Perspectives from Industry Conferences
GSE Systems Awarded a Significant Contract Expansion by EDF Energy, Increasing Backlog to Approximately $75 Million at Year End
GSE has been awarded an expanded contract to implement a significant upgrade to the control room station simulation system for EDF Energy’s Torness nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom. The contract, modified in December 2016, follows an initial award from EDF Energy in August 2016 for the design phase of the project. GSE expects the implementation phase of the project to commence in mid-2017 and be completed within three years. The Company ended 2016 with backlog of approximately $75 million, which is up over 56% from December 31, 2015.
The Torness station started generating electricity in 1988. In February 2016 EDF Energy announced it was extending the operating life of Torness by seven years to 2030. As part of EDF Energy’s commitment to safety and training, and an integral part of its training program accreditation process, EDF Energy made the decision to upgrade the existing simulator that was originally commissioned in 1988. The new simulation platform takes advantage of today’s advanced modeling capabilities and will provide a modern platform to extend the useful life of the simulator and plant.
GSE will maintain the existing simulator instrumentation and control panels while upgrading the computing system, all plant models and the control systems on the simulator. The Company will use its industry-leading JADE™ suite of simulation tools to develop modern and sustainable models for the Unit 1 control room simulator and develop a new model for the Unit 2 plant. This will enable EDF Energy to operate the simulators in an integrated fashion for a wide range of training scenarios. In addition to the control room simulator, the Company will provide classroom simulators and a debriefing room simulator to enable students to take advantage of simulation technology across a multitude of learning environments.
Read the full press release here.
Software Updates: SimExec® 4.6 and OpenSim™ 7.0
SimExec® 4.6 – run multiple MSTs together and use LoadManager for configuration
The move from SimExec 4.5.2 to 4.6 enables multiple simulator loads to interface with each other. The new functionality will allow passing variables between separate MST’s enabling common systems such as steam, auxiliary start up, or cooling water systems to interface with each other. Now that you’re able to run multiple Master Synchronization Tasks (MSTs) together with enhanced communication, your simulation training has even a higher level of realism. Consider that you may want to train the operators on units 1 and 2 at the same time, enabling them to experience the effects of shared system availability on the opposite unit. If all plant unit simulators are on the same network, a regional training manager could monitor simulator training across multiple sites in real time.
The addition of LoadManager to SimExec 4.6 for Windows® installations provides an extremely useful tool for configuring your simulator environment with a single action. Imagine the flexibility of creating, storing and loading various simulator configurations from any computer on your simulator network using a client server based program with a GUI front end. Create configurations such as Development, Testing and Training and quickly apply those configurations to every computer in your simulator network with a simple click of the mouse.
OpenSim™ 7.0 –OPC, HDX and JDashboard™ functionality
The new core configuration for OpenSim 7.0 supports data transfer connectivity for OPC and HDX client integration. OPC is an industry standard communication protocol widely used for DCS and other external system communications. This means when you are adding a new Digital Turbine Control or Digital Feedwater system, the communication protocols are already built into your OpenSim executive, allowing a simple configuration to get your system up and running.
The addition of HDX client and server routines enables OpenSim instances to connect with advanced codes such as RELAP5-HD™, EPRI’s MAAP (PSA-HD™, DesignEP™), Studsvik’s S3R and others.
JDashboard is a GSE tool for advanced monitoring and trending. In addition to monitoring simulator variables, JDashboard can evaluate expressions during runtime, such as the average of two flows. The tool also offers more control over modules to help speed up debugging by allowing simulation engineers to control module execution in a variety of ways during run time. Finally, enhanced frame reporting helps you to optimize models to ensure they run in real time and balance your CPU loading. This is an especially important tool for monitoring and reporting on advanced codes which have more of a chance of slipping from real time due to the CPU requirements.
Thanks to our software team for great releases!
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New EnVision™ Instrumentation Tutorial
This new, interactive course explains the fundamental concepts of Instrumentation used in the process and power industries. The tutorial includes chapters on various measuring instruments, analyzers, final control elements, transmission and communication, and process monitoring and control systems.
Process operators and engineers will become familiar with various types of instrumentation, their interconnections and how Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS) measure and control the various parameters in the plant.
This new tutorial is a perfect accompaniment to GSE’s other fundamentals tutorials and is perfectly suited for new trainees/workers being introduced to the industrial environment.
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