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Control System (Distance Learning): Control System – Mark VIe Familiarization (ActivePoint™) – Distance Learning


Location: Online

Start Date
N/ANovember 11,12,13,14,15 (2024)

Course Description


Mark VIe Active Point

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.

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


5 Days

Target Audience



Electrical Maintenance

Instrumentation & Controls


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

Control system experience

Computer literacy

Class Size

Maximum number of students: 6

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 basic knowledge of the software tools
  • Use the software tools for troubleshooting and understanding the system
  • Apply intermediate knowledge of the software tools to make site specific improvements
  • Learn the major components of the Mark™ control system (Includes Mark™ VIe and Mark™ IV migration systems)
  • Learn the terminology used within the system and controller configuration software
  • Understand the applicable GE documentation, drawings, and help files
  • Learn about HMI user access and security precautions
  • Monitoring live signal values using the ToolboxST™ software
  • Forcing and adjusting live signal values
  • How to generate software reports
  • Configuring the trend program to view live signal values
  • Learn how to use high speed data acquisition and viewing tools
  • How to review and analyze short term alarm and event data
  • Methods to automatically create a trend file based on a signal change
  • How to trace an alarm to its origin using the controller configuration software
  • How to start the HMI screen viewing software and navigate the screens
  • Understand the procedure to start and operate a turbine from the HMI


Course Content

Lesson 1 - System Overview and Architecture

  1. Learn the history of the Mark™ product line, major system components, terminology, communications, in control and protection schemes, and redundancy options
  2. Hands-on Lab

Lesson 2 - GE Provided Documents and Drawings

  1. Identify the basics of the controls documentation provided by GE 
  2. Instructor Led Example – GE Documentation and Drawings

Lesson 3 - HMI Login, Default Accounts, Default Passwords

  1. Learn the default user accounts to login into the HMI and user access
  2. Instructor Led Example – HMI Login and user accounts

Lesson 4 - ControlST™ Basics

  1. Learn the terminology used within the ControlST™ software and ToolboxST™ application Instructor Led Example – Identifying ToolboxST™ terminology

Lesson 5 - Monitoring I/O

  1. Learn to locate and identify, monitor and override I/O Points
  2. Hands-On Identify and Monitor I/O Points

Lesson 6 - Monitoring Software

  1. Learn the software structure, terminology, and view live values in the software
  2. Hands-On Identify and Monitor Internal Software

Lesson 7 - Generating Reports

  1. Learn the various reports that can be generated from the ToolboxST™ software and their uses for troubleshooting
  2. Instructor Led Example – Generating Reports

Lesson 8 - Finder

  1. Learn how to trace signals in ToolboxST™ using the Finder tool and Where Used Tab
  2. Hands-On Finder

Lesson 9 - Trender

  1. Learn to open the Trender tool, add traces by using various methods, and view live control data
  2. Hands-On Trender

Lesson 10 - Constants and Variables

  1. Learn to identify constants and variables
  2. Make online changes to constants and variables
  3. Synchronize control constant live values and initial values
  4. Hands-On Troubleshooting Functions

Lesson 11 - Watch Windows

  1. Learn how to create and use watch windows
  2. Hands-On Servo Tune-Up

Lesson 12 - WorkstationST™ Alarm Viewer

  1. Learn to use the functions within WorkstationST™ Alarm Viewer to identify and view alarms and events
  2. Hands-On WorkstationST™ Alarm Viewer

Lesson 13 - Alarm Classes

  1. Learn the various colors and classes for alarm conditions. Identify where in software the alarms classes are defined and generate the alarms report to view the classes
  2. Instructor Led Example - View Alarm Classes

Lesson 14 - Alarm Viewing, Tracing and Troubleshooting

  1. View alarms in ActivePoint™ screens and/or WorkstationST™ Alarm Viewer then trace the alarm to its origin within ToolboxST™
  2. Hands-On Alarm Viewing, tracing, and troubleshooting

Lesson 15 - View and Troubleshoot Diagnostic Alarms

  1. Generate reports and use the functions within the Hardware tab to identify diagnostic alarms.
  2. Learn methods to troubleshoot diagnostic alarms
  3. Hands-On Hardware Diagnostics

Lesson 16 - ActivePoint™ Basics

  1. Learn the file structure and how to locate the screen file path
  2. Navigate through the screens to identify signals from the turbine

Lesson 17 - GT Startup from ActivePoint™ Screens

  1. Review the basic procedure to start, synch, and load the Gas Turbine
  2. Learn the major signals from the turbine and acronyms used on the screens
  3. Hands-On Starting a Gas Turbine

Lesson 18 - ST Startup from ActivePoint™ Screens

  1. Review the basic procedure to start, synch, and load the Steam Turbine
  2. Learn the major signals from the turbine and acronyms used on the screens
  3. Hands-On Starting a Steam Turbine