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Terminal Automation Solutions

Our prime focus is on the operations to be supported by automation, not on the automation solution itself. That means that we typically start focusing on the type of products to be handled, the movement types and operational services. A chemical distribution terminal for example requires another automation scenario as an oil marine terminal. Finally the supporting terminal assets and the frequency of operations and services defines the level of support an automation platform has to offer. Truck handling services with for example 400 trucks a day require another approach as truck handling around slop services. Only when the operational context is known, we start detailing the automation philosophy.

In our vision owners of (multiple) terminals should invest only once in terminal automation development, so focus on one common operational (procedural) library and one common infrastructure (physical) library. While still supporting the installed base, so also for semi-automatic solutions.




LC is providing consultancy services in the field of terminal automation with a proven track record in terms of approach and benefits realized:

  • S88-based modeling results in a reduction of complexity by a factor 5 to 7; Easier to operate; less change for contamination

  • Reduction in working processes

  • Standards based solution enables DCS vendors to use their standardized packages

  • After initial projects possibility for Vertical Slice approach (reduced effort  in render phase)

  • Enables a migration-based approach, from remote manual a semi-automatic a fully automatic without the need to reprogram the existing application

  • Shorter and more consistent procurement phase,

    • with predictable and sufficient results

    • with more discussions in  the commercial phase

    • with less discussions in the project execution phase

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Operational philosophy based automation 


  • Which movements and operational services?

  • What activities are controlled by the L2 PCS?

  • What activities are manual actions done in the field?

  • What drives the product transfer? (ship/ truck pump, site pump, N2, compressor)

  • What main safety functions are applicable for this movement?

  • How is the flow speed controlled? (control valve, pump speed, etc)

  • What holds the movement?

  • What stops the movement?

  • How is the transferred batch totalized?

  • What are the main advanced control functions that are required for this movement?

Our typical Terminal Automation consultancy role:

  • From the Identification (business case) stage up to project close-out

  • Blueprint based standardization of the terminal automation

  • System architecture and migration strategies

  • System vendor evaluation and selection processes (DCS vendors/ System Integrators/ MES vendors)

  • Project agreement reviews

  • User requirement specifications definition

  • Functional design specifications definition

  • Project management

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