Automating construction site workflows increases operational safety and optimizes the process. This requires real-time data collection through advanced technology solutions. Expert guidance is often critical in choosing the best tools and establishing the right strategy.
A specialist in automation data collection and analysis
At CIMA+, we understand the challenges of automating your business, and we can make the process easier by helping you choose the right technology. Upon request, our team can be on-site on short notice to mobilize programmers, and closely monitor your projects' automation process. We are also official system integrators for Ignition products, which allows us to connect to almost any control system remotely and securely, significantly increasing your uptime.
Whether your SCADA system spans a single control room or multiple geographical locations, we can design and commission it, regardless of the technology. Our in-house designers, programmers, and commissioning staff can tackle any SCADA project including process control, substation, automation, centralized operations and utilities.
By continuously investing in laboratory and testing equipment, CIMA+ relies on cutting-edge technology to provide state-of-the-art solutions. Using knowledge of utility and system-operator SCADA requirements, CIMA+ has provided solutions for a variety of projects, from small systems to region-wide.
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The core elements of any automation system are the controllers, as they provide real-time data collection and calculations to maintain the process in a safe state within the desired operating limits. CIMA+ has experience with a wide range of control platforms from individual loop controllers through to fully integrated Distributed Control Systems.
Controllers need to have a way of interacting with humans for monitoring, archiving and control through the changing of set points and control objectives. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) is the window into the system. Therefore collecting, displaying and reporting process information in a way that is intuitive for operators is an important element of any control system.
HMI’s do more than help control the process. HMI’s are also used to notify operators of abnormal situations or incidents, usually by generating alarms. However, if not implemented and managed correctly, alarms can become a problem that actually lowers operator effectiveness. Alarm Management programs are used to provide guidance on prioritizing and monitoring the effectiveness of alarms. Integrating intelligent device information with system information helps ensure that the right information gets to the right person at the right time – every time. CIMA+ can assist in the development and maintenance of alarm management programs that are in compliance with relevant national and international standards.
Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used in almost every industry and utility. As a multi-discipline EPCM, CIMA+ is involved in all of these sectors – implementing SCADA systems to monitor and control a wide range of distributed processes from municipal water and wastewater, pipelines, cathodic protection systems, compressor and pump stations, oil and gas well sites / fields, generation, transmission and distribution system, and renewable energy.Because SCADA systems enable communications with remote and widely distributed devices, communications and protocol standards, such as the DNP3 and IEC61850 specifications developed by the power sector, are an important element of any implementation. Consistent with our “best in class” culture and in recognition of our knowledge in this area, as well as the need for a wider range of consistency in SCADA practices, CIMA+ is taking a leadership role in the development of new international SCADA standards.Most SCADA systems include archiving capabilities through integrated process historian software. These historians not only provide a repository for the collected process data, they also allow for off-line access to this information for the preparation of various production and troubleshooting reports to improve operational effectiveness. Our knowledge of configuration and integration for a variety of OPC Servers including OPC DA, OPC A+E, OPC DH, and OPC UA help bridge the transfer of information across disparate systems. CIMA+ does more than install and configure historians; we securely integrate them into your business system, including configuration of associated reports and event capture snapshots of critical systems.
Safety systems, whose requirements are driven by international standards, play an important role in plant automation and control systems, safety systems are the final Independent Protection Layer between your process and a potential safety incident due to equipment failure.The demand for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) continues to grow and is one of the most rapidly expanding segments of the control system market. In addition to the requirements for Safety Systems being driven by the process design and HAZOP / Risk Analysis process, the adoption of CAN / CSA-B149.1-05 “Burner Management Systems” in most jurisdictions in Canada, means gas fired heaters must now use CSA certified controls and be installed in accordance with the code, including the logic solver.CIMA+ has expertise on staff, including functional safety engineers as well as trained HAZOP / Risk assessment facilitators, to assist with all stages of the safety system process from the original analysis and design to the implementation of the required work orders / maintenance practices needed to maintain the system integrity. This applies to the implementation of relay based systems as well as full-scale logic solvers integrated into the balance of plant controllers and historians.
having them all communicate with each other seamlessly can be challenging, especially in the electrically noisy plant environment. The devices can range from individual field devices through remote input / output racks to distributed controllers and associated network appliances across a facility.All these devices must not only be able to connect to each other with the correct com-bination of media (cables and access points), they must also be configured to share that information in the correct protocols or languages. CIMA+ has in-depth understanding of how the interactions between media and protocol can affect overall system performance. We use this knowledge to help you design new systems, troubleshoot and optimize existing systems, or migrate from legacy systems to more robust higher-capability replacement architectures.The final step in the integration of systems is the connection to, and sharing of resources with a facility’s IT networks. CIMA+ has the ability to bring expertise in from our IT team for this aspect of any system, as well as the associated server rooms to house all the required equipment.Staff members have been verified by independent third parties as certified LON integrators and Foundation Fieldbus Professionals.
