L3-MAPPS to supply classroom simulators for South Texas

28 November 2011

L-3 MAPPS has been selected by STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) to develop classroom simulators to supplement full scope simulator training at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station. The classroom simulators are expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2012.

The simulators will be developed using the Orchid Touch Interface solution, which was released in 2011.

“STPNOC had several choices when deciding on which latest-generation classroom simulator technology to use for its training programme, and we are very pleased that L-3 MAPPS was selected to provide its Orchid Touch Interface," said Michael Chatlani, vice president of L-3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.”

The Orchid Touch Interface takes control and auxiliary room panel virtual displays to a new level of realism, L3 said. High-fidelity panel graphics are displayed on large touch screen monitors with 1080p full HD resolution. Three monitors are mounted on each frame, known as a bay, and five bays will be delivered to STPNOC. The setup is flexible, and STPNOC will be able to use all five bays in one classroom simulator configuration or in various combinations for up to five classroom simulators. The top monitor of each three-monitor bay articulates, allowing passage through a standard doorframe. Each bay is mounted on swivel casters for easy maneuvering from one room to another. Orchid Touch Interface's touch screen interface allows students to operate the panel graphics manually and obtain life-like visual responses.

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