Success Story: Government and Military, None

Simsmart

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Brossard, Quebec, Canada

Simsmart’s Engineering Suite and TPTS (Total Platform Training System) multidiscipline, physics-based, dynamic modeling/simulation design and training tools are the result of extensive research and development. They looked to ICONICS to provide a rich visualization development environment, data collection, and alarms and events for their training simulations.

Challenges

  • Emulate local control panels with control functions.
  • Simulate real data, alarms, and events.
  • Provide a lesson plan management system.

Results

  • Look and feel of the real system was duplicated, allowing trainees to be more "hands-on" in a secure learning environment.
  • Instructors can introduce intentional failures into the training scenario and immediately measure trainee response.
  • ICONICS Simulator OPC server simulates data, allowing buttons and controls to react as in a real system.
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About Simsmart

Simsmart Inc., of Brossard (Quebec), Canada, is a provider of process systems design software, process performance analysis, process training solutions and related application engineering. Simsmart’s Engineering Suite and TPTS (Total Platform Training System) multidiscipline, physics-based, dynamic modeling/simulation design and training tools are the result of extensive research and development. The tools are used in a wide range of military and industrial applications where liquid and gas processes, Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC), associated AC/DC electrical systems and related process controls are involved.

Simsmart’s products provide advanced engineering and cost effective solutions for both new construction and retrofits. The company looked to GENESIS, in particular its visualization capabilities, to meet integral training system requirements.
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A Trainee Station View by Simsmart A Trainee Station View by Simsmart

ICONICS Software Deployed

Simsmart selected ICONICS GENESIS Web-enabled, OPC-integrated HMI/SCADA suite. The training modules developed by Simsmart utilize the rich GraphWorX™ visualization development environment for creating eye-catching animated displays. The TrendWorX™ module is used for simulated data collection, logging, charting, reporting and analysis while the AlarmWorX™ module is used for simulating real life alarms and events. The ICONICS OPC Simulator driver, available as a free download from ICONICS.com, is also used for simulating some of the real world situations.
A Trainee Station View by Simsmart A Trainee Station View by Simsmart

Project Summary

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The displays are created via a GENESIS GraphWorX environment where graphical objects are placed on a window and connected to OPC resources for Input/Output. The controls are simulated by using ICONICS Simulator OPC Server and Simsmart’s Engineering Suite. Trainees operate the emulated control panel by pushing buttons, turning knobs, manipulating sliders, etc, as if performing the tasks themselves in real life.

Each training environment can have its own separate configuration for trainee(s) and instructor(s). The instructor layout display can be used as a template to display operating procedures to be monitored.

The GraphWorX GUIs for Instructors can also be configured to display malfunctions to be injected such as an eductor failure or bulkhead failure (by actuating sliders) to ensue progressive flooding. The instructor actions have a hand shake with the LPMS to initiate incidents, monitor tasks or activate crew actions.
An Instructor GUI Example by Simsmart An Instructor GUI Example by Simsmart
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Benefits of the System

Utilizing award-winning GraphWorX software, trainee stations consist of emulated local control panels or duplicated machinery control system operator pages along with all related controls simulated. To avoid negative training, the look, feel and functionality is duplicated as close as possible to the real system. This allows trainees to be more “hands on”, although remaining in a secure learning environment.

The benefit is two-fold in that instructors can introduce intentional failures into the training scenario and immediately measure trainee response, in as realistic a manner as possible.
A Mock Malfunction Introduced into a Simsmart Training Application A Mock Malfunction Introduced into a Simsmart Training Application

Conclusion

Simsmart devises unique methods and solutions to help customers resolve seemingly unsolvable engineering design problems.

ICONICS, with the GENESIS suite of OPC Web-enabled HMI and SCADA applications (the multi-faceted GraphWorX in particular) has reinforced Simsmart’s ability to continue to meet this challenge.