Servelec Controls’ makes a Big Impact at Visualisation Virtual Hackathon

Providing customers with visual real-time data to enable them to make critical decisions relating to national infrastructure is at the heart of how Servelec Controls adds value.  Demonstrating the company’s skills in this area, teams from Servelec Controls’ have been recognised for their submissions to OSIsoft’s PI Visualisation Virtual Hackathon. The groups from Servelec Controls’ Aberdeen office saw off stiff competition from twelve other teams from international industrial IT, process control and automation companies to scoop the awards in the ‘Most Creative Use of External Data’ and ‘Biggest Potential Business Impact’ categories.

The virtual hackathon organised by OSIsoft, creators of the PI enterprise infrastructure for management of real-time data and events, required competitors to develop interesting and innovative visualisations within the PI system for a data set of their choosing and submit a video showing their visualisation in action.

The winning team’s entry in the ‘Most Creative Use of External Data’ category – named PI in the Sky - visualises the real-time flight data of commercial aircraft and helicopters in the skies above North East Scotland. For helicopters it combines that information with flight schedule data from a chosen oil and gas operator. It then creates an event frame containing attributes such as speed, altitude, longitude and latitude to allow the flight to be tracked between the heliport and the offshore installation.

A RaspberryPi furnished with a flight aware USB receiver is used to collect real-time flight data using the dump1090 open source system. A FlightMap extension to PI Vision (formerly known as PI Coresight) was created to visualise the flights using a Javascript mapping tool. This allows data collected within event frames to be visualised within PI Vision. Aircraft and landing points were created as markers using the PI Web API to pull in the flight data from the event frames - these are updated every 30 seconds to refresh the location and direction of travel of the aircraft on a map.


The second team’s entry, which was recognised in the ‘Biggest Potential Business Impact’ category, focused on the visualisation of Call Handling Advanced Performance Stats & Lifetime Analytic Data Yield (CHAPS & LADY). The visualisations created dashboards for representing datasets based on call handling data, call and support ticket volumes and the associated metrics for first line support. The visualisations provide high-level information with the ability to drill down to specific detail. More information about both visualisations can be found on the PI Square community.


Servelec Controls’ winning entries were chosen based on their performance against criteria including creativity and originality, potential business impact, technical implementation, data analysis and insight and UI/UX (user interface / user experience). Following the announcement, Ronald Holden, Divisional Director of Servelec Controls  congratulated the two teams: “I would like to offer congratulations on behalf of Servelec Controls to our winning teams; for both entries to achieve recognition in a competitive field is an outstanding achievement and reflects the skill and creativity of our engineers.

“Servelec Controls is a long-standing partner of OSIsoft and many of our clients prefer PI for managing and visualising their real-time operational data. Our accredited engineers continually strive to keep their skills up-to-date and this is reflected in our teams achieving the awards.”

Servelec Controls has been an OSIsoft Partner company since 2002 and has six accredited engineers who have successfully completed the OSIsoft PI System Infrastructure Specialist accreditation making up more than 50% of all accredited members in the UK.

Servelec Controls is one of the largest independent systems integrators, established with many of the leading automation equipment manufacturers worldwide. Servelec Controls specialises in industrial control, safety and real-time information systems delivering full turnkey engineering solutions and is an industry leader in the design and implementation of functional safety systems. To find out more about the services Servelec Controls provides, please visit, email or call 01246 437600.

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Category: Servelec Controls, OSIsoft, Visualisaton, Real-time Information Systems, Award