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2013 | ISSUE 1


Plant Design
for Lean

Low-carbon Energy
How EDF relies on AVEVA technology

Also featured in this issue:

z New levels of Integrated Engineering & Design at AMEC
z The benefits of Four-dimensional Construction
z VARDs migration from Tribon to AVEVA Marine
z How AVEVA technology supports Indias power industry
z AVEVAs acquisition for immersive 3D simulation

Corporate News

Defining the Future at AVEVA World Summit 2012 19

AVEVAs acquisition for immersive 3D simulation 26
AVEVA wins techMARK Company of the Year award 27
New customers 46

Product News
Leaning Forward with AVEVA Everything3D

Spotlight on AVEVA Everything3D

Four-dimensional Construction 30
Opening the Catalogue with AVEVA Catalogue Manager 42

Customer News
Cover story: Low carbon energy from Electricit de France

Integrated Engineering & Design at INITEC Energa 11

New levels of Integrated Engineering & Design at AMEC 14
VARD migrates from Tribon to AVEVA Marine 22
Petrofacs experiences with AVEVA Instrumentation 28
AVEVA Plant productivity with Projectus Consulting LTDA 34
AVEVA Marine exceeds expectations at Kyokuyo Shipyard 37
AVEVA PDMS helps Farnham & Pfile Engineering, Inc 40
How AVEVA technology supports Indias power industry 44

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Flamanville construction site.
Image courtesy of EDF. Copyright EDF Alexis MORIN.
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The Lean Construction

2013 will, I believe, go down in history as the year
when the Lean Construction revolution began. With
envious eyes on the benefits of Lean Manufacturing,
Lean Construction has been a topic of discussion
for many years. But achieving it has so far eluded
the plant industry. It needed a catalyst; a key
which would unlock the development of Lean
methodologies in an industry characterised by
massively complex, high-risk, one-off projects. We
have now created that key and embodied it in the
new AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D), a nextgeneration 3D design solution which integrates
design with as-built construction. In this issue we
describe and explain the significance of AVEVA E3D
as the enabler of Lean Construction.
Of course, plant construction also involves managing and coordinating
the complex aggregation of materials, manpower and resources required
to turn design into reality. Here, AVEVA is meeting the challenge with
a powerful 4D Construction Management solution. At last, the plant
industries can integrate engineering, design, planning and resource
management to achieve closed-loop control of the entire project
execution sequence. The foundations now exist. First movers into Lean
Construction will come to dominate the plant industry just as the leaders
in Lean Manufacturing did in the motor industry.

Its because AVEVA enjoys close

working relationships with its
customers that we can so effectively
anticipate and meet their evolving

For me, no single year at AVEVA has been as exhilarating as 2012 was,
both for the great technology advances we made and for our customers
inspiring success stories. I am pleased to see industry leaders such as
EDF and AMEC sharing their experiences in this issue. And even though
the marine market is less buoyant than it has been, there are still a great
many impressive achievements emerging from our shipbuilding customers
such as STX OSV and Kyokuyo Shipyard. I am sure it is such visible success
that encourages so many new customers to join the AVEVA community
each year.
Its because AVEVA enjoys close working relationships with its customers
that we can so effectively anticipate and meet their evolving needs. And
these needs can evolve rapidly. For example, where, until recently, plant
operators perceived 3D as being of interest only to their EPCs, today
its value in plant operations is becoming widely recognised. For this
reason, we continue to advance our solutions for plant operations with
increasingly powerful visualisation. Our recently announced acquisition
of Global Majics 3D simulation technology will further accelerate this
So 2012 has been quite a year for AVEVA. We celebrated our 45th
anniversary, put in place key elements in our business strategy, created
pioneering new technologies and received the prestigious techMARK
Company of the Year award. 2013 promises to be equally exciting, both
for AVEVA and for our expanding worldwide customer community. Take a
deep breath!

Richard Longdon
Chief Executive
AVEVA Group plc

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Leaning Forward
How AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) will
allow you to spark the Lean Construction revolution

AVEVA Everything3D
Today, Lean methodologies are commonplace
No. 1 for...across the volume manufacturing industries.

Not only have they driven down costs, they have

up quality levels, because
set up in inevitably
days not driven
poor quality is wasteful. Similar considerations
rapid global
long made Lean Construction a regular
topic in the plant industries, but so
reduce time
to deliverables
far the problem has proved difficult to crack.
All this is about to change. Where the trigger
point for Lean Manufacturing was the
development of rapid tool changing, which
enabled agile production with minimal inprocess stockholding, Lean Construction
has awaited a means of closing the feedback
loop from fabrication, sub-assembly and
construction to the design process. AVEVA
Everything3D at last provides this.
Simon Bennett
Senior Product Business Manager, AVEVA



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What does Lean mean?

The one-off nature of capital projects may render some specific aspects
of Lean Manufacturing inapplicable, but the fundamental issues are
identical. The three foundations of the Lean philosophy are:
z Empowerment. This means that everybody, at every level of an
organisation, is accountable both for their own work and for improving
the overall efficiency of the process.
z Eliminating waste. This covers, not only material waste, but anything
which is not directly value-adding, including stockholding, rework and
wasted time or effort.
z Maximising value-adding efficiency. This is the open-ended aspect of
the Lean philosophy. It gave rise to a number of specific methods for
measuring improvement.
The last two mean that there is always scope for incremental
improvement; Lean is not a goal to be reached, but a journey to be
undertaken. AVEVA is now enabling the capital industries to take the
first steps.
The challenges of Lean Construction
The principal difficulty in capital project execution is that design and
project planning are push processes. Effectively, designers and planners
are saying to the production and construction teams do it this way,
expecting it to happen and only being made aware of a deviation when
it is too late to prevent it. Few tasks ever go to plan without active
intervention. In practice, any feedback is usually in the form of crisis
management when something does not fit on site.
People are not empowered if they do not have the means to effectively
influence the process. But by enabling them to take ownership of their
part of the process, the opportunity arises to engage all parts of the
project team with the overall objective, rather than their simply focusing
on meeting the immediate needs of the next customer in the chain.
AVEVA E3D provides the essential foundation for such capability. The key
lies in recent rapid advances in both the hardware and software elements
of 3D laser surveying. Scanning systems have now matured to combine
rapid, high-definition 3D scanning with low cost, portability and ease
of use. There is now a good choice of scanning systems and of service
providers. In parallel, software has advanced equally rapidly. AVEVA
and its subsidiary, LFM Solutions, together provide the most advanced,
hardware-independent technologies for exploiting the considerable value
of an accurate and detailed 3D model of as-built construction.
AVEVA E3Ds pioneering capability lies in its integration of laser scan data
with the 3D design model in the same environment. Combine this with
the ease and affordability of scanning every part of the construction, be
it an individual pipe fabrication, a major sub-assembly, or the on-site
installation, and the feedback loop can be closed throughout the entire
design/fabricate/construct sequence. Design need no longer be pushonly but becomes a continuing, two-way interaction with construction.

A practical process
Although plant projects are highly concurrent, with extensive overlaps
between successive stages, there is, nevertheless, considerable slack
in the overall programme which is taken up with rework and crisis
resolution. Paradoxically, it is the need for this slack that gives rise to
project overruns! Remove the need for rework and one can remove much
of the slack, resulting in a shorter, higher-quality and less costly project.
Using AVEVA E3D, feedback can be created by performing laser scans at
key points in the process. For example, a pipe fabricator can use laser
scanning as a routine inspection tool to verify compliance of an individual
component and make any necessary corrections to the production
process. At the next level of sub-assemblies, however, a deviation from
design may be more serious; one might scrap and remake a pipe, but a
larger sub-assembly could be costly and time consuming to rework. In
this situation, by bringing the detailed 3D scan model immediately into
the design environment, an informed decision can be made as to the
appropriate corrective action. This might involve the adjustment of other
design elements, not yet released for production, to accommodate the
One can readily visualise this process becoming an integral part of the
overall construction sequence and it is likely to be adopted progressively
as EPCs develop workflows to incorporate it. But two additional benefits
arise. First, because AVEVA technologies are highly integrated, the
as-built model may be used in 4D planning processes. This enables more
effective re-planning, to perform a corrective action and protect the
overall schedule. Second, the individual scans may be aggregated as
the project progresses so that the end result is a precise 3D model of
the as-built plant. This can also be progressively reverse engineered, to
create an intelligent as-built model, which becomes a valuable asset for
operations management.
Laser scanning also brings the ability to incorporate into the as-built
model the many small-bore pipe runs which are commonly left to be field
run, and are omitted from the design model. While this may be expedient
for the EPC, their omission can lead to potentially serious consequences
in plant operations. Lean Construction, like Lean Manufacturing, will
bring numerous quality benefits of this nature.
First movers
Understandably at present, EPCs may view Lean Construction with a
degree of scepticism, but it is worth remembering how the pioneers of
Lean Manufacturing went on to dominate the motor industry. History
may not repeat itself, but it rhymes; we can expect to see a similarly
dramatic change in the plant industries. Lean Construction will be
essential to the industrys future, and first movers will gain significant
competitive advantage. This is why developing integrated technologies to
support Lean processes is at the heart of AVEVAs strategy.

Lean is not a goal to be reached, but

a journey to be undertaken. AVEVA is
now enabling the capital industries to
take the first steps...

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Below: Component rotation constrained to straddle bolt holes, as defined in the
catalogue, to reduce fabrication problems.

AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D)

is a ground-breaking new technology
that will take plant design into a new
era. For the benefit of readers who have
not yet had the opportunity to see it for
themselves, Dave Wheeldon, AVEVAs
CTO, takes us on a brief guided tour.

The background to the project

We have been working closely with a number of our leading customers for
several years to understand and quantify the emerging challenges they
face in a rapidly changing global market. It quickly became clear that the
biggest opportunity both for them and for AVEVA lay in streamlining
the overall project execution process. Despite considerable technology
advances, plant construction still remains a high-risk, high-cost, highstress undertaking. Crack the Lean Construction problem and a new
revolution would be unleashed that would transform the plant industries.

Below: User-customisable contextual display of properties on pop-up tooltips gives

immediate feedback to designers.

So how could we achieve this? The AVEVA E3D project adopted two
principal lines of attack: increasing the value added in a projects critical
early stages and most importantly closing the open-loop relationship
between the design/planning and the fabrication/construction stages.
But clearly, we could not deliver a solution to reduce one class of risk if it
increased another risk by being incompatible with a customers existing
PDMS deployment or other commonly used applications. AVEVAs objectcentric technology has enabled us to build an open, next-generation
design solution which can be readily deployed alongside PDMS even on
the same project and work with other industry-standard engineering
and design tools.
Quick off the mark
In the industries we serve, revenue streams can be huge, so every day
saved in project execution offers a big saving to the plant operator and a
competitive advantage to the contractor. Commonly, a new plant project
can take weeks to set up and can involve costly system administration,
so this area was an obvious target for improvement. AVEVA E3D reduces
project start-up to a few days, with a lot less administration, even on
large projects with participants across many locations. Not only does this
accelerate project delivery, it also increases business agility by reducing
project overheads and making smaller projects more economically viable.


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Exploiting design investment

Few things are more wasteful than reinventing the wheel, so the next
opportunity lay in making it easier to reuse existing designs. AVEVA
E3D extends the principle of using a catalogue of standard objects to
the reuse of design modules. A contractor can progressively build up a
library of proven template designs, which can be readily adapted to new
projects, saving time and cost and reducing project risk.

This first release of AVEVA E3D is, of course,

just the first step on an exciting journey. We
are already well advanced with integrating
completely new functionalities...

Making better easier

Engineering suffers from a global shortage of engineering skills. We
cannot cure this problem, but we can at least mitigate it by creating tools
which are easier to use, and with which it is easier to create high-quality
design. We therefore looked at ways in which to make the many complex
tasks in plant design easier and more intuitive. Ideas were inspired
by, and adapted from, other forms of 3D interaction, such as computer
games, to create an optimum virtual world in which positioning objects
is more intuitive. Subtle use of edge emphasis, shadows and highlighting
all of which are adjustable by the user increases the subconscious
understanding of the 3D layout and helps a user to minimise timewasting readjustments.
More important is AVEVA E3Ds support for right-first-time, standardscompliant design. Tight integration between schematic and 3D layout
information ensures consistency between engineering and design.
AVEVA E3D also extends PDMSs rule-based design features to cover more
situations and to explain why a particular feature is non-compliant.
As with PDMS, AVEVA E3D does not prohibit incorrect design, as that
would be to reduce flexibility of working. But, by highlighting the error,
it ensures that it is resolved before design approval; at the same time,
explaining the error educates a less experienced designer, who can learn
by doing.

Above: Iterative comparison of the evolving design against as-constructed laser data
eliminates costly on-site rework.

Tightly integrated drafting functions then ensure that this high-quality

design can be output quickly and automatically as fully detailed and
accurate deliverables, based on the definitive 3D model.
Closing the loop
All these enhancements are aimed at improving speed, efficiency and
design quality in the early stages of the project, where they critically
influence the success of the fabrication and construction stages. But
the biggest opportunity lies in turning design and planning from being
push processes into integrated parts of the entire design and build
sequence. We had already created powerful tools for exploiting 3D laser
survey data; incremental development here, combined with recent rapid
improvements in cost, performance and usability of laser scanners,
provided the solution.
In AVEVA E3D, laser scan models can be integrated with the 3D design
model in the same environment. A designer can work with both the
as-designed and the as-built, comparing the two, adjusting new design
to accurately fit existing as-built, and reverse engineering as-built laser
models into intelligent AVEVA E3D models. Effectively, a designer can
now reach right across the entire fabrication and construction sequence,
validating construction at the earliest possible stage and progressively
building an intelligent 3D model which precisely represents the plant
handed over to the client.
This is a tremendous enabler. What may, at first sight, appear to be only
a useful tool for plant revamps is actually the key which unlocks the door
to Lean Construction. It offers first-movers considerable advantages
in developing Lean business processes right across their networks of

Above: Design Checker captures knowledge and standards to provide automatic validation
of compliance.

suppliers, partners and subcontractors. I confidently expect to see

laser scanners in widespread use at every level, from the individual pipe
fabricators and equipment suppliers to the on-site construction team.
Looking ahead
This first release of AVEVA E3D is, of course, just the first step on
an exciting journey. We are already well advanced with integrating
completely new functionalities, such as the tablet interface first
demonstrated at the 2012 AVEVA World Summit in Paris. This will offer
a new and highly intuitive way of working with a 3D model and its vast
underlying information asset. While the keyboard and mouse may remain
the designers preference for some time, I can easily envisage large tablet
PCs soon appearing on the walls of project managers offices. Visualise
these as picture windows onto the entire project.
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Flamanville construction site. Image courtesy of EDF. Copyright EDF Alexis MORIN.