The increased use of digital networks and microprocessors at all levels of the control enterprise, combined with the migration to open system infrastructure such as Ethernet and IP-based networks, means that control systems are now exposed to the same vulnerabilities as information technology systems. However, the impact and methods used to manage utility and industrial networks, though similar, are not the same as for the desktop and office environment.CIMA+ once again provides the complete range of services, from audits to determine the integrity of your existing installation, through to the design and installation of an industrial hardened system compliant with the latest IEC 62443 and other industry standards such as NERC CIP. However, industrial cybersecurity is not limited to the equipment, it also includes the people, policies, and procedures to ensure that the installed system is maintained to stay ahead of the continually evolving cyberspace.As a full EPCM organization, CIMA+ can also provide all of the cyberspace beyond the control system, including requirements for physical security, integration with information technologies, as well as patch management and system upgrades.Control systems and the supporting infrastructure are certainly part of an organization’s mission critical facilities. Our team gives you access to a one-stop shop for engineering services in buildings, communications systems, and IT systems such as servers, storage systems, networks (SAN, WAN, LAN), remote access and TIA TIER certification.
At their most basic level, control systems and their signals are used for regulatory control – maintaining the plant at a set point. However, the true benefits from this investment are achieved with the development of applications to optimize the process across multiple control loops, pieces of process equipment, or unit operations, for example to maximize the production of a product at minimal energy, or blend multiple streams to a desired composition. CIMA+ can help with the development of these applications, from gathering the data to create the model, to coding of algorithms, and then tuning the final application, such as the specialized controls associated with a turbine or environmental control system.Many advanced control applications require input from process analyzers to identify one or more individual stream components or physical properties. As is the case with field sensors, selecting the best-sensing technology for responsive repeatable measurement must also be considered in all applications. Furthermore, a process analyzer measurement is only as good as the sample is representative of the process itself. The sample system determines where and how that sample is collected. CIMA+ has a Certified Specialist in Analytical Technology on staff, as well as a suite of tools used to verify the sample collected arrives at the analyzer in a timely and unaltered state.Environmental monitoring systems are crucial in terms of a facility’s licence to operate. Continuous Emission Monitoring Stations (CEMS) are now being required on increasingly lower emission sources, while environmental monitoring stations to track ground level measurements around and outside the facility need to be connected to the necessary internal and external reporting systems – all of which can be integrated with the historian or Laboratory Information System (LIMS) to automatically generate the necessary reports for regulators.
CIMA+ has developed a vendor-independent modular turbine monitoring control application for systems up to 40,000 HP, and performed multiple installations in reliable operation for more than 15 years.The software design and device-independent tagging system allows our sequence state engine-based standard design to be implemented on virtually any logic controller that is functionally capable of scanning at the update rates required for rotating equipment control. The system includes the integrated control of the equipment connected utilities and sequencing of the full system.Because the consequences of the failure of a piece of rotating equipment can be catastrophic, system diagnostics, including health monitoring based on watchdog timers running at multiples of the I/O update rate with associated fail safe conditions, are built into the application to increase reliability and reduce down time.An optional feature of the application consists of integrated variable stator vane scheduling and control to avoid system surges.To ensure maximum safety, the system uses a minimum second turbine speed and vibration monitoring system external to the main system controller. Redundant monitoring is then integrated into the hardwired protection circuitry to initiate shutdown external to the controller, which will also be monitoring speed and acceleration exceedances to also initiate engine stoppage logic.Because rotating equipment can be installed anywhere in a facility, the system is offered in both a control room mounted, 18” rack version, or on skid package certified for use in a Class 1 Division 2 (Zone 2) location. The cabinet-based controllers are then integrated into the balance of the sites’ existing controllers or SCADA system to allow remote monitoring and operation by the same HMI tools as the remainder of the facility.Logic controllers which have been successfully tested with this application include the GE Fanuc Rx3i and Rx7i systems and AllenBradley ControlLogix, with some systems capable of sub 10 ms Stall Detection.
CIMA+ goes beyond providing engineering services. We back the solutions we design with on-site support that includes all aspects of field execution from Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), Site Acceptance Testing (SAT), Site Integration Testing (SIT), through to verification of field installation accuracy documented with a formal test report based on testing results, and point by point commissioning, including redlines for all project drawings. Members of the CIMA+ design team are always available to help resolve any discrepancies that may arise during project execution, assist with any questions, and capture changes to documentation in preparation for the “as-left” and “as-built” drawings.Our ISO 9001 procedures guarantee that all projects are well-documented and all revisions are systematically tracked, in order to prepare accurate “as-built” drawings and associated documents, including program code, databases, and graphic files in electronic format suitable to ensure they reflect actual post-project plant conditions.
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