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Can I participate in PSC?

Yes. We believe that you should participate!

We know from experience that teachers who participate in the PSC and score high in the Highscore table motivate students.  We have seen more than 100 registrations coming in because of teacher’s thought leadership.

The same applies to the industry practitioners who will join the PSC challenge. You inspire engineering students! They look up to you! 

However, you cannot benefit from our awards. We feel it is fair to students to limit the contest this way. We will publish your solution in the high score table “out of competition” – so please register!

We will recognize your contributions by introducing you to our Hall of Fame and the PSC Academic Ambassador program.

Go ahead!

 

Can I use PSC in my classroom?

Yes. It’s here for you.

You can also use our past competition if you feel the previous task better addresses your curriculum needs. (See PSC Evergreen).

You can use the current competition as well.

The options are plentiful. Have look at our PSC Academic Ambassador page for inspiration. You’d like to bring the whole class to the game? Get in touch so that we can help you!

Please quote PSC in the Classroom when contacting us.

I teach/design CHEMCAD course. Is PSC challenge good for me?

Yes.

There’s number of teachers worldwide who introduced PSC to their classrooms as a training aid in CHEMCAD courses.

You can always use our past competitions if you feel the previous tasks better address your curriculum needs. (PSC Evergreen). We will provide your students with certificates as well. So, it’s something always worth doing.

Let us know you’re thinking of doing it and how many students are you planning to bring to the game. It will help us to organize things on our end too.

You can use the current competition too.

The options are plentiful. Have look at our PSC Academic Ambassador page for inspiration. You’d like to bring the whole class to the game? get in touch so that we can help you!

 

How can I promote PSC at my university/ in my classroom?

Great to hear that you’re interested in spreading the PSC word.

We have put together few marketing materials for print and online distribution.

They consist of leaflets for students and teachers and the PSC posters (handout version).

Get in touch with us directly and we’ll email all to you in no time! Contact us here and quote PSC Promo in the subject line.

Can teachers participate in CHEMCAD courses?

Yes. We have special offers for Academics who would like to expand their CHEMCAD knowledge.

We offer various courses such as CHEMCAD beginner or advanced training.

Interested? Contact us using Academic CHEMCAD Course as a reference.

We will get in touch with more information.

Note: Courses take place in September/October in Berlin.

 

How can I grade students using PSC?

We developed a unique grading tool using PSC challenges.

Once you register as a teaching staff and notify us of your interest, we will contact you with a special access key to a page displaying a grading table.

This unique feature is only visible and accessible to the teaching staff.

You will be able to use filters and define what is the pass/fail threshold or top/bottom mark threshold.

As always. You can contact us with questions and suggestions. We would appreciate it!

Quote Teaching Tool when contacting us.

 

Can you help me to make my grading process efficient independently of PSC?

Yes. We are busy working on helping teachers to make their grading process more efficient.

We have been approached by the process simulation teachers troubled by the staggering amount of exam papers to be marked each semester. We have developed a tool that could help address this problem.

That very tool also aids the blending learning approaches which are of growing importance to many educational institutions.

We are in advanced stages of this project but need your collaboration to make it fully operational.

Talk to us and let’s work together! Quote Teaching Tool as a reference when writing to us.

How can I get CHEMCAD license for my University?

We have a special package for Universities which would like to offer CHEMCAD to their students.

Students enjoy 2 Weeks Free CHEMCAD license only when making an individual request.

With the University license, they could enjoy the PSC all year long.

Get in touch with us quoting University License. 

 

 

 

 

Can I help you improve?

Yes. We are ready to hear your recommendations and willing to improve.

We are always open to collaborating and will recognize your contribution to the PSC culture and our other educational projects.

We are also here to help you. Get in contact with us.

Student FAQ

When PSC2018 ends?

PSC2018 will officially end on the 31 January 2019.  The winners will be announced shortly after via social media and PSC newsletters and on the PSC website.

What are the Awards?