How the worlds leading low-carbon energy

company increasingly relies on AVEVA technology
Julien de Beer
Head of Product Business Management Engineering and
Schematics, AVEVA

Electricit de France (EDF) is a leading player in

energy technology, whether for nuclear, hydro, wind
or solar power, leading the drive towards carbon-free
energy. EDF is the worlds largest nuclear energy
operator, running 58 plants on 19 sites in France
alone. The company has ambitious plans for the
future: to be the biggest electricity company in the
world by 2020 with 200 GW of installed capacity.

Since the early 1980s, AVEVA Plant has played an integral part in
EDFs design and construction activity. Last year, to further improve
their efficiency, EDF added the AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic
3D Integrator applications to its AVEVA Plant deployment. At EDFs
engineering office in Paris we met Bruno Pentori, EDFs Head of CAD
Department, and Laurent Perry, their CAD Tools Suite project manager.
Safe and reliable engineering
In other industries, Bruno Pentori told us, integrated and consistent
engineering and design information provides efficiency benefits; in ours,
it is an essential foundation for safe and reliable nuclear engineering.
Through the addition of the AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic 3D
Integrator applications to the current AVEVA Plant solution, EDF will be
able to effectively manage the flow of engineering schematic data and 3D
design between all participants throughout an entire project.
Consider the scale of EDFs project engineering operations, and it is easy
to appreciate the need for such effective management. EDF itself has
around 250 AVEVA users; add those employed by all its subcontractors,
and the number is multiplied by three. With so many engineers working
concurrently across a globally distributed project, there could be many
opportunities for errors and inconsistencies were it not for the robust
control provided by the AVEVA software. EDF already uses the AVEVA
Global work-sharing solution to achieve this control, having worked


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Photorealistic architectural rendering of the Hinkley Point site. Image courtesy of EDF. Copyright EDF.

with AVEVA to implement WCF (Windows Communication Foundation)

support to increase system security. EDFs AVEVA PDMS projects are
equally impressive with, typically, over 300,000 objects in the model, over
500 P&IDs and around 12,000 Instrumentation and Control diagrams.
Close collaboration
Given the unique nature of nuclear engineering, adopting any new
software must be undertaken cautiously and requires a very high level of
validation. It is also essential that users of the software are confident in
its performance and reliability. AVEVA engineers worked closely with their
EDF counterparts to configure the two products to EDFs needs, testing
and verifying their performance and resolving any unusual problems. This
programme proved very successful, achieving production readiness within
schedule, after only two iterations. Feedback from EDFs subcontractor
community was extremely positive, with users quickly becoming confident
with the new tools.
For obvious reasons, we need to mandate common software systems
across all project participants, said Laurent Perry. We are very pleased
with the success of this implementation, which is due to its support
among our engineers and subcontractors and to the technical support
from AVEVA. Nuclear engineering is a complex industrial challenge;
we need tools and systems which are part of the solution. AVEVA has
consistently provided us with these for over 30 years.
In order to meet new requirements and to further improve quality and
efficiency, EDF decided to extend the use of AVEVA Plant by using AVEVA
Global, AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic 3D Integrator at the start
of the detailed design phase of the EPR projects in the UK at Hinkley Point
and Sizewell.

AVEVA has enabled us to standardise on a single integrated technology

platform for P&IDs and 3D design. This has already proved to be an
efficient solution, enabling speedy responses to the Engineering
Divisions key requirements, which include implementing modern, userfriendly tools, efficient 2D/3D comparison and open solutions to quickly
customise catalogues and configuration, said Bruno Pentori.
Our AVEVA deployment provides many benefits, he continued. One of the
most valuable is the ease of design reuse, which not only reduces project
cost and timescale, but also eliminates a great deal of technical risk. So,
too, does generating production drawings directly from the 3D model.
We are also able to use the 3D model on site to support construction
work; the shorter the links between engineering, design and
construction, the better, he went on. That is why our technology
strategy is based on integration and standardisation. We are now looking
at closer integration of Control and Instrumentation information.
Future developments will focus on Revision Management, Configuration
Management and Series Management, where we foresee valuable
improvements in efficiency.

Our AVEVA deployment provides many

benefits. One of the most valuable is
the ease of design reuse, which not only
reduces project cost and timescale, but also
eliminates a great deal of technical risk...

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Comparison between P&ID and 3D model using AVEVA Plant. Image courtesy of EDF.

A successful relationship
EDF has had a long and mutually successful relationship with AVEVA since
1978, during which time a series of joint developments have provided the
company with a highly optimised engineering and design software suite.
Some of the applications within the AVEVA Plant portfolio originated
from these joint projects, and the enhanced security within AVEVA Global
is a result of one of the development partnerships involving EDF and
AVEVA. AVEVA Global has been in production use on the Hinkley Point C
project since April 2012. It has considerably improved collaboration with
EDFs subcontractors, who can perform their design work from remote
locations, whilst EDF maintains control of quality and progress. As a
result of such close technical collaboration, AVEVA engineers have a deep
understanding of EDFs technology requirements.
Other areas of development partnership have been typically related to the
size, scale and scope of projects in the nuclear industry. Developments
in PDMS data structures, data management, 3D design, concrete and
structural engineering, and multi-site design are just some of the areas in
which EDF has been involved.
Energy projects with AVEVA Plant
Among many prestigious energy projects, AVEVA Plant was used to design
EDFs 1300 and 1450 MW N4 series of nuclear power stations, and it is
also employed in the N4 reactor maintenance projects. AVEVA Plant was
also used for the design of the first French EPR, FA3 in Flamanville, which
started in 2006. A third 1600 MW pressurised water reactor is planned for

Laurent Perry (left), CAD Tools Suite project manager and Bruno Pentori, Head of
CAD Department.

About EDF
EDF is the worlds largest nuclear energy operator. Today it employs
around 165,000 people worldwide and has a turnover of 65.3 billion
Euros, of which over 40% is derived from outside France. EDF is
responsible for nearly 630 TWh of energy generation worldwide, and
nearly 75 GW of nuclear capacity.
Visit for more information.

EDF also uses AVEVA Plant to design, build and maintain conventional
power plants, such as combined cycle gas plants, of which they have built
several around the world during the last 15 years. The most recent of
these projects have been in Blnod in France and West Burton in the UK.


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Integrated Engineering & Design brings

significant advantages for INITEC Energa
AVEVA Diagrams enables productivity and workflow improvements
INITEC Energa is one of Spains largest engineering
companies, focusing its activity on the construction
of electricity generation facilities. With its 50 years of
experience, it is active in both the domestic and the
international markets. The company has been a major
user of AVEVA PDMS for 3D design for over 20 years.
More recently, the company introduced AVEVA Diagrams
for P&IDs. AVEVA met Sangeetha Narayan, IT Manager
and Alfonso Plaza Prez, Piping Stress & Supports
Manager, to discover more about how the combination
of PDMS and Diagrams is bringing benefits to their
company and their customers.

Bob Aldridge
Head of Business Management
Integrated Engineering & Design, AVEVA

Extensive use of AVEVA PDMS

INITEC Energa is a long-term user of PDMS, explained Alfonso Plaza
Prez. We use PDMS on every project we undertake. This has been the
case, not only since 2005, when I moved into my current role, but also, for
a long time before that since 1996.
The number of PDMS users in our company has increased significantly in
the last few years, largely as a result of the companys drive for increased
efficiency. The adoption has been strongly supported by our senior
management who are convinced of the value of the technology, especially
its ability to improve interdisciplinary coordination.
PDMS is used for the design and detailing of all piping including
insulation, and also for raceway design, he continued. Our support
designers use AVEVA Multi-Discipline Supports (AVEVA MDS) with PDMS
for the detail design of all supports. The main structure and civil work are
included in the 3D model, to aid coordination between disciplines, as are
items such as electrical cabinets and online and offline instruments.
Introduction of AVEVA Diagrams
In 2011, the company decided to extend its use of the AVEVA Plant
suite and to switch to AVEVA Diagrams for P&IDs as part of an Integrated
Engineering & Design strategy, and they have seen many benefits as a

Combined cycle power plant at Navoi in Uzbekistan, designed using AVEVA PDMS. Image courtesy of INITEC Energa.

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One of the biggest advantages is that the product is based on the same
technology platform as PDMS, explained Sangeetha Narayan. Its a wellknown and well-integrated technology. We didnt need to buy additional
database licences, for example. That saved us, not only cost, but also all
of the associated administrative and contractual overheads that go with
The common technology base also means that we havent needed
to take on any additional system administration staff. The same two
people who administer and configure PDMS handle the Diagrams admin
as part of their regular daily work. There was no need to learn a new
customisation language either the product can use the same PML that
is used to customise PDMS, along with .NET programming for advanced
personalisation. As for the users, we get all the training and support we
need from the local AVEVA office in Madrid.
Implementation of AVEVA Diagrams
The introduction of AVEVA Diagrams created the opportunity to look
more closely at our work processes, explained Sangeetha Narayan. As a
result, we have made many improvements, and focused ourselves better on
creating the true integration our workflow requires.

Solar for two new 100 MW thermo solar plants in Rajasthan, India; and the
Parnaiba project for MPX, a 515 MW combined cycle power plant in Brazil.
Many advantages from AVEVA Diagrams
The AVEVA Diagrams concept works well with the way that the company
carries out its work. For example, the process department can take
responsibility for the process data, and the drafting team can manage the
creation of the drawings themselves.
There are many additional advantages, too. Simply being able to
automatically generate and issue a valve list revision every week, for
instance, saves many project hours and improves both accuracy and
A number of automatic checking tools have been introduced to visually
highlight inconsistencies. These have made it even easier for new
draftsmen to become productive, and have resulted in improvements in
the quality of the P&IDs. These improvements are not just in accuracy; the
company has also received positive feedback on the style and clarity of the
P&IDs it is now generating.

Diagrams is very much like PDMS in so many ways, she continued. You
get the biggest benefits when you fully embrace the concept. Sometimes
you get an initial resistance to introducing change, but with use, people
begin to see the advantages and then embrace them.
As part of the implementation, the product was integrated with the
companys existing PDMS catalogues. This allowed the product to directly
reference materials and stock code information and to link to the in-house
procurement and construction scheduling systems.
The system has also been linked with the companys instrumentation and
process systems using a combination of the products existing Excel input/
output capabilities coupled with INITEC Energas own PML customisations.
The net effect is that process data can be easily brought into Diagrams,
and the system can exchange data in both directions with the companys
existing instrumentation system.
Within a relatively short period of time, Diagrams was ready to be
deployed on the first project, for a concentrated solar power plant in
India, with a molten salts thermal storage system. No pilot project was
used; the company was able to go straight into production.
Integration between AVEVA Diagrams and 3D
In addition to integration via the Catalogues and Specifications, the
configuration has allowed pipe data to be directly imported into PDMS
from Diagrams. Now its just a single click to get process data such as
temperatures, pressures, flows and piping classes into PDMS, another
advantage of the Integrated Engineering & Design strategy.
The companys workflows involve a lot of parallel working between P&IDs
and 3D and, to support this, they have introduced an ability to compare
valves, instrument and line data between P&IDs and 3D, further increasing
productivity and quality.
AVEVA Diagrams and PDMS on four live projects
Although it is little more than a year since the software implementation
began, Diagrams is currently being used together with PDMS, MDS and
Review on four projects: Great Island, a 430 MW combined cycle plant for
Endesa in Wexford, Ireland; the Askandra and Diwakar projects with Lanco

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Back row: Manuel Mrquez PDMS Administrator, Alfonso Plaza Piping Manager.
Front row: Sangeetha Narayan IT Manager, Alejandro Rodrguez PDMS Administrator.
Image courtesy of INITEC Energa.

The introduction of AVEVA Diagrams

created the opportunity to look
more closely at our work processes.
As a result, we have made many
improvements, and focused ourselves
better on creating the true integration
our workflow requires...

Above: AVEVA Diagrams in use on the Parnaiba project; above, right: auto-coloured P&ID
showing turn-over packages for construction; right: model of the Manchasol Concentrated
Solar Thermal Power Plant (CSPP) in Spain, created in AVEVA PDMS.
All images courtesy of INITEC Energa.

Advanced automation
One area where the introduction of AVEVA Diagrams has made possible a
high level of automation is in the production of colour-coded diagrams
showing turn-over packages for construction. In-house developed
customisation, using the products auto-formatting rules, allows a
complete set of colour-coded P&IDs to be automatically generated in less
than an hour, saving vast amounts of time.
Fast start for new projects
We can be in production on a new project in a matter of days, said Alfonso
Plaza. On our most recent project, PDMS, Diagrams and MDS were all
fully set up within four to five days. That included the set-ups for all the
individual users and all the integration software we use. This was achieved
with our existing two system administrators, who also had to manage their
regular day jobs at the same time!
Our business is power, and that means that many of our new projects can
get a fast start by reusing data from previous designs, for example, from
one combined cycle project to another. We can copy intelligent data into
the new project using standard product functionality. We share catalogue
and piping classes as much as we can, but these often differ between
projects. Thats not such a problem however. Although in the past it might
take three weeks to implement a new piping class, it now takes two to
three hours.
We will also take the same approach in future, in copying and reusing
Diagrams data between projects. That will undoubtedly give us another
significant cost and schedule saving.

Continual progression for project efficiency

Continual progression is as applicable to INITEC Energa as it is to AVEVA,
explained Alfonso Plaza. Our business becomes more and more efficient
as time goes on. For example, a project that in the past might have taken
45,000 hours, we would now probably execute in as little as 25,000 hours.
The AVEVA technology has been a significant factor in achieving that.
About INITEC Energa
INITEC Energa, head-quartered in Madrid, Spain, has more than 50 years
of experience in the construction of electricity generation facilities, and
is one of the largest engineering companies in Spain in this market. The
company is part of the Industrial Division of Grupo ACS, one of the ten
leading companies in the world in the construction and services sector. For
further information please see

Construction work on the new Parnaiba combined cycle power plant, being designed using AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA PDMS. Image courtesy of INITEC Energa.

