08AVEVA World Magazine 2013|Issue 1How the world's leading low-carbon energy company increasingly relies on AVEVA technologyJulien de BeerHead of Product Business Management Engineering and Schematics, AVEVAElectricité de France (EDF) is a leading player in energy technology, whether for nuclear, hydro, wind or solar power, leading the drive towards carbon-free energy. EDF is the world's largest nuclear energy operator, running 58 plants on 19 sites in France alone. The company has ambitious plans for the future: to be the biggest electricity company in the world by 2020 with 200 GW of installed capacity.Since the early 1980s, AVEVA PlantT has played an integral part in EDF's design and construction activity. Last year, to further improve their efficiency, EDF added the AVEVA DiagramsT and AVEVA Schematic 3D IntegratorT applications to its AVEVA Plant deployment. At EDF's engineering office in Paris we met Bruno Pentori, EDF's Head of CAD Department, and Laurent Perry, their CAD Tools Suite project manager.Safe and reliable engineering'In other industries,' Bruno Pentori told us, 'integrated and consistent engineering and design information provides efficiency benefits; in ours, it is an essential foundation for safe and reliable nuclear engineering. Through the addition of the AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic 3D Integrator applications to the current AVEVA Plant solution, EDF will be able to effectively manage the flow of engineering schematic data and 3D design between all participants throughout an entire project.'Consider the scale of EDF's project engineering operations, and it is easy to appreciate the need for such effective management. EDF itself has around 250 AVEVAT users; add those employed by all its subcontractors, and the number is multiplied by three. With so many engineers working concurrently across a globally distributed project, there could be many opportunities for errors and inconsistencies were it not for the robust control provided by the AVEVA software. EDF already uses the AVEVA GlobalT work-sharing solution to achieve this control, having worked Flamanville construction site. Image courtesy of EDF. © Copyright EDF - Alexis MORIN.
AVEVA World Magazine 2013|Issue 109with AVEVA to implement WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) support to increase system security. EDF's AVEVA PDMST projects are equally impressive with, typically, over 300,000 objects in the model, over 500 P&IDs and around 12,000 Instrumentation and Control diagrams.Close collaborationGiven the unique nature of nuclear engineering, adopting any new software must be undertaken cautiously and requires a very high level of validation. It is also essential that users of the software are confident in its performance and reliability. AVEVA engineers worked closely with their EDF counterparts to configure the two products to EDF's needs, testing and verifying their performance and resolving any unusual problems. This programme proved very successful, achieving production readiness within schedule, after only two iterations. Feedback from EDF's subcontractor community was extremely positive, with users quickly becoming confident with the new tools.'For obvious reasons, we need to mandate common software systems across all project participants,' said Laurent Perry. 'We are very pleased with the success of this implementation, which is due to its support among our engineers and subcontractors and to the technical support from AVEVA. Nuclear engineering is a complex industrial challenge; we need tools and systems which are part of the solution. AVEVA has consistently provided us with these for over 30 years.'In order to meet new requirements and to further improve quality and efficiency, EDF decided to extend the use of AVEVA Plant by using AVEVA Global, AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Schematic 3D Integrator at the start of the detailed design phase of the EPR projects in the UK at Hinkley Point and Sizewell.'AVEVA has enabled us to standardise on a single integrated technology platform for P&IDs and 3D design. This has already proved to be an efficient solution, enabling speedy responses to the Engineering Division's key requirements, which include implementing modern, user-friendly tools, efficient 2D/3D comparison and open solutions to quickly customise catalogues and configuration,' said Bruno Pentori.'Our AVEVA deployment provides many benefits,' he continued. 'One of the most valuable is the ease of design reuse, which not only reduces project cost and timescale, but also eliminates a great deal of technical risk. So, too, does generating production drawings directly from the 3D model.'We are also able to use the 3D model on site to support construction work; the shorter the links between engineering, design and construction, the better,' he went on. 'That is why our technology strategy is based on integration and standardisation. We are now looking at closer integration of Control and Instrumentation information. Future developments will focus on Revision Management, Configuration Management and Series Management, where we foresee valuable improvements in efficiency.''Our AVEVA deployment provides many benefits. One of the most valuable is the ease of design reuse, which not only reduces project cost and timescale, but also eliminates a great deal of technical risk...'Photorealistic architectural rendering of the Hinkley Point site. Image courtesy of EDF. © Copyright EDF.