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Control System - Mark VIe: Mark VIe Intermediate (Active Point)


Location :  Birr, Switzerland

Start Date
BLCNovember 18,19,20,21,22 (2024)

Course Description



Mark VIe Active Point screen image


Course Description

This program is intended for control technicians whose site has a Mark™ VIe control system with ActivePoint™ HMI.  The training will familiarize trainees with the hardware and software components and provides detailed knowledge to troubleshoot and maintain the Mark™ VIe control system and associated equipment.

The course is modular and robust and includes training material derived from actual Mark™ VIe installed systems.  Training is performed with short lessons followed by labs.  The hands-on labs are performed on an HMI computer connected to Mark™ VIe training hardware specially programmed to simulate a turbine.  The labs are progressively challenging and assist the trainees to learn the basics and build up to intermediate skills including alarm and system troubleshooting. Replacing components, ActivePoint™ screen configuration and troubleshooting.

Please note:  This course is instructed with a generic Gas or Steam Turbine HMI and 7FA control simulation.


5 Days

Target Audience

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Mechanical Maintenance

Instrumentation & Controls


Instruction is given in English, therefore a reasonable ability to read and understand spoken English is required (help files and menus in English)

Control system experience

Computer literacy

Must have successfully completed the "Mark VIe Familiarization" class

Class Size

Maximum number of students: 18

Learning Objectives

This course will provide basic knowledge on the following:

  • Gain the skills and confidence to perform system maintenance
  • Learn and document the processes to complete control system maintenance duties
  • Save time when troubleshooting the system and minimize system down time
  • Gain an intermediate knowledge of the software tools
  • Ability to use the software tools for troubleshooting and understanding the system
  • Ability to supply intermediate knowledge of the software tools to make site specific improvements
  • Understand network communication and protocols in the system for interfacing with 3rd party systems
  • Understand Process to identify a signal name from the HMI screen viewing software
  • Learn how to modify signals in the control software to be visible on external devices and the HMI
  • Ability to understand file structure on the HMI and file backup/recovery methods
  • Learn how to modify HMI screen viewing software and navigation buttons
  • Learn how to access site specific documentation from the GE website
  • Ability to replace Mark™ VIe system components
  • Understand basics and replacement procedure of Power Distribution components
  • Learn about configuration of new field devices and how to move a device signal if an I/O channel is damaged
  • Understand procedures for general operation of I/O and control loop tuning
  • Learn how to make permanent control constant, application code changes, and performing downloads of the control application code
  • Learn configuration and maintenance of the alarm system
  • Ability to modify/add signals to be collected in the trip log files


Course Content

LESSON 1 – Viewing & Analyzing Recorder Data

  1. Use the Trender tool to view historical data captured by the Recorder.  Identify the date/time of events (trips, alarms, SOEs) and the values of signals within the turbine during the event.
  2. Hands-On Trip History

Lesson 2 – Capture Blocks & DDRS

  1. Identify the purpose of Capture Blocks and Dynamic Data Recorders.  Create a Dynamic Data recorder to record data based on an event.
  2. Hands-On Capture blocks and DDRs

LESSON 3 – ActivePoint™ Screen Troubleshooting

  1. Learn about ActivePoint™ objects and object grouping
  2. Discover Object Properties
  3. Understand the types of ActivePoint™ Animations (Color Animated Objects, Push Buttons, Text Displays, Numeric Displays)
  4. Learn to identify which signals are used for the animation
  5. Use the Point Control Panel to identify signal names
  6. Hands-On Troubleshooting ActivePoint™ Screens

LESSON 4 – ActivePoint™ & WorkstationST™ Communications

  1. Learn how data and alarms are passed from the controller(s) to the HMI
  2. Learn the function of the WorkstationST™ Status Monitor and how to troubleshoot error messages
  3. Use the ActivePoint™ Point Control Panel to verify
  4. Exercise – ActivePoint™ Communications & Screen Troubleshooting

LESSON 5 – Viewing & Analyzing Recorder Data

  1. Learn to copy, move, align, and draw basic objects within .cim screens and change the properties of objects.
  2. Hands-On Modify ActivePoint™ Screen Objects