AVEVA World Magazine 2013|Issue 1


Integrated Engineering & Design

reaches new levels at AMEC
AMEC is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to its customers
in the worlds oil & gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. The
company designs, delivers and maintains strategic assets for its customers, offering services which extend
from environmental and Front-End Engineering Design before the start of a project, all the way through to
decommissioning at the end of an assets life.
Bob Aldridge
Head of Business Management Integrated Engineering & Design, AVEVA
AMEC has been a user of AVEVA software for more than 25 years. Over that time the number
of products in daily use has grown steadily, to the point where, today, the company has an
extensive portfolio of AVEVA software deployed from 27 offices worldwide, with many hundreds
of trained users. AVEVA products are used from offices spread across Australasia, Africa, Asia,
Europe, the Middle East, CIS, and North and South America, for a wide range of both greenfield
and brownfield projects across industries such as oil & gas, minerals and metals, power and
Integrated Engineering & Design (IE&D)
AVEVA products have, for many years, been a key enabler for AMECs strategy of Integrated
Engineering & Design. The company has recently taken another major step forward in this
overall integration by adopting the new AVEVA Engineering and AVEVA Electrical products
into a much enhanced Integrated Engineering & Design environment and deploying them on a
new oil & gas project.
AVEVA visited Colin Fairweather, one of the key drivers behind this latest initiative, at AMECs
Aberdeen offices in the UK to learn more about their approach to Integrated Engineering
& Design and the way the new products fit into their business strategy. Colin is the Head of
Applied Technology for the AMEC Europe region.

AMEC Aberdeen is a focus for brownfield

engineering in the oil & gas sector North Sea.
Images courtesy of AMEC.


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Taking new tools onto

a key project always
involves risks, but they
were risks we had taken
before. We had plenty of
experience in managing
these risks, and a strong
and very supportive
relationship with

Colin Fairweather, Head of Applied Technology, AMEC Europe.

Photograph taken during a recent visit to AVEVAs Houston office.

The key to success with IE&D

There are many keys to achieving success with IE&D. Good quality tools
that offer flexible integration, a good supplier, one that you trust to work
with as a partner, and a good understanding of how you can improve your
work processes are all vitally important, but these alone arent enough.
Its essential to plan well and to pay significant attention to the people
aspects, making sure that everyone fully understands and embraces the

Why integrate engineering and design?

Colin explained that the fundamental business driver for Integrated
Engineering & Design is to be able, ultimately, to execute a value-added
project for AMECs clients, achieving higher quality, reduced schedule and
lower costs, resulting in improved competitiveness, and winning more
work as a result. AMEC views technology as a key facilitator to improving
their overall engineering delivery.
The AMEC approach is often described as data-driven engineering. This
means that the focus is primarily on the data and the corresponding
workflows. Data flows through the process in a managed way. The flow
needs to be electronic, and, where possible, automated, but the control
aspect is critical. Engineers cant have data changing under their feet in
an uncontrolled manner. Everyone needs to understand the status of the
information they are working with, and the location of the master source
of any particular data set. Managing the data integrity correctly means
that document production becomes a by-product of the database.

Equipment / Package No.
Line No.
Valve No.
Instrument No.
SP No.

TP No.


Develop P&ID
adding all tagged
items, equipment,
packages, nozzles,
line from
connections, line to
connections, in line
components, off
sheet connectors


Upload P&ID
data via XML
Drawing, Line nos,
Line from, Line to,
Valves, Instruments,
SP Items, TPS,
Off sheet

Issue P&ID

ABMS Document
Management Module




Add process
data for all
Add process
data for all
Add mechanical
data for all

data sheets

data sheets

Process Inst
data sheets





line list
Line list





Alarm & Trip



Alarm & Trip


Document Management Module
Process line

TP No.


Add process
conditions to
all lines

Hosting area for

all P&ID data

line data
equipment tags

Tag No.


All P&ID data



What persuaded AMEC to take this latest step on their IE&D journey?
We are always looking at new ways of improving how things are done,
explained Colin. We have a strong relationship with AVEVA and we had
been involved with both the new AVEVA Engineering and AVEVA Electrical
products well before they were officially released. So we knew what was
coming and could see the potential they offered for us to take another
significant step forward.


Equipment / Package No.


Line No.
Valve No.
Transfer pipe spec

Instrument No.

Cable lengths

SP No.

Cables &
equip nos

Create equipment,
line from and to
connections, add all
in line components
route lines, route
cables, route tray,
add steel

Jobcard Module

Clash check,
Datacon check,
Laser model
interface, Multi

Tray cables
misc bulk MTO


Develop all
pipe specifications

Procurement Module

Generate Review and

Review Share models



Pipe MTO

Pipe support



Pipe support


instrument &
F&G drawings



Pipe spec data


Piping MTO

Procurement Module



3rd party

Design reviews

Cable No.
All other electrical tagged items

From AVEVA Eng

From AVEVA Eng

Equipment No.
Cable No.

ABMS Document
Management Module

ABMS Document
Management Module

Procurement Module

Procurement Module

Procurement Module

Tracker Module


Equipment No.

All other instrument tagged items

ABMS Document
Management Module

Vendor data

Process data

Data sheet / schedules

Wiring Manager

Cable schedules
I/O schedules
Loop diagrams
JB term diagrams
Pneumatic hook-ups
Panel terminations

Add all equipment,


Tracker Module

Autodraft elec
instrument &
F&G layouts

Block diagrams
Label details
Fabrication diagrams
Cause & effects
F&G layouts
Instrument layouts

Layouts, Trace
Heating, Cable


PFDs/UFDs Schematics


ABMS Document
Management Module

Tech Safety
Escape route &
hazardous area dwgs

Jobcard Module

ABMS Document
Management Module

Equipment tags

Instrument MTO

and F&G

Block diagrams
Single line diagrams
Interconnect diagrams
Trace heating ISOS
Label engraving and
mounting details

Equipment tags

Add all equipment,



Pipe &
ISO data

Procurement Module

Procurement Module

Integrated Engineering and Business Management Suite as implemented for AMEC Brownfield Projects.
Graphic courtesy of AMEC.

Document Management Module

Manual transfer

File transfer

Electronic data transfer

Deliverable transfer


AMEC Brownfield
Management Suite

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He continued, A new project that was about to start up in the Aberdeen

office had a real need, both for new functional capabilities and for a
higher level of integration. The client wanted to see more efficient and
effective work practices in brownfield engineering across the board,
with a much greater use of data and database controlled environments.
Their objective was to remove the dependency on spreadsheet delivered
engineering. The decision was taken almost immediately that this was the
right project for implementing the new AVEVA tools and workflows.
How did AMEC manage the implementation?
One of the key areas we were anxious to address was a better integration
of engineering data into our existing IE&D solution through better
managed lists, schedules, and datasheets. We saw the new AVEVA
Engineering product as a great way of doing that, explained Colin.
We also had a great experience with AVEVA Instrumentation in recent
years across the company, and we knew that much of that heritage was
going to appear in the new AVEVA Electrical product, so we were pretty
keen to take that on board as well.
Taking new tools onto a key project always involves risks, but they were
risks we had taken before. We had plenty of experience in managing
these risks, and a strong and very supportive relationship with AVEVA.
The first step was to draw up the high-level workflow diagrams, and
identify the key workflows and components that needed to be configured
and validated. The second step was to prepare a full project plan to get
the toolset and the people fully ready for the new project.
The new IE&D environment
The total IE&D set-up has many of the AVEVA tools at its heart, as well as
in-house, AMEC-developed software and other third-party components.
Key components of AMECs IE&D implementation for the latest project
include AVEVA P&ID, for intelligent P&IDs, and AVEVA Schematic Model

Create Line No.





Flexibility is key to rapid implementation

AMEC is a long-established PDMS customer with many in-house
customisations and interfaces developed around the product. Although
this brings great benefit, it does mean that upgrading to a new version of
PDMS is not something that can be done overnight.
The ability to effectively introduce new versions of the Engineering and
Electrical products alongside the established production versions of
AVEVA P&ID and PDMS was a key factor in enabling the new software
products to be deployed rapidly into production.
This ability to selectively upgrade products in a step-by-step approach
is also essential in being able to maintain and enhance the IE&D
environment during the life of a project. For example, explained Colin,
we have been able to implement all the latest enhancements to the
Engineering product, without impacting PDMS. We can upgrade the PDMS
and P&ID products to the latest versions, when and if we are ready to do
so. Although there are some trade-offs in functionality from not being
able to use all the very latest versions of every product from Day One,
there are enormous benefits, in terms of flexibility, which are far more
important in practice.

Load P&ID to SMM

Develop P&ID


Manager to bring P&ID data into the dabacon world of AVEVA PDMS
and Engineering. AVEVA Engineering is used to manage lists, schedules,
engineering data and the creation of datasheets. AVEVA Electrical and
AVEVA Instrumentation manage all E&I data. PDMS is used for multidiscipline 3D design and AVEVA Multi-Discipline Supports (AVEVA
MDS) for supports. AVEVA Schematic 3D Integrator is used to integrate
P&IDs with the 3D design and extensive use is made of the new Compare
and Update capabilities, which are available across many of the latest
generation of AVEVA products. To top this off, AVEVA NET fulfils the
role of Engineering Data Assurance and AVEVA VPRM is used for the
development of piping specifications.



Add Process Conditions



Line List




3D Integrator









Cats & Specs


Route Lines in 3D

Transfer Line

Workflow overview for a Process Line within AMECs Integrated Engineering & Business Management Suite. Graphic courtesy of AMEC.


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Pipe Specs



Project Tag
Numbering Standards /
Project Class Library*


New Tag

New Tag

New Tag

New Tag

New Tag

New Tag

New Tag
Tag Data

Tag Validation in
Central Tag Data

Baseline for
Tag Data
Integrity Check

Model Manager




Tag Data

Tag Data


Tag Data


Tag Data











Tech Safety

Tag Data

Vendor Data
via Data
Tools (Excel)


3D Graphics





Pipe Supports

New Tag
Data Base

3rd Party
(PCD, Mechanical,

3D Design
Clash Checking
Laser Model



Tag Data

3D Model




Tag Data


Project Class Library*

Tag Data


Project Class Library*

Tag Data


Project Class Library*

Data Base to
Data Base Interface

Currently Excel,
Direct in Future

Excel File Transfer

* Same class library

Overview of the workflow for Tag data. Graphic courtesy of AMEC.

Achievements from the latest IE&D

We successfully configured and implemented all the new products and
the new workflows in time to deploy the new IE&D toolset onto the FEED
(Front End Engineering Design) stage of the new project. This began
in March 2012 and completed successfully in August. Detail design
commenced in September, using the same environment, and is ongoing,
explained Colin.
P&ID data, engineering data and 3D data are now all in one single
database environment, which itself is a big step forward. The Compare &
Update functionality, which is widely available across the AVEVA products,
enables us to control the movement of data and changes between the
different tools. As a result of this, our engineers are always in control
of the data they work with but have the ability to check for changes and
inconsistencies at any time. Whenever they decide to accept changes that
impact their own scope of work, they simply select the required changes
and the data is moved electronically.
The ability to configure and customise products like AVEVA Engineering
to suit our project has been very important and we have been able to
generate all the deliverables we need. The integration of the systems
also means that we can generate new types of status, completeness and
consistency reports, that couldnt previously be produced. Each of these
contributes to improving control, quality and progress measurement.
We have also received positive feedback about the new Electrical product
from the electrical team. They especially like how easy it is to use.
Example benefits
Take a simple case, Colin continued, Something like a Process Line List,
which we now manage in the new AVEVA Engineering product. It contains
a lot of data that originates on the P&IDs, but it also has data which is
added by the Process Department and the Piping and Stress teams. On
our latest project, the process line list can now source data directly from
the P&IDs. Thats between 35% and 40% of the data, which is populated

electronically. In the past they would have been re-entering this data
with less control and very time-consuming additional checking. All of
this can now be automated or eliminated. It saves time and money, and
improves quality and accuracy.
The same is true throughout the workflow. P&ID and Line List data can
be fed into downstream systems and used to populate or update other
systems such as PDMS for 3D design. The process data that appears on our
piping isometrics and on our datasheets is the same data that appears on
the P&ID and Process Line List. These are just a few examples of the many
benefits we can achieve for our clients.
The people aspect is critical
Going into production with a new IE&D set-up is not just about the
technology. The people aspect is every bit as important. Its an area
where AMEC has focused a great deal of attention. One of the key things,
Colin explained, is to make sure that the teams understand the systems
they are using, the overall workflows and their role within this process.
Meeting the needs of the users is addressed in a number of different
ways. Simple, one-page documents are created to explain the role
of each of the key tools on the project. Alongside these, PowerPoint
presentations are produced that show the major workflows for each of
the major project items, such as process lines, equipment, instruments,
valves, cables and electrical items. AMEC has also developed a suite
of Computer Based Training material which explains the full IE&D
environment, to assist in the onboarding of new project personnel.
This enables the most important workflows and the roles of each product
to be quickly and easily explained to the project team. Its incredibly
important if you are to successfully introduce new processes and
technology, added Colin. Its also essential to successfully growing the
project team without losing control or efficiency, and ensuring that new
personnel do things The AMEC Way.

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Global coordination
AMEC is very much a global organisation, and it is able to
exploit this in the way that it validates and applies new
technology onto its projects.
The latest IE&D infrastructure is being deployed from
the Aberdeen office on brownfield oil & gas engineering
projects, but this is far from an isolated activity. Other
parts of the organisation are closely monitoring the
success of the new products and workflows and will be
able to rapidly learn from, and emulate, the success of
This approach has become a virtual standard for
the introduction of technology at AMEC, who have a
long history of successfully pioneering new software
solutions. For example, when AVEVA Instrumentation
was new, much of the pioneering work with the product
was carried out by the office in Oakville, Canada. The
newly developed skill base in Oakville was able to pass on
their knowledge and experience and support the wider
deployment of the software in other offices and sectors.
The approach reduces risk, accelerates learning and
fosters the uptake of new technologies to the benefit of
the entire global organisation.
The Future
Integrated Engineering & Design is a journey we have
been on for a long time, explained Colin. In practice, its
a never-ending journey. We need to continuously evolve
our solution set and workflows to exploit the benefits of
emerging technology and to make sure we learn from our
experiences with past projects. As part of this, we will
continue to work closely with AVEVA to help drive forward
new generations of technology.
As you read this article, AMEC is now actively
evaluating the capabilities of the recently released
AVEVA Everything3D.

Amec Document Number


Client Document Number

System 14





Line Number







P&ID Number














Temp (oC)

Press (Barg)













Sheet 2 of 3


Temp (oC)

Press (Barg)




Line Description

NB Service
Number Number








Class Temp
Category Category




HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2

HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2

HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2
HOLD 1&2

Process Line List generated in AVEVA Engineering. Much of the data is populated
electronically, directly from the P&IDs. Graphic courtesy of AMEC.

Valve List Data Completeness Report

Valve List Module

Completed Valves

Valve Tag

Line Number


Valve Fields

Line Fields








Example Valve attribute completeness report. Graphic courtesy of AMEC.

























































About AMEC
AMEC is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering
and project management services to its customers in
the worlds oil & gas, minerals and metals, clean energy,
environment and infrastructure markets. With annual
revenues of some 3.3 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and
maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers
and employs over 29,000 people in around 40 countries
worldwide. For more information, visit








































Example Line attribute completeness report. Graphic courtesy of AMEC.