We have an overview of PSC Awards available on our T&C page.

You can also learn in fewer details about what can be won on the PSC Competiton Details page.

How often can I submit design variables?

As often as you like. All your submissions will be recorded in the highscore table. Maybe not as an overall highscore…

Why i can't calculate some design variables?

Please be aware: As the time progresses we will progressively unlock design variables which are currently displayed as inactive on the submission form. We might manipulate some data too.

If you submit variables regularly, this will require you to recalculate results accordingly.

To be up to date with changes and not to miss out on crucial developments concerning the task, stay tuned into the PSC newsletters, social media, news and our blog!

 

What are PSC2018 phases?

As the time progresses, we will roll out more PSC2018 task phases.  These are additional story/task requirements which will call for your action.

The goal is to keep you busy and help you understand what a process simulation is. It’s all based on a real-life case study what ads value to your process simulation learning.

May we participate as a team?

No. Participation is individual. You may work together on the optimization task and each team member can submit your (the same) result under his name. In case you win, each team member will get a personal certificate.

We will limit this rule to a maximum team size of 2. Drop us a note if you really need an exception from this rule.

Should more than one person qualify for a prize, we will conduct a very, very challenging interview with all persons in parallel to find out if you really came up with identical results independently.

Why do you require Facebook, LinkedIn account or real university e-mail address?

We want to minimize abuse. We manually check for authentic human beings.

Registering with your University email will make the CHEMCAD license request process easier and straightforward.

It will save your and our time when executing the CHEMCAD request procedure.

 

 

May I call your support for help?

No. Chemstations support is available for our customers only. And it would be unfair to give hints to participants of the contest.

Use Tutorials and Videos on Chemstations website to learn how to use CHEMCAD.

How can I learn how to use CHEMCAD?

Use Tutorials and Videos on Chemstations website to learn how to use CHEMCAD.

We also have extensive task details prepared for you to aid you with the CHEMCAD learning. Check task description page.

Go to YouTube channel for some essential help.

May I alter the CHEMCAD job that you provide?

Yes, of course! Play with it, enhance it, drive it to the limits. But bear in mind that you may only submit the design variables we ask for, not your modified job.

Does my University has a CHEMCAD license?

It is possible that your University has a CHEMCAD license already.

It is worth checking with your department first before submitting your CHEMCAD trial request.

If this is the case, you can get the license key instantly and will be able to work on the PSC2018 without any delays.

You can ask your teacher too. He can help you to obtain the PSC CHEMCAD license for your class for the duration of the challenge. All he needs to do is to fill in the CHEMCAD license request form. We will take care of the rest!

Can I get a personal free trial license?

Yes. Request a free CHEMCAD trial for your University and we will contact you with the details.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. Register with PSC

2.Fill out and submit the request form.

Step 3.We verify your data.

Step 4. If your entry is authentic we will email you with further instructions on how to download CHEMCAD software!

Please note: we always verify the authenticity of your profile. Make sure your details are correct and complete.

Why are the design variables not mentioned on the highscore page?

The problem has several local optima. Revealing the design variables gives very valuable information to participants about other participants’ solutions. For the time being, we are not disclosing the design variables of each participant.

How can I participate in the CHEMCAD beginner course?

You can win free CHEMCAD course by collecting cups. This applies to students only.

The highest number of Cups collected during the PSC2018 challenge will land you free CHEMCAD beginner course participation. You will take part in a two-day long training along with other industry practitioners.

Professional certificates are provided. Yes, it looks brilliant on your CV.

The course takes place in Autumn. PSC2018 winners will participate in courses run in September/October 2019.

PSC2018 challenge ends in January 2019. Date to be confirmed.

 

I'd like to participate in CHEMCAD beginner course but I don't collect Cups

If you are a student and would like to participate in our certified CHEMCAD beginner course independently of your Cups status,  contact us! We have special offers for ambitious students! Please Quote Student CHEMCAD Course. 

