
October 14-19, 2010. Advanced process control design on the reactor/regenerator of a major pyridine plant.
June, 2010. Plant master optimization and boiler automation upgrade performed at a boiler house of a major steel plant.
May 21, 2010: Steam header control optimization was performed on a Central Power Plant at a major university.
May 10-14, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Fundamentals of Process Controls for Oil Industry - BP Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
January 20-22, 2010. Fernando Otero, CAP, taught the course Effective Energy Reductions in Boilers, Unistrategic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
November 6th, 2009: Optimum pressure control tuning was performed at a number of stations of a major crude oil pipeline system. The line was left operating in a stable manner with minimized station loop interaction and optimized pressure variability.
October 30th, 2009: Fernando Otero, from Optimo Group Inc., taught the course Process Control Optimization and Advanced Control for ISA in Colombia, South America. The course, attended by industry engineers, described the main aspects of process variability management through the optimum performance of process controls and explained the different options of advanced process control (APC) available such as adaptive control, fuzzy logic control, neural networks, and model predictive control (MPC).
October 16th, 2009: The process modeling and simulation on a main line of a major liquid Pipeline company was performed in order to analyze performance, determine process gain behavior, implement loop linearization, and estimate optimum tuning. The results of this are used to perform optimum pipeline pressure control tuning and improve loop and pipeline performance.
October 2nd, 2009: Fernando Otero, CAP, from Optimo Group Inc., presented a paper at the 2009 Emerson Users Exchange in Orlando, FL. The title of the presentation was: Minimize Variability in your Plant - Optimize Controls - Use Performance Metrics.This presentation illustrates techniques to quantify and minimize variability. Optimization of controls and use of loop and plant performance metrics and key performance indicators (KIP’s) are presented. Profit increase and savings generation are feasible when process variability is minimized and plant performance is monitored. Examples of use of DeltaV InSight and variability analysis are shown.
September 25th, 2009: Functional specification for the automation of a packaged boiler was performed. The project included the combustion control system and the burner management system. The automation system involves the plant master, boiler master, fuel oil flow, natural gas flow, combustion air flow, furnace pressure, excess oxygen, drum level, and feedwater flow.
September 4th, 2009: A control loop optimization of the chemiwasher in a pulp and paper plant significantly reduced process variability, minimized carry over, provided stable automatic operation, and generated savings in chemical.
August 27th, 2009: Coke battery overall control optimization improved stability in plant operation, significantly eliminated number of emission release, and reduced process variability throughout the plant. Plant sections such as battery offtakes, exhauster, byproducts, booster compressor, flare stack, gas delivery are operating in a smoother and more efficient manner.
August 17th, 2009: Distillation train control improvement study and Optimum Loop Tuning class performed at an oil refinery in Central America.
August 6th, 2009: Optimo Group Inc. performs pipeline pressure control at several crude oil pipeline stations.
July 8th, 2009: Optimo Group Inc. is founded by Fernando Otero.
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