Controls & Automation Services

Controls and Automation ServicesThe GBS Group’s Maritime team provides complete controls engineering and system integration, including design, documentation, programming, training, testing, HMI, requirements validation, project management, and maintenance services.

Control Systems

  • Systems utilizing Versa Module Euro (VME) backplanes
    • Digital, analog and serial Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) boards
    • Communication boards
  • Systems using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
    • Multiple I/O and communication modules

Drawing Review

  • Create control system block diagrams/schematics
    • AutoCAD
  • Review existing control system diagrams
  • Provide comments and guidance
  • Present control system drawings at Design Reviews for customers

Shipboard Testing

  • Create control system test procedures
  • Perform lab and shipboard testing
  • Provide complete and thorough Test Reports with recommended solutions to any test step failure

Shipboard Troubleshooting

  • Provide full shipboard support
  • Distance support as well as onsite troubleshooting with crew/user

Crew/User Training

  • Develop crew training documents
  • Provide onsite and shipboard training

Design/Develop Software Applications

  • Automate systems using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Simulation Environment
  • Virtual Environment simulating ship’s auxiliary, propulsion, electrical and fuel transfer for testing automation software
  • Embedded code for microprocessor based hardware
  • PXI card interfaces for communication via Modbus protocol and hard-wired communication

Human Machine Interface (HMI)

  • System troubleshooting/analysis application
  • Event and alarm application use for warning system


  • Modbus protocol
  • Communication modules
  • PLC Integration
  • Microprocessor based systems
  • Field/shipboard sensors (analog and digital)
    • Transducers
    • Switches

System Scenario

  • Automated logic development for software or hardware design

Requirements Validation

  • Using DOORS Requirements Tool

Object Oriented Development

  • Applications for Windows and Unix/Linux

Programming Languages

  • C/C++
  • JAVA
  • Ladder Logic
  • Visual Basic
  • Other .Net Languages

Configuration Management Tool

  • ClearCase

Discrepancy Report Tool

  • ClearQuest
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