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With the launch of the new Intergraph PP&M website, we have moved the location of the GetSmart! Blog. Please visit http://ppm.intergraph.com/blog to find current posts.
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Intergraph Process, Power & Marine announces the release of Intergraph Smart Enterprise Portal. Smart Enterprise Portal is a new web-based information search engine that fully supports the entire facility life cycle process – engineering, procurement, construction and operations.
Smart Enterprise Portal allows users to easily locate, navigate (graphically and contextually) and create reports on data, documents and drawings that reside in many different sources without leaving the application. If an object is located in more than one file, a different file can be opened with the same object highlighted. Deep-linking technology enables bookmarking for later use and easy sharing with other parties.
For Intergraph Smart Enterprise Portal users, the primary benefits of this new solution are its ability to link multiple data sources together instead of working in silos; to provide all facility life cycle participants with a way to find information quickly; and the ability to be deployed from project to project rapidly.
“The new Smart Enterprise Portal provides an intuitive user interface that helps connect engineers to pertinent design data quickly with little to no training,” said Kyle Miller, associate applications engineer for Burns & McDonnell. “The No. 1 mission of this team is ‘ease of use,’ which they have artfully employed by using the latest application interaction features that users expect.”
Click here to view the entire press release.
Is your data easily accessible, factual, and up-to-date? If your answer is yes, congratulations! If you are not quite there yet, you might benefit from our free Asset Information Challenges Package.
Recent Survey Findings
A survey by TechValidate found out that over half of the respondents in the process, power, and marine industries spend at least 20% of their working time finding and validating plant information. Moreover, it was discovered that in case of an emergency, only 39% of the respondents were completely confident finding information to support an emergency response.
How to Overcome These Challenges?
These asset information challenges lower efficiency and safety while increasing both the expenditure, time, and resources needed for efficient operations and maintenance of a facility.
The solution is having a virtual presentation of your physical asset, which grants you easy access to crucial and correct information. This will improve your operational safety, shorten your repair cycle, and improve your maintenance efficiency.
Curious to learn more?
Download our free Asset Information Challenges Package here, or contact us directly.
Make no mistake: Cloud technology is the future of the global energy industry. As the price of oil continues to cycle up and down, it is becoming increasingly clear that the maximisation of existing resources must be a major focus for anyone with oversight of capital or operational project expenditure – and you must have an even sharper focus on productivity to achieve this.
Cloud technology – where groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralised processing, data storage and online access to services and resources – offers numerous benefits:
Here at Intergraph we recognised these benefits early on, and committed ourselves to developing a Cloud offering that was uniquely suited to the energy industry. Two years ago, we launched that offering – SmartPlant Cloud.
The missing link
Despite the advantages, our industry has been slow to embrace Cloud. In my opinion, there are two main reasons for this:
I would argue that we have reached a point where both these barriers can be addressed.
Cloud has been deployed successfully and without major incident in many other industries – one example is consumer electronics (Apple, Microsoft, Samsung). The reliability of Cloud technology has improved to the extent that many of the major players in the aerospace industry – which is just as regulated (if not more so) as ours – have already migrated to the Cloud, or are in the process of doing so. If anything, our industry will be playing “catch-up” over the next few years in the path to adoption of Cloud.
We must take two steps to address the gap between technology and knowledge:
This is not just a vision for the future – I am currently working on the launch of a new program for our customers called Cloud Advantage, which is designed to encourage the adoption of SmartPlant Cloud and subsequently to achieve more success with it. In addition to the Cloud infrastructure and technical support services, the focus for Cloud Advantage is helping engineering companies and owners to use the Cloud and our proven engineering solutions in the Cloud, more successfully.
I am very excited to be working on this project for Intergraph – Cloud technology has emerged as one of my passions in recent years and I am looking forward to working with both new and existing customers in the months and years to come.
Cloud and the future
Those energy companies that implement Cloud technology today – while we are in a period of cyclical oversupply – will be best placed to embrace the next capital-investment peak, when it comes. Are you one of them?
The Doing More With Offshore Engineering Data event - hosted by the Digital Energy Journal - will visit Malaysia on 14 October, 2015. This one-day event looks at better ways to understand what is happening offshore, covering topics such as:
The event is organised together with the Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council IO/IT Working Group, with speakers from PETRONAS Integrated Operations and Facilities Engineering Data team. Intergraph's Faizal Mohammad will also give a presentation outlining how our solutions can help you to do more with your offshore engineering data.