Maybe you know someone who could sponsor you? Maybe we could support your sponsorship application with a letter of recommendation?

How about getting a CHEMCAD beginner course for Christmas? Your parents will be proud of you!

CHEMCAD courses take place in Autumn (September/October) in Berlin.

 

Can I win CHEMCAD course and the Overall Winner title simultaneously?

Yes. This is possible if you plan your strategy right.

You are in charge here!

You can have it all!!!

The secret is to submit your variables regularly and follow the PSC challenge from the very beginning.

That’s the only way for you to stay on the top of the game.

 

How Overall Winners are selected?

The Overall Winners will be determined during the latest phase of the PSC2018 competition based on the highest profits achieved in the simulation task.

What is My PSC Invitation link?

My PSC link enables your friends to earn Cups for you when they register or submit variables.

My PSC link is valid all year long, is multiple-use and unique to each user.

You only need to share it with fellow PSC participants. They will need to apply it everytime they’re active on the PSC challenge.

It’s entirely up to you to decide how you’ll approach your PSC friends to earn Cups for you. Why not join the PSC Student Ambassador program then?

Note: The better their results are, the more points both of you can earn.

 

 

How Cups are calculated?

Your first variables submission to the PSC2018: 20 Cups

You earned  the Monthly Winner title: 100 Cups

You continue to submit variables and move up the ranks, the following formula applies:

Math.ceil((oldRank-newRank)/newRank*35)

Your friend first submission with PSC using your link:

You get  20 Cups

Yor friends move up the rank using your code, the following formula applies:

Math.ceil(((oldRank-newRank)/newRank)*0.2)

 

 

I'd like to be a PSC Student Ambassador but don't want to collect Cups

Sure, no problem. Demonstrate your people magnet superpower by taking your own initiative. Encourage PSC participants registrations, drive their quality variables submissions high in your own way.

You can bring your professor and the whole class to the PSC2018, share news about it and post on your student forums, in FB groups and on the engineering fun pages… or organize the Game of Flowsheets events.

What’s in there for you? Surely the PSC Ambassador title, a certificate, a place in our Hall of Fame table, a place on our Meet the Team page, an invitation to the PSC2018 Award Ceremony in Berlin.

What is the Game of Flowsheets?

You organize the Game of Flowsheets events on your own. Get your colleagues to work on the PSC task while having a coffee, beer or pizza.

Maybe you know someone who could sponsor you? Maybe we could support your sponsorship application with a letter of recommendation?

Let us know you’re doing it/ have done that. Get some results in terms of variables submission and registrations, take some pics, announce it on social media, let others share it, write a blog for PSC web… the options are endless.

It’s entirely up to you! Use your imagination and skills.

What’s in there for you? Surely the PSC Ambassador title, a certificate, a place in our Hall of Fame table, a place on our Meet the Team page, an invitation to the PSC2018 Award Ceremony in Berlin.

 

How can I get materials for PSC promotion at my university?

Great to hear that you’re interested in spreading the PSC word.

We have put together few marketing materials for printed and online distribution.

They consist of leaflets for students and teachers and the PSC posters (handout version).

Get in touch with us directly and we’ll email all to you in no time! Contact us here and quote PSC Promo in the subject line.

Why it's important to insert correct and authentic registration data?

Every incorrect data or misspelling will delay the account validation process.

We check each contract carefully and if your data isn’t authentic (you’re not a student), we might not proceed with your request.

Note: Your University name is displayed in the highscore table. Keeping the data correct is important to track your individual progress and the progress of your institution.

Can I have two accounts simultaneously?

No. You are allowed to hold only one account. Preferably, your account should be linked to your university email.

This is to minimize abuse, protect other participants data and be fair towards them.

We clean data regularly and we deactivate doubles.

 

 

Why can't I change the Organisation (University) field on the My Account page?

The Organisation name must be unique to be able to count participants. Therefore, we manually review the data you enter upon registration and correct it. After our correction, it cannot be changed anymore.