Integrated Engineering & Design is a journey we have been on for a long time. In practice,
its a never-ending journey. We need to continuously evolve our solution set and workflows
to exploit the benefits of emerging technology and to make sure we learn from our
experiences with past projects. As part of this, we will continue to work closely with
AVEVA to help drive forward new generations of technology...


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Summit 2012
the Future
With a theme of Defining the Future, the 2012 AVEVA
World Summit was like no other Summit in the past. It
was the first time that AVEVA had organised the Summit
as a single global event. This was a direct result of
customer input. In last years survey many delegates
requested an environment that would allow them to
gather insight and input from their industry colleagues
around the globe. The fresh new approach proved
extremely popular, attracting just over 350 participants
from 38 countries. The high demand for delegate places
was a pleasant surprise for our event management team,
stretching the capacity limits of the Marriot Conference
Centre in Paris.

Steve Tongish
VP Marketing, AVEVA

Two major product launches

But the surprises didnt stop there, AVEVA was pleased to use this
years Summit to announce the greatly anticipated arrival of two new
technologies AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D) and AVEVA Enterprise
Resource Management (AVEVA ERM). These exciting new products were
launched with a great fanfare on the opening morning of the Summit, in
front of a packed house.
AVEVA E3D is the cornerstone in AVEVAs strategy to deliver Plant Design
for Lean Construction and it certainly captured the imagination of
the delegates. Exciting new 3D graphics and an easy-to-user interface
have been combined with advanced drafting functionality and tightly
integrated laser scanning capabilities (to name only a few features),
creating a truly unique new product. After the announcement, a special
AVEVA E3D demonstration room was opened during the breaks,
where people were given a detailed overview of the capabilities
of the product. AVEVA E3D will enable our customers to
Define the Future of Plant Design within their own

Highlights from the 2012 Summit


First global AVEVA World Summit

Customer speakers from around the world
Launch of AVEVA Everything3D
Launch of AVEVA Enterprise Resource Management
Product demonstrations for AVEVA Everything3D
Mobile and touch screen concepts demonstrated
Dave Wheeldon,
CTO and Head of Engineering
& Design Systems, AVEVA.

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Richard Longdon,

I have been with AVEVA for more than 25 years

and this is arguably the most exciting time to be
working for the company. The launch of AVEVA E3D and
AVEVA ERM are major achievements for AVEVA and we believe they
offer fantastic value for our customers. In combination with our 45year anniversary, 2012 will be remembered as a year of accomplishments; the
Summit was the ideal place to share our success with customers and partners...
Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA

A further demonstration of AVEVA innovation was the release of AVEVA

ERM, which is the next generation solution for the AVEVA MARS and
AVEVA VPRM products. The new AVEVA ERM is composed of four modules:
Materials, Planning, Production and Catalogue Manager. Based on the
AVEVA MARS marine production solution, the new AVEVA ERM product
has been expanded to support plant construction projects. Like AVEVA
E3D, AVEVA ERM is sporting a new user interface, and flexible deployment
options allow customers to select only the modules that are required for
their organisation. AVEVA ERM is a very scalable solution with multiproject capabilities, supporting end-to-end asset lifecycles.
Excellent customer speakers
This years Summit programme included 17 customer presentations
covering a wide variety of topics. The post-event survey shows that
delegates were particularly impressed with the sessions given by
Shell, AMEC, Jacobs, Worley Parsons and Pyry. The Shell presentation
provided an excellent overview of Shells 25-year history with AVEVA,
explaining the very impressive evolution of its deepwater offshore oil
& gas projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Jacobs focused on its use of laser
scanning applications for brownfield operations, and AMEC provided an
overview of their Integrated Engineering & Design approach (see the
AMEC article on page 14). Worley Parsons shared the development of its
progress-measuring system used for offshore project management, and
Pyry challenged AVEVA to deliver innovation and solutions that focus on
improving project and operational efficiency.

An introduction to AVEVA Bocad

AVEVA also took the opportunity to present the new AVEVA Bocad
products, giving many of the delegates their first view of the recently
acquired steel fabrication solutions. The new family of products now
includes AVEVA Bocad Steel, AVEVA Bocad Offshore and AVEVA Bocad
Onshore. As the names imply, the different products provide steel
capabilities specific to onshore and offshore design and fabrication
requirements. Two well-attended sessions gave delegates an excellent
overview of the history and capabilities of the AVEVA Bocad products.
An effective agenda format
As in previous years, the format of the agenda alternated between a
single common session for everyone and a two-track programme that
provided industry-specific material. There were special tracks for Plant
and Marine subjects, as well as sessions for EPCs and Owner Operators.
Session topics included Enterprise Resource Management, Information
Management for Owner Operators, Information Management for CAPEX
projects and Enterprise Asset Management. Over the years, delegates
have consistently commented on the value of networking with colleagues
in the industry, so the agenda was structured to provide plenty of time for
introductions and informal conversations. There was ample time provided
at breaks and lunch, not to mention the 45-year anniversary reception
the evening before the Summit began and a Gala Dinner on the first

2012 Summit Customer Speakers

AMEC United Kingdom
Capgemini France
Ghenova Spain
GMI S.A. Ingenieros Consultores Peru
Guangxin Shipbuilding (GSHI) China
Jacobs USA
Kyokuyo Shipbuilding Japan
Lockheed Martin USA
Petrofac United Arab Emirates


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Petrofac Engineering Services Malaysia

Pyry Finland
PT Rekayasa Indonesia
Samsung Heavy Industries Korea
SEFT Turkey
Shell USA
Technip France
WorleyParsons USA

Robert Samudio, Jr.,

Global Design Drafting
Manager, Shell
Exploration & Production.

This years Summit programme included 17 customer

presentations covering a wide variety of topics. The postevent survey shows that delegates were particularly impressed
with the sessions given by Shell, AMEC, Jacobs, Worley Parsons and
Pyry. The Shell presentation provided an excellent overview of Shells
25-year history with AVEVA, explaining the very impressive evolution of its
deepwater offshore oil & gas projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the breaks, delegates were also kept busy chatting with our Summit
technology sponsors from Faro, Hi-CAD, Leica, Sigma, Techviz and
Trimble. As part of AVEVAs mobile technology development activities,
there was a 65-inch touch screen monitor available for everyone to
have some fun with. This very popular device was running a couple of
example applications that provided people with a chance to experiment
with the operation of the touch screen and provide their feedback on
the type of mobile applications they would like to see implemented for
their business. The big touch screen complemented the opening keynote
session from Microsoft in which they presented their own mobile and
cloud strategies, and explained how AVEVA and Microsoft are working
together to launch exciting new applications based on this technology in
the future. It was a very interesting view of what AVEVA customers might
expect to see coming in the not-too-distant future.
Looking into the future
The Summit came to a close with a final session from AVEVAs CTO, Dave
Wheeldon. His AVEVA Future Technology Roadmap has become an eagerly
awaited presentation. It provided insights into what AVEVA is developing
for the future but, just as important, the vision that lies behind AVEVAs
investment in technology and what AVEVA believes this will mean to our
customers in the future.

The AVEVA World Summit 2012 was a high energy event. With a truly
international delegation, exciting new product announcements,
compelling lessons shared by customers and a view of a collective
technology future, there was certainly something for everyone. The
Summit is proving to be a very valuable gathering for senior and
mid-level management across all of AVEVAs customers, and we plan to
maintain a similar programme for 2013. The 2013 AVEVA World Summit
will be held in Boston, so if you missed the 2012 Summit, youll have
plenty of time to make arrangements to join us this year.

To find out more about the

AVEVA World Summit, visit:

Join us in Boston for the AVEVA World Summit 2013!

AVEVA is very pleased to announce that Boston will be the
exciting venue for the 2013 AVEVA World Summit held in
late October. This popular global event brings together
management teams for EPCs, Owner Operators and
Shipbuilders from around the world to share
success stories and strategies that address
our future business challenges.
Details on the 2013 AVEVA World
Summit can be found at

David Fox, Photographer

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Flexibility in production and resourceutilisation

is the key concept in VARDs business
VARD migrates from Tribon to AVEVA Marine as they
deploy AVEVA technology in nine global shipyards

Magnus Feldt
Editor, AVEVA World Magazine
Vessels numbers 761 and 762, two supply vessels of VARD
of of


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VARD is a major global shipbuilder with an impressive track record in the

construction of complex and highly customised offshore and specialised
vessels for the fast-growing offshore oil industry. They operate nine
shipyards in Norway, Romania, Brazil and Vietnam, and they have
deployed AVEVA Marine at their shipyards around the world as the first
step in their long-term plan to further improve productivity.
VARDs headquarters and their in-house conceptual and basic design
company, VARD Design, are located in lesund, a busy port and
commercial town in western Norway. The town, which is at the centre of
Norways shipbuilding industry, is Norways fisheries capital, and one
of the worlds largest export harbours for dried cod. At lesund airport
we already had our first glimpse of the prestigious VARD brand. In the
arrivals hall there is an impressive model of the platform supply vessel Far
Solitaire, built by VARD Langsten in Norway for Farstad Shipping. The ship
was elected Norways Ship of the Year 2012. This years award marks the
seventh time since 2000 that a vessel built by VARD has been awarded this
prestigious title.
In the headquarters we met Stig Sandanger Riise, Senior Vice President,
Technology & Engineering, and Ronny Grytten, System Manager 3D
VARD offers a wide range of offshore and specialised vessels, especially
in the high-end, complex vessel sector with significant customer-specific
adaptations, said Stig Sandanger Riise. Our designs for Offshore Service
Vessels (OSVs) offer a flexible configuration which makes it possible
for the ship owner to make a late final selection of on-board equipment
and systems for the vessels specific mission. We cooperate closely with
ship owners and we often have to meet demands from them for late
modification in the design stage and often even during the fabrication
He went on, Our strategically located shipyards enable VARD to meet
every need of a diverse and sophisticated global customer base. These
shipyards all use AVEVA Marine for the design and production of every
type of vessel.
Effective project execution model
VARD operates nine shipbuilding facilities, with a further shipyard in
Brazil under development. They deliver vessels more rapidly and keep
costs competitive by building where it is most cost- and time-effective.

This is made possible by their effective project execution model for

cooperation between their yards and their subcontractors.
All the groups projects are organised by their highly skilled and
experienced project team. For vessels delivered from Norway, the hull
construction takes place at the companys shipyards in Romania and
the hulls are then towed to whichever yard in Norway is responsible for
the project. Here, final outfitting, commissioning and final tests are
performed before the vessel is delivered to the ship owner.
In our long-term plan to improve productivity, we identified an important
need for a shipbuilding system handling distributed engineering and
with a tighter integration between the hull and outfitting disciplines,
Stig Sandanger Riise told us.
Evaluation process
During the evaluation process, he continued, we did not focus only on
functions and features. Our perspective was wider, concentrating on
issues such as support for concurrent engineering, to allow our engineers
and designers in all design and production disciplines and on all multiple
sites to work concurrently on the same ship model database. It was also
important that the new system should be in use worldwide, and that we
could easily hire external engineering services anywhere in the world.
Another important issue was that the hull and outfitting disciplines
should be fully integrated. The vendors future development plans and
visions were also an important aspect.
In January 2011, VARD chose the full AVEVA Marine solution, because
it was considered to be the best option that could address their
requirements. The solution, combining AVEVA Marine and AVEVA Global,
supports efficient multi-site engineering and design processes from early
and basic design, through detailed hull and outfitting design, to the
automatic creation of manufacturing data and drawing documents. At
that time, Tribon Hull from AVEVA was used at some of their shipyards,
but the outfitting system was from another vendor.

Today AVEVA Marine

and AVEVA Global have
been implemented in
all our shipbuilding
facilities. We are
currently building
twelve vessels designed
From left, Stig Sandanger Riise, Senior Vice President, Technology & Engineering, and Ronny Grytten, System Manager
3D Outfitting.

with AVEVA Marine...

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Ronny Grytten continued, We migrated to the hull applications of AVEVA

Marine after an upgrade course of only a few days. We found the hull
applications easy to start working with, as many features were similar to
the hull applications in Tribon.

Improved production flexibility

Stig Sandanger Riise explained that they have improved and reduced
engineering design and construction time, shortening the lead time. And
fewer design errors mean increased quality.

The outfitting application in AVEVA Marine was a new application for

us, he went on. After a few weeks on-site training held at the yards
and at the engineering office, an outfitting pilot project was carried
out. This pilot project showed us that the outfitting system fulfilled
our expectations. We encountered some challenges with a few missing
production features in the outfitting application. AVEVA has an open
approach and responded quickly to our demands, and these features have
now been added to the application.

Many factors are pointing in the right direction, he went on, but we are
not yet satisfied. To improve productivity is a long-term and continuous
process. For example, we are now going to use common component
catalogues at our different sites. And we will further streamline design
and production processes at the various shipyards to optimise flows.
Any of the shipyards can then be selected for construction. By
implementing the AVEVA Marine solution we have started a process of
creating structured ship model data that can be used throughout the
VARD group for efficient design and production.

Today AVEVA Marine and AVEVA Global have been implemented in all our
shipbuilding facilities. We are currently building twelve vessels designed
with AVEVA Marine. The first of these twelve to be delivered is our vessel
number 761, a platform supply vessel of VARD PSV 09 design, which left
Tulcea Shipyard in September 2012 for final commissioning and tests at
VARD Sviknes in Norway.


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About VARD
VARD, together with its subsidiaries, is one of the major global designers
and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels used in the offshore
oil and gas exploration and production and oil services industries.
Headquartered in Norway and with approximately 9,500 employees,

VARD operates ten strategically located shipbuilding facilities, including

five in Norway, two in Romania, two in Brazil and one in Vietnam.
VARDs long shipbuilding traditions, cutting-edge innovation and
technology coupled with its global operations ensure access to the
fastest growing oil exploration markets. The companys expertise and
track record in constructing complex and highly customized offshore and
specialized vessels have earned it recognition from industry players and
enabled it to build strong relationships with its customers.
VARD was listed on the Main Board of Singapore Exchange (SGX) on 12
November 2010. On 13 March 2013, Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A., a wholly
owned subsidiary of Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., owned
55.63% of the shares in VARD, inclusive of a 50.75% stake acquired
on 23 January 2013 from former majority shareholder STX Europe.
Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, Fincantieri is one of the worlds largest
shipbuilding groups and has, over its 200 years of maritime history,
built more than 7,000 vessels.
Visit for more information.

