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PSIG 50th Anniversary Conference 2019 will be held in London

London, UK, May 14-17, 2019 – LIWACOM is an active member of the Pipeline Simulation Interest Group (PSIG), a well-known and respected technical organization in the Pipeline and Gas Industry.

LIWACOM regularly participate in their annual conferences – with papers about specific topics of simulation as well as a solution provider.

PSIG is proud to announce that its  50th Anniversary Conference will be held in London, May 14-17, 2019.

The Pipeline Simulation Interest Group (PSIG) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that holds annual conferences mainly in North America. This year is the third time PSIG goes to Europe.

This year over 30 papers with a wide range of topics and experience are scheduled to be presented by authors from all over the world – to an audience representing major gas companies, major oil companies, specialized consultants, and universities.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you at the PSIG in London!

 

 

SIMONE supports operation of critical infrastructure at Gasunie

Groningen, The Netherlands, October 2018. On October 18th the “Go Live” of the Jason project for the new control center was celebrated with the Grand Opening Ceremony at Gasunie headquarter in Groningen. In front of all Gasunie employees a great display showing the gas transport key data was unveiled in the entrance hall in the presence of Han Fennema, the CEO and chairman of the Executive Board, and Bart Jan Hoevers, member of the Executive Board and Director Gasunie Transport Services (GTS). The name of the system from now on is GENIUS.

The pipeline network will be operated by the SCADA system AGMS from Schneider Electric Serbia and the fully integrated simulation package SIMONE. In an image movie the interaction between the AGMS and SIMONE was demonstrated and the functionality was very well appreciated by Gasunie. The movie also highlighted the importance of the daily operation in the control room.

LIWACOM is proud to support this important operation during the next years with a special 10/7 emergency response program.

Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company providing the transport of natural gas and green gas in the Netherlands and the Northern part of Germany. Our customer has implemented the SIMONE based real-time simulator for the Dutch network with its high-pressure pipelines and regional distribution grid.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

SIMONE Congress 2018 at a glance

Essen, 8.10.2018 – Madrid in Spain was the destination for more than 96 delegates from 28 countries and 41 companies to join the SIMONE Congress on Pipeline Simulation and Optimization 2018, organized by LIWACOM Informationstechnik GmbH, Essen and SIMONE Research Group s.r.o., Prague.

The congress was the 14th congress in a row since 1991 and LIWACOM’s 30th birthday.

The opening speech with a journey back into the past was held by the founding father G. Wagner and supported by J. Kralik.

The main focus of the technical program was on engineering, simulation and dispatching/operations as presented by our customers showing their experience with SIMONE but also providing the ability to take the broader view.

The program was rounded up by giving an outline to new features and development directions.

The social program followed the tradition of the SIMONE congresses to visit places of historical, natural or human interest. The choice was between City Tour, Prado Tour and the Bernabeu Stadium which was followed by the congress dinner held in Casa Patas, a traditional tavern restaurant. After dinner a fascinating flamenco show brought us into the right mood to celebrate the 30th birthday with a marvelous cake and cava.

The organizers of the SIMONE Congress, LIWACOM Informationstechnik Gmbh of Essen, Germany and SIMONE Research Group s.r.o. of Prague/Czech Republic, would like to express their deep thanks to all speakers for their excellent presentations.

On www.simonecongress.com you will find the congress program and some nice impressions of the event at the picture gallery.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.  

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

Quality pays off: LIWACOM has been successfully certified ISO-9001:2015

Essen, 28.11.2017 - LIWACOM has been successfully certified ISO-9001:2015.

Quality and customer satisfaction are the focus of LIWACOM right from the beginning - now our quality management has been successfully certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015.

Our processes are constantly checked and improved through our quality management system from the first customer inquiry to the high-quality end product.

The ISO certification confirmed that our processes meet international standards.

LIWACOM releases SIMONE V 6.2

Essen, 14.3.2017 - LIWACOM releases SIMONE V 6.2 featuring significant enhancements.

