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May 2016 Newsletter

Latest news, projects and happenings going on at GSE

Featured Articles

2017 Financials

Highlights from earnings release

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Electrical Upgrades

Current projects demonstrate need for high-fidelity models

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Consulting & Training

Over 300 specialized support personnel

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JADE 4.5.1

New features & performance improvements

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Industry Insight

The scoop on #AdvancedNuclear

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Procedures Course

Get Professional Procedures Association (PPA) certified

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Latest Blogs

How to bring your new CCGT staff up to speed

Combined Cycle Power Plants these days are like gas stations; whenever one starts up, another one crops up across the corner. Competition is fierce and with a small team, this puts a strain on the plant and heightens risk.

Looking for the ‘easy’ button? A simulator maintenance agreement could be the answer.

To keep your simulator and plant in sync requires effort, and often taxes an already busy staff. A little pre-planning can make everyone’s life easier. That’s where a simulator maintenance agreement shines.

Helping thermal power plants operate ‘closer to the edge’ — How traditional power can be profitable in the age of renewables

Conventional power plants burning coal and natural gas need to seize every opportunity to be profitable in this new energy era.

‘Second simulator’ project reaches another major milestone

The first of three US nuclear power plants for which GSE is building a full-scope second simulator has completed Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), another major project milestone.

Is your simulator’s electrical model meeting industry standards?

High-fidelity electrical modeling software allows your plant operations staff to train on the unusual events highlighted in recent guidelines and which are based on historical events.

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2017 Financial Results



New Orders


Gross Profit

GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE American: GVP), a world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation systems and training/consulting solutions to the power and process industries, announced financial results for the fourth quarter (“Q4”) and full year ended December 31, 2017 on March 15, 2018.

Kyle J. Loudermilk, GSE’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “GSE closed a terrific 2017 with a solid fourth quarter, successfully delivering on our commitments to our customers and our shareholders. We efficiently executed on our backlog as well as completed our first full quarter after the Absolute Consulting acquisition, resulting in a year over year revenue increase of 66% for Q4.”

View the full press release here.

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Do you know about GSE’s consulting & training services?

Between GSE’s existing Hyperspring subsidiary and Absolute Consulting, acquired in September of 2017, we now have over 300 individuals that specialize in supporting a variety of activities across the energy industry.

Our comprehensive set of capabilities include:

  • Training – including program development, turnkey courses and INPO Certified Instructors
  • Procedures – including assessing, writing, controls and certifications
  • Engineering – of all varieties
  • QA/QC
  • Corrective Action – including investigation, root cause evaluation and response
  • Project Support – including project management, project and work controls, outage support
  • Licensing – including maintaining license basis, evaluations, response, tech specs
  • Dry Cask Storage & Decommissioning – including technology evaluation

Whether full-time or temporary, our expert staff can step in at any stage of your project to complete the task at hand.

For the nuclear industry, the issue is “Delivering the Nuclear Promise” while others are faced with unique challenges in acquiring qualified talent and meeting ever shrinking budgets. Our goal is to help you succeed with those competing priorities.

Contact us to learn more.

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Current electrical modeling projects demonstrate need for high-fidelity

With three ongoing electrical model upgrade projects, GSE is seeing a trend with US nuclear plants moving away from the simplified electrical models of the past.

All of the current and recent electrical model upgrades we’ve completed are the result of a need for higher fidelity electrical models in the simulator.

This is driven by a couple of factors:

  • The magnitude of the Fukushima event uncovered a need for additional electrical power capabilities. As a result of that, plants are installing new FLEX equipment which needs to be incorporated in the simulator.
  • Plants are using existing equipment in different ways such as cross connecting busses that previously were not capable of being cross connected or powering existing equipment from alternate power supplies. With existing equipment adopting upgraded or modified controls, startup and trip profile changes occur on the electrical end which cannot accurately be modeled with the current simplified electrical models.
  • Procedures are being modified or created to perform evolutions in the plant, such as stripping an entire train of DC power to conserve battery power to allow extended coping times, which was not possible with existing simplified models. An updated, high-fidelity electric model provides realistic indications, giving operators confidence that what they are seeing accurately represents the actual plant response to these off normal conditions.

Upgrading the simulator’s electrical model will allow operators to train for additional off normal events including extended loss of offsite power. Additionally, the fine granularity of bus loading and load distribution will allow plant evolutions, such as battery cross connecting and preservation, that was previously impossible on the simplified models.

