The rise and rise of Integrated Engineering and DesignPlant projects involve huge amounts of data, across all the plant disciplines. This data evolves during a lengthy workflow that requires the participation of many parties. To succeed, AVEVA's customers need nothing less than excellent tools for generating, coordinating and managing this complex data flow.The benefits of the 3D technology used in this process are now very widely appreciated. The ability to comprehensively visualise and model complex engineering builds, and to understand the impact of design changes, both in the design and construction phase, and in the operational phase, is a strong value proposition. But what about the applications that sit outside the 3D process? How important is it that they are integrated effectively into the very complicated overall 'mix'?AVEVA supports true integration. This is not the optional use of a complex foundation layer to provide limited communication between disparate design and engineering applications. Instead, with AVEVA, integration is fully inbuilt; the Engineer and Design products are all powered by the same resources.Integrated Engineering and Design: its benefitsThe AVEVA approach is founded on the belief that true integration needs engineering and design applications that work together and can share and reference data online during the design process itself, both between themselves and with other products and in-house systems. This additional value proposition, which AVEVA calls 'Integrated Engineering and Design', is critical to the solutions' ability to address real-world needs. For instance, the designer who is developing a schematic may also need information at his fingertips from outside his immediate discipline, such as the 3D model, piping specifications, and so forth, with clear distinction between issued and work-in-progress status. If all of this information is contained in separate silos and cannot easily be shared, it takes a great deal of work to make use of it, and duplication of both effort and the data itself will inevitably occur. Likewise, if immature information is used inappropriately, error will surely result.08AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 2
AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 209Integrated Engineering and Design -In Sound and ImageAVEVA has produced a new video to explain its Integrated Engineering and Design approach. The video shows how the approach is broken down into three product categories, Engineer, Design, and Manage:z Engineer: These products create schematics, diagrams, datasheets, engineering lists and indexesz Design: These products create 3D models for detailed design and produce all associated deliverables z Manage: These products enable global work share, clash management and design reviewThe video acknowledges AVEVA's historical core specialism of 3D design technology, as embodied in solutions like PDMS.But it also shows how Integrated Engineering and Design delivers significant benefit to the many other activities that are involved in the design and construction of process plants.To see the video, visit: aveva.com/videosMulti-Discipline EngineeringA significant resource in the engineer's armoury will be the new AVEVA Engineering product, which enables engineers across multi-discipline teams to concurrently create and maintain the definition of tagged engineering objects and their attributes, and to work via line and equipment lists, etc.AVEVA Engineering is unique in the market for a number of reasons, and benefits engineers in many ways, just a few of which are explored below:z It meets the specific needs of multi-discipline engineers, because it is a purpose-designed, out-of-the-box authoring tool. The market has historically relied on disconnected spreadsheets and/or bespoke software developments to try and meet this need. z It enables projects to be completed in as short a time as possible - concurrent and parallel working enables rapid design, even across global locations. On-demand, user-controlled consistency, and compare/update checking, help to shrink project schedules further, while ensuring that a fully consistent design is achieved. z It enables schedule and cost savings, and quality improvements, because of inbuilt integration, which, unlike many competitor systems, is not dependent on manual transfer of data between applications (e.g. schematics and engineering). Partners with different implementations can work effectively together, even across geographical boundaries, without trying to manage information in disconnected spreadsheets or having to implement expensive bespoke solutions at remote locations.z It works with what customers have already got, including standard office applications like Excel, enabling rapid deployment into even the most diverse IT environment.z It makes set-up easier and quicker because it shares administration, configuration, data management and customisation functions with AVEVA PDMS.NEW!