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January- February 2017 Newsletter
Latest news, projects and happenings going on at GSE

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Industry Perspective: Insights from Industry Conferences

Did you miss Nuclear Energy Insider’s Annual SMR and and Advanced Reactor Summit? Did you hear about GSE’s GPWR™ User Conference? We’ll give you the insight from those shows as well as from the invitation-only IAEA Technical Meeting on Developing a Systematic Education and Training Approach Using Personal Computer Based Simulators for Nuclear Power Programmes.

Limited Time for Special EnVision Offer

Upgrade to the latest EnVision features simply by signing up for one year of annual software maintenance

European Power Plant Simulator Users Conference

GSE is co-hosting with KSG|GfS and KWS in Essen, Germany, September 7-8, 2017.

Software Update: JADE™ 4.5.0

Now with software-based licenses, JControl™ cross reference, and line drawing improvements

GSE Welcomes New Board Member

A new board member was elected at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Upcoming Events

Perspectives from Industry Conferences

GPWR User Conference

Attendees visit Duke Energy’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant to view the New Virtual Full-Scope Simulator

GSE recently held its second GPWR™ (Generic Pressurized Water Reactor Simulator) User Conference for academia and national laboratories to share innovative uses for the GPWR platform. North Carolina State University (NCSU) hosted the event at their campus in Raleigh.  Over twenty GPWR users attended either in person or remotely to hear how others are using the GPWR platform for research, hardware in the loop testing, human factors engineering, advanced training and cyber security.

Having a full-scope nuclear power plant simulator, and all supporting training material, has turned into an invaluable tool for a variety of advanced training and research activities. Presentations were given by representatives of NCSU, Central Florida University, Ohio State University, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Idaho National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory. The group also visited Duke Energy’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant to view the New Virtual Full-Scope Simulator and the NCSU PULSTAR Research Reactor.

If you are interested in learning about the GPWR platform, please contact Jay.Umholtz@gses.com. Also check out our blog on Using a Power Plant Simulator to Enhance Human Factors Engineering Research

NEI SMR

Nuclear Energy Insider team with Texas Congressman Randy Weber and California Congressman Jerry McNerney

Nuclear Energy Insider’s annual SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit is the world’s largest meeting place for the industry, in 2017 there were over 40 presentations and more than 300 attendees from over 16 countries. The conferences provided exclusive insight into the market prospects for SMRs and Advanced Reactors.

Coming on the heels of NuScale’s unprecedented submission of their SMR design application to the NRC and the WEC bankruptcy announcement, the conference focused on the progress and challenges facing new reactor designs. In addition to NuScale, several new and interesting technologies were presented from Terrestrial Energy, GE-Hitachi and ARC (Advanced Reactor Concepts), Moltex, and Elysium Industries. A few of the common themes facing these new technologies are finding the first customer, understanding the true cost of getting design approval from the NRC, and forecasting the market for technologies that will not come on line until the 2030s.

Citing statistics that major civil construction projects only achieve 40% productivity per worker per day, Southern Company discussed lessons learned with the Vogtle AP1000 projects including a need for as much rigor and analysis of the construction side of new builds as there is on the design side.

Also discussed was the need for the NRC to gain skills and knowledge on the non-LWR side of nuclear power, plus computer codes for non LWR.

IAEA Technical Meeting on Developing a Systematic Education and Training Approach to Using Personal Computer Based Simulators for Nuclear Power Programmes

Limited Time Special Offer | EnVision

If you haven't seen the improvements made to the entire EnVision product line in the past few years, you are missing out! We've been listening to customer ideas on ways to improve the efficiency and value of our training products and have been rolling them into our latest releases.

If you'd like to take advantage of these latest simulation interface improvements, ease of use, and enhanced learning features, we encourage you to upgrade via our annual maintenance program. Simply by purchasing one year of annual software maintenance at the industry standard 18% of our software list price, you'll receive the latest technology today, as well as any updates we make over the next year. That means you don’t need to “catch-up” missed years of maintenance.

This offer is only good through September 2017, so don't miss out!

