Recently I had the pleasure to introduce a webinar featuring Courtenay Pearson and Simon Spurrier from Amec Foster Wheeler Canada in which they discussed their SmartPlant® Fusion implementation. In case you missed this webinar, below is a summary, and the on-demand version is available here.
SmartPlant Fusion is the Intergraph® solution that helps tackle challenges of unstructured information and in unintelligent formats such as scanned documents, PDFs, and legacy drawings (e.g. DWG, DGN), usually in various versions in different locations and systems. While typical for brownfield situations, this scenario also occurs in greenfield projects during handover stages or when information is going back and forth between EPCs and owner operators. SmartPlant Fusion supports the rapid capture of such information into one central system, to identify a master document, and to establish links and cross references, for example, by extracting tag information.
Amec Foster Wheeler creates data-centric deliverables for its clients, which are required for operational use. At one point, the company had a couple of clients with a plethora of documents, even more tags, no correlation between the two, and the need to build tag-to-document relationships.
The traditional approach is to manually highlight the tags in documents and build spreadsheets. This is a huge effort in terms of cost and time and is multiplied as transcriptional errors are made, which require additional verification/check steps. Amec Foster Wheeler selected SmartPlant Fusion as a new tool to help automate the creation of the tag-to-document reports.
A challenge in the project was the data sources, such as a limited Engineering Numbering System (ENS) or decade old documents, as well as multiple EPCs all contributed in different ways to create tags and insert them into documents.
As a result, the bulk of time spent at the start of the whole report creation process was in setting up rules per document type to make sure only valid tags came out. Courtenay walked webinar attendees through this process, the implementation, and issuing the final report:
• Data source impact (integrated solution, searchable document, searchable PDF, scanned PDF)
• Document and content discovery tasks (to rapidly capture the documents and execute the tag extraction)
SmartPlant Fusion requires the set-up of rule files as well as the usual software support and maintenance. However, the processing costs are much lower than the man hour costs for the traditional approach. Furthermore, obtaining the correlation report is quick and easy.
Courtenay went through a lot more detail in during the webinar. Would you like to hear more?
Download the on-demand version of the webinar here.