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FMG - Pilot Plant Upgrade Project and Curtin University - Green Electrical Energy Project

Karasavas, Jeremy (2011) FMG - Pilot Plant Upgrade Project and Curtin University - Green Electrical Energy Project. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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ICON Technologies is a software development company that specialises in measurement, automation, and control. ICON designs custom built systems for its clients using the LabVIEW platform, and combines modern hardware with professionally designed custom software to provide systems that exceed clients’ expectations.

Whilst undertaking an internship with ICON technologies, two primary projects were worked upon. The first project was for Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG), and involved developing a LabVIEW based control system for a fines-classification pilot plant. This plant is primarily used for research and development purposes, and is designed to process batch samples of collected materials so that an analysis can be conducted upon the performance of both current and envisaged control strategies. The HMI for the pilot plant has been developed by ICON Technologies, and has subsequently been approved by the client. The HMI is fully functional, with the underlying code to control user interaction being appropriately implemented. Although progress on the project was initially going smoothly, the project was required to be put on hold owing to budget constraints on the client’s end.

The second project undertaken as part of the internship placement was for Curtin University, and involved the design and development of a LabVIEW-based monitoring system for Curtin’s Green Electrical Energy Plant. This plant is primarily used for research purposes, and is utilised in laboratories and workshop classes for relevant engineering courses. At the time of Curtin University contracting ICON Technologies to work on the system, no monitoring system was in place. Curtin is aiming to have a computer-based monitoring system up and running by the first semester of 2012 so that the laboratory can be incorporated into the course-work for relevant engineering classes.

At the present time, a large amount of the Curtin Green Energy Project has been completed. A test setup has been implemented for the purpose of developing the system, and the system is currently in operation within the testing environment. Functional server and client programs have been developed for the system, and additional features are in the process of being implemented and refined to the client’s specifications.

Upon completion of the Murdoch University Internship Program, both the Pilot Plant Upgrade Project, and the Curtin Green Energy Project are in their software development stages. The Pilot Plant Upgrade project has been put on hold, but is in a state where work can resume following approval from the client. The Curtin Green Energy Project is making steady progress, and is expected to be completed in the following few weeks. Throughout the internship program, numerous opportunities have been provided to apply the skills and professionalism taught at university to real-world engineering applications. The technical knowledge and industry skills that have been obtained through working with ICON Technologies will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable asset throughout future work within the engineering industry.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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