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Process historian-based solution for nuclear power plant emergency preparedness

The challenge

The customer faced government requirements to provide EP information to distributed teams that coordinate responses to nuclear power incidents.  Federal requirements meant that the secure systems that are the source of EP system information be no longer accessible outside of their distributed facilities.  As an added challenge, the timeline to complete all work was shortened significantly.

Solution

KBC designed a system that would duplicate the data from the secure systems at high availability while maintaining a secure EP environment.  The system included backup and recovery, virus scanning, historian, interface node, and the physical network infrastructure for the EP system to act a standalone network.  The technology solution included:

  • Strict, audited and controlled access to the development environment to maintain a system with a high level of cyber integrity
  • Redundancy in the overall design to ensure the system would meet the 99.99% availability requirements
  • Reduction in physical size of the solution by using virtual servers and storage arrays

The system was put through rigorous testing and documented with detailed procedures to meet applicable industry standards.  In total, 12 individual systems were built and securely shipped to their respective locations.  KBC teams then arrived onsite to complete the facility install and complete onsite testing.  

The results

The EP information was provided to the EP system in a manner that met required availability and cyber requirements. All 12 systems were installed, tested, and commissioned prior to the due date. All systems passed inspection and cyber security reviews by a rigorous panel of experts. Graphics with complex logic for each facility were converted and procedurally tested. Load testing to ensure system capacity was designed, documented, and completed. The final numbers were:

12 total systems
completed
36 physical servers
configured
111 virtual servers
instantiated
600 complex schematics
converted from
antiquated systems and tested

Meeting the federal requirements for EP system availability and cyber security was critical to allow the plants to maintain their permit to operate.

Our experts say

"Having the expertise to complete such an intricate product was key. Not only did we use our core skills with the process historian, but we also exercised our IT knowledge combined with an understanding of the nuclear power regulatory environment to bring a completed system of high integrity to the client.”
Lisa Williams, Manager, US Operations, IT & IIoT Services - USA, KBC

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