MONTREAL, January 27, 2012 - L-3 MAPPS announced today that it has delivered a research simulator to the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) in the New London Business and Technology Center in Bedford, Va. The Advanced Configurable Main Control Room Simulator (ACMCRS) will be used for human-machine interface (HMI) and human factors (HF) studies, investigation of digital instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power plants, and cybersecurity issues. This unique facility was made possible in part by generous support from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICRC), which provided more than $10 million in grants to support construction of the facility and the purchase of specialized equipment for the control room.
The Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy, one of the four research areas at the CAER, features the fully configurable ACMCRS, which will provide invaluable technical input for regulatory guidance in a range of applications, including control room design, digital technologies and human performance measures.
"To date, the United States has not had a configurable control room simulator for research use like the one at the Halden Man-Machine Lab in Norway," said Bob Bailey, executive director for the CAER. "The simulator provided by L-3 MAPPS, with AREVA's cooperation, will now enable us to perform critical experiments in the U.S. in areas such as alarm systems, control room design, display navigation and development of human performance measures."
"We are pleased to support the CAER and proud that the detailed modeling methods and robust simulation technology used by L-3 MAPPS are being leveraged by prestigious research facilities like CAER's Center for Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy," said Michael Chatlani, vice president of L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.
The ACMCRS is a high-fidelity simulation of AREVA's EPRâ„¢ plant running on L-3 MAPPS' cutting-edge OrchidÂ© simulation environment. The simulator consists of four operator stations, each able to accommodate up to 10 monitors. CAER will be able to easily configure the number of monitors and HMI displays on each monitor for various HF experiments. The four operator stations can be used as part of an integrated control room environment or separately for individual studies.
The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) is a non-profit organization within Virginia's Region 2000 Partnership that creates working relationships between high-tech industries, major R&D centers and university researchers, and facilitates professional development opportunities for scientists and engineers in the region. Its 30,000-square-foot research and education facility, located in the New London Business and Technology Center in Bedford County, will serve as the region's source for industry innovation in nuclear and wireless technologies. For more information about CAER, please visit www.caer.us.
The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is a 31-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly to promote economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 1,475 grants totaling more than $834 million across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has made available nearly $288 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. For information on the Commission's history, mission, funding programs and recent grant awards, please visit its website at www.tic.virginia.gov.
L-3 MAPPS, a division of L-3 Marine & Power Systems, has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than three decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L-3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L-3 MAPPS, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com/MAPPS.
Comprised of 25 operating companies, L-3 Marine & Power Systems (L-3 M&PS) is a worldwide leader in maritime automation and control, navigation, communications, dynamic positioning, and power distribution and conditioning for the U.S. Navy, allied foreign navies and commercial customers worldwide. With over 80 locations in 20 countries, L-3 M&PS is a cohesive, global partner with extensive capabilities and a proven track record in delivering the highest level of technology, service and integration. To learn more about L-3 Marine & Power Systems, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com/MPS.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com.
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