Vessel number 761, a platform supply vessel of VARD PSV 09 design, at Tulcea Shipyard.
Photograph courtesy of Bogdan Vasilescu.

VARDs headquarters and their in-house conceptual and basic

design company, VARD Design, are located in lesund, a busy
port and commercial town in western Norway. lesund lies on
the islands of Nrvy, Aspy and Hessa, far out in the coastal
fringe of tiny islands and reefs. It is Norways principal fishing
port, with fish-processing plants, as well as shipyards and
furniture factories. After a great fire in 1904 destroyed almost
all the towns old timber houses, it was rebuilt in stone and
concrete, and has many Art Nouveau house-fronts dating from
that period. Photograph courtesy of Jan Plottke.

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AVEVAs Latest Acquisition

for Immersive 3D Simulation
AVEVA is delighted to provide AVEVA World
Magazine readers with an exclusive introduction to
the latest addition to our AVEVA family. On the 14th
of December, 2012 we completed the acquisition
of assets relating to the advanced visualisation
and simulation software of Global Majic Software,
Inc. (GMS). GMSs software will be used to support
AVEVAs growing simulation offering for plant Owner
Operators. Their highly skilled team will become a
part of AVEVAs simulation development programme
to deliver world-class 3D interactive virtual
environments to our customers.
Les Elby
VP Business Strategy, AVEVA

GMS was founded in 1994 on a fundamental principle of providing

simplicity and quality software solutions to its customers. Today, GMS has
become a successful business with a core competency in immersive virtual
3D simulation capabilities. GMSs industry-proven simulation products
complement AVEVAs existing visualisation technology by providing
an environment that enables virtual access to plant facilities for the
purposes of inspection, training and maintenance review, minimising the
need to expose staff to on-site hazards.
We have many years experience creating high-quality virtual
environments for clients who need to safely train and familiarise staff on
dangerous or difficult-to-access sites, said Gary Hufford, CEO of Global
Majic Software Inc. When AVEVA first approached us and suggested
we join them, we immediately recognised the exciting benefits that
we can offer to our joint customers. We share the same vision about
the increasingly important role that virtual environments will play in
enhancing asset performance and reducing operational risk, and we
look forward to bringing our products to AVEVAs customers.

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The acquisition forms part of a carefully thought-out strategy

that allows AVEVA to offer its customers a fantastic lifecycle
story through a well-integrated set of solutions. With AVEVA
PDMS and AVEVA Everything3D we have the industrys
leading 3D design software. For customers running assets
which pre-date the 3D design era, our laser technology makes
it possible to cost-effectively create as-built 3D models of
existing facilities.
The simulation capabilities brought to AVEVA by GMS will
enable our customers to derive even greater value from their
software assets by using them to help train contractors and
staff in a highly realistic virtual environment, away from the
dangers of on-site working. This virtual environment, coupled
with a rich platform of asset information served up through
AVEVA NET, gives the operator access to their complete
digital assets.
Plant Owner Operators are increasingly looking at software
to help innovate, improve safety and generate efficiencies,
added Derek Middlemas, COO and Head of Enterprise
Solutions, AVEVA. Our customers have a business imperative
to understand every aspect of their operating assets. The GMS
software, in combination with our own technology, will provide
a vastly improved simulation experience enabling a reduction
in the number of people exposed to hazardous on-site working
environments, while improving operational efficiency.
We look forward to showing you more about our new
simulation capabilities during 2013.

Motion of objects and machinery can be simulated using data logs or key-frame

Dynamic lighting and cameras provide engaging and informative scenarios for
training and event analysis.

AVEVA wins techMARK

Company of the Year
To round off a wonderful 2012, in its 45th year AVEVA was
crowned techMARK Company of the Year.
techMARK is a specialist segment of the main London stock market,
focusing on innovative technology companies. Its annual Company
of the Year award recognises a company that has harnessed its
technological achievements and produced sound commercial and
financial success. Other judging criteria include: that the company is
well managed, has outstanding long-term growth potential, a sound
strategy and can build shareholder value. AVEVA beat competition
from the software, manufacturing and engineering sectors at the
event held in London. Another winner of one of the eight coveted
awards was fellow Cambridge headquartered company, ARM.
I am honoured to receive this award on behalf of the global AVEVA
team, who have achieved outstanding technical and business
milestones over the last 45 years, said Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA.

Picture shows, left to right; Jass Sarai, UK Leader Technology Industry Group,
PwC; Mark Fisher, European Head of Technology Investment Banking, Jefferies;
Richard Longdon, Chief Executive, AVEVA Group plc (winner); and Louise Minchin
(awards presenter). Photography courtesy of techMARK.

Maintaining our technology leadership is key to AVEVAs future

and our long-term growth strategy. Being awarded the techMARK
Company of the Year has demonstrated the key role that our worldclass software technology and long-term customer relationships have
played in AVEVAs growth and success. This accolade proves that R&D
investment is rewarded as we develop commercially and financially
successful technology that brings significant business advantage to
our customers and value to our shareholders.

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Redefining Instrumentation
Design Engineering
Petrofacs experiences with AVEVA Instrumentation
Petrofac is the largest UK-listed service provider to the international oil & gas industry, employing over
17,000 people worldwide. It has over 31 years experience and an impressive track record of projects in the
Middle East, Africa, CIS, Asia Pacific and the UK continental shelf.

Wiring diagram in AVEVA Instrumentations Wiring Manager module.

Image courtesy of Petrofac.

Wiring diagram. Image courtesy of Petrofac.

Like many other EPC contractors, Petrofac is always looking to improve its
suite of tools to augment delivery performance. As an established user of
AVEVA products, during 2011 the Electrical and Instrumentation team
in Malaysia evaluated and adopted AVEVA Instrumentation. It was quickly
and successfully deployed into the project environment.

Long familiar with the limitations of other products, Mr Ahmad explained

that AVEVA Instrumentations advanced functionality was only one
among many reasons for its selection. Other important factors included
its extensive provision for customising deliverables an essential
requirement for a company that works for a number of different clients,
each having their own specific requirements.

AVEVA invited Mr Azizi Ahmad, Petrofacs Manager, Instrumentation,

Control & Telecommunication, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to
share his experiences of using AVEVA Instrumentation with delegates at
the 2012 AVEVA World Summit in Paris.

Kelvin Davis
Marketing Communications Manager, AVEVA


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We were equally impressed with AVEVA Instrumentations rapid setup, its ease of use and the way it enables reuse of common design and
engineering data. These are important features that have a direct impact
on our bottom line. explained Mr Ahmad. One of the biggest gains has
been in speed of delivery; with the tight timescales we are working to
with our clients, we were extremely challenged to set projects up quickly
and efficiently using our previous solution. And with an industry-wide
shortage of skilled engineers we also need tools which are easy to learn
and use.
Initially used as a stand-alone solution, the new addition fitted
straight into Petrofacs existing workflows. Usually, adopting any new
software tool involves some degree of risk and disruption, but AVEVA
Instrumentation was almost a plug-in process, said Mr Ahmad.

It shares our existing system administration, interfaces well with other

industry-standard systems and has streamlined our working methods.
Looking back, its remarkable how easy it was to deploy such a powerful
At the Summit, Mr Ahmad described in some detail the progressive
integration of AVEVA Instrumentation with Petrofacs engineering
processes. These make use of Excel for tabular data and AutoCAD for
schematic drawings, both of which are highly compatible with AVEVA
Instrumentation. A Master Instrument Index in Excel is imported
into Instrumentation, which in turn is used to generate Excel-format
reports, such as Junction Box Schedules, and to map intelligent outputs
such as Wiring Diagrams onto AutoCAD drawings. The use of AVEVA
Instrumentation has ensured consistency of common data throughout
the workflow and into the various deliverables. A recent adopter of AVEVA
P&ID, Petrofac is developing workflows which push data from P&ID into

Mr Azizi Ahmad, Manager, Instrumentation, Control & Telecommunication,

Petrofac, speaking at the AVEVA World Summit in Paris.

Almost every project was either

early or on schedule, quality issues
were consistently nil and this
performance was achieved with
a typical man-hour reduction of
some 2030%...
Block diagram generated in AVEVA Instrumentations Wiring Manager module.
Image courtesy of Petrofac.

Eliminating manual processes as far as possible is our goal, commented

Mr Ahmad. Automation not only saves time and effort, it eliminates many
sources of errors, so we can increase quality as well as save money.
Mr Ahmad illustrated the point with some impressive KPIs achieved
on current E&I projects. Almost every project was either early or on
schedule, quality issues were consistently nil and this performance was
achieved with a typical man-hour reduction of some 2030%. Looking
ahead, there are further benefits to be gained as Petrofac begins to
integrate its use of AVEVA Instrumentation with AVEVA PDMS.
With the complex nature of plant engineering, it is almost inevitable
that a user will find a problem or limitation somewhere in even the best
software solution. Mr Ahmad went on to describe Petrofacs experiences
in resolving the issues it encountered. His first example involved the
situation where a four-core cable terminated on two separate tagged
items; this was quickly resolved by a simple customisation to reassign
soft tags. Other issues showed opportunities for product improvement;
for example, improving the way AVEVA Instrumentation handles
duplicated tag references in imported data. Workarounds and minor
customisations were quickly implemented.

These were very minor issues compared with the big improvements we
have made using the out-of-the-box product, commented Mr Ahmad.
We were easily able to overcome them ourselves using its customisation
features, without the need for complicated system administration.
We have achieved much more than we ever imagined we would, and
in a very short time. His presentation illustrated this with a list of 15
specific achievements covering almost every aspect of instrumentation
engineering and design. He was complimentary also about the training
and support that AVEVAs engineers had provided. Close support is
essential for any engineering software and was a key factor in our
selection of AVEVA, concluded Mr Ahmad.
Dave Gibson, Head of Business Management, Electrical & Instrumentation
Systems, AVEVA, commented, While I always like to hear customers say
such nice things about our products, I particularly welcome the kind of
constructive feedback that Petrofacs engineers have given us. Its only
through a deep understanding of the practical issues our users face that
we can continue to improve our software and identify new opportunities
to add more value. This is yet another example of a successful partnership
between AVEVA and its customers.
For full information about Petrofac, visit
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How AVEVAs latest technology can dramatically
reduce risk, cost and timescale in construction projects
Construction projects are high-risk
undertakings. Analysis by the US
Surety Industry which represents
the financial organisations that
underwrite such projects has
found that three out of ten projects
encounter serious problems. And
around one in ten of them bankrupts
the companies involved.
Clearly, there is huge economic
benefit in reducing these risks.
However, as projects increase
relentlessly in both size and
complexity, reducing these risks
becomes ever more challenging and
the need for improved work processes
and systems ever more acute.

Martin Gwyther
Head of Business Development,
Construction Management Solutions,

Right: A preconfigured Construction Management dashboard

enabling the viewing of any selected content. The source
applications are not required.


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Solution strategy
Recognising this need, AVEVA offers a range
of solutions which address many of the sources
of project risk. These solutions support three
fundamental processes that are essential
for safe, cost-effective plant construction:
Engineering & Design, Materials Management,
and Project Planning & Control. Their combined
purpose is to ensure that, at every stage, the
right information, the right materials and the
right resources get to the right place at the
right time, enabling construction teams to work
efficiently and effectively.
Integrated Engineering & Design
Engineering & Design accounts for a relatively
small fraction of the total project cost, but has
a critical impact on all downstream processes.
Accurate and detailed designs are a prerequisite
for the accurate material specifications and
work instructions essential for successful project

execution. AVEVA tools have always fulfilled

this need; however, recent developments have
added significant new capabilities to the AVEVA
Plant portfolio, specifically aimed at the needs
of plant construction. Recently acquired, AVEVA
Bocad Steel now offers best-in-class support
for the design of structural steelwork, closing
the feedback loop between steel detailing and
plant layout.
Closing the feedback loop is taken to a higher
overall level with the recent launch of AVEVA
Everything3D (AVEVA E3D), the nextgeneration plant design solution. AVEVA E3D
integrates 3D laser scanning data with 3D
design, so that, at every stage of fabrication,
sub-assembly and construction, as-builts
may be compared with and validated against
the design, and corrective actions taken early.
This is a key enabler for Lean Construction

Materials management
Correct design data and accurate schedule information are essential for
efficient management of the complex materials provisioning process, so
a materials management solution must be integrated with both design
and project control processes. AVEVA offers a best-in-class solution in
the form of AVEVA Material, part of the new AVEVA Enterprise Resource
Management (AVEVA ERM) product family. This allows all material
management activities to be carried out within a project and work
planning framework provided by AVEVA ERM family members, AVEVA
Planning and AVEVA Production. In addition, seamless integration
with AVEVA Engineering and Design products ensures that the design
information and material requirements needed to accurately plan and
control material acquisition and fabrication and construction schedules
are readily available.
Planning and control
Planning and control are essential to all aspects of project execution.
AVEVA Planning and AVEVA Production work together to deliver a planning
and control solution that enables, not only effective work breakdown
planning from the outset, but also incremental
development of the plan to support detailed
work package definition and distribution. As
the project progresses and more information
is generated, these modules enable project
activities to be subdivided into tasks which can
be managed individually, but which remain linked
into the overall plan. Responsibility for phases,
activities and work packages within the project
can therefore be distributed across project
participants while maintaining focus on the
overall objectives and plan.
Bringing it all together
For all of these previous processes to function
correctly, two overarching support processes are
required: Project Management and Information
Management. In both these areas, AVEVA provides
industry-leading solutions that enable proper
coordination and management of all the project
activities and information needed for effective
Construction Management.

Access Consolidated
Data and Documents

By necessity, all construction companies use a number of essential

project execution tools. Although, in most cases, these each perform
their designated tasks perfectly well, it is often difficult and timeconsuming to access the information they produce, share it with other
project participants and use it to monitor project performance. AVEVA
offers a solution here, in the form of its open and flexible AVEVA NET
technology. This provides an Information Management framework
which integrates all project information, regardless of source system
or format. Deployed as a Digital Information Hub (DIH), it becomes a
central repository of validated, cross-referenced, and progressively
maturing information which can be accessed and used to support an
almost unlimited variety of business processes. It is an ideal solution
for Construction Management and can be deployed with a suite of
preconfigured information Gateways, dashboards and report formats to
create a virtually out-of-the-box solution.
Below: AVEVAs Construction Management solution creates a network of construction
information from many sources, validated against agreed standards, and visualised
through AVEVA NETs intuitive dashboard for the simple location and visualisation of data
and documents, project reporting and dynamic simulation of construction activities.