Lesson 6 – Modifying CIMPLICITY™ Screen Navigation

  1. Learn the process to add a new screen to the set of screens and modify the navigation button menu for all screens.
  2. Hands-On Modifying CIMPLICITY™ Screen Navigation

LESSON 7 – Advanced CIMPLICITY™ Screen Editing & Design

  1. Draw advanced graphics using available tools
  2. Animate the objects
  3. Use the Object Explorer to add objects and smart objects
  4. Add an event and procedure to a button to make it fully functional
  5. Hands-On Advanced ActivePoint™ Screen Editing and Design

LESSON 8 – WEB Documents from the GE

  1. Review control system documents
  2. Learn about document access from the GE Energy Website
  3. Instructor Demonstration – Accessing Documents from the Web

LESSON 9 – Replacing I/O Modules

  1. Learn the process to replace an I/O Module (Terminal Board and Packs).
  2. Hands-On I/O Module Replacement and Initialization

Lesson 10 – Replacing Controllers

  1. Learn the process and precautions when replacing the Mark™ VIe Controller
  2. Review Hands-On Controller Replacement and Initialization

LESSON 11 – The PDM Basics

  1. View the core and branch components of the Power Distribution Module
  2. Instructor Led Example - PDM Discovery

LESSON 12 – (OPTIONAL) – PDM Component Details

  1. Review the details of the PDM Components
  2. Instructor Led Review Exercise – Review the GE documentation for the PDM components

LESSON 13 – Configuring Field Devices

  1. Learn how to add, move or modify the configuration for an I/O point
  2. Basics of various Digital I/O Modules
  3. Explanation of solenoid output connections and the WROB board
  4. Basics of various Analog I/O Modules
  5. Hands-On Configuring Digital and Analog I/O and Field Devices

Lesson 14 – GT LVDT Feedback Calibration

  1. Learn when to do an LVDT Feedback Calibration
  2. Learn the process to perform an LVDT Feedback Calibration
  3. Hands-On LVDT Feedback Calibration

LESSON 15 – Hardware Details - I/O Modules (Packs & Terminal Boards)

  1. Learn the details of many of the common I/O modules
  2. Reference the GEH-6721 Vol II document
  3. Optional Exercise – Hardware Details Exercise

LESSON 16 – Permanent Software Changes (& Control Constants)

  1. Learn to modify a control constant and the necessary steps to make the change permanent
  2. Learn to build and download Application software to the controller
  3. Instructor Led Example – Permanent Software Changes

LESSON 17 – Editing Application Software

  1. Explore various blocks in the Block Library
  2. Learn the software structure and how to add/modify program elements (program group, program, task, user block, etc.)
  3. Create/change variables
  4. Add and connect function blocks together
  5. Build, check error log, remedy errors
  6. Download and test application code
  7. Learn to make changes to application software and add or modify comments
  8. Hands-On Application Code Modifications

Lesson 18 – Add / Modify Alarms

  1. Understand alarm/event data routing and data flow
  2. Learn to modify a variable & make it an Alarm, Event, SOE, or Hold
  3. Learn the process of adding an alarm/event/SOE to be viewed in WorkstationST™ Alarm Viewer or a CIMPLICITY™ screen
  4. Hands-On Add / Modify Alarms and SOEs

LESSON 19 – Data Collection & Modifying Capture Blocks

  1. Learn to modify a capture block
  2. Learn the process to add a new capture block
  3. Instructor Led Example – Modifying Capture Blocks

LESSON 20 – Configure the Recorder

  1. Understand the purpose of the Recorder
  2. Learn to configure the Recorder to capture Trip Log data
  3. Learn to troubleshoot an existing Recorder configuration
  4. Hands-On Configuring the Recorder

LESSON 21 – (OPTIONAL) – Time Synchronization Configuration & Maintenance

  1. Learn the basics of NTP and devices
  2. Learn how the NTP settings are configured in the application software
  3. Open the NTP status viewer
  4. Instructor Led Example – Configuring the NTP