During the development of the Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) facility a new control and data acquisition software platform is being created. It has been designed with the intention of becoming the common system across all the National Standards for Flow Measurement. Most of the existing facilities have control and data acquisition platforms dating back 17 years. They are completely unsuitable for the demands of modern digital instrumentation and in need of major upgrade. The AMF provided the impetus to develop the new software platform, and the purpose of this project is to roll the new system out across all the main National Flow Measurement Standards over a 3-year period.
At the end of the project, the Flow Standards will have a modern, digital-friendly control and data acquisition system fit for the demands of the next 10-15 years.
Facility configuration templates have now been implemented, managed through the web user interface and referenced by the desktop application running at the test facilities. These describe the setup of each data acquisition workstation, including logging hardware, communication interfaces and data channel assignments.
Similar module framework templates have also been introduced to simplify the creation of test files within the desktop user interface. These are designed to provide a more efficient means for test engineers to setup a new test or calibration file. This will be quicker and will eliminate any errors in hardware configurations.
Both types of template will lead to accelerated rollouts including the Advanced Multiphase Facility.
The Web User Interface has now been expanded to including more of the traceability and instrument management functionality than was originally at this stage of the project. This was done in recognition that this would have to be in place for the rollout of production level installations.
Building wider functionality such as this into the web UI enables all stakeholders in the business to contribute through a standard web browser.