GE Energy to provide software solution to Los Alamos lab

GE Energy has developed a bi-directional software interface for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory of Los Alamos, NM, operated by the University of California...

Aug 18th, 2004

ATLANTA, GA, Aug.16, 2004 -- GE Energy has developed a bi-directional software interface for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory of Los Alamos, NM, operated by the University of California.

The Interdependent Energy Infrastructure Simulation System (IEISS)-Smallworld Interface project is being done in response to the DOE's call for the development and demonstration of technologies to help ensure the reliability and security of the nation's energy infrastructure.

The bi-directional interface is a joint development between Los Alamos National Laboratory's analytical tools, the IEISS Solver algorithms and GE Energy's GIS software product, Smallworld. The DOE Office of Energy Assurance is providing program guidance and funds to support this project and the National Energy Technology Laboratory is helping implement and manage the project.

"The goal of the IEISS-Smallworld Interface project is to provide a tool for analysts and decision-makers to use in the identification of critical nodes and the analysis of system risks within the energy infrastructure and related systems," said Ricardo Artigas, president of energy services for GE Energy. "To achieve this goal, we have developed an interface between the advanced simulation capacity of Los Alamos National Laboratory's IEISS project and the spatial information presentation capabilities of our Smallword Core Spatial Technology product."

"In addition to its software development services, GE Energy will contribute to the project with consulting from its Energy Consulting group and its Pipeline Inline Inspections group," said Steve Fernandez, D-4 Group Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Two technology demonstrations will provide model validation and verification. Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) is contributing to the project by providing various data and its National SCADA test bed as the site for one of the technical demonstrations. The scale of a major industrial complex with major interconnecting and interdependent infrastructures, the National SCADA test bed provides a system that will be used to demonstrate practicality and viability for a utility scale enterprise. AmerenUE will also show the practicality and viability as the site for the second technology demonstration. The demonstrations were scheduled to take place in July and August of 2004.

Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the largest multidisciplinary institutions in the world. It is the largest institution and largest employer in northern New Mexico.

About GE Energy
GE Energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2003 revenues of nearly $18.5 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.

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