In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) publishes a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow: The International Society of Automation
(ISA) recently released ANSI/ISA 7.20.01-2012
, Fossil Fuel Power Plant Simulators - Functional Requirements,
which establishes the functional requirements for several types of plant-specific, fossil fuel power plant control room simulators. It sets minimum criteria for the degree of software modeling detail and hardware replication, performance, and functional capabilities of the simulator control room operator interfaces. The scope of ANSI/ISA 7.20.01-2012 covers the simulation of fossil fuel power plants typically consisting of boiler, turbine, and balance of plant with steaming capacities of 200,000 lbs/hr or greater; combustion turbine or combined cycle combustion turbine capacity of greater than 100MWs; and, associated or interactive processes. ISA, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a global non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the technology and increasing the safety, security, and performance of instrumentation and automation systems through the development and promotion of national and international standards.