Case Research 1 with Duke Vitality

Case Research 1 with Duke Vitality

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About Duke Vitality

Duke Vitality is a Fortune 150 firm headquartered in Charlotte NC. They’re certainly one of America’s largest power holding corporations. The corporate’s electrical utilities serve 8.4 million prospects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively personal roughly 54,800 megawatts of power capability. Its pure fuel utilities serve 1.7 million prospects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky.

Duke Vitality is executing an bold clear power transition to attain its targets of net-zero methane emissions from its pure fuel enterprise by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electrical energy technology by 2050. The corporate is investing in main electrical grid upgrades and cleaner technology, together with expanded power storage, renewables, pure fuel and nuclear.


The Want for Functionality – Tremendous Tower of Energy (2021)

We first interacted with the metrology workforce at Duke in early 2021, speaking with the metrology director a few new high-capacity LIDAR processing machine. Whereas this was a major funding, the work being accomplished may solely be accomplished on native computer systems, because of the delicate nature of the ability crops and the inferior community connection. It took almost 18 months from preliminary type submission to order placement, attributable to a number of pandemic delays and IT procurement challenges.

Ultimately, Duke bought Tremendous Tower of Energy, a 3D laser scanning workstation with 1TB of RAM, twin Xeon Platinum CPUs, and an RTX A6000 48GB video card. This technique is designed for Faro Scene, Geomagic Design X, Syncro4D, Premiere Professional, Photoshop, Inventor, Revit, Recap, 3DS Max, Navisworks, and AutoCAD. The identify comes from the director calling his present processing machine the “Tower of Energy”.

We built-in a {custom} water loop for the CPUs, permitting them to run at full velocity, quietly, in an workplace atmosphere. This was finally upgraded to 2TB of RAM, after Duke realized that the ever-increasing undertaking recordsdata have been inflicting the system to expire of reminiscence. Upgrading the system from 1TB RAM to 2TB RAM dropped level cloud registration time from 64 hours to 15-20 hours (it was initially 10 hours with 1TB).

STOP allowed the metrology workforce to enter the sphere, take laser scans, load preliminary knowledge into the system, after which begin scan registration almost at-will. This was, on the time, the most costly pc within the metrology division.

Construct 132 – Tremendous Tower of Energy: Laser Scanning Workstation

2x Xeon Platinum 8358 | XE360 Gentle Tube Customized Loop | MD72-HB0 | ​8x128GB D​D​R4​-320​​0 ​ECC | 4x Fury Renegade 2TB RAID0 | 4x Fury Renegade 1TB RAID0 | 4x Gold 12TB RAID0 | RTX A6000 48GB | P2 1600W | 1200W | Core W200 | 12x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 10 Professional for Workstations | ​2x SSD7103


Digital Coaching – DEVR 1 (2022)

About 4 months later, Duke wanted a workstation for digital actuality. They have been engaged on a approach to make use of digital actuality to do upkeep coaching, making issues a lot safer and managed. Security is paramount within the nuclear business, so each little bit helps.

After a little bit deliberation, Duke bought DEVR 1 (Duke Vitality VR 1). This was designed to be a static spec, solely being upgraded as needed. Retaining specs static meant that varied software program and drivers didn’t should be rebuilt.

Construct 147 – DEVR 1: VR Workstation

i7-12700K | Darkish Rock Professional 4 | ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI | ​Fury Beast 2x32GB DDR5-5200 | 980 Professional 500GB | 2x 970 EVO Plus 2TB RAID0 | RTX A4000 16GB | Revolution DF 850W 80+ Gold | 4000D Airflow Black | 3x NFF12 Black PWM | Home windows 11 Professional | Quest 2 Superior 128GB

Buyer Testimonial

“What can’t I say right here. I’ve labored with Chris on a number of builds in my function with Duke. The latest being DEVR and the actually huge one being SToP (Tremendous Tower of Energy). Chris and Workforce at Prime Flight, weren’t solely skilled however took the time to spec and re-spec the machine when provide chain points have been of their peak.