To find out more or register to attend, visit the event website.
The first step an owner operator typically makes, beyond getting their documentation into a document management system, is to get all documents linked to the relevant tags. This is still the approach used in the majority of handover specifications incorporated into EPC contracts and equipment purchase orders today.
This approach makes sense from a project perspective, as data is static. A particular make and model of equipment is installed, given a tag location in the facility, and only one piece of equipment with a given serial number will be installed. This approach does not work will for operations.
During operations it is common to replace equipment with another of the same specification. During modifications one manufacturer’s model/type of equipment at a given tagged location may be replaced with another that is better suited for the duty at that location. In both of these cases the documentation linked to the tagged location has to be evaluated. In the first case simple “Replacement in Kind” documents linked to the individual equipment item, such as a pump performance curve or certificate, are replaced by the new equipment’s documents. In the second case, all the vendor documents describing the model/type of the replaced equipment need to be located and disconnected from the tag and replaced by the new documents linked for the new manufacturer’s model/type.
This is a resource intensive process, prone to error and not always done as well as it should because of limited resources available to manage documentation on operating facilities. As a result the original documentation for equipment is often lost or discarded, engineering staff resort to calling vendors to attain the information they need, and historical asset data is hard to locate.
The curse of multiple copies of vendor documents
The linking of all documentation against tags also gives rise to multiple copies of the same documentation handed over, thereby increasing handover cost and complexity. It is quite common for projects to agree to standardize on bulk equipment items such as valves, light fittings, motors, instruments, and many more from selected manufacturers and even selected predefined models and types. This standardization is done to simplify the work of requisitioning engineers, to get preferential discounts, and to reduce the cost of spare parts inventory. In such projects it is the usual case that each equipment package vendor will incorporate documentation for these standardized items within its vendor data books. This results in the same set of vendor documents for these standardized items being delivered from the original equipment manufacturer to each package supplier, for the document to be reviewed by each package responsible engineer and then be linked to the relevant tags within the package and be incorporated into the final documentation handed over to the owner operator. This leads to unnecessary costs and inefficiencies being propagated through the value chain which must ultimately be paid for by the owner operator.
How SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators and EPCs (SPO/E) Core helps eliminate the problem
SPO/E Core simplifies the process by grouping the types of information into three areas, Tag, Model, and Asset. This provides the ability to link tags against manufacturer model/types of equipment and serialized assets. In this way design documentation for an equipment package such as P&ID diagrams and design calculations can be cross-referenced against the tag. Documents describing the manufacturer’s model such as the manufacturer data sheet and type certificated can be held against the model. Documentation related to a specific serialized rotable item (an item that can be repaired/serviced and set aside for re-use) such as pump performance curves, NDT tests etc., can be held against the asset.
When this is done, and data and documentation are handed over in this structure, the replacement of one serialized piece of equipment by another, or switch of one manufacturers model/type by another, just requires the relevant relationship to the model/type or asset be redirected to the new model/type or asset.
Reducing Package Equipment documentation volumes by 60 percent
This can be taken a step further by establishing a library of standard equipment documentation of the standardized model/types to be used on a facility. EPCs and package equipment vendors can be given access to this. Instead of providing this documentation in their final handover EPCs can simply provide a cross reference between relevant types and the model/type in the library which could be provided by a third party content supplier or maintained by the owner operator. The volume of vendor documentation for a complex equipment package such as a compressor can be reduced by 60 percent and the resulting documentation package is far simpler to maintain during operations.
How to implement a new approach for vendor documentation
Whilst SPO/E Core can provide an environment to address the issue of efficient structuring of vendor documentation it is not the only prerequisite. Firstly, a strategic decision needs to be taken to implement the necessary steps ideally during the FEED phase of a project, so that long lead items are addressed and the bid package is defined correctly. A detailed handover specification needs to be prepared for issue to EPCs and vendor package suppliers. The standardization on equipment model/types needs to be agreed upon and a library of documentation for the chosen model/types needs to be established either on a project basis or via a third party document content supplier. With these in place it should be possible to greatly reduce the volumes of vendor documentation handed over and increase the efficiency and reduce costs of managing change on operating facilities.
Interested in how this looks in the software? Let us know!
Tune in to the HxGN Radio episode Pressure Makes Diamonds featuring Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president of global business development and marketing for Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M), about the fiscal necessity to shorten the supply chain and how automating work processes is creating the need for consistent data and higher quality deliverables. (Read the full transcript below.)
Holcomb has an engineering background and previously worked for Exxon and Accenture doing work process design and market strategy. In his current position he sets the overall market strategy and marketing communications plan for Intergraph PP&M. This is a dynamic time for the company and his team.
Intergraph has a long history of innovation. From innovating technology hardware in the 1960s to creating the first successful plan and design system, PDS, in the 1980s, to today. PP&M is leading the way in advanced work package planning for construction, and with SmartPlant Fusion, is managing millions of unstructured documents and turning them into valuable information used in a data-centric work process.
The industry is changing, and PP&M is changing with it. Rather than build another application for another discipline, PP&M is asking “How do we make the whole value chain compress? How do we empower the whole value chain to work together more effectively?” PP&M is focusing less on manual hand-off, and manual checking, and more on automated hand-off and streamlined work processes by:
To listen to more episodes produced by HxGN Radio, visit the HxGN Radio channels on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, or visit hxgnradio.com for more stories from Hexagon’s global network of brands. (Recorded live during HxGN LIVE 2015 in Las Vegas, June 1 - 4, 2015.)
Welcome to HxGN Radio. This is your host, Kathleen McNeil. Thank you for joining us for today’s podcast episode brought to you by Intergraph Power, Process & Marine. In today’s podcast, we’re talking to Patrick Holcomb, who is executive vice president of global business development and marketing for Intergraph PP&M.
KM: Thank you for joining us, Patrick.
PH: It’s good to be here Kathleen. Thank you.
KM: So, can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself and your role at Intergraph PP&M?
PH: Sure. I’ve got a unique opportunity in the job that I have, and I think it’s probably the best one in the world. My background is in engineering. I used to work for Exxon, and I also used to work for Accenture doing work process design and market strategy. So, now my job is literally to set the overall market strategy and marketing communications plan for Intergraph PP&M. So, my organization literally defines all the R&D priorities, all the user requirements across all the software that we’re creating in order to make sure that it fits the market, and we find the right need. And there’s a lot of change going on in the market right now. So, it’s a particularly dynamic time for us.
KM: I’m sure. It sounds very exciting. Innovation has been a cornerstone at Intergraph PP&M and has served as the foundation for some of the smart technologies, as you refer to them. Could you tell us about those technologies that are involved in making plants smart?
PH: Sure. Intergraph has a long, long history of doing this, of innovating in different ways, whether you go all the way back to the 60s when Intergraph was innovating in technology hardware up into the 80s when we created the first successful plant and design system called PDS. And even to what we’re doing here at the show today, where we’re taking steps forward in advanced work package planning for construction, managing millions of unstructured documents and turning them into useful things that you can use in a data-centric work process. We’ve got a pretty long history of that, in fact, internally many people comment that we’re very good at doing things that are complex. Unfortunately, it also means that if it’s not complex we can make it complex which is, I suppose, an internal culture that we have to resist, but we’ve been constantly innovating in all areas for a long time in this highly complex field of engineering and design.
KM: I know that times have changed so much with technology and operations. What are some of the innovations and advancements that Intergraph PP&M has been a part of?
PH: Well, some of the most exciting things that are happening now in the industry – the industry is going through a change. We used to write technology that was effectively all designed to automate single discipline work processes, and all of our applications and all of our competitors. This is nothing new. All evolved the same way, because that’s how clients were purchasing technology.
However, what we started to see is that starting to run out. The opportunity for growth for us is not in building another app for another discipline, because for the most part they’re generally covered. Likewise, the industry is under a lot of pressure right not because oil prices fell in half. And that causes a lot of pressure on profitability. So, the pressure right now – and I’ve used this term before – that pressure makes diamonds, and I can assure you there is no shortage of pressure. The question is how do we make the whole value chain compress? How do we get the whole value chain to work together more effectively? And that’s what’s exciting. That’s really what’s kind of leading edge now. We saw early today comments from people like Bechtel and Fluor where they’re really starting to compress their value chain with data-centric work processes. So, less manual handing off, less manual checking, more automated hand-offs and a more streamlined work process. It’s a change. It’s a real work process change and a technology change. But it’s starting to happen in the industry.
KM: Absolutely. As you just mentioned, the industry is going through a difficult period with lower crude prices and reduced expenditures. Given this landscape, how is Intergraph PP&M helping organizations reduce costs while at the same time staying competitive?
PH: It is tough. It really is. It’s tough out there and I won’t make any jokes about that. It is really difficult. Owners want. They still want to get these projects in, but sometimes the upside – the revenue on the expectations – is not as high as it used to be. And that means they’ve got to get the project in for less money, and that’s really what we’ve been focusing on.
Probably the single biggest area where that can be impacted is in construction. If you look, most studies will show that there’s anywhere between 30-40 per cent idle and wait time on construction projects. Now this is in an industry where around 70 per cent of all projects are delayed and have overruns, and at the same time you’ve got 30 and 40 per cent idle and wait times going on inside the construction phase of the project. So, you might think very simply well just stop all the idle and wait time, and then everything else will be good. And in some ways it is that simple, but you’ve got to do that one person at a time. Investing in the technology to really enable advanced work packaging so that people can begin to make construction as efficient as manufacturing is, is a borrowed concept from manufacturing. Just-in-time materials, just-in-time information – that’s what eliminates all that idle and wait time because all of that can be turned into schedule improvements and profit. And I think that’s probably the single biggest area where the industry is focused today.
KM: Absolutely all about efficiency, I’m sure.
KM: Intergraph PP&M works with oil and gas partners around the world. What are some of Intergraph PP&M’s biggest projects that have been maybe the most impactful?
PH: We’ve been on a host of global flagship projects. For example, the largest manmade floating thing in the world is the Shell Prelude. It’s massive – it’s almost half of a kilometer long that was designed with our software. Likewise, if you saw the video earlier this morning, ITER which is a multinational collaboration to build the first scaled up nuclear fusion reactor. So, it literally will operate at 150 million degrees Celsius, the temperature of the sun.
Those are projects that we’re supporting with our technology, and from those mega, mega projects all the way down to very small projects. We saw today, projects that are maintenance projects that could be no more than $5 million using our technology. And so, as a result of that it’s given us a really great breath to see what’s happening and how we can begin to help the industry become more efficient. There’s certainly lots of automation to do. We’re seeing as a result of our portfolio breath – we’re seeing lots of opportunities in lots of little places, to just shorten up the supply chain, stop manual checking, automate work process, and it’s starting to happen. We saw it earlier today. Lots of the industry vanguards are starting to make real differences.
KM: We’ve touched on the importance of efficiency a little bit, but low risk is also a very big goal for global energy industries. How does Intergraph PP&M approach this challenge?
PH: If you’re doing it right it all tends to happen together. When you automate something, and you remove manual checking processes and manual handovers what tends to happen is quality goes up at the same time that costs go down for the same reason that your average car that you buy today on a real dollar basis is actually much cheaper than it was in the 70s, and it’s much higher quality at the same time. And so, it’s really a win-win in the end for the consumer as that begins to happen.
A good example of that is a new technology we just announced here at the show this year. Master Tag Registry, which is an integration product, forces project people to have consistent tagging rules. This might sound simple, but if you get a few hundred or maybe a thousand designers all working there’s a little – creativity creeps in, and it turns into a bit of chaotic mess later on when everyone’s trying to consolidate that and figure out if this document with this tag number is the same as that document with that tag number. It would become a real mess. And so with Master Tag Registry we can enforce consistency. We can also automate all the tag registers, which is this huge deliverable information product, on projects that used to be done manually. We would have people running around for weeks pulling these together and trying to piece together out of all this inconsistent data, trying to pull those together for the handover. And now we can automatically do that at the push of a button, and that’s great example where we’ve got both speed and efficiency and a much higher level of quality in the deliverables.
KM: Absolutely. Low oil prices won’t be around forever. What do you foresee for the industry and Intergraph PP&M, let’s say, in the next 1-3 years?
PH: Well, this is something I learned while I was at Exxon, which is it’s important to focus on what you can control. The first thing I’ll say, anyone that tells you where oil prices are going to be three years from now is either fabulously wealthy or delusional. Nobody really knows. Nobody saw this coming. No one saw the last downturn coming, and no one knew what the shape of the curve would be going up, and we don’t know that either. So, the only thing we can focus on is helping people be more efficient in their work, making sure that our technology really contributes toward an industry improvement in the deployment and operational capital projects. And so, that’s what we’re focused on today. We’re just going to make people better at what they’re doing, lowering costs, improving quality, improving speed, and the market will work itself out as to where crude prices land.
KM: Definitely. Well, Patrick thank you so much for your time today. We appreciate it.
PH: Thank you Kathleen. It was fun.
And you can learn more about Intergraph at intergraph.com/ppm. And tune into more episodes from HxGN Radio on iTunes or SoundCloud or visit hxgnradio.com for more stories from Hexagon’s global network of brands. Thanks for listening.
In today’s competitive market, profits are lower and the drive to minimize costs is stronger than ever. Demanding schedules coupled with growing size and complexity are putting projects at risk. To put it simply – projects can no longer be executed the way they were 20 or 30 years ago. We must start sooner, plan better, and work smarter to ensure that projects are successful.
Better understanding is needed of the impact to the project when changes occur. This requires more visibility of the design and how the components and deliverables interrelate. When the start-up/commissioning team is engaged early on in the project, they can identify design issues that otherwise would be found in the field. These late changes are one of the leading causes for project delays during handover and commissioning.
Effective punchlist management is another key to success. Too often punch items are not properly prioritized which can lead to a minor issue bottlenecking progress. Reducing the overall number of punch items and properly evaluating them to ensure that resolution is aligned with the overall start-up schedule is essential for a smooth transition.
Finally, the quality of the information used to execute systems completion has a direct impact on the project in terms of resolving questions in the field, scoping activities, number of punch items and non-conformities, coordination, and communication.
We have created a new report discussing these issues - "Completion, handover and commissioning: The ultimate 7-step checklist for faster operational readiness - in response to the ongoing feedback we receive from our customers. We hope it opens the door for the industry to discuss the issues that are commonly experienced during project completion and commissioning.
You can download the report here. We hope that you find it useful.
As many of us know, revisions and new versions are the nature of engineering. Within any given project, vast amounts of documents are generated and need to be managed. Data integrity becomes crucial for both efficiency and safety of operations and maintenance.
Intergraph® Smart™ Yard provides engineering-oriented document management functions that enhance accessibility of information, management of change, and decision support. The solution brings together engineering, procurement, project planning, fabrication, construction, and completions within a single, collaborative knowledge management environment.
Intergraph Smart Yard is chosen by leading shipyards globally, including OceanMight and SapuraKencana. “By leveraging Smart Yard, we have the capability to develop new and more productive ways of working, minimizing risks and delivering projects in a timely fashion,” OceanMight states on the Smart Yard video. To learn more about the solution, please visit the Intergraph Smart Yard website.
Another chance to see real life project examples with Smart Yard is during the 17th annual International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) in Bremen Germany on 29th of September – 1st of October 2015.
During the event, Intergraph will be presenting on the topics:
• How Intergraph Smart Yard leverages the engineering design basis to improve work processes across the project life cycle (Jeff Bashir, Intergraph Singapore)
• How to integrate design and manufacturing efficiently with complete insight and traceability of all information required: Case study of the integration of Smart Production into Smart™ Yard Implementation for piping fabrication (Rachel Yee, Intergraph Singapore)
You can of course also contact us directly regarding any questions about Intergraph Smart Yard, or ICCAS 2015.
Intergraph® PP&M is happy to launch an eVision-Intergraph Workshop on Operational Excellence, taking place at the Squaire in Frankfurt, Germany on 22 September 2015. As announced during HxGN LIVE Las Vegas earlier this year, the strategic partnership between Intergraph and eVision aims to improve the effectiveness and reduce the risk of work processes conducted on process, power and marine facilities.
The 1-day workshop focuses on how to increase HoTT (Hands-On Tool Time) and reduce MTTR (Mean Time to Repair) through improved collaboration between engineering, planning, and front-line workers.
By joining this workshop, you can see how real-time access to digital plant and equipment data can make working processes significantly faster, bringing these benefits:
This interactive workshop is a must-attend for Operations, Maintenance and HSE (Health Safety and Environmental) Managers that seek to reach new heights in operational safety and efficiency. You can view the preliminary event agenda here and for any questions regarding the event, please contact Kristin Wingendorf.
Seats are limited, so ensure your attendance by registering here.
Intergraph PP&M is looking forward to seeing you in Frankfurt!