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3D Simulations of Operating Nuclear Power Plants

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Duke Energy One and L3Harris Technologies today announced a customized, cost-effective solution for nuclear power plants that will provide complete 3D simulations of operating nuclear facilities.

The new service will enhance response preparedness and efficiency while also helping to enhance safety and reduce costs.

Duke Energy One’s 3D Metrology Services program designs as-built, 3D models of nuclear power plants, specially made for each facility, using ultramodern 3D laser scanning technology.

L3Harris then pairs the data with an immersive and collaborative environment that offers a suite of productive decision-making tools ranging from scenarios authoring, radiation simulation, live plant simulation links, data enhancement and enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration, allowing access to critical asset information in one place. The immersive simulations may be coupled with a unique, headset-free display environment for teams, known as Orchid® IX.

Duke Energy One is an unregulated, wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, focused on helping customers optimize energy systems, improve their financial position and achieve sustainability goals.

Accurate Operational Solution

The real-world data that these immersive simulators provide can help nuclear facilities predict what may happen in their specific environments. That knowledge can enable them to coordinate complex tasks across locations and multi-disciplinary staff, saving time and money, enhancing safety, and mitigating radiation risks. Immersive simulators for nuclear power plants can also serve as critical assets for outage planning and detecting unforeseen difficulties that, if not caught, could have significant financial impacts. Along with tailored 3D laser scans of the internal areas of their nuclear facilities, the solution includes customized training services for each nuclear facility.

“Nuclear energy – both existing facilities and emerging technologies – is one of the pillars of a clean energy future,” said Lon Huber, senior vice president, pricing and customer solutions at Duke Energy. “This suite of tools can build customized virtual spaces that mimic actual nuclear facilities – giving nuclear operators access to lifelike layouts and making it easier and faster to develop plans for ensuring continued safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective operations.”

“We know how critical nuclear energy is to individuals, companies and communities around the world. And we understand the power of teaming up with other strong, progressive companies to put the tools needed for success into the hands of nuclear operators. That’s why we we’re excited to work with L3Harris to offer the industry a new way to stay at the forefront of safety, planning and cost efficiency,” said Huber.

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