Control/Software Engineering

Systems Engineering Services that Put You in Control
A proven track record

Alithya has a proven track record of delivering control system solutions to the Canadian nuclear industry for decades.

Our unique mix of integration experience, regulatory and cyber security compliance expertise, and extensive domain experience sets us apart from other control system integrators. At Alithya, we not only deliver turn-key control systems, but also integrate technologies, from the control room to the board room, to meet your digital transformation and IIOT needs.

Engineering Solutions Designed for Nuclear

Alithya’s Engineering Capabilities

Alithya has a unique mix of control system, software design, and integration experience. We have successfully delivered numerous mission-critical control system and application engineering solutions using industry-standard technologies from top-tier vendors. We are also CSA N299.1-compliant.

Our service offerings range from delivering turnkey projects to providing specific application engineering expertise.

Real-Time Control Systems 

Alithya has a long history of successfully implementing new control systems, as well as migrating and modernizing legacy control systems for the nuclear and oil & gas sectors.

Alithya’s project teams are experienced in the following areas of modernization: reverse engineering, requirements analysis, replacement hardware specification, design and implementation.

Cyber Security

Alithya has extensive experience evaluating and remediating nuclear systems for cyber security vulnerabilities, and understands the importance of securing digital assets without having to affect critical system functions. This expertise allows Alithya to facilitate compliance with the latest complex industrial control system cyber security regulatory requirements such as CSA N290.7-14.

Training

Alithya can coordinate vendor training, as well as provide project specific classroom training as required to support operations, maintenance, engineering and trainers.

Alithya has nuclear simulation experience and can provide simulation updates.

System Maintenance

Alithya can provide maintenance plans and local support for projects we deliver.

Project Management

Alithya has the proven ability to manage large and complex multi-year nuclear programs.

How we work

Our in-house Engineering department houses engineers whose control system knowledge covers a broad range of control system platforms from many vendors and whose experience spans numerous industries, including nuclear, aerospace, petrochemicals, automotive, and manufacturing. Our engineers are skilled in designing and developing a wide-range of control systems: from Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) and Independent Control Systems (ICSs) to standalone single-loop controllers. In addition, we have experience in PLCs, HMIs, SCADA, data historians and plant information systems.

Quality Assurance

It has been a long term policy of Alithya to deploy independent verification and validation teams to ensure that review and testing is performed with the proper degree of objectivity and to provide a division of labour that compresses project timelines and uncovers errors early.

Alithya has a proven track record of performing qualification of pre-developed/Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software components and related software engineering tools, and helping nuclear operators and suppliers comply with regulatory requirements of the Canadian nuclear industry with respect to computer systems. Our expertise includes involvement in authoring COG-95-179, CSA N290.14-07 and CSA N290.14-15.

Our quality process is embodied in the Alithya Nuclear Quality Management System (NQMS).

NQMS has been successfully audited by CANDU Procurement Audit Committee (CANPAC) and/or OPG against the following nuclear standards: CSA N299.1, CSA N286-12 and CSA N286-05, CSA N286.7-16 and CAN/CSA Q396.1.1, CE-1002-STD (Category II Software Engineering), and CE-1003-STD (Category III Software Engineering)

Engineering Lab Capabilities

Alithya’s Engineering Technology lab serves as a research, prototyping, development, and testing centre for all in-house projects related to computer/control systems and custom hardware. This allows us to provide complete turnkey systems qualified to nuclear standards.

Technical Resources

Simulation software, OPC servers, HMIs, and PLCs are some of the development tools used to integrate software with hardware components. With these resources readily available, Alithya can perform rapid prototyping, development, testing, and integration all on site.

Nuclear Ready Control Systems

We deliver safe, reliable, cyber-secure, nuclear-ready control systems by leveraging our expertise in Nuclear Engineering Change Control (ECC) process, Software Engineering standards (Category 1, Category 2, Category 3), Software and hardware qualification standards (CSA N290.14), Cyber Security standards (CSA N290.7) and Extensive domain experience.

Reliability-centered activities

Our Digital Technology expertise spans from project management and business analysis to system integration, data platform and analytics, and custom application development of systems and applications in the business LAN to CASSI™. We offer seamless integration with ERP, asset management, scheduling and data historian systems key to driving business efficiency. 

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