Orchid® Control System

Integrated DCS Human-Machine Interface Simulation

Orchid® Control System (Orchid® CS) is L3 MAPPS' application for the emulation of operator stations for plant process computers (PPC) and distributed control systems (DCS). Orchid® CS is a real-time data acquisition and control system comprised of geographically distributed nodes. It is used for the monitoring and automation of electrical substations and power generation equipment. Orchid® CS's well-integrated architecture provides a complete solution to customers, including operatoruser interfaces and control sequence development tools through the same interface.

By replicating the existing look-and-feel of the actual display system, Orchid® CS provides a realistic testing and training environment. With its proven track record of emulated systems, Orchid® CS offers an economical and flexible alternative to stimulated DCS solutions and supports all standard simulator functions, such as run/freeze, restore, backtrack, replay, and others, making it the ideal tool for the emulation of DCSs. Moreover, Orchid® CS is based on a scalable architecture, allowing users to freely add or remove stations as needed.

Orchid® CS is often accompanied by a system-specific translator that processes the actual plant DCS or PPC control and graphic files to generate emulated solutions.This approach is ideal for testing modifications in the test system and exporting the results to the simulator.

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  • Built-in support for typical operator station functions: alarms, reports, trends, history, and point data displays.
  • Built-in graphic editor.
  • Automatic graphic display generation.
  • Automatic database generation.
  • Built-in interfaces to L3 MAPPS' simulator modeling and instructor station.
  • Inherent support for simulator commands.
  • Built-in database maintenance tools.


  • Provides an economical, flexible alternative to stimulated hardware solutions.
  • Removes dependency on stimulated hardware, allowing multiple copies of the simulation to be created.
  • Simulation-based design provides end-to-end validation of conceptual design.
  • Used for rapid prototyping of control system designs.
  • Build, operate and test design prior to committing substantial resources.
  • Rapid control logic updates and integration.
  • Provides interoperability with other distributed simulations.


Naval vessel control systems, land-based and on-board simulators and turnkey training solutions.


Real-time power plant simulators and simulator modernization for all plant types and CANDU plant computer systems.


Real-time simulators for robotic systems and satellites to support simulation-based design and operations / maintenance training.