AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 103Exciting newtechnologiesI never fail to be impressed by how much seems to happen between successive issues of this magazine. Even when we have been working solidly on a new product for many months, I still have a 'wow!' reaction when I read about it here. This issue is no exception and I hope you, too, will think 'wow!' when you read about the exciting new technologies we've introduced for both the plant and the marine industries.In the last issue we examined the significance of integrating engineering and design data. Here, we follow this up with a review of the recently released AVEVA Engineering product. Together with a number of enabling features we've added to our core technology, this important new product ushers in a new level of efficient collaboration across the different project disciplines. Data integration is central to our Integrated Engineering and Design roadmap, so you can expect to read more on this topic in future issues.AVEVA Engineering is applicable to both the plant and marine industries - it's all about integration, remember - but we have also released three powerful new applications just for shipbuilders. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited will be AVEVA Design Reuse, which enables AVEVA Marine users to reuse previous designs, whether of individual hull blocks or entire vessels. It's easy to visualise the huge gains in design productivity that this will unlock.There are even more gains to be made from the powerful information management technologies in the AVEVA Enterprise suite. The publicly visible face of asset management - and a valuable barometer of its effectiveness - is operational safety, so we recently commissioned independent research into the current state and usability of safety information in the oil & gas industry. The findings confirmed our own experience, but proved so illuminating that we felt they should be made widely available. You can read an overview of the research in this issue but, if you're a plant operations professional, I recommend that you download the full report from the AVEVA website (www.aveva.com/publications). If you recognise your own organisation in some of the problems described, I would recommend that you speak to one of our Enterprise Asset Management specialists! (See www.aveva.com/offices for local AVEVA office details.)Lastly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the record number of new customers who have joined the 'AVEVA family' this year. Considering the global economic uncertainty that still persists, this bears out my confidence in the resilience of the engineering industries and in their recognition of the measurable advantages that AVEVA technology provides. I'm sure that we will soon also welcome some of these new customers to the pages of AVEVA World Magazine. Often, many of the most impressive success stories remain under wraps for reasons of client confidentiality, which makes it all the more pleasing when such world-class businesses as Rolls-Royce and Petrofac are willing to share their experiences, as they have done in this issue.To all our customers, old and new, I wish you every success during 2012.Richard LongdonChief ExecutiveAVEVA Group plc'I would like to extend a warm welcome to the record number of new customers who have joined the 'AVEVA family' this year. Considering the global economic uncertainty that still persists, this bears out my confidence in the resilience of the engineering industries and in their recognition of the measurable advantages that AVEVA technology provides...'
04AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 1How AVEVA Plant supports one of the Middle East's most successful oil & gas companiesPetrofac is not only one of AVEVA's longest-standing customers in the Middle East - as a FTSE 100 listed company it is also one of the region's most successful oil & gas engineering businesses. We recently met Stephen Major, vice president, engineering and took the opportunity to find out how AVEVA technology has contributed to the company's success.Naji AtallahRegional Manager Middle East, AVEVAKelvin DavisMarketing Communications Manager, AVEVAKeeping AheadHistoryPetrofac first adopted AVEVA PDMS in 2000, together with AVEVA Review, at its Sharjah operational centre, principally in response to a customer requirement. This first deployment proved successful and it was later rolled out across its other design centres. PDMS was followed, two years later, by AVEVA VPRM. More recently, AVEVA Clash Manager and AVEVA P&ID were added. Today, the AVEVA deployment supports the piping, civil, electrical and instrumentation, telecommunications and process disciplines on a wide variety of projects, including processing plants, oil pumping and gas compression stations, and pipelines.AVEVA in useTo a large extent, the oil & gas industry is almost a seamless PDMS environment, so it came as no great surprise to learn that Petrofac frequently delivers its work as native PDMS models, even to the extent of delivering models and AVEVA Review files direct to the field engineering team, as well as to the customer.Major explained, 'Our customers usually want an updated as-built version of the PDMS model from which they can generate their own deliverables to support their longer-term asset management task. Petrofac's expertise in PDMS helps to meet these customer expectations.'Together, PDMS and AVEVA P&ID form a good platform for Petrofac's projects. Major explained that the AVEVA deployment has enabled the company to develop a number of customisations and in-house applications helping them progressively to integrate with various business processes. 'We appreciate the openness and ease of configuring and extending the AVEVA system, especially as we have been able to do so with some help from the excellent AVEVA support team in Dubai. We now have a better flow of data between PDMS, our own applications and various third-party solutions, which goes a long way towards maintaining our competitive strength in a demanding market.'The Kauther Gas plant in north Oman was designed and built by Petrofac for Petroleum Development Oman using AVEVA Plant. The project involved the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and initial operation of a 20 million standard cubic metres processing facility. Photograph courtesy of Petrofac.