Chemical engineers are accustomed to software for designing processes and simulation. Simulation systems such as Matlab and Aspen Plus are commonly referenced in chemical engineering curricula as required courseware and study tools. Automation professionals are also becoming used to applying simulation to operator training, system testing, and commissioning of plant process control systems. Plant
design simulation programs are substantially different from systems used for training and commissioning. Many of the most common plant design simulation programs are steady state, low-resolution simulations that are not usable for automation or plant life-cycle management.