Planning &

Work Pack

3D Modelling

Integrate and Validate


Compile and Report

Progress and Status

Visualise Status
via the 3D Model

Simulate Construction
in the 3D model

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Solution elements
AVEVA NET aggregates project information through AVEVA NET Gateways,
which interface with external information sources. Incoming information
is validated against defined standards and automatically cross-referenced
with all other related information.
In many instances, cross-referencing creates hotspot links on, for
example, schematic drawings or 3D models. Standard, yet highly
configurable Gateways handle all the most commonly encountered types
of information, from intelligent 3D models to scanned paper documents.
Information access is provided through the intuitive, browser-style AVEVA
NET Dashboard. This provides both preconfigured and user-configurable
views of the information asset. In either case, Dashboard users can
navigate easily between the many types of information, by following
links or hotspots. Importantly, AVEVA NET uses standard Internet
communications including wifi so that information is accessible
anywhere across a project, not just from fixed locations.
The fourth dimension
AVEVA is renowned for its ground-breaking 3D modelling solutions;
however, as our solutions continue to progress, we are literally adding a
further dimension by introducing an exciting innovation in the form of 4D
construction simulation.
Through the introduction of a revolutionary 4D player add-in, the
solution allows users to combine intelligent 3D model views with
schedule and status information to create interactive 3D model-based
simulations. These allow construction teams to visualise construction
activities and sequences, and plan and control the construction process
more accurately.
Key solution features
AVEVAs 4D Construction Management solution provides a range of key
features that support the day-to-day construction process.

AVEVA NET Gateways access, publish and intelligently link renditions of any source
document, enabling the user to easily navigate and retrieve all the relevant information
for their task.


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Access to consolidated construction data

Construction teams are provided with intuitive, web-based access to a
comprehensive network of intelligently linked and validated construction
information, ranging from technical documentation, standards and
procedures, through to inspection certificates and fully intelligent 3D
models. Users can rapidly locate, view and print construction data and
documentation from a single application.
Compilation of construction reports
Reporting (or business intelligence) tools enable construction teams to
analyse the consolidated network of information and run a wide variety of
different reports that provide detailed insights into the progress, status
and health of their project.
Hierarchical presentation and drilldown of status information meets all
levels of need, from traffic light overviews of KPIs down to specific and
detailed information, such as the installation status of an individual
equipment item. Different types of view may be created according
to purpose, from simple pie- or bar-charts to detailed lists, or any
combination of these.
3D visualisation
Advanced visual reporting tools enable construction crews to relate
project information to the facility being built, by dynamically colourcoding objects within intelligent, interactive 3D model views. Using this
capability, construction supervisors can, for example, visualise build
progress, material status or work pack contents via a single, easy-to-use
4D construction simulation
Dynamic 4D animation of the 3D model simulates time-based activities
such as an assembly sequence. The construction simulation tool uses
information captured directly from the source systems, and no additional
3D modelling or data manipulation is required. A variety of configurations
can be created to allow different construction scenarios to be simulated,
offering extensive scope to optimise construction activities.

An example of a preconfigured high-level project status

dashboard. Drilldown capabilities enable potential
problems to be tracked down through successively more
detailed reports.

Future solutions
AVEVAs Construction Management strategy continues to develop.
Currently in an advanced stage of development is an innovative Work Pack
Management solution, connecting AVEVA NET with AVEVA Planning and
AVEVA Production to combine information management, data integration
and visualisation capabilities with planning, scheduling and detailed
construction management functions. Construction management teams
will gain, not only the 4D capabilities described, but also the ability to
use integrated project information to:
z visually define Work Pack content and job breakdowns, using the 3D
z schedule, simulate and adjust Work Packs according to availability of
resources or materials
z approve and issue Work Packs
z interactively view and print Work Pack documentation
z monitor and record Work Pack status and rolled-up project progress
z manage construction change processes and programme impact.
Such a solution will overcome the common lack of integration between
the planning tools and information used at top-level programme
management, with the wide variety used at the detailed task execution
levels. It is now possible to manage every level of information within a
common framework but still retain the flexibility to use whichever tools
are appropriate for particular tasks.
Many vendors have created solutions which meet specific needs but which
often become a straitjacket, restricting the users ability to develop their
business and its processes. In contrast, AVEVA NET is an open solution
which can be implemented on top of any existing solution set without
disruption to the business. This openness enables a comprehensive and
powerful Construction Management system to be built up progressively,
as business needs require, and making use of existing or new future
systems, whether from AVEVA or not. AVEVA is taking Construction
Management into a period of revolutionary change.

A visualisation view highlighting all objects associated with a specified construction Work Pack.

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Out of the Box Productivity

with AVEVA Plant
With the Brazilian economy powering ahead, it is
not surprising that there are many success stories
as its engineering industry progressively adopts
AVEVA technology. Recently, we visited the offices
of Projectus Consulting LTDA to learn about their

Founded in 1990, Projectus is one of the leading Brazilian engineering

companies in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. It currently uses
AVEVA Plant as its engineering tool on several oil & gas projects in Brazil.
With offices in So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Esteio, the company employs
more than 800 people and provides a range of services including basic
and detailed engineering, project execution and management, and precommissioning work.
First steps with AVEVA PDMS
Gustavo Dessotti Pinto, PDMS Administrator, Projectus, explained that
PDMS had been selected to meet a specific customer demand for complete
3D plant models. Projectus implemented PDMS at the engineering office in
So Paulo in 2005, with support and training provided by AVEVAs team in
So Paulo.

Karla Moises
Marketing Communications, AVEVA

The first PDMS project was for LPG distillation at Petrobrass REVAP refinery
at So Jos dos Campos. The scope of work included, besides the modular
LPG distillation unit, the detailing of a cooling tower, spheres, bomb parks,
transfer lines, compressor units and the interconnection of the utilities.
Design started in 2006 and was completed in 2008.

A pipe rack for the COMPERJ refinery project. Photograph courtesy of Petrobras and CPPR.


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Petrobras is our most important customer, explained Mr Dessotti. Since

that first project we have used PDMS on several prestigious engineering
projects for them, including the COMPERJ, REFAB, REPAR, REPLAN and RNEST
refineries. PDMS is today Projectuss primary 3D design tool and its use has
expanded from a small installation to more than 150 trained users at their
offices in So Paulo, Rio and Esteio.
Early benefits
Projectus has built up valuable experience in using PDMS and has achieved
direct project benefits, Mr Dessotti continued. We use PDMS right from
the start of a project, when the first layout of the plant is created, and then
through all stages from basic engineering to detailed design and generating
the fabrication information.
PDMS has enabled Projectus to increase efficiency in the design process
by allowing concurrent working between different design disciplines, and
faster design and review. We can produce fabrication information such as
layout drawings, lists and reports, estimates and Material Take Offs directly
from the PDMS model. But perhaps most important is the ability to generate
completely clash-free designs. This saves both time and money by avoiding
costly modifications at the construction site, said Mr Dessotti.
Powering up the business
The huge, rapid expansion of Brazils oil & gas industry has created a
demand for many complex, large-scale projects, including refineries and
petrochemical plants. To meet this demand, Projectus has extended its
use of AVEVA PDMS with the addition of AVEVA OpenSteel and AVEVA
Global. These help the company to maintain its high quality, reliability and
productivity performance while executing more and more complex client
projects. For example, AVEVA Global, AVEVAs solution for concurrent multisite working, enables Projectus and its partners to work concurrently on the
same plant model, regardless of geographical distance.

PDMS has enabled Projectus to

increase efficiency in the design
process by allowing concurrent
working between different
design disciplines, and faster
design and review. We can
produce fabrication information
such as layout drawings, lists
and reports, estimates and
Material Take Offs directly from
the PDMS model. But perhaps
most important is the ability
to generate completely clashfree designs. This saves both
time and money by avoiding
costly modifications at the
construction site...

Gustavo Dessotti Pinto, PDMS Administrator at Projectus.

Photograph courtesy of Projectus.
A pipe rack for the COMPERJ refinery project. Photograph courtesy of Petrobras and CPPR.

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We have now significantly expanded our use of the AVEVA Plant

portfolio to take advantage of multi-site collaborative working and
fast, error-free communication of steelwork information, explained
Mr Dessotti. The ability to manage large quantities of data is
very important for large complex projects. AVEVAs flexible, open
software approach has also enabled us to customise a number of our
in-house softwares. These include automatic support attachment
and clash detection. Also, AVEVA OpenSteel alone has reduced our
modelling time for steel structures from one week to 1530 minutes!
All projects developed in 3D are delivered to our customers online
using AVEVA Global, or through periodic submissions from the
database. This allows us to monitor the work, and our clients can
then use the model for maintenance, operations, simulations and
revamps, explained Mr Dessotti.

AVEVA OpenSteel alone has

reduced our modelling time
for steel structures from one
week to 1530 minutes...
Projectus is currently using AVEVA Global on detailing projects for
the COMPERJ and REPLAN refineries. Projectuss So Paulo office is a
satellite and the hub is situated at the delivery company in Salvador,
as specified by Petrobras.
Interfacing AVEVA solutions with Projectuss own software
for document management, data management, electrical and
instrumentation materials and piping, has reduced project
man-hours, improved our on-time delivery and increased quality
standards, said Mr Dessotti.
To illustrate just how productive the AVEVA Plant solution is at
Projectus, it was recently used to complete the 9.5 km long COMPERJ
piperack project for Petrobras in only 15 months, he went on. This
comprised 268 modules and used 8,000 tons of pipes and 30,000
tons of steel structure. All the piping, supports and structural
steelwork were modelled using AVEVA PDMS, AVEVA OpenSteel and
AVEVA Global, he concluded.
As technologists, we at AVEVA are used to being focused on the hard
work and creativity it takes to create next-generation solutions. So
its extremely pleasing to see the considerable business value our
customers achieve from substantially out-of-the-box deployments
of our standard products. It reminds us just how far ahead of
the competition we really are, and how far ahead of their own
competitors our customers can be.
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Above: AVEVA PDMS models of a pipe rack for the COMPERJ refinery project.
Images courtesy of Projectus.


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Kyokuyo Shipyard located in Shimonoseki in Japan.

Photograph courtesy of Kyokuyo Shipyard.

Tailored for Success

How an optimised AVEVA Marine deployment exceeded expectations at Kyokuyo Shipyard
Janis Choi
Senior Marketing Specialist, AVEVA

One of Japans innovative medium-sized shipbuilders, the Kyokuyo

Shipyard Corporation recently upgraded their engineering and design
system to AVEVA Marine with considerable success. We invited Mr Hiromasa
Yamamoto, Assistant Chief, Production Design Department at Kyokuyo, to
share their experiences of the implementation.

having to make late design modifications. Kyokuyo also faced the global
challenge of replacing a retiring workforce of experienced engineers
and designers. It needed a solution which would not only overcome the
inherent limitations of 2D design, but would meet the specific needs of
shipbuilders and be easier for a new generation of younger designers to
use. After extensive evaluation, the company selected AVEVA Marine.

Kyokuyo builds a wide variety of vessels. Its main product lines are highspecification container carriers and refrigerated cargo carriers, but it also
builds complex, high-value vessels such as liquefied gas carriers, cement
carriers and roll-on/roll-off ships. It was demand for these more complex
classes of ship that led to the company expanding its production capacity
with the addition of a new block assembly hall and the lengthening of its
dry dock.

Changing such a vital element of the business as the design system can
potentially be very disruptive, so Kyokuyo adopted a cautious approach,
planning to deploy the new system progressively while maintaining the use
of the 2D system. Regular readers will perhaps not be surprised that the
project was completed much more quickly than anticipated and with little
or no disruption to the business.

However, increasing the yards physical capacity highlighted the need to

upgrade its design software from the original 2D drawing-based system to a
modern 3D solution. Like many other engineering businesses using 2D, its
designers found limitations in clash detection and incomplete information
for fabrication and construction. These often led to costly rework through

With support and training provided by AVEVAs Yokohama office, AVEVA

Marine was implemented at Kyokuyo Shipyard in April 2010. AVEVA
consultants worked closely with Kyokuyos engineers to configure and
optimise the production information to suit the shipyards workshop
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After a weeks on-site hull and outfitting training, designers began work
on a pilot project, with further training conducted as need arose. The
pilot project proved very successful and was completed much earlier than
originally planned. Kyokuyos design team were then fully able to tackle
their first live project in AVEVA Marine, a container carrier for a Chinese
owner, which started in May 2011. At the time of writing, Kyokuyo have
designed and built two ships entirely using AVEVA Marine and delivered
them on schedule. Both carriers are suited for Japan China Korea

Kyokuyo now finds it easier to create the design more quickly and to
manage the large quantities of data generated. Design reviews are
quicker and more thorough, and can involve all engineering groups,
including construction.

Achievements and benefits

The success of the upgrade project considerably exceeded Kyokuyos
expectations. The combination of AVEVA Marines ease of use and tailored
on-site training enabled hull and outfitting designers with no previous
experience in 3D software to quickly become proficient users. The
implementation was achieved quickly and the new system completely
replaced the old 2D system, even down to configuring AVEVA Marines
drawing outputs to the yards established formats. Mr Yamamoto
explained, We were certainly unnecessarily cautious when we planned
the implementation. It was far easier and quicker than we ever imagined,
and could have been even quicker; the timetable was largely imposed by
the specific schedules of the projects going through the yard at the time.

Such a comprehensive upgrading of an essential business system
inevitably reveals opportunities for further improvement, either within
the customers own business processes or in the software itself.

It was not only the speed and ease of implementation that impressed
Kyokuyo; the practical benefits also exceeded expectations. Simply
moving from 2D to 3D design brought us massive benefits, commented
Mr Yamamoto. It saves our engineers a lot of time and effort. With a
design team of 28, just trying to share and control information had been
difficult and absorbed a lot of man-hours which could be better used.
AVEVA Marine has given us much more efficient working methods which
translate into quicker delivery of better quality ships.
Moving to 3D has made efficient concurrent working possible, a key
requirement for Kyokuyo. All engineering and design disciplines can now
work on the same 3D ship model, using the same component catalogue.

The production stages benefit considerably. Accurate and complete

production information can now easily be retrieved direct from the 3D
ship model. AVEVA Marine also integrates efficiently with Kyokuyos other
IT systems, including its purchasing and materials systems.

Mr Yamamoto said, We found many unexpected opportunities as a result

of this upgrade. The information created in design can now be used
for many more purposes to make the entire project more efficient. For
example, trying to coordinate materials, planning and construction with
the design was previously a difficult and largely manual process. We have
made big improvements here already.
Until we experienced it for ourselves, continued Mr Yamamoto, we also
had not appreciated the value of being able to walk through the virtual
ship. Now our designers can see and eliminate design problems long
before we begin to cut steel.
The future
Mr Yamamoto is enthusiastic about the part that AVEVA Marine will play
in the future of Kyokuyo Shipyard. It more than met our expectations,
he explained. The ease of configuration means that we will be able
to adapt the system as our business develops. Not only has it made
us more efficient and competitive, it also enables us to demonstrate
our capabilities more easily. The 3D ship models are ideal for review
meetings with the ship owners, and make excellent marketing material to
demonstrate our portfolio of ships that we can build.