Whereas I do know sufficient about computer systems myself, Having the help and information of Prime Flight there to assist if one thing fails (below guarantee) who can get the elements to us and able to repair is superior. In the event you’re searching for a top quality workstation that may do what YOU need, the way in which YOU need it, and is specialised to YOUR wants, attain out to Chris and the remainder of the Prime Flight workforce.”

Brad, Seneca SC


Increasing Capabilities – Accelerated Design (2023)

A couple of yr after Duke bought STOP, they determined to interrupt floor on a brand new workplace for the metrology workforce. They wanted extra processing energy because the workforce was beginning to acquire extra work, in order that they bought 2 extra machines, referred to as Accelerated Design.

These have been bought pretty early within the lifetime of the RTX 6000 ADA, so we have been in a position to supply 2 GPUs at tremendously decreased price by way of our channel companions.

Construct 194 – Accelerated Design: Laser Scanning Workstation

i9-13900K | Celsius S36 | ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI | ​Fury Beast 4x32GB DDR5-5200 | 2x KC3000 2TB | RTX 6000 ADA 48GB | Straight Energy 11 1200W | Pure Base 500DX Black | 6x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional


True Functionality – The Zords (2023)

The metrology director and I had been discussing constructing a set of smaller-scale STOPs for some time, this was shelved in early 2023. Sooner or later in 2023 nonetheless, we began once more about going the OTHER route. Duke was embarking on a really giant endeavor, and wanted a LOT extra compute and storage. Successfully, a number of methods of the identical class as STOP, plus a system with sufficient storage to carry the ultimate work for some time.

Over ~3 months, we deliberated over designs that may grow to be Tryscannosaurus Rex, Mascanodon, Triscanotops, Saber Tooth Scanner, Pterodascanyl, and Dragonscanzord.

These builds was designed for processing giant actuality seize recordsdata in Faro Scene and rendering animations and large mannequin assemblies in Autodesk merchandise.

Construct 223 – Tryscannosaurus Rex: Laser Scanning Workstation

2x Xeon Max 9462 | 2x XE360 Gentle Tube Customized Loop | SP2C741D16X-2T | ​16x64GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | KC3000 4TB | 7x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 5x Ultrastar DC HC520 12TB RAID5 | 2x RTX 4000 ADA 20GB SFF | HX1500i 2022 1500W | Core W200 | 12x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations | ​SupremeRAI​D SR-1010 | 2x ​Rocket​ 1504

Construct 224 – Mascanodon: Laser Scanning Workstation

Xeon W9-3495X | Liqtech II TR4/Xeon 360 | X13SWA-​TF | ​16x64GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | 4x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 4x Rocket 4 Plus 8TB RAID0 | RTX 6000 ADA 48GB | Darkish Energy Professional 13 1600W | Enthoo Professional 2 Black | 10x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations | Rocket 1504

Construct 225 – Triscanatops: Laser Scanning Workstation

Xeon W9-3495X | XE480 Gentle Tube Customized Loop | Professional WS W790E-SAGE SE | ​8x128GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | KC3000 4TB | 3x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 3x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 2x RTX 6000 ADA 48GB | 2x Darkish Energy Professional 13 1600W | Enthoo Professional 2 Black | 8x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations | ​Rocket​ 1504

Construct 226 – Saber Tooth Scanner: Laser Scanning Workstation

Xeon W9-3475X | Liqtech II TR4/Xeon 360 | Professional WS W790E-SAGE SE | ​8x64GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | KC3000 4TB | 2x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 4x DC500M 4TB RAID0 | 2x RTX 6000 ADA 48GB | Darkish Energy Professional 13 1600W | Enthoo Professional 2 Black | 10x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations

Construct 227 – Pterodascanyl: Laser Scanning Workstation

Xeon W7-3455 | Liqtech II TR4/Xeon 360 | Professional WS W790E-SAGE SE | ​8x64GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | KC3000 4TB | 3x KC3000 2TB RAID0 | 3x KC3000 4TB RAID0 | 3x Ultrastar DC HC520 12TB RAID5 | 2x RTX 6000 ADA 48GB | Darkish Energy Professional 13 1600W | Enthoo Professional 2 Black | 10x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations | Rocket 1504

