24AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 1The universe just got biggerAVEVA's 12.1 product releases bring more capabilitiesAstronomers seem to regularly discover that, just when they thought they knew how big the universe is, it turns out to be actually even bigger. The AVEVA environment is a bit like that. Users continue to design ever larger projects with increasingly massive levels of detail, confident that there is no practical limit imposed by the technology. Meanwhile, AVEVA continues to push the technology out even further!AVEVA's core technology has never imposed any inherent limitation on project size but, with the latest 12.1 product releases, AVEVA has added many enabling features and functions which will allow the technology to extend its scope. For example, the 12.1 releases now greatly extend the available range of units of measure. Among many others, these now include Distance, Bore, Area, Volume, Angle, Weight, Temperature, Density, Pressure, Force, Voltage, Current and Impedance. This is an important enabler for increasing the integration of engineering and design data.More database functionalityAt the architecture level, a number of improvements have been made to database structure, configurability and controllability, making the data more rapidly accessible. Importantly, none of these improvements will adversely affect current or previous model data, while most are transparent to the user and readily configurable to business needs.Change highlighting has been greatly extended to embrace engineering and schematic data. This now provides the highlighting of changes and the ability to view change histories, both on the P&IDs and in the tabular data of AVEVA Engineering. The Lexicon module has been greatly enhanced to enable the definition of more extensive object relationships. Because more complex relationships can be difficult to view, new 'database view' functions have also been added, providing system administrators with an intuitive, graphical interface for viewing these relationships.Another improvement at 12.1 is the introduction of Unicode language support across the product range. The international Unicode character set is now used throughout the product, increasing compatibility with third-party systems and enabling users to work flexibly in their local language.More productivityUsers of AVEVA Instrumentation have been enthusiastic about its best-in-class report generation functions. This technology has now been extended and standardised across PDMS and most of the other AVEVA Plant products, enabling users to generate a wider range of high-quality, project-ready reports. For example, in the case of PDMS, 3D design data can now be combined with engineering and schematic data, such as line lists and diagrams, to compile richer, more extensive deliverables. Importantly, this new capability is additional to existing reporting functions, which are retained to ensure continuity on in-progress projects.Other enhancements are aimed at making the design process easier and more productive. For example, model library improvements now make it easier to capture and exploit design expertise by building up libraries of reusable components. Technology platform compatibility has also been extended with support for Windows 7 and for Microsoft Office 2010.Together, these 12.1 series releases offer significant, project-wide productivity improvements and valuable new capabilities for their users.
Achieving integrationAVEVA Engineering integrates engineering and design data from the outsetProving the pointLike all AVEVA products, AVEVA Engineering embodies a considerable amount of technical innovation and industry knowledge, but its performance also owes much to the support and collaboration of our customers. Such close relationships with our customers ensure that new AVEVA products fulfil real-world needs and prove their performance on representative project data and workflows. The mutual confidence this creates brings measurable business benefits to both parties.While customers are a cornerstone of AVEVA's technology development, we also need to be sure that the benefits they report are representative of what others might achieve; every business is unique. Because AVEVA Engineering embodies a new technology concept which enables new and more productive working methods, AVEVA commissioned independent research to assess the potential savings that it could deliver on a typical project. This research indicated that savings in the range of 7-14% of engineering and design labour could be expected, depending on the size and nature of the project.In the last issue of AVEVA World Magazine we described the concept and benefits of Integrated Engineering & Design (IE&D). The newly released AVEVA Engineering turns this concept into reality, extending the integration of engineering and design data for both plant and marine projects. It represents a step increase in the power of AVEVA technology and is already making significant efficiency improvements on live projects.Historically, the separation of engineering and 3D design activities has not been helped by having completely separate applications and management systems. This can create a functional barrier between the two, even though both are working to the same goal, the construction of the physical asset. AVEVA Engineering removes this barrier by enabling engineering data, such as line lists and tagged object definitions, to be created from the outset, using a purpose-designed authoring tool, and then shared by other engineering and design applications. AVEVA Engineering achieves this by sharing the same technology as AVEVA PDMS.AVEVA Engineering has been designed to fulfil several important requirements. First, it enables each type of information to be created and controlled by the responsible discipline, eliminating many common sources of error and inconsistency. So, for example, a pump has, associated with it, process data, electrical data, mechanical data and so on. By keeping ownership of data securely under the control of the responsible disciplines each type of data can be revised and reissued independently of the others. Second, sharing this information and its change status with other users enables much closer collaboration between the engineering and design disciplines. This greatly improves the efficiency of the iterative, multi-discipline processes of creating and refining a design. Compare and Update utilities, which were originally introduced in 2010 on AVEVA Diagrams and Schematic Model Manager, have now been extended to both AVEVA Engineering and PDMS. These enable users to detect differences between different sources of the same information, a key requirement for efficient concurrent engineering such as the parallel development of line lists, P&IDs and 3D models. Data can be developed independently in different tools with the security of being able to bring everything together, ensuring consistency throughout the project. They also provide a powerful means of ensuring the quality of data, whether from AVEVA products or third-party sources such as Excel.AVEVA Engineering is highly configurable and features a familiar spreadsheet-style interface, making it easy to deploy and use. Equally important, this new tool brings yet more essential project information within the AVEVA environment; for example, enabling piping designers to directly access the P&IDs and the line lists. Engineering data would also be available to AVEVA Global, enabling it to be shared across multi-site project teams, or included in various deliverables. AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 125