11 Apr 13

EDF Energy agrees new partnership for world-class campus initiative

From left: Dave Drury EDF Energy Campus Chancellor, Marc Coltelli EDF Energy Head of Campus Project and Graham Wren GSE Systems European SVP with simulation equipment.

EDF Energy has agreed a new collaboration with simulation technology leader GSE Systems. The agreement will see GSE Systems showcase state-of-the-art technology in EDF Energy’s new flagship training facility at Cannington Court in the south west of England, as well as across the UK.

Alongside the latest in nuclear power station simulation – designed to train and prepare the people who run the company’s eight nuclear power stations across the UK – GSE Systems will also supply their Activ3Di™ visualization 3D technology to recreate plant environments and deliver virtual reality training on specific maintenance scenarios.

Cannington Court, a 900-year old building located in rural Somerset, is set to become the heart of EDF Energy’s campus network and this injection of twenty-first-century technology is key to the development. The EDF Energy Campus programme will link the company’s training facilities across the UK, enabling employees, universities and industry experts to come together to learn, share ideas and develop the skills required for the future.

EDF Energy's Cannington Court development.

David Drury, Campus Chancellor at EDF Energy, said: “The value of this partnership is the capability to develop ‘learning by doing’ experiences enabling employees to grow and learn new skills in all areas of the electricity generation and supply business. Enabling GSE Systems to showcase their latest simulation technology at our new Cannington Court development is truly inspiring as it demonstrates our commitment to being at the forefront of using the latest learning technologies.”

Graham Wren, GSE Systems European SVP and Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to partner with EDF Energy in its exciting campus programme. This partnership brings complementary skills and experience from both sides – world class training technology from GSE Systems which supports EDF Energy’s visionary leadership and industry knowledge. This approach will enable us to provide an experience that is unique in style, content and method of engagement, to deliver the skills and knowledge necessary for EDF Energy to build industry leading business performance."

GSE Systems

GSE Systems Inc. is a world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation, providing a wide range of simulation, training and engineering solutions to the energy and process industries. Its comprehensive and modular solutions help customers achieve performance excellence in design, training and operations. GSE’s products and services are tailored to meet specific client requirements such as scope, budget and timeline. The company has over four decades of experience, more than 1,100 installations, and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in St. Marys, Georgia; Madison, New Jersey; Cary, North Carolina; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, UK; and Beijing, China. Information about GSE Systems is available at www.gses.com. GSE System’s European HQ is in Glasgow UK.

GSE are the world’s largest provider of process technology simulation. They supply 65% of the word’s nuclear power station operators with simulation technology. GSE Systems use the latest in 3-D technology in order to create realistic work environments to allow employees to learn through specific scenarios.

EDF Energy’s Campus Project

Campus will help strengthen the DNA of EDF Energy, through skills learning, knowledge sharing and personal development. It will be a place where every employee will have a regular opportunity to be trained in a way that not only relates to each of our specific businesses - those of today, and those of tomorrow - but within the wider context of our integrated company, part of EDF Group.

There will be a physical hub where people can spend time together, but it won't be an island - far from it. It will be part of a web of learning and development, from which we will develop links with stakeholders, colleges, universities and the community.

It will be innovative in the use of new technologies and it will be a place where the outside world can see that EDF Energy in Great Britain is ahead of the game in people development.