Promon Engenharia invests in AVEVA NET for Latin American growthPromon Engenharia selected AVEVA NET as its information management solution after running a comprehensive three-month benchmark programme which compared AVEVA NET with competing systems. AVEVA completed the programme in just one month, outperforming the competition on technology and time of implementation.Promon Engenharia belongs to the Promon Group in Brazil. The core business of Promon Engenharia is the design, integration and implementation of complete infrastructure solutions (EPC and turnkey contracts) for key economic sectors such as power, oil & gas, mining and metallurgy, chemicals and petrochemicals, process industries, infrastructure, and logistics and transportation.Rogerio Pinto, Systems Manager at Promon Engenharia explains, 'We implemented AVEVA NET to change the way project information was managed and accessed across all our operations. Many of our clients have clear requirements as to which engineering tools should be used for their projects, and we use engineering solutions from many vendors, including AVEVA, Intergraph, Bentley and Siemens.'A complex engineering environment'Our engineering environment is usually very complex,' continues Rogerio Pinto. 'Each separate engineering tool was communicating individually with the procurement, financial, construction and management systems. There were several disadvantages with this architecture. A large number of interfaces had to be developed and maintained for each separate project, and this created both multiple points of failure and significant ongoing cost.'04AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2A delayed coking unit for the REPAR Petrobras refinery at the city of Araucária, in the state of Paraná in Brazil. Photograph courtesy of Promon Engenharia.
Only one source of informationRogerio Pinto explains, 'The next step for Promon Engenharia was to create an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) environment with only one source of information, with a unique database for the complete engineering information, receiving data from all engineering applications.'Promon's main requirements were to find a solution which enhanced the workflow between different engineering disciplines, and which would comply with their clients' requirements regarding engineering systems. Their enterprise systems would have to be integrated in the solution, which would have to be aligned with the most up-to-date technology in the market and fit in with Promon's IT development plans.Rogerio Pinto goes on, 'In 2007, Promon Engenharia started to investigate available EDW solutions. We arranged three site visits, to companies in Canada, the USA and Scotland, to see their solutions, and we developed a proof of concept, using a general EDW solution. In the 2008 global economic crisis, we cut back on our search efforts.'Comprehensive benchmark programWhen the economy started to recover in 2009, Promon resumed the evaluation process and performed a three-month, comprehensive benchmark programme based on three EDW scenarios that are relevant to their main clients. In all cases AVEVA NET was tested against other competing systems to determine which information management solution performed best in each scenario. z In the first scenario, which applied to refinery projects for Petrobras, AVEVA PDMS was the tool evaluated for 3D modelling together with Siemens engineering tools.z In the second scenario, which applied to offshore projects for Petrobras and two mining projects for VALE, all the engineering tools were from Intergraph. z In the third and final scenario, there was a mix of engineering tools from AVEVA and Intergraph.'The result,' says Rogerio Pinto, 'was that AVEVA NET outperformed the tests. It provided very flexible integration with the different tools that we used in the three scenarios.'Before implementing AVEVA NET in 2010, Promon Engenharia defined an important document, its 'Applications Integration Map'. The purpose of this document was to define the interfaces between the different engineering tools needed, to clarify which interface was already working, and which interfaces should be developed or acquired.'AVEVA NET outperformed the tests. It provided very flexible integration with the different tools that we used...'AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 205A delayed coking unit for the REPAR Petrobras refinery at the city of Araucária, in the state of Paraná in Brazil. Photograph courtesy of Promon Engenharia.