Network Systems Engineering Corp.

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Experience Summary

Digital & Software Systems

Mayor projects in this area include:

  1. Design, installation, and maintenance of the Data Acquisition and Archival system for a large electric utility’s Electric System Operation Center (ESOC). The system consists of a network of four OSISoft PI servers which collect information from the Energy Management System (EMS) and makes the information available over a secured network to authorized end users. The system is designed to meet applicable NERC/FERC regulations. This project is ongoing as of the end of 2008.
  2. Virtual Energy Management System. Virtual–EMS® is a management information system designed to provide a secure, user-friendly means of disseminating system operating and performance information to authorized users. The original version utilized a thick-client user interface (OSISoft’s ActiveView) to provide users access to system displays maintained on a remote web server and updated in quasi real time from an OSISoft PI Server, as well as other data sources. Recently, NSEC developed a thin-client version called VEMS Portal®. Developed using Microsoft’s SharePoint Portal technology and OSISoft’s PI Server and RtPM applications, VEMS Portal® provides access to real-time and historical information from a variety of sources via a secure, thin-client, web-browser user interface. Furthermore, under VEMS Portal®, information displays can be displayed on Smart Phones (such as an Apple iPhone or Blackberry Device) providing management personnel continuous access to important system information.
  3. The system can be configured for a wide variety of applications, from single small generation units to large electric generation and distribution systems. Individual system components can be upgraded at any time to take advantage of the latest technological advances, without having to replace the entire system. Moreover, all remote communications is via Internet or Intranet, allowing for easy addition of new systems or users.
  4. System features include:

    • Allows field personnel access to real-time EMS data via a secure, wireless, Internet connection to the Virtual – EMS® Server, without a direct connection to the EMS system
    • Ability to go back in time and replay historical data in real-time, slow motion, or fast forward
    • Allows users to access On-Demand or Scheduled reports, such as regulatory compliance or system availability reports, maintained on the Virtual – EMS® server
  5. Plant Security Personnel Database®. PSPD® was designed to maintain and manage work hours information for the Security Force at a Nuclear Power Station. The system allows a user to both maintain scheduled and actual shift work hours as well as verify compliance with the NRC work hour regulations. The system is designed as a client-server application, running on Microsoft ACCESS or SQL Server, to be used by individual security officers as well as supervisory personnel. Users have access to a variety of information depending on access rights controlled by a system administrator.

    System functions include:

    • Facilitate the daily input of work hour information using computerized database forms
    • Provide instant calculations regarding regulatory work hour limits, such as the number of hours worked in the last 48 hours
    • Provide instant calculations regarding actual work hours, such as weekly overtime hours worked or vacation hours available to be taken
    • Facilitate the management of this information so as to allow supervisory personnel to quickly review individual work history, including compliance with regulatory requirements, overtime work history, or unscheduled absences