Click here to learn more

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Learn more about the newest developments and trends in the field of power plant simulation

GSE, KSG & KWS in Germany have teamed to conduct a User Conference for European power plant simulation users September 7 and 8 at KSG’s facility in Essen, Germany. The conference will be an open exchange of ideas to leverage the investment in simulation technology beyond traditional control room training. It’s your chance to hear about new developments, and express your wishes for future development. You will hear about Trends in Training, Technology Updates, Simulator Assisted Plant Optimization, Virtual Commissioning, Blended Learning, Human Factors Engineering, and new Simulator Architecture Concepts.

The meeting is open to Simulation users and invited guests.  Online registration ends August 14, 2017. Register here.  For more information visit the event website.

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Software Update: JADE™ 4.5.0

Now with software-based licenses, JControl™ cross reference, and line drawing improvements

JADE 4.5.0 | JControl Cross Reference

A new, more flexible license structure in JADE 4.5.0 now enables trial licenses for those that want to try out new products. It also allows for remote updates to licenses, providing more uptime for your simulator and easier upgrading. Software-based licensing is currently available only in the US, though we will still support the hardware dongles. The software-based license will allow JADE 4.5.0 to be used on any network machine after installing the soft key license on a network server.

The new JControl cross reference function allows users to navigate between drawings through common input and output signals. The popup list will show all drawings that contain the selected point; double clicking an entry will open the specified drawing and highlight the referenced icon. This new feature directly impacts any user developing or debugging a JControl system, as it significantly improves the workflow of tracing a signal through multiple drawings.

You've asked and we've listened! The new JADE release includes a line drawing improvement that will help anyone draw straight lines while developing instructor or operator interfaces. The Link Orthogonal option now applies to the standard line drawing tool, so lines will snap to horizontal or vertical.

Contact us for a more comprehensive list of product enhancements and/or a product demo.

Did you know that the latest software updates are included with all GSE maintenance? View our infographic to see how the GSE maintenance plan works and contact us for more information.

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GSE Announces the Election of Jack Fuller to Board of Directors 

On June 15, 2017 GSE announced that John D. (“Jack”) Fuller was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Mr. Fuller is a Class I Director and member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

Mr. Fuller, former Chairman of the Board of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (“GEH”), brings a wealth of nuclear industry operations and financial experience to GSE’s Board.  He has over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the nuclear industry, having served as President and CEO of GEH, CEO of Global Nuclear Fuels, and CFO for the nuclear business of General Electric Company.

For the full press release click here.

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Upcoming Events

Sep 7-8 – European Power Plant Simulator Users Conference – Essen, Germany

GSE is hosting the European Power Plant Simulator Users Conference in collaboration with partners KSG| GfS and KWS for current GSE customers and invited guests. Read More


Aug 6-9 – ANS Utility Working Conference and Vendor Technology Expo – Amelia Island, FL, USA

The Utility Working Conference and Technology Expo (UWC) is an annual meeting of the minds that consistently generates strong, practical recommendations designed to address the industry’s most pressing needs. Read More


Oct 2-4 – European Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Forum – Vienna, Austria

GSE is hosting the European Power Plant Simulator Users Conference in collaboration with partners KSG| GfS and KWS for current GSE customers and invited guests. Read More

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Featured Blogs

 


Is simulator availability impacting quality of life? Problem solved. 

At CONTE 2017, GSE hosted a panel discussion of experts utilizing what the industry has dubbed a “full-scope virtual simulator” to enhance their nuclear plant training programs. This blog post summarizes the key takeaways.  Read More
 



Fidelity Matters: What "High-Fidelity" Really Means

While all simulation vendors claim that they can provide high-fidelity power plant simulators, what does the term “high-fidelity” really mean? If you require a high-fidelity power plant simulator, either by law or by virtue, it is important to note that not all high-fidelity simulators are created equal.  Read More
 

 


How to Improve Troubleshooting Using Generic Sim

Effective troubleshooting is a skill that can make the difference between profit and loss – and between safe operations and front page news. Unfortunately, traditional paper-based troubleshooting exercises don’t provide a realistic experience for learners.  Read More

 


Minimising arc flash risk in the marine sector

The topic of arc flash hazards in the marine sector is highlighted in a new Lloyd’s Register (LR) guidance document, produced in collaboration with GSE Systems Ltd.  Read More
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