L3 MAPPS has announced that it has been contracted by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation to supply two classroom simulators to its Nuclear Power Academy in the UK.
The project is underway and the two simulators will be put into service in the first quarter of 2018.
“We are pleased that EDF Energy continues to entrust L3 MAPPS with its simulator needs,” said Michael Chatlani, vice-president of marketing and sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “Our simulation technology is already employed at six EDF Energy facilities and will soon be added to the Nuclear Power Academy in Barnwood, Gloucester.”
“EDF Energy is happy to work with L3 MAPPS to add two more simulators to our fleet,” said Phil C Robinson, EDF Energy’s head of training. “We look forward to receiving the new simulators to augment our robust training and to support operational safety and excellence.”
The two classroom simulators, based on the Sizewell B plant models developed by L3 MAPPS, will be on Windows-based platforms running L3’s renowned Orchid® simulation environment.
The operator trainees will interact with the plant simulation via Orchid Touch Interface bays, one simulator with nine bays and the other with six bays. Each bay uses three large touchscreen monitors with 1,080px full HD resolution to display near lifesize operable virtual control room panels.
Both simulators will also be equipped with large wall-mounted screens displaying 2D and 3D interactive nuclear steam supply system visualisations that communicate with the plant simulation. The instructors will be able to control and monitor the simulation with Orchid Instructor Station from desktop stations and wireless tablet PCs.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups.
EDF Energy generates approximately one fifth of the UK’s electricity and employs around 15,000 people. The Nuclear Power Academy is located at EDF Energy’s main operations support centre in Barnwood, Gloucester.
L3 MAPPS has more than 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and more than 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide.
In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector.