L3 MAPPS: The Cutting Edge of Simulation Technology
With today’s technology, simulation systems can very easily be confused with the real deal. At the sharp edge of this sword is L3 MAPPS, a Canada-based control and simulation solution provider for the power generation, marine and space sectors. The sophistication that L3 MAPPS brings in is what makes the simulators hyper-real as they correspond to their ever-evolving real-world equivalents. With a focus on user-friendliness and being price sensitive, the company strives to make its processes more efficient at lower costs while still providing the best-in-class solutions that customers have now come to expect from L3 MAPPS. “Our focus is on making the user experience easy. Even though we develop complex and detailed simulations, our customers are fully capable of modifying and further upgrading their simulators,” explains Michael Chatlani, Vice President of L3 MAPPS.
Most countries in the APAC region are capitalizing on nuclear power for the future—with Asian countries constructing over two-thirds of all reactors being built the world over. L3 MAPPS has been working with leading utilities, plant designers and research organizations for more than 45 years to design superior operator training simulators and engineering simulators to assist and de-risk plant builds. In doing so, the firm has established itself as the world’s pre-eminent manufacturer of nuclear power plant simulators. L3 MAPPS has deployed the world’s highest fidelity simulators for nuclear (PWR, BWR, CANDU, and GCR) and fossil (coal, oil & gas, GT and CCGT) plants. “Operators trained on L3 MAPPS simulator environments acquire the skills necessary to increase plant performance, minimize downtime, and provide confident emergency responses,” extols Chatlani.
The L3 MAPPS-developed Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operation and Training Simulator (MOTS) is used to train International Space Station astronauts to perform on-orbit robotics tasks
L3 MAPPS’s naval control systems, known as Integrated Platform Management Systems (IPMS), have been deployed and honed on over 250 warships in 22 different navies from around the world. The On-Board Training System (OBTS) enables the crew to be trained while aboard their vessels through the same IPMS control modules and interfaces that are used for the ship’s day-to-day operations, without the need for any external components to be added. “This approach ensures a high standard of training and qualification. It also brings a significant reduction in operational costs because onboard personnel remain active members of the crew, even during training,” states Chatlani.
The L3 MAPPS-developed Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operation and Training Simulator (MOTS) is used to train International Space Station astronauts to perform on-orbit robotics tasks. Located in St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada, the facility supports the critical tasks that are performed by astronauts and ground personnel. It provides real-time, high-fidelity simulation of the flexible dynamics performance of one or several robotic arms concurrently in a microgravity environment to support complex tasks.
In recent years, nuclear plants have been addressing a generational change. To aid with this, L3 MAPPS launched the latest iteration of its robust simulator control environment known as Orchid® Instructor Station which emphasizes the user-friendliness by heavily relying on intuitive graphical user interfaces. Orchid® Instructor Station now offers touchscreen inputs and gestures; it enables the intuitive and efficient interaction between the user and the simulator. Orchid® Instructor Station is designed to assist instructors in controlling the training environment while monitoring all aspects of trainee and simulator performance.
L3 MAPPS has already established itself as a leader in the simulation industry with a strong international presence and will continue with its geographic expansion. “It will be largely focused on discerning customers that understand the long-term value of a top-shelf simulation solution,” concludes Chatlani.