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L3 MAPPS to Deliver Two Classroom Simulators to EDF Energy’s Nuclear Power Academy

Published 05 December 2017 | By L3 MAPPS

L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been contracted by EDF Energy Nuclear Generation to supply two classroom simulators to its Nuclear Power Academy in the U.K. 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 & 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."

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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 1080p full HD resolution to display near life-size operable virtual control room panels.

Both simulators will also be equipped with large wall-mounted screens displaying 2-D and 3-D interactive nuclear steam supply system visualizations 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 U.K.'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 U.K.'s electricity and employs around 15,000 people. The Nuclear Power Academy is located at EDF Energy's main operations support center in Barnwood, Gloucester.

L3 MAPPS 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 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. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.