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Academic FAQ

Can I participate in the 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 introduce PSC to my classroom?

Yes. It’s here for you.

You can use our past competitions if you feel the previous tasks better address your curriculum needs. (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.

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 page 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.

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 will manually check for authentic human beings.

 

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.

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.

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!!!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Award Programs

Cups Rewards

Depends on your engagement and results, you will earn Cups for submitting solutions. If your solutions are better than others and you move up the Hall of Fame ranks,  you will earn Cups along the way.

Everyone who registers for PSC or is an active PSC account holder receives a unique My PSC link. The PSC participant earns Cups when his/her friend registers with PSC2018 via the My PSC link. If your friends are very active and move up the PSC ranks – You both earn cups. It’s a win-win!

The link is multiple-use and valid for the entire duration of the challenge.

At the end of the competition, the person with the highest Cups total will be invited to the sponsored by us certified professional two-day CHEMCAD beginner course worth €1400! The participation is scheduled for September/October 2019 in Berlin.

You will be taking part in a course along with the industry practitioners. Imagine, how great it will look on your CV and how it will boost your credentials!

PSC2018 ends: 31 January 2019

CHEMCAD course winner is responsible for his/her travel costs and accommodation in Berlin during the course duration. 

Student Ambassador Program

Everyone who registers for PSC or is an active PSC account holder receives a unique My PSC link.

The PSC participant receives Cups when his/her friend registers with PSC2018  via the My PSC link. If your friends are active and move up the PSC ranks – You both earn cups. It’s a win-win!

PSC Student Ambassador title is awarded to 3 PSC participants at the end of the 2018 challenge. The precondition to winning the ambassador title is the highest total of Cups from registrations and submissions.

Amazon vouchers will be given accordingly:

  1. €70
  2. €60
  3. €50

PSC Ambassadors will be invited to the PSC2018 Award Ceremony at the Teaching Process Simulation Symposium in Berlin, 15 February 2019.

Chemstations Europe will cover the full symposium participation costs. It will help with the PSC Ambassador travel expenses – €50 per person.

Student Ambassadors can be either undergraduate or postgraduate student.

International students will be offered Amazon vouchers in the currency of their respective countries.

Student Ambassadors selected independently of the referral Cups program will receive €50 Amazon Voucher. Chemstations Europe will cover the full PSC Awards participation costs. It will help with the PSC Ambassador travel expenses – €50 per person.

PSC2018 ends: 31 January 2019

 

PSC Monthly Winner

Each month, PSC participant who scores first in the highscore table will be awarded:

  • e-certificate of PSC participation
  • 100 Cups

PSC2018 ends: 31 January 2019

PSC Overall Winner

At the end of the PSC2018, 3 Overall Winners will be announced and awarded Amazon Vouchers in the amount of:

  1. €120
  2. €100
  3. €80

Awards shall be collected at the Teaching Process Simulation Symposium in Berlin, 15 February 2019.

Each winner shall provide a presentation (5-7) slides explaining his/her approach and solution to the task.

Chemstations Europe will cover the full symposium participation costs. It will help with the Overall Winner travel expenses – €50 per person.

No.1 Overall Winner will enjoy a special invitation to our Annual CHEMCAD User Meeting. He/She will shake hands with the US-based CHEMCAD chief developer and EU management and will get a chance to talk to Chemstations Europe’s clients. Place: Berlin, Germany, September 2019.

Chemstations Europe will cover the Annual meeting participation costs. It will help with the PSC No.1 Winner travel expenses – €50

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

Amazon Vouchers for International students:  we offer Amazon vouchers in the currency of respective countries (as long as it’s applicable).

PSC2018 ends: 31 January 2019

 

Terms & Conditions

  1. All contestants must use the CHEMCAD Suite software to optimize their process.
  2. If your university/ college does not have CHEMCAD Suite, Chemstations sponsors an Academic Program offering this software free of charge. You can Request a trial license.
  3. The competition is open to students only. Full and part-time students qualify for the ‘Student Ranking’. All other participants qualify for the ‘Practitioner Ranking’. Employees of Chemstations and their families are excluded from the competition. High school students are admitted upon request.
  4. Submitted design variables must be submitted via the Process Simulation Cup website and include the full name of the contestant and of their organization (university/ college).
  5. To determine the winner of the Process Simulation Cup, the parameters you submit are run on a Chemstations server and in our original simulation file. The parameter set which leads to the highest exergetic efficiency wins.
  6. If more than one contestant submits parameters which lead to the highest exergetic efficiency, the earliest submission is the sole winner. The winner may notify us via email. If he/ she has worked on a team with another contestant who has submitted the same result. In this case, each team member will get a personal certificate but only one prize will be awarded.
  7. Chemstations reserves the right to declare the contest void if the submitted parameters do not fulfill eligibility requirements.
  8. All entries will become the property of Chemstations.
  9. All winners will be announced on the Process Simulation Cup website, including the university/ college. Chemstations Europe reserves the right to publish or distribute the winning parameters and photos of the winners, the runner-up and their supervising or advising faculty member through any electronic and physical form.
  10. The winner should present their work at the Award Ceremony in Berlin in English.
  11. If a team submits a winning entry, no more than two of the winning team members will attend the Award Ceremony in Berlin.
  12. If required, the student(s) and their supervising or advising faculty member are responsible for their own visa arrangements, but the cost of the visa(s) will be reimbursed by Chemstations.
  13. There will be no financial or monetary rewards of any kind.
  14. For situations not covered herein, Chemstations will rule, considering as a top priority, equal opportunity of winning for all participants. All decisions of Chemstations are final. By participating in the competition, contestants accept and will be bound by these competition rules.
  15. This competition is void where prohibited by law.