AVEVA PIPELINE | 2010 Issue 2 | Page 29 Not even the best tools in the world are of any value without the skills and knowledge to use them effectively and, whatever else engineering might be, it is supremely skill- intensive. That's why AVEVA's Academic Initiative programme has been established to support engineering education and training initiatives around the world. At the last count, AVEVA was actively supporting nearly 90 academic and training institutions in 26 countries and the number rises every month. One of the most significant recent extensions to the AVEVA Academic Initiative is with SENAI, a Brazilian organisation which is the largest network for professional education in Latin America. Brazil is at the forefront of Latin America's rapid economic growth, taking advantage of its considerable oil & gas reserves and building up extensive engineering expertise and capacity. This growth could easily be stifled by skill shortages in critical areas - PDMS piping designers are already in high demand - so SENAI's role is critical, both to industrial success and to wider economic prosperity. Organised and run by industrial entrepreneurs, SENAI was created in 1942 to meet growing demand for qualified workers for Brazilian industry. Since then, 41.7 million students have passed through SENAI's extensive, high- quality facilities, which today include 250 Professional Education Centres, 39 Technology Centres, 118 Training Centres, as well as 306 Mobile Units and 310 Mobile Action programme kits. Supported by AVEVA, SENAI has now expanded its PDMS training facilities from two original centres in Sao Paulo and Salvador to 20 locations right across Brazil. SENAI's General Director, Mr. José Manuel de Aguiar Martins, said, ' Our new partnership with AVEVA will provide engineering students with a valuable competitive advantage. Having more skilled PDMS engineers who can support 3D projects will benefit, not only their employers, but also the country.' Santiago Peña, AVEVA's Vice- President for Latin America, said, ' There is a real demand for PDMS- trained engineers in Brazil. A shortage could be on the horizon as the global economy improves. Our partnership with SENAI aims to address that potential problem and provide industry with the trained workers it needs to continue the economic and industrial expansion.' For further information on SENAI visit www. senai. br. ' Our new partnership with AVEVA will provide engineering students with a valuable competitive advantage. Having more skilled PDMS engineers who can support 3D projects will benefit, not only their employers, but also the country...' Planting the seeds of economic growth
Get- Going Right Away No special pilot phase has been necessary for the introduction of AVEVA PDMS from the AVEVA Plant portfolio at Outotec. The easy- to- learn 3D plant design solution has given the company a significant increase in productivity in a remarkably short time. Bernhard D. Valnion, Ph. D. digitalPLANT Business + Engineering Outsiders may be confused looking at the chaos of all the pipelines belonging to a process plant, the insider isn't affected at all because he can quickly identify the differences of the various types of plant. While the pipe layout belongs to the central tasks of a construction, the influence in the planning context is quite different. For example the piping layout design is very important in a fertilizer plant, such as the one Uhde is building together with Samsung Engineering in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Gulf ( 1). By contrast it wasn't that important in the ferrous pelletizing plant in Brazil's Sao Luis, built by Outotec ( 2) in 2006. There the steel structure was the main determining factor in the plant layout. Of course, such differences are important in order to select the correct planning tools: the excessive complexity of Uhde's plant brings the ( 2D) piping and instrumentation diagrams ( P& IDs) into the center of engineering. However, the planning engineers of Outotec do it right from the first getgo. They have decided in favour of PDMS designed and supplied by AVEVA. Within this 3D environment they'll never lose track. So the experts save time and money. The strategic importance of a 3D plant design system has encouraged Outotec to take special care in choosing a new system. We've talked with Manfred Kauer, responsible for the entire IT infrastructure of the German subsidiary Outotec: ' The old system was to be replaced because the increasing complexity in the system planning could no longer be controlled.' A committee of engineering and IT experts generated a set of specifications, which summarized the requirements for the new tool. Page 30| AVEVA PIPELINE | 2010 Issue 2 Peletizing plant in Sao Luis, Brazil, and ferrous pellets. This article was reprinted from the 2/ 2010 issue of digitalPLANT Business + Engineering.