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AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 211A new business paper, A Shocking Waste of Money: Eight Reasons Why Electrical Design Costs More Than It Should sets out AVEVA's vision for an effective electrical engineering design solution.It is available to download from AVEVA's website: EngineeringAVEVA Electrical, the latest addition to the Integrated Engineering and Design range, builds on the success of AVEVA Instrumentation, and uses many of the same technical innovations to deliver a companion solution for creating and maintaining electrical equipment and cabling data. Electrical rather neatly uses the same database as Instrumentation, enabling data to be shared seamlessly between the two solutions. Additionally, refinements like Compare and Update enable the data to be referenced and used with the 3D, Engineering and Schematic models, in keeping with the Integrated Engineering and Design philosophy.For the engineer, this means that information is consistently available and accessible. Here are just a few examples of the benefits, similar to those in Instrumentation, which this brings to the engineer's activities:z Intelligent single-line diagrams - Single-line diagrams are a direct and intuitive way of conveying the absolute fundamentals of a very complex design picture, but in many electrical design systems these diagrams are actually just dumb drawings with no connection into the actual design database. In AVEVA Electrical, the diagram is automatically written in real time to the design database and replicated in the hierarchy structures that the engineers and designers use to navigate the database. The line diagram becomes both an effective and a reliable source of information in its own right.z Cable routing - In many engineering applications, cable routing activities exist in a vacuum, completely unlinked to the 3D plant model. This means that the engineer is often unaware of specific environmental factors that should significantly influence cable routing decisions, such as the potential presence of gases, or exceptionally high or low temperatures, or the proximity of components that are sensitive to segregation and de-rating factors. In AVEVA Electrical, by contrast, tight integration between the cabling application and the plant's digital model means that all available cable routes can be instantly returned to the user, and cables running on the route can be inspected at any chosen location. Where manual redirection is necessary, this is made very straightforward, and potential impacts of the redirection can be clearly flagged for further analysis.z Change management - The complete, automatic, and fully auditable change management capability within AVEVA Electrical enables the designers and engineers carrying out the work to track and bill all change activity that has been caused by out-of-scope requests on the part of the client.z Powerful datasheets - The datasheet is often an engineer's best friend, but they can be very difficult to produce and use. Incredibly, reproducing the content of one datasheet template for multiple items remains a manual process in most systems. AVEVA Electrical, like AVEVA Instrumentation, enables datasheet templates to be created through a simple office application like Excel, which maps fields directly into the database and enables templates to be easily copied from one project to another, with full change tracking and highlighting, so that the datasheet will always deliver an up-to-date story.z E&I Extracts - Effective management of workload, and the quality of the work produced, are dear to every engineer's heart. AVEVA Electrical's E&I Extracts tool enables elements and objects in the design to be split up and divided between different groups of engineers, and then seamlessly integrated back into the overall project. In this way, project complexity can be proactively matched to engineers' workload and experience levels, and discrete parts of the design can be prototyped and tested, without endangering the quality and viability of the final design decision.ConclusionAVEVA's position is therefore clear: to bring true value to customers, each application must have, within it, the ability to integrate with other applications, including AVEVA's own 3D design solutions (such as PDMS). This ability must be inbuilt - part of the very DNA of the technology - and it must serve the customer's needs, not the vendor's.Equally, however, integration with other vendors' solutions must also be assured, and this is provided through the AVEVA Digital Information Hub. Openness has always been at the heart of AVEVA's technology strategy, and, in this approach, integration isn't an option - it is a given.Products reviewed in this article:z AVEVA Engineering - NEWz AVEVA Electrical - NEWz AVEVA Diagramsz AVEVA Instrumentationz AVEVA P&ID

With almost 4,000 employees, Origin Energy is one of the leading providers of energy to more than three million homes and businesses throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Origin is one of the top 20 listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) involved in gas & oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing.In late 2009, Origin acquired the Otway Gas Project from Woodside Energy. Handover required a vast number of Woodside documents to be transferred to Origin's systems, within a tight timeframe and with minimal interruption to operations. It was imperative for Origin to avoid any interference with the operation of the project, as this would create a safety risk and the danger of incurring a substantial cost.Origin recognised that transferring all the data via hard copy and hard disk was impractical. Such a procedure would be laborious and could result in irrelevant or inaccurate data being imported into Origin's systems. The workload involved in manually moving all hard files to the new location was also a major financial concern.Proven effectiveness at WoodsideIn considering their options, Origin concluded that, as Woodside was already using AVEVA technology, AVEVA NET would be ideal for this transfer. AVEVA was able to demonstrate to Origin how, in a matter of seconds, using project document control procedures, the system could be used to access vital data, such as information relating to materials and purchasing.Initial assessments highlighted the importance of transferring the data accurately and completely. As with any transition of this scale, there were a number of inherent risks for which AVEVA had to make necessary provision. The most significant risk identified was the possibility of misplacing sensitive or critical information in the data transfer, thus hindering the proper operation of the gas projects.Origin Energy, the Otway Gas Project and AVEVA NET - seamless handover of information assetsThe Otway Gas Project, Victoria. Photograph courtesy of Origin Energy. 12AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2'Through the use of AVEVA NET, we completed the transition within a short timeframe, allowing staff quick access to crucial project information across the Otway Gas Project...'