The current electrical modeling projects are scheduled to be ready for training in 2018.

Check out our blog, “Is your simulator’s electrical model meeting industry standards?”, for a closer look at four industry events / directives that are shaping new simulator functionality for electrical modeling.

Our team of electrical modeling engineers have a combined 65 years of experience. Contact us today to inquire about updating your electrical models.

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Customers seeing value in maintenance contracts

Nearly 60 customers are taking advantage of GSE’s annual software maintenance program.

This program keeps our clients current with technology changes such as operating systems, as well as updated with the latest features and benefits of our software tools and products.

GSE Maintenance Agreement

Our EnVision customers are seeing the value of our latest releases, including the following:

  • Grey scale display
  • Alarm prioritization
  • Flare monitor
  • User trends
  • MP4 based tutorials
  • Discounted access to EnVision-On-Demand, our new cloud-based delivery platform. Learn more in this

JADE users have realized the benefits of:

  • Integrated JTools approach
  • Drawing comparisons
  • Link-on-Link features
  • Latest release of JADE 4.5.1 (see details in article below)
  • Soon-to-be released JADE 5.0

Contact us to see what our software maintenance program can do for you.

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New Simulation Software Release — JADE 4.5.1

JOS ‘send to trend’ feature

The latest patch release for JADE includes several quality of life improvements for the Instructor and Operator Stations and more.

New functions and improvements include:

  • Installer Auto Updates
    Reduce the effort required to update your existing JADE to the latest version while maintaining your customizations and project files. Future updates will be a breeze!
  • Send to Trend
    Operator stations can now trend simulation variables by simply right clicking on an object in the analog or digital HMI display. Trend the level of a tank and control valve position or heat exchanger inlet and outlet temperatures to monitor changes in the system over time. This new feature makes trending simple!
  • JOS performance improvements
    Navigating between HMI displays using the JADE Operator Station (JOS) is now significantly faster. How much faster you ask? In our benchmark test, pages loaded 89% faster!

Stay tuned for more information on JADE / SimExec 5.0.

Contact us for more information.

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Industry Insight: The state of Advanced Reactor/SMR technology

Exciting developments in the advanced reactor community continue to come! X-Energy, Terrestrial Energy, Kairos Power, GE Hitachi, Westinghouse, General Atomics, TerraPower and a dozen more companies have presented their design philosophies and progress toward realizing the dream of inherently safe, economically feasible nuclear power within the next 10-15 years.

The Department of Energy and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission continue with their public support of these initiatives, and more financial support could be on the horizon. All of the designs will require exciting new developments in the supply chain, centering on new materials and manufacturing techniques, and there are currently pilot projects underway in both areas. There is broad industry/government cooperation at this point in advancing the technologies towards the realization of these goals.

With the DOE’s help, there are now three working groups under the Advanced Reactor banner, Molten Salt Reactors, High Temperature Gas Reactors and Fast Reactors, and these groups have experienced great success so far. There is also a lot of interest among the international community, as Canada, the United Kingdom and China all have programs up and running with the intention of licensing advanced reactor technology in their country. Momentum continues to build towards the goal and the public/private partnerships being envisioned will bring these plants to fruition.

Contact us for more information.

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Subsidiary, Absolute Consulting, Inc. offering public Procedure Professionals Association (PPA) certification course.

We’re proud to be one of the few providers certified to offer the Procedure Professionals Association’s certification course. Thanks to our acquisition of Absolute Consulting, Inc. in September of 2017, we can now make this offer available to GSE’s traditional customer base.

This highly engaging procedure development training course readies students to face the challenge of authoring procedures, making writers more efficient and effective.

We highlighted the course in our recent blog, PPA Procedure Writer Certification: Why you should get certified. Read more about the course on Absolute’s website here.

The next available public course is only a few weeks away in Jacksonville, FL from April 23-25. Register now.

ATTENTION: Upcoming public course

April 23-25 | Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Open Career Positions
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Upcoming Events

May 30-31 - Energy Simulation Technology Exhibition and Conference (ESTEC) - Barcelona, Spain

GSE is a Silver Sponsor of this first edition conference which will bring together energy and simulation experts from the nuclear, oil and gas, conventional power, renewable energy, research, and education industries.

June 17-21 - ANS Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, PA, USA

GSE is attending the 2018 ANS Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Driving the Future of Nuclear Technology”.
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