Photo 1 | JST control room concept: The control room of the Dresden thermal power plant "Nossener Brücke", whose beginnings date back to the 1990s, has been "completely overhauled", so to speak. The new equipment includes technology, ergonomic furniture and visualization solutions. Only the room-defining mosaic wall has remained. It reflects the entire layout of the power plant and serves as a control room backup. Important data can be read off there and prioritized processes can be controlled.
Photo 2 | It's not just the exterior that has changed over the decades: A lot has happened behind the facade of the "Nossener Brücke" power plant in recent years. Here: an aerial view from the archive. (Photo: SachsenEnergie/Ronny Zeidler)
Photo 3 | Even a brief look at the "old" control room at the "Nossener Brücke" site reveals that a change was necessary, both visually and technically. There was a need for action, particularly with regard to ergonomic improvements. (Photo: SachsenEnergie)
Photo 4 | JST 3D planning: The same perspective as on the previous motif; here as a photorealistic 3D study. This is how the Dresden control room should look after the conversion.
Photo 5 | JST control room modernization: And again the known view; only this time with the final view of the main control room. The result of the extensive upgrade is a technically and ergonomically innovative control room equipment. Process control engineer Ronny Holland summarizes: "The handling of our systems has become much more intuitive, we have more possibilities to access the different sources directly at the workstations. Since the operator consoles are now modern, we not only formally comply with workplace guidelines, there have also been huge improvements in the working quality."
Photo 6 | JST 3D-planning: Another impression from the planning package with photorealistic CGI renderings (CGI = computer generated images), which JST created for SachsenEnergie.
Photo 7 | JST control station: Implementation of the preceding planning sketch into reality: Spatial conditions were taken into account as well as colors and light influences.
Photo 8 | JST furniture: In addition to the actual control room, neighboring rooms were also equipped by the Jungmann team. Here: Stratos X11® operator consoles in the technical room.
Photo 9 | JST technology: The so-called engineering room played an essential role during the conversion of the control room: Once this complex was fully equipped with video wall, ergonomic work desks and KVM technology, the actual measures in the main control room could begin. During this time, the employees had full access to all systems of the power plant control room from the engineering room via JST MultiConsoling® technology. Operations could therefore continue without interruptions.
Photo 10 | JST Möbel: The topic of "ergonomics" played a central role for project manager Andreas Rammer. The Stratos X11® operator desks, with their back-friendly design, were not only used in the main control room, but also in the neighboring rooms. In addition to generous legroom and a particularly deep tabletop with a lowered monitor placement area, the desks offer electromotive height adjustment. Each operator can adapt "his" Stratos X11® to individual needs.
Photo 11 | JST control station desks: Whether front- or rear-facing, the Stratos X11® operator desk gives a clean and tidy impression at all times, with no visible technology or cables. ...
Photo 12 | ... The access panels conceal generously sized, illuminated supply rooms that provide sufficient space for technology and large quantities of cables, creating a perfect image in the control center.
Photo 13 | JST PowerPort-Data module: Stratos X11® consoles have been equipped with PowerPort-Data pullouts. This means that the required power supply connections are easily accessible directly at the workstation.
Photo 14 | JST CommandPad®: A solution that is as user-oriented as it is clear to keep an eye on the surveillance of all systems in the control center at all times: Operation with the JST CommandPad® is intuitive via a touchscreen that displays all sources as an interactive "control room image" with the myGUI® user interface.
Photo 15 | JST CommandPad®: Even in the mobile desktop version (here: in the engineering room of the power plant), the CommandPad with the myGUI® user interface creates a clever solution for seamless monitoring. The decisive advantage: thanks to intuitive handling, confident operation is guaranteed even in stressful situations.
Photo 16 | JST KVM system: Employees have flexible access to all sources via the myGUI®. Process control engineer Ronny Holland explains one of the decisive benefits: "We can freely design the workstations thanks to MultiConsoling®. This is not only an advantage for the operators, but also for us control engineers. We no longer have to go through the plant to operate individual computers there. Now we can call up all applications directly at the workstation."
Photo 17 | JST technology: Dust-protected and air-conditioned - this is where all the threads of the technical components in the power plant control center come together. The cabinets in the technology room contain, among other things, the hardware for the control room management via JST MultiConsoling®.
