Georgia Pacific Paper Converting SCADA System Upgrade


OS Engineering completed a large-scale SCADA migration from the initial feasibility study and preliminary design, to the development of the new system, all the way through final startup and commissioning. A powerful but outdated system that was originally developed by in-house staff was replaced using a heavily customized implementation of Ignition software.

The new system was built on a large architecture consisting of more than
ten new virtualized servers, and relied heavily on “High Performance HMI” graphical standards that were developed in partnership with mill engineering staff.


  • Developed a communication architecture supporting more than 150 PLCs and other control system devices from many manufacturers and spanning several generations.
  • Migrated more than 100,000 tags, many of which were packaged into custom data formats
  • Identified and replaced interfaces with business systems, reporting applications, and product labeling and scanning systems
  • Established interfaces with several SQL-based databases and a PI historian
  • Worked closely with mill staff to create detailed graphical standards, documented in a style guide
  • Developed nearly 200 graphical screens, created from a library of dozens of custom template objects, allowing for consistent graphics throughout the facility
  • Created custom graphical tools allowing for rapid classification and categorization of system alarms
  • Worked closely with mill and corporate IT staff to ensure compliance with company IT policies and industry best practices for cyber security
  • Provided nearly three weeks of hands-on and classroom training to operations, maintenance, and engineering staff


  • New system operated in parallel with old system for lengthy, thorough debugging period
  • SCADA system upgrade was completed with no planned outages
Client: Georgia Pacific
Location: Halsey, OR
Timeline: November 2015- June 2017
Divisions: Controls & Engineering
Value: $844,201
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