This release focusses on new features in the user interface. The new interface is a user-friendly upgrade that allows for a more intuitive user application, without compromising the robust functionality of the program. All the essential functions handling the simulation are now available on ribbons. The commands are easy to find, as they have been grouped according to their use.

Further improved efficiency in the development phase of a network by adding, editing, and deleting labels directly at run-time without switching to the network editor.

A richer and configurable choice of popup displays has been added to the object context menus in the network topology, more flexibly supporting the analysis of results.

For users of the enhanced compressor modelling, a new automatic selection of compressor station configuration can be triggered by requesting AUTO as a configuration in a dynamic as well as steady state calculation.

Last but not least, SIMONE Version 6.2 also features a set of configurable color themes.

SIMONE 6.2 is now available for download for users with a maintenance agreement. For more information on SIMONE 6.2 or other services of LIWACOM, please feel free to contact our experts.

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LIWACOM at PSIG 2017

LIWACOM at PSIG 2017

LIWACOM was successfully represented with its new CEO, Martin Mans together with the former CEO and present consultant Günter Wagner at this year’s PSIG conference in Atlanta. On the occasion of a visit to CNN, they talked about the CEO handover at LIWACOM.

At the paper presentations, LIWACOM’s Customer Gaz System from Poland was represented by Stanislaw Brzeczkowski and Maciej Szeniawski. They gave an excellent talk about “Forecasting of Gas Quality” and the benefits deriving from the simulation in that context.

Vit Meistr and Marco Haulis from LIWACOM’s strategic partner SIMONE Research Group gave an interesting presentation about “Using Pipeline Simulator to model High-Speed Dynamic Events on a Microsecond Scale”.  The paper discussed the modeling of events on a millisecond scale using standard 1 D simulation software.

Following an old tradition at the Technology Showcase session our customers talk about their experience and benefits using SIMONE. This year Gaz System talked about the integration of SIMONE into their network.

The exhibition running in parallel to the conference gave an excellent opportunity for exchanging ideas and discussing SIMONE solutions to customer tasks.

 

 

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group. 

The Pipeline Simulation Interest Group (PSIG) was formed in 1969. Its purpose is to facilitate the interchange of information and to advance the state of the art in modeling, simulation, optimization, steady-state and transient flows, single and multiphase flows, and related subjects as applied to fluid pipeline systems.

News from the LIWACOM Management

News from the LIWACOM Management

Essen, November 1, 2016: Martin Mans has taken over the management of our company as sole CEO on November 1. Our long standing CEO, associate and co-founder of LIWACOM, Günter Wagner, has left on October 31, 2016 to enjoy his well-deserved retirement.

Günter Wagner will further assist us as a professional consultant.

LIWACOM extends Management Team

LIWACOM extends Management Team

Essen, Germany, 1 July 2016  -  Mr. Martin Mans joins LIWACOM, major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software, as managing director. Together with Günter Wagner, long-term managing director and co-shareholder of LIWACOM, he will be responsible for pursuing the company’s business.

Mr. Mans (54) has held various international management positions before in pipeline engineering, SCADA systems, and application software for the oil & gas industry. He is a graduated electrical engineer (Dipl-Ing.) from Ruhruniversität Bochum, Germany. Günter Wagner says: “I am excited Martin joins me on the board. His profound technical expertise, excellent managerial skills, and numerous international industry contacts ensure the success story of LIWACOM will be continued, as well as new business is going to be developed.”

SIMONE Congress 2016 - Success Story

SIMONE Congress 2016 - Success Story

This year the SIMONE Congress celebrated its 25th anniversary. During this quarter century, the bi-annual event has become the leading technical conference in Europe on pipeline simulation and optimization. The 13th SIMONE Congress attracted more than 100 delegates from all over Europe and beyond. The meeting took place in Krakow, the famous UNESCO world heritage, April 20-22, with the kind support of GAZ-SYSTEM, the operator of the gas transmission system in Poland.