At Kyokuyo Shipyard in May 2012. From left, Mr Aiba, Manager, Fundamental Design Department at
Kyokuyo, Mr Hiromasa Yamamoto, Assistant Chief, Production Design Department at Kyokuyo, Mr EunJoo
Park, Senior Vice President, AVEVA Korea-Japan Division and Mr Motoo Iso, Country Manager Japan, AVEVA
Korea-Japan Division. Photograph courtesy of Kyokuyo Shipyard.


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AVEVA Marine
has given us much
more efficient
working methods
which translate
into quicker
delivery of better
quality ships...

Longer-term, I see two critical benefits.

Our new state-of-the-art interactive 3D
design system will make it easier to attract
younger engineers. Its built-in know-how
will then help us to build up their expertise
more quickly than we could before. Equally
important is the ability we have gained
to capture our expertise by building up a
library of proven design modules. This will
make us progressively more competitive with
every project we deliver, concluded
Mr Yamamoto.
Kyokuyo Shipyards company slogan
translates as Remember the spirit of
challenge! a particularly appropriate
one for such a forward-looking business
that rises to challenges by adopting the
best tools and working methods. They are
currently evaluating the 12.1 series of AVEVA
Marine products and we look forward to
learning about their future successes.
About Kyokuyo Shipyard
Located in Shimonoseki, Japan, the Kyokuyo
Shipyard Corporation was originally
formed as the Hikoshima Shipbuilding
Company by the merging in 1942 of five
neighbouring shipbuilders. Today the
shipyard employs about 150 people. This
modest-sized company certainly has a high
reputation; its innovative design of the City
of St. Petersburg car carrier won Japans
prestigious Ship of the Year award in 2010
and the Swedish ShipPax Award in 2011.

Above: AVEVA Marine model

of a container vessel. Image
courtesy of Kyokuyo Shipyard.

Left: Construction of a
container vessel. Below: At the
outfitting quay. Photographs
courtesy of Kyokuyo Shipyard.

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Below: On sea trials. Photograph courtesy of Kyokuyo Shipyard.

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Upgrading for Upgrades

How AVEVA PDMS has helped Farnham & Pfile Engineering, Inc.
to become a preferred contractor for plant upgrade projects
Tracey Nabe
Regional Marketing Lead, North America, AVEVA
Farnham & Pfile Engineering, Inc., located in Pennsylvania, USA, is a
full-service company whose core business is in the designing and building
of industrial construction projects. These projects range from new
construction, to upgrades of coal processing plants, synfuel plants and
material handling facilities.
Farnham & Pfile had been using a computer-aided design package since
1990, but found that it presented many challenges, particularly in
handling the various software upgrades, as the original solution did not
support industrial design applications. In 2008, they developed an urgent
requirement for an intelligent, 3D data-centric design system that would
integrate with their existing computerised engineering and piping design
system. It was imperative that future software revisions remain seamlessly
integrated, as many of the projects that the company handled were for
existing plants with historic data.

Farnham & Pfile completed a detailed review and analysis of five different
software solution providers. Their objective was to source the best
3D design tool built on a data-centric design that offered the ability
to integrate historic and current data from brownfield projects. They
confirmed that AVEVAs data-centric solution had come out on top, and
the company decided to move forward and implement AVEVA PDMS into
their workflow. They saw immediate benefits: all design data revisions were
connected and users could work back and forth no matter what phase of the
project they were in.
In addition to the significant technical benefits gained, they were also
impressed with the level of expertise that the AVEVA solution consultants
provided, during both the initial review phase and the implementation
of PDMS. In contrast, the companys engineers described their earlier
experiences of seeking timely support and follow-up from other
engineering design solution providers as challenging.

By being able to meet and even exceed plant

owners expectations on quality and by adhering
to critical schedule and budget requirements,
Farnham & Pfile remains a successful contractor
for future business with our customers...
Tom Porterfield, President, Farnham & Pfile Engineering


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AVEVA PDMS models and photos from the

BMX Project. Courtesy of Farnham & Pfile.

Implementation of AVEVA PDMS

The implementation of AVEVA PDMS to develop Farnham & Pfiles unique
proprietary piping system for the power/process industry was smooth,
with a minimal learning curve. Since PDMSs interface is user friendly,
training existing engineers, designers and modellers on the software
was straightforward and the speed with which the system reached fully
functional operation was impressive.
The largest task faced by Farnham & Pfile and AVEVA was to fully develop
and expand the piping program and to build the piping catalogue. It
now includes detailed parts and enables viewing in multiple formats. The
program also enables the design of all elbows and wyes in one-degree
increments, ensuring the compatibility of all pipe fittings and connections.
AVEVA consultants worked full-time with Farnham & Pfile to develop this
internal proprietary piping system. If a new challenge was presented
with no obvious answer, AVEVA consultants cooperated with Farnham &
Pfiles engineers to create a solution. The company also found that AVEVAs
application consultants were dependable, ensuring that PDMS was quickly
and efficiently implemented and the administrators provided with detailed
Benefits from AVEVA PDMS
Farnham & Pfile quickly saw the results and benefits of AVEVA PDMS in their
operations workflow on their existing projects. These benefits included a
reduction in engineering hours, and increased accuracy which helped to
eliminate costly errors in detailed design, leading to reduced installation
The importance of accurate, up-to-date information and data is clearly
illustrated when their engineers design an elbow fitting. This process
requires precise and detailed dimensions in the final stage before being
submitted to the fabricator; by the time the piping has reached the
construction phase any errors are time-consuming and expensive to fix.
Since each elbow is designed in one-degree increments, there is little room
for inaccuracy. An error in a ceramic elbow can be very costly, and it can
take up to nine weeks to replace the defective part.
Delivering the projects
Farnham & Pfiles current project involves providing engineering,
structural, mechanical and piping design as well as equipment procurement
and installation at the Consol Energy BMX Complex located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the upgrade, BMX will be one of
worlds largest coal cleaning complexes.

Tom Porterfield, President of Farnham & Pfile Engineering, Inc., explained,

All the piping design work for BMX was completed using PDMS. Through
implementing the AVEVA solution we have virtually eliminated errors,
avoiding costly modifications, controlling installation costs and keeping
the project on schedule. By being able to meet and even exceed plant
owners expectations on quality, and by adhering to critical schedule and
budget requirements, Farnham & Pfile remains a successful contractor for
future business with our customers.
Combining their skilful use of PDMS with laser scanning of existing
facilities enables more accurate modelling and the elimination of field
measurements. This has led to Farnham & Pfile becoming an exclusive
industrial engineering firm for modifications and upgrades of existing
Capitalising on success
Farnham & Pfile has gained significant value from implementing PDMS
into their entire engineering and design workflow. Their whole business
operation capitalises on the increased accuracy and efficiency of their
piping design system, enabling them to become more competitive in a tight
construction market. The success achieved over the last four years from
working with AVEVA has given the company the confidence to plan future
expansion of their solution portfolio; currently in review are AVEVA P&ID
and AVEVA Laser Model Interface.
Farnham & Pfile is active in projects local to the US market, where it is
focusing on upgrade projects for existing facilities as, due to the current
economic climate, there is limited growth at the moment in building new
facilities. The companys strategy is to continue to increase its business
in an active market for coal cleaning plants. Additional future plans may
include expanding into the maintenance, power and gas industries by using
their current piping design system along with laser scanning of existing
facilities. With the AVEVA solution Farnham & Pfile is planting a firm
technology foundation for the future expansion of their business.
About Farnham & Pfile
Since its founding in 1985, Farnham & Pfile Construction, Inc. has
expanded its activities from industrial construction by adding a design/
build engineering and contracting company, Farnham & Pfile Engineering,
Inc., to become a full-service project engineering contractor. The company
has been a valued customer of AVEVA since 2008.

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Opening the Catalogue

A look under the covers of the recently released AVEVA Catalogue Manager
John Allen
Product Manager, Enterprise Resource Management, AVEVA
Managing all the resources required to build even a modest-sized plant
is a complex task involving large amounts of information, which is why
AVEVA Enterprise Resource Management (AVEVA ERM) was created. In
December 2012, AVEVA announced an important addition to the new
family: AVEVA Catalogue Manager. This performs the essential function of
ensuring that material definitions are centrally managed and complete,
and that they comply with appropriate standards and naming conventions,
and remain synchronised with the evolving engineering design.

An experienced electrical engineer might not be confused by these

properties being misspelt, or appearing in a different order, but every time
information has to be reinterpreted or queried by anyone, valuable time
can be wasted and errors can arise. The same situation applies to almost
every category of materials. Clearly, being able to map properties against
attributes helps us to reliably understand the material being defined. In
the case of the cable example, the property sequence tells us that this
particular cable has the following attributes:

Material catalogue information is a foundation for efficient projects and

is used by every engineering discipline. Polluted information hinders
project start-up and can lead to costly errors and delays, so here we will
examine some of the fundamental principles embodied in AVEVA Catalogue


The need for consistency

Catalogue pollution commonly arises through duplicate coding or
inconsistent descriptions being created under the pressures of project
timescales. It is easy to illustrate the problem by considering, for example,
the following definition of an armoured electrical power cable:
11kV-XLPE-Plain Cu-SM&PCT-SWA-PETP-ZHLS-Binding Tape.
Here we have eight separate properties of the cable, succinctly describing
the rated voltage and the various materials used in its manufacture; each
property corresponds to an attribute of the cable.

Component type


Rated voltage:


Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE)
Plain Copper (Plain Cu)
Semi-Conducting Material and Plain Copper Tape
Steel Wire Armour (SWA)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETP)
Zero Halogen Low Smoke (ZHLS)
Binding Tape

Describing a component clearly and consistently is a fundamental

requirement; it reduces the number of material identification problems
and the valuable time and effort wasted resolving these with suppliers,
or at the job site. In practice, during the purchasing phase, these
abbreviated engineering descriptions are often replaced with equally
consistent but longer and more immediately understandable procurement


Attribute values

An example of how a logically
structured definition of a pipe can
be automatically converted into a
code and both a short and a long


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AVEVA Catalogue Manager enables the consistent and accurate generation of complete
catalogue and specification data.

Using graphical branch table templates, AVEVA Catalogue Manager enables the rapid
specification of accurate piping specification content.

AVEVA Catalogue Manager ensures this consistency of information by

providing a highly configurable classification structure. This structure
can be configured by the engineering contractor to match the structure
used by its client. For example, cables can be classified, first by rated
voltage range, then by whether they are armoured or unarmoured; each
class identifies a consistent set of attributes. This makes it easy to select
materials of a particular type, to automatically generate a commodity
code (identifying a family of components) or a number of configurable
descriptions. This rigorous process applies consistency to all the
engineering and design tasks which use materials information.

in particular, provide a rapid, graphical way of entering data, and use

colour coding to highlight potential inconsistencies, enabling an engineer
to resolve a problem more easily. This process will generate just the
particular component specifications required for the project in hand.

Automating the process

In use, AVEVA Catalogue Manager enables an engineer to generate a
material code in the accepted format by successively selecting from
attribute lists for a specified component class. This automatically validates
the integrity of each choice, while populating the corresponding part of
the code and its descriptions.
Particularly for the piping discipline, there can be thousands of such codes
and, in practice, it would be very laborious to define manually every type
and size of piping component. AVEVA Catalogue Manager can substantially
automate this process by extracting the relevant information from
existing piping specification documents and intelligently creating both
the specification detail and the catalogue at the same time, in imperial or
metric units.
Information templates for speed and accuracy
At the start of a project, piping specification detail is a key enabler. Rapid
generation of piping specification content is achieved by using templates,
speeding up the identification of component attributes, allowing rapid
completion of the detail needed for the specification and, if necessary,
generating new components and descriptions. Branch table templates,

AVEVA PDMS attributes can also be added automatically and then

adjusted to the specific needs of the project specification. Once a complete
specification has been approved, it becomes available to both PDMS for 3D
design and AVEVA Material for procurement and scheduling. This ensures
the vital synchronisation of material identification for specifications and
provides confidence in subsequent Bill of Material transfers.
Specification changes are fully controlled, while data integration
ensures that an approved change is highlighted both in PDMS (or AVEVA
Everything3D) and in the Materials Management solution. Ensuring such
reliable exchange of catalogue information between applications is a key
enabler for a successful project.
A logical first step
AVEVA Catalogue Manager is an integrated part of AVEVA ERM, but it can
also be used independently of AVEVA Material. This enables a customer to
deploy an enterprise-wide resource management solution in a progressive
manner, consolidating benefits at every stage. Catalogue Manager
is a logical first step, as it can aggregate existing legacy data into a
trustworthy resource that can support multiple projects and future ERM
extension. Catalogue Manager can also be used to share information with
other applications, such as third-party materials management or design
More information about AVEVA Catalogue Manager, or the complete
AVEVA Enterprise Resource Management solution, is available at
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A Jewel
in the
How AVEVA technology supports Indias power industry
Formed only as recently as 1964, Bharat Heavy
Electrical Ltd (BHEL) is an integrated power
plant equipment manufacturer which has today
established itself as one of Indias Navratnas or
Nine Jewels and is likely to be Maharatna soon,
one of the countrys largest Public Sector
Undertakings (PSUs).
But its success transcends even its national
importance; it is the worlds twelfth-largest
manufacturer of power equipment and in 2011
was ranked by US business magazine, Forbes, as
the ninth most innovative company in the world.

Not surprisingly, BHEL has been a user of AVEVA software for around
15 years, although not in all of its operating divisions. In 2008, BHEL
Haridwar made the decision to follow the lead of some of its sister
divisions and upgrade to AVEVA PDMS. Mr A.B. Gupta, AGM, BHEL
Haridwar, explained the background.
We had been using a variety of engineering and design applications,
including AutoCAD, Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics NX and Solidworks, he
explained. We had looked at the AVEVA implementations used elsewhere
in the group and recognised that we needed a similar single, integratable
solution for piping layouts that was optimised for plant engineering and
would be a platform for our future development.
Other BHEL divisions had already adopted AVEVA and therefore Haridwar
also decided to adopt AVEVA so that there is a total plant integration
of BHEL on the same platform. AVEVAs solution was extensively
benchmarked on representative tasks, said Mr A.B. Gupta. We chose
AVEVA for two reasons. First, PDMS was clearly a scalable platform for
long-term business growth; its important that we can build up a futureproof asset of reusable design work. Second and equally important
was AVEVAs excellent delivery model and impressive customer support.
Colleagues in other divisions had told me of this and AVEVA more than
met our expectations.
Deployment went smoothly. The local AVEVA team provided on-site
training and support. Today, BHEL Haridwar has more than 25 trained
PDMS users. Early success was achieved using PDMS on the Yermarus 800
MW power plant project.

