AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 237Dave Gibson, AVEVA's Head of Business Management for E&I systems, explained, 'With AVEVA Instrumentation having set the benchmark for technology, features and productivity in this important market, we were starting from a very strong base. But we then invested a great deal of effort in developing AVEVA Electrical, working closely with lead customers to ensure that it fulfilled practical needs on real-world projects. They all agree that it is a real industry-leader.'With such a pedigree and an extensive range of functions and features unmatched by any competitor, AVEVA Electrical really hit the ground running, with early sales significantly exceeding expectations. Perhaps the most obvious feature of the new product is its extensive use of 'graphical engineering'. This alone is a powerful boost to productivity; by making repetitive or complex tasks considerably easier, it not only saves a great deal of work, it also eliminates many sources of error. So simple and intuitive is its interactive drag-and-drop interface that it is all the more surprising that competitor products had not already adopted such an approach.Dave continued, 'We engineers tend to be very visual people, so graphical interfaces are particularly productive features. But we also love spreadsheets for working with tabular data, so both products feature familiar spreadsheet interfaces for many of the engineering tasks. Users feel at home immediately and require very little product training.'But the spreadsheet is more than just a familiar visual metaphor; it reflects one of the most important features of both AVEVA Electrical and AVEVA Instrumentation - the ability to import legacy data. As technology advances, handling legacy data assets can be a serious obstacle to upgrading. And even when data conversion methods are well understood, in practice many migration projects can run into unexpected problems. But AVEVA Electrical is exceeding all expectations here also.Because the product supports the Excel data format, it can import data from any source or application that also supports it. And because engineering data is invariably indexed by tag number, the imported data can be immediately compatible, not only with AVEVA Electrical, but with other AVEVA products, such as AVEVA Engineering. AVEVA Electrical can actually add value to a company's existing data assets.Dave Gibson commented, 'Already, customers have had impressive success in this area. Without any training or support from our engineers, one user imported an entire installation's electrical systems data - some 35,000 instruments, 20,000 cables and 16,000 loops - with no difficulties at all.'AVEVA Electrical comprises three integrated modules, Engineer, Wiring Manager and Designer, which share a common database and handle complementary tasks and information. The Engineer module is used for defining or importing equipment data, tracking changes, creating and managing reports and documentation, and so on. Its unique feature is its 'graphical engineering' approach, whereby tabular information is presented in easily understood diagram form, similar to Single Line Diagrams (SLDs). It enables the creation of an unlimited number of diagrams and levels of detail, from the complete power distribution system right down to an individual switchboard tag. 'With AVEVA Instrumentation having set the benchmark for technology, features and productivity in this important market, we were starting from a very strong base. But we then invested a great deal of effort in developing AVEVA Electrical, working closely with lead customers to ensure that it fulfilled practical needs on real-world projects. They all agree that it is a real industry-leader...'AVEVA Electrical Wiring Manager Module - Management of cables and terminations.www.aveva.com/45years
38AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 2The Wiring Manager module handles the creation and connection of cables. It enables a user to create cable schedules, and handles drumming and Bill of Materials outputs. It shares AVEVA Instrumentation's intuitive drag-and-drop interface, a unique feature in this class of application.Finally, the Designer module enables the efficient production of deliverables such as schematic drawings and Single Line Diagrams direct from the database, ensuring accuracy and completeness of information.AVEVA Electrical is not only a powerful stand-alone product, its value increases significantly when integrated with AVEVA Instrumentation, or with AVEVA's other plant and marine solutions. For example, it integrates with the cable routing functions in AVEVA PDMS and AVEVA Outfitting. This alone is estimated to cut around 30% off the man-hours required for cable installation design. Cable routing is just one of AVEVA Electrical's interoperability features. Built on .NET technology, it meets practical needs in the real world of multi-vendor, multi-site, multi-user installations. It can integrate effectively with CAD systems, document management, materials management, office applications, and so on. It can integrate with AVEVA Instrumentation, providing a seamless environment for two closely related disciplines which, until now, have been separated by incompatible software tools. Now each specialist can see the other's information, making it easy to integrate electrical power with instrumentation and control. Forgotten cables, or too few power terminals for instrumentation equipment, can now be a thing of the past. Perhaps more importantly, this business- and safety-critical engineering information is brought under robust control in an integrated system which meets the needs of both the engineering contractor and the asset operator.At last, E&I professionals are getting the design tools they really need.Information about AVEVA Electrical can be found at www.aveva.com/aveva_electrical.Above: AVEVA Electrical Engineer Module - Automatic creation of KOL and SLD diagrams.Below: AVEVA Electrical Designer Module - Automatic production of deliverables.