The technical program focused on simulation and optimization as management tools in regulated energy markets with far reaching changes. Authors of 14 papers presented various aspects, their achievements and conclusions, which triggered fruitful discussions.

SIMONE Congresses always include a social program that enhances the communicative atmosphere of the event. This time, the delegates marveled at the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines. The captivating interior of the Jan Haluszka chamber 135 meter below ground was the extraordinary venue for the congress dinner.

The organizers of the SIMONE Congress, SIMONE Research Group s.r.o. and LIWACOM Informationstechnik GmbH, would like to express their deep thanks to all authors, presenters, and attendees.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.  

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

SIMONE in China

SIMONE in China

Beijing, 10 November 2015  -  LIWACOM is proud to announce the first sales of the SIMONE package in China. China National Offshore Oil Corporation ("CNOOC"), the largest offshore oil & gas producer in China, has acquired SIMONE for carrying out pipeline simulation studies. The sales has been concluded upon CNOOC’s diligent tests of our standard product.

The contracted SIMONE package models pipeline flows, pressures and temperatures. It tracks the compositions and parameters of the supplied fluids, as they move and merge in the transmission and distribution networks. The software provides high fidelity and detail in modeling compressor stations that push the flows through the pipelines.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

CNOOC operates in more than 40 countries and regions, and ranks number 72 in the Fortune Global 500 list (2015). Its business activities cover the main segments of oil & gas exploration and development, engineering & technical services, refining and marketing, natural gas and power generation, and financial services.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

SIMONE Pipeline Simulator at the 46th PSIG Conference
LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group are again strongly committed at this year’s PSIG Conference in New Orleans.

SIMONE Pipeline Simulator at the 46th PSIG Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 2015 -  LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group are again strongly committed at this year’s PSIG Conference in New Orleans.

We demonstrate latest SIMONE software developments at the Technology Showcase session. The exhibition accompanying the conference makes an excellent opportunity to discuss SIMONE solutions to customer tasks.

The paper presentations include contributions related to the SIMONE pipeline simulator. Marko Haulis of SIMONE Research Group discusses a new way of modeling compressors that cannot be modeled in traditional ways, and presents robust algorithms and proven mathematical methods. GAZ-SYSTEM, the national gas transmission operator in Poland, presents a paper about the balancing of the transmission system and contracts in energy units based on simulation results obtained with SIMONE.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.  

The Pipeline Simulation Interest Group (PSIG) was formed in 1969. Its purpose is to facilitate the interchange of information and to advance the state of the art in modeling, simulation, optimization, steady-state and transient flows, single and multiphase flows, and related subjects as applied to fluid pipeline systems.

LIWACOM Software supports Gas Grid Operation in Austria

LIWACOM Software supports Gas Grid Operation in Austria

Vienna, Austria, January 2017 –  The new dispatching system for the high voltage and high pressure gas networks of Netz Niederösterreich GmbH will feature LIWACOM’s advanced pipeline flow simulation software SIMONE for the high pressure gas network. Beginning of 2017 LIWACOM signed the contract with SIEMENS Austria , the turn-key supplier of the IT system that will replace Netz Niederösterreich’s legacy system.

LIWACOM delivers a SIMONE On-line Simulation System to be integrated into Netz Niederösterreich’s new gas dispatching IT infrastructure. The simulator is a gas management application that tracks flows and pressures in the pipelines in real-time. SIMONE supports operational safety by its feature to predict hydraulic conditions that may develop in the upcoming hours. The software tracks gas compositions and properties, providing any value at any location. For customer billing, the kWh-content of one cubic meter of gas (calorific value) is calculated by tracking the metered value from the entry points of the gas down to the exit stations where it is delivered to the customers.

Netz Niederösterreich GmbH operates a power and natural gas network in the northeastern part of Austria. The power grid consists of around 1,412 km high voltage and around 52,508 km medium/low voltage power lines supplying 822,531 customers, as well as around 2,231 km high pressure and around 11,642 km medium- and low pressure pipelines supplying 292,758 customers.