Photo 18 | JST MultiConsoling®: The heart of the JST KVM solution - the MultiCenter, the hardware for JST MultiConsoling® - is located in the technology room. This "central switcher" is needed to switch signals flexibly and in real time to the video walls and the monitors at the workstation. Other components for control room management, such as the myGUI® controllers, are also housed here.
Energy supply: Overall concept for control room of thermal power plant
In times of major change, companies are often confronted with typical reactions such as skepticism, uncertainty or rejection on the part of employees Especially when the workforce is facing a technical transformation. The fact that such progress can also be met with enthusiasm, curiosity and genuine interest has been experienced by the energy supplier SachsenEnergie, which has made “the security of supply of tomorrow” part of its mission in the context of the energy transition. Current project: An innovative control center installation at the site of the Dresden thermal power plant “Nossener Brücke”, which was realized in cooperation with the control room specialists from JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik.
A control room from the 90s: Brown needle felt flooring, antiquated furniture and aging technology that lacks the flexibility needed today. “We knew we could do better,” says Andreas Rammer, who as project manager was responsible for modernizing the control center in line with workplace guidelines.
Already the second control center implemented with the JST team
In fact, the engineer for power plant technology had a perfect prototype for his plans: a role model in his own company. In cooperation with the Jungmann team, the expert implemented a control center at the thermal power plant site in Dresden-Reick several years ago for DREWAG, now a subsidiary of SachsenEnergie. “So we know the advantages of modern control and video wall technology as well as ergonomic furniture,” says Andreas Rammer, explaining the favorable factors.
No standstill - control station technology keeps on developing
“We were very pleased and inspired by the complete picture in Reick. During an additional visit to JST’s control room simulator, we were then able to see how intuitive the operating concept really is,” also reports Ronny Holland (Process Control Engineering, SachsenEnergie). Together with some control room operators from the shift operation, the responsible persons convinced themselves during an on-site workshop that “there is no standstill at JST. The control station technology keeps on developing.”
"The transition has worked wonderfully"
In addition to two rooms equipped with large-screen systems and a cross-room and at the same time flexible KVM control technology via MultiConsoling®, the new control center in Dresden’s largest thermal power plant has, for example, the JST CommandPad®. The component enables delay-free and clear access to all applications. “We conveniently connect individual sources via drag & drop. This is very easy to use, and our colleagues quickly got to grips with it. The transition has worked wonderfully,” says Ronny Holland and draws a vivid comparison: “Anyone who can operate a current smartphone has no problems with the CommandPad either.”
Control room before and after renovation.
Team benefits from significantly improved process overview
“Real added value” is further seen by the team of the largest communal utility in Eastern Germany in the new large-screen technology: Initially, a video wall with four displays was installed in the so-called engineering room and two additional screens in the main control room. The decision to upgrade, however, was made quickly. “Our team soon recognized the benefits of the improved process overview provided by the large displays and expressed the desire to increase the original two large-screen monitors to four,” recalls process control engineer Ronny Holland.
GrabberIP is the basis for strategic considerations
After the modernization, all the course has been set to further optimize the working situation for employees in the future. Project manager Andreas Rammer ventures an outlook: “Our strategic consideration of linking the two control rooms of the power plants played a role in the decision. This way, the other location would be available as a backup to access the systems.” This is made possible by the GrabberIP component, which was used by JST with this in mind.
"A total work of art in which everything fits together"
It is precisely these options that, in the eyes of those responsible for the project, make the work that Jungmann Systemtechnik does so convincing. Ronny Holland sums it up: “Personally, I like the fact that JST delivers a total construct – not just tables or computers or control engineering. It is coherent and builds on each other – a total work of art where everything fits together.”
Reference projects of JST (selection)
- s.Oliver, Rottendorf
- SachsenEnergie, Dresden
- SAG, Berlin
- SAG, Nürnberg / Nürnberg Messe
- Salzgitter Flachstahl
- Senvion SE, Osterrönfeld
- SGL Carbon Group, Bonn
- SIEMENS, Wegberg
- Spenner Zement, Erwitte
- Städtische Werke Magdeburg
- Stadtwerke Gießen
- Stadtwerke Ratingen
- Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH, Itzehoe
- Stadtwerke Wolfenbüttel
- Starlim Sterner, Marchtrenk
- STORAG ETZEL, Friedeburg
- Straßenverkehrsamt Frankfurt am Main
- Swisscom, Zurich