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.
06AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2First project with AVEVA NETThe new COMPERJ refinery project for Petrobras is the first project in which Promon has employed AVEVA NET, and the company quickly realised further benefits from the use of the application. These included the ease with which they could now share engineering information with the procurement, construction, enterprise data and document systems, the ability to allocate materials to projects, and the integration of AVEVA NET with Promon's planning tools, Enterprise Data Management (EDM) and ERP systems.Several daily reports were developed and used by a number of professionals to consolidate information from all disciplines and integrated systems. This approach ensures a high level of information quality and reduces rework on site.Many control reports which were distributed weekly to the project team are now published on AVEVA NET as a unique information source.The COMPERJ project is using AVEVA NET in three different offices, with the scope shared between Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Buenos Aires (Argentina).Since the beginning of this year, Promon Engenharia has been using AVEVA NET on a new offshore project for Petrobras. Using a totally different system environment from that in previous projects, this also includes integration with PDS from Intergraph.Rogerio Pinto concludes, 'Promon has a complex scenario in which we use software from different vendors; with AVEVA NET, we are now more quickly able to integrate all of these applications. Having accurate and rapid access to information, we are reducing our overall engineering man-hours. AVEVA NET offers business benefits through the ability to define and maintain information integrity in an EPC environment.'About PromonThe Brazilian company Promon Engenharia, established in 1960, is part of the Promon Group. This group also includes PromonLogicalis, Promon Novos Negócios and Trópico (a joint venture with CPqD and Cisco). The Promon Group employs more than 1,600 people, and 100% of its shares are owned by its employees.The Promon Engenharia portfolio comprises an extensive array of projects, including oil refineries, petrochemical plants, maritime terminals, hydroelectric, thermal and nuclear power plants, power transmission systems, steel mills, processing and mining plants, automotive and aeronautical manufacturing plants, commercial buildings, and large transportation projects such as subway and road systems.For further details, see www.promon.com.br.A 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.