Construct 228 – Dragonscanzord: Community Connected Storage

Xeon W5-3435X | Liqtech II TR4/Xeon 360 | Professional WS W790E-SAGE SE | ​​4x32GB D​D​R5​-480​​0 ​ECC | 2x KC3000 2TB | 4x DC500M 4TB RAID0 | 10x Ultrastar DC HC550 16TB RAID6 | RTX A2000 12GB | Darkish Energy Professional 13 1600W | Meshify 2 XL Black | 8x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstations | 2x RocketR​AID 840C


Extra Digital Coaching – DEVR 2

A couple of month later, Duke wanted one other VR workstation. As we’d established a design for this want, they bought DEVR 2.

Construct 232 – DEVR 2: VR Workstation

i7-13700K | Lumen S36 V2 | ProArt Z790 CREATOR WIFI | Fury Renegade 2x32GB DDR5-5200 | KC3000 500GB | 2x KC3000 2TB RAID0 | GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO | Straight Energy 12 1200W | 5000D Airflow Black | 6x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional | Quest 2 Superior 128GB


The Workforce Grows! – Alpha 1

A couple of month later, the metrology workforce employed new staff and wanted to offer every technician with a succesful pc. The metrology director was a agency believer in empowering their staff, so Duke bought 5 machines and established a brand new static spec. This order was Alpha 1.

These builds have been designed for Inventor, Revit, Navisworks, Adobe, and Faro.

Construct 238 – Alpha 1: Laser Scanning Workstation

Xeon W7-2475X | Li​qTech II 3​60 TR4/Xeo​n | Professional W​S W790-ACE | F​ury Renega​de Professional XMP​ 8x32GB DD​R5-4800 ECC | 2x Fury Renegade 4TB | GeForce RTX 4090 24GB SUPRIM LIQUID X | Straight Energy 12 1200W | 4000D Airflow Black | 6x PH-F120T30 | Home windows 11 Professional for Workstation


Engineering Wants Assist – MEAN CAD 1

Later in 2023, the engineering workforce wanted workstations for varied wants. We established yet one more static spec (having these presets made it simpler to work with Duke), and Duke bought 6 machines referred to as MEAN CAD 1.

These builds have been designed for Inventor, Revit, Navisworks, Adobe, and Faro.

Construct 252 – MEAN CAD 1: CAD Workstation

i9-14900K | iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX | ProArt Z790 CREATOR WIFI | Fury Renegade 4x48GB DDR5-6000 | Fury Renegade 2TB | 4x DC600M 4TB RAID0 | RTX 5000 ADA 32GB | Straight Energy 12 1200W | Shadow Base 800 Black | 6x NFA14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM | Home windows 11 Professional


Even Extra Digital Coaching – DEVR 3

Concurrently MEAN CAD, Duke wanted 6 extra VR workstations. As we’d established a design for this want, they bought DEVR 3.

Construct 251 – DEVR 3: VR Workstation

i7-14700K | iCUE H170i ELITE CAPELLIX | ProArt Z790 CREATOR WIFI | Fury Renegade 2x32GB DDR5-5600 | Fury Renegade 1TB | 2x DC600M 4TB RAID0 | GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GAMING X TRIO | Straight Energy 12 1200W | Shadow Base 800 Black | 6x NFA14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM | Home windows 11 Professional | Quest 2 Superior 128GB


Via working with Duke, we gained a substantial amount of expertise in LIDAR processing and laser scanning. We realized how essential it’s to have sufficient reminiscence, and the way sure platforms are MUCH quicker than others.

Being a Fortune 150 firm, Duke was in a position to get early-access {hardware} and software program that we’d have struggled to get. Being a nimble small enterprise, we have been in a position to provide the bespoke {hardware} that Duke desired so tremendously. Having an extremely tight relationship with the metrology director made all of it doable.


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