LIWACOM  is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.  SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing. The majority of European Network Transmission System Operators Gas (ENTSOG)  members are users of the SIMONE standard software product.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group s.r.o. www.simone.eu.

Real-time Simulator for the Dutch gas transmission grid

Real-time Simulator for the Dutch gas transmission grid

Groningen, The Netherlands, 17 February 2015 - Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company providing the transport of natural gas and green gas in the Netherlands and the Northern part of Germany. Our customer is in the process of implementing a SIMONE based real-time simulator for the Dutch network with more than 15,000 km high pressure pipelines, dozens of installations and approximately 1,300 gas receiving stations. The LIWACOM solution will be integrated in Gasunie’s next generation OASyS SCADA system of Schneider Electric.

Gasunie has awarded a public contract to LIWACOM for its SIMONE package after a rigorous tendering procedure according to the Utilities Directive of the European Union, and to the Government Procurement Agreement of the World Trade Organization.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software.

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

SIMONE Software supports Finnish Gas Grid Operation

SIMONE Software supports Finnish Gas Grid Operation

Kouvola, Finland, 19 March 2015 -  LIWACOM has successfully concluded the final acceptance test run for its SIMONE real-time simulator. The application is part of the new SCADA system of Gasum, the gas transmission system operator in Finland. Gasum, including its predecessor company, have been using SIMONE software for system planning purposes already since 1991.

The new simulator is a gas management application that tracks flows and pressures in the pipelines in real-time. The SIMONE application at Gasum enhances the operational safety by providing leak detection and look-ahead simulation predicting adverse hydraulic conditions that may develop in the upcoming hours. The software tracks gas compositions and properties, providing any value at any location. For customer billing, the kWh-content of one cubic meter of gas (calorific value) is calculated by tracking the metered value from the entry points of the gas down to the exit stations where it is delivered to the customers.

LIWACOM is major global supplier of pipeline simulation and optimization software. 

SIMONE is the industry-leading and most advanced standard software application for simulating and optimizing natural gas flows in pipeline transportation and distribution systems. It covers system design, real-time operation, leak detection, and energy billing.

SIMONE is a common product of LIWACOM and SIMONE Research Group.

SIMONE Congress 2014
Cascais in Portugal was the destination for more than 80 delegates from 21 Countries....

SIMONE Congress 2014

Cascais, Portugal, October 2014 -  Cascais in Portugal was the destination for more than 80 delegates from 21 countries and 46 companies to join the SIMONE Congress on Pipeline Simulation and Optimization 2014, organized by LIWACOM Informationstechnik GmbH, Essen and SIMONE Research Group s.r.o., Prague.

The congress was the 12th congress in a row since 1991, when the first congress took place in Rothenburg o.d. Tauber in Germany.

The technical program was opened by Mr Rui Marmota, Director at REN Gasodutos, with an outstanding speech about gas business and technology in Portugal in the European and global frame.

The main focus of the technical program was on capacity determination and management. Presenters of the European gas industry as well as representatives of several renowned universities highlighted interesting aspects of simulation technology, system capacity and real-time applications. The program was rounded off by members of the SIMONE development team, giving an outling to new features and development directions.

The social program followed the tradition of the SIMONE congresses to visit places of historical, natural or human interest. It started with a tour to the most western point of Europe, the impressive coastline of Cabo da Roca. In Sintra, a jewel set between the mountains and the sea, the National Palace revealed its treasures. The congress dinner was held in Casa dos Penedos, a wonderful evening that enhanced the communicative atmosphere of the event.

The organizers of the SIMONE Congress, LIWACOM Informationstechnik Gmbh of Essen, Germany and SIMONE Research Group s.r.o. of Prague/Czech Republic, would like to express their deep thanks to all speakers for their excellent presentations.