Neha Gianchand
Marketing Manager, AVEVA India


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We were very satisfied with our performance on the Yermarus project,

explained Mr Himanshu Gupta, Engineer, BHEL Haridwar. PDMS enabled
us to create orthographic drawings and Bills of Materials direct from the
3D model, so we knew they were accurate and complete. In addition,
we also generated around 300 construction/fabrication drawings. The
design fully met the clients requirement for a 3D model, right down to all
the small-bore pipe runs, with zero clashes.

AVEVA expands in
fast-growing India
India is the one of the fastest-growing economies in the
world. With rapid economic reforms and a constant large
influx of foreign capital, India has shown great agility in
the last couple of decades. According to a 2011 report from
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Indias GDP at purchasing power
parity could overtake that of the United States by 2050.

Above, left and right: Part of the AVEVA PDMS model of the Yermarus power plant.
Image courtesy of BHEL.

It was not only the design

quality that convinced BHEL
that PDMS was the right choice;
it also saved a considerable
amount of money. The accuracy
of the piping assemblies alone
saved us a lot of time and effort
in construction, continued Mr
Himanshu Gupta. But we also
achieved around 18% direct
savings in material costs on
two projects, because we were
Mr A.B. Gupta, AGM, BHEL Haridwar.
able to fully route all the pipe
Photograph courtesy of BHEL.
runs. Previously, it was often
impractical to route the smaller
diameter pipes at the design stage, and field-running pipes during
construction can be very inefficient, he concluded.

We also achieved around 18%

direct savings in material costs on
two projects, because we were able
to fully route all the pipe runs...
BHEL Haridwar considers itself very well equipped for future projects
and the company is already looking at options to expand their AVEVA
deployment. AVEVA Multi-Discipline Supports is an obvious candidate
for the next step, while AVEVA Global and AVEVA Review are being
considered for supporting larger, collaborative projects. With a powerful
and expanding toolset supporting a professional and innovative business,
we look forward to seeing BHEL move further up the Forbes ranking!

During the next four decades, Indian GDP is expected to grow

at an annualised average of 8%, making it potentially the
worlds fastest-growing major economy up to 2050. The report
highlights key growth factors: a young and rapidly growing
working-age population; growth in the manufacturing sector
due to rising education and engineering skill levels; and
sustained growth of the consumer market driven by a rapidly
growing middle class.
All of these factors combine to make India a key market for
AVEVA and an area where we are making major investments
to increase our geographic reach and enhance our service
offering. We have significantly expanded our Indian sales,
marketing and technical teams in our Mumbai and Hyderabad
offices. This is part of a much larger strategic development
plan that will allow us to further improve the scope and
quality of our services for our rapidly growing network of
customers and partners in Indias oil & gas, power and marine
January 2013 also witnessed the inauguration of a new
training centre at our Mumbai Office which provides
comprehensive software training courses across the entire
AVEVA product portfolio. Demand for training has grown
considerably, and our in-house training programmes are
tailored to meet industry requirements and trends. We
will also continue to offer on-site training courses to meet
customer-specific needs as part of our strong corporate
commitment to improved customer service across the Indian
market. The newly expanded office in Mumbai plays a key role
in our expansion plans, strengthening our presence here and
increasing our market share in the region.

About BHEL
BHEL is indeed a large undertaking. It has 15 manufacturing divisions,
two repair units, four regional offices, eight service centres, eight
overseas offices and 15 regional centres, and currently operates at more
than 150 project sites across India and abroad. Its 50,000 employees are
engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, construction, testing,
commissioning and servicing of a wide range of products and services
for the core sectors of the economy: power generation and transmission,
heavy industry, transportation, renewable energy, oil & gas and defence.
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AVEVA welcomes our

new customers in 2012
AVEVA enables the creation and
management of complex digital
assets for owner operators,
engineering contractors and
shipbuilders in the Plant and
Marine industries around the
For 45 years, AVEVA has worked
closely with our customers
to build strong partnerships
based on an unparalleled level
of industry experience. We are
proud to welcome the following
companies to the AVEVA
community in 2012 and look
forward to a long and successful

a.HENKE Engineering GmbH, Germany

ABB OWC, Sweden
ABB S.p.A Power Systems Division, Italy
ABB Schweiz AG, Switzerland
Abener Ghenova Engineering Pvt. Ltd., India
Abener-Ghenova Ingenieria de Mexico SA DE CV,
Abener Energoprojekt Gliwice S.A., Poland
Abu Dhabi MAR Kiel GmbH, Germany
Accent Techno Solutions, India
Addax Petroleum, Nigeria
Aera Energy, Canada
AJIN Technology Co., Ltd., Korea
Aker Process Systems SAS, France
Ali & Sons Marine Engineering Company LLC, UAE
Alscott Air Systems Limited, USA
Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte Ltda, Brazil
AMEC, Canada
Andrade e Rezende Eng de Projetos S/S Ltda,
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc, Finland
ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd, Singapore
ATENA S.r.l., Italy
Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company of Manila INC,
AXIMA Concept, France
Balaji Engg. & Fabricators, India
Baltic plant Shipbuilding, Russia
Bantrel, Canada
Barry Wehmiller Intl Res PL, India
Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Germany
Beijing Hua Fu Engineering Co., Ltd, China
BKS (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Bouygues Construction, France
Bridgemont Community and Technical College,
Caspy Engineering , Kazakhstan
CCT Conceitual Contrucoes Limitadas, Brazil
Changling Petro-chemical Engineering Design
Co., Ltd, China
Chemetics, Canada
Chemical & Industrial Eng. Inc, USA
Chemical Industry Engineering JSC (CECO),
China Energy Engineering Group Anhui No.2
Electric Power Engineering & Construction
Corporation, China
China Petroleum Engineering Corporation North
China Company, China
Citec Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., India
Citic Pacific, Australia
Clemessy, France
Clextral, France


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Combustol Industria e Comercio Ltda, Brazil
Conmore Ingenjrsbyr AB, Sweden
Consorcio Aterpa Multitek Autograf, Brazil
Consorcio ETDI, Brazil
Consorcio Haztec Serveng Mana, Brazil
Consorcio TUC Construcoes, Brazil
Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S/A, Brazil
CPECC-Xinjiang Engineering Branch, China
CPPEC - Tianjin Binhai Branch, China
De Dietrich Process Systems GmbH, Germany
De Pretto Industrie, Italy
Development Consultants Private Limited, India
DLZ Industrial, USA
Doris, Inc, USA
Dover Oil Company, Canada
DPH Focus, Canada
EF Teploelectroproekt, Ukraine
Empresa Brasileira de Engenharia SA, Brazil
Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC, USA
Engineering center ITDC, Russia
Enka, Turkey
Entropie, France
Expertise laser 3D iSCAN, Canada
ERAS Paris, France
euro engineering AG, Germany
F3 & Associates Inc, USA
Farnham & Pfile, Canada
Fichtner Consulting Engineers (I) Pvt Ltd, India
Fidens Engenharia S/A, Brazil
Fortil SAS, France
Frazimex, Nigeria
Galvao Engenharia S.A, Brazil
Gazprom Neft Badra B.V., UAE
Geosupport SA, Chile
Global Marine Tech Co., Ltd., Korea
Gomez Cajiao y Asociados, Brazil
Grizzly Oil Sands, Canada
GSD, Turkey
Halden, Nigeria
Harbin Electric (QHD), China
Hayden Freeman Ltd, UK
Hefei Institute of Physical Science, Chinese
Academy of Science, China
Hitachi Zosen Inova U.S.A. LLC, USA
HQSPEC Engineering, Canada
HSG Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Korea
HUCHEMS Co., Ltd., Korea
Husky Energy, Canada

I.S.G SpA, Italy

Iguacu Celulose Papel S/A, Brazil
IHI E&C International Corporation, USA
lk naat Taahht Sanayi ve Ticaret, Turkey
IMV Projects, Canada
IMV Projects Inc., USA
Incro S.A. Spain
Infinity Knowledge Ventures Pvt. Ltd., India
Inpex Operations, Australia
INTER RAO Engineering, Russia
International Partner Buro SRL, Romania
IPC s.r.l., Italy
IPSB, France
ITL Enterprise Co., Ltd., Korea
J Ray Mcdermott Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd.,
Jacobs Chile S.A., Chile
Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited, USA
Japan Oilsands, Canada
JEIO Co., Ltd., Korea
Jiangsu China Nuclear Hua Wei Engineering
Design & Research Co., Ltd., China
JKM Consultoria e Projetos LTDA, Brazil
JV Tyler Engineers, USA
Kagira Drawing Solution, India
KCI, Netherlands
Kedr-89, Russia
Keppel Subic Shipyard Inc, Philippines
Kirkland & Associates, USA
Koch Engineering & Construction Lda, Portugal
KSH Solutions, Canada
Kuzey Gemi Tasarim Gzetim, Turkey
Larsen & Toubro Limited, India
Lesedi Nuclear Services Pty Ltd, South Africa
Lundin Norway AS, Norway
M+W Benelux, Belgium
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (Augsburg), Germany
Maris S.r.l., Italy
Massia Ingenieria S.A.C., Peru
MAT Incendio Engenharia de Incendio Ltda,
Mecwide Lda, Portugal
Metso Paper South America Ltda, Brazil
Metso Power, USA
Metso Power AB, Sweden
MHA Engenharia, Brazil
N. Services JLT, UAE
Nantong Xintong ship and offshore design Co.,
Ltd, China
Navic Engineering Polska Sp. z o.o., Poland
Navtek, Turkey
Nigerdock, Nigeria
NIIK, Russia
Noble Denton India Pvt Ltd, India
Noronha Engenharia SA, Brazil
Northam Engineering S.A DE C.V, Mexico
Northern Design, Germany
NOV FGS Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore
Nuberg Engineering Limited, India
Nubisxnet, Italy

OASES E&S Co., Ltd., Korea

Oceanografia S.A. de C.V., Mexico
OceanUs Co., Ltd., Korea
Odebrecht Engenharia de Projetos Ltda, Brazil
OKG AB, Sweden
Omicron Design bvba, Belgium
Orteng MPN Engenharia e Consultoria Ltda,
Oschatz GmbH, Germany
OSX Construcao Naval S.A., Brazil
Outotec Tecnologia Brasil, Brazil
Ozgun Yat Dizayn Muh. San. ve Tic. Ltd., Turkey
P&K Projetos e Consultoria Ltda, Brazil
Pacific Rubiales energy, Colombia
PAE (Thailand) Public Company Limited,
Paenal, Angola
PANASIA Co., Ltd., Korea
Paul Wurth S.A., Luxembourg
PD & MS Energy Limited, UK
PDC Consulting, Australia
Pelican Energy Consultants, USA
Perenco, France
Perenco Peru Petroleum Limited, Peru
Peton, Russia
Peters Engineering France, France
PetroChina NRCEC, China
Phu My 3 Bot Power Company Ltd, Vietnam
Pipavav Defence And Offshore Engineering
Company Limited, India
Plant Engineering Morioka Co., Ltd., Japan
Plasco Energy, Canada
Projex, Canada
Projex Technologies Ltd., USA
PROKON Muhendislik ve Musavirlik A.S, Turkey
Promon Engenharia Ltda, Brazil
PT. Depriwangga Engineering, Indonesia
PT. Geoindo Giri Jaya, Indonesia
PT. Meindo Elang Indah, Indonesia
Qinghai Salt Lake Haina Chemical Co., Ltd., China
R.K.M Powergen Pvt. Ltd, India
Robins & Morton, L.L.C., USA
Rosell Surveying and Mapping, USA
Rrdesign AB, Sweden
Samdoo Total Engineering Co., Ltd., Korea
Sarpoint Engineering Ltd, Canada
SAS 300M2, France
Sasol Synfuel, South Africa
Seven Seas Services Group, UAE
Severnoye Design Bureau, Russia
SEBO Tech Co., Ltd., Korea
Sejin Plant Engineering Co., Ltd., Korea
Semco Maritime AS, Denmark
Sener Ingenieria & Sistemas SA, Spain
SEREPT, Tunisia
Shanghai Electric-SPX Engineering &
Technologies Co., Ltd., China
Shenhua Guohua (Beijing) Electric Power
Research, China
Ship repairing Center Zvezdochka, Russia
Sidem, France
Simeco S.p.A., Italy
Simtec Ingenieria S.L., Spain
SK Engineering, Canada
Smart Design 2006 Ltd., Bulgaria

Snamprogetti Canada, Canada

SNC Lavalin, Canada
Solaris, Canada
Sonangol, Angola
Starnet Geomatics Ltd, UK
Statega Design Centre, Ukraine
Step Engineering Corporation, Japan
Studio Bagnasco, Italy
STX OSV Electro Tulcea SRL, Romania
STX OSV Piping SRL, Romania
Styron Netherlands BV, Netherlands
Suncor Energy, Canada
Sunrise Yachting Yatlk San. Ve Tic. Ltd.ti.,
Surtech Survey Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., India
Suvidya Institute of Technology Pvt. Ltd., India
Tatneft, Russia
Technical Services & Management, Inc, USA
Technip-EPG, Netherlands
Technip Brasil, Brazil
Tecnomon Consultoria e Projetos Ltda, Brazil
Tekfen Engineering, Turkey
Telsan Engenharia e Servicos, Brazil
TN2Z Engenharia Ltda, Brazil
Tongmyong University, Korea
Toshiba Infraestrutura America do Sul Ltda,
Transnet, South Africa
Triveni Eng. & Industries Ltd, India
TSM, Canada
Tsuneishi Technical Services (Phils) Inc,
Tupra, Turkey
Ulsan Campus of Korea Polytechnic VII, Korea
University of Alberta, Canada
Valdel Engineers & Constructors Pvt. Ltd., India
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (SEA) Pte
Ltd, Singapore
Vik-Sandvik Design India Private Limited, India
VINCI Construction, France
Vista Projects, Canada
VK Mecanica Servicos de Engenharia Ltda, Brazil
VMS Denge Deniz Teknolojileri San, Turkey
VRcontext International S.A., France
VTEK Consultants Inc, Canada
World Control International Inc., Turkey
WorleyParsons, Spain
Wuxi Henghe Design and consultant Co., Ltd,
Xian Shangu Engineering Co., Ltd., China
YUSUNG Eng. Co., Ltd., Korea
Zelenodolsky Plant of a Name of A.M.Gorky,

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