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Operators, contractors & technology providers collaborate for better information

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February saw the face to face meeting for the CFIHOS standard organised by USPI.

CFIHOS (Capital Facilities Information Handover Specification) is a joint industry effort to standardise information handover requirements for stakeholders across the supply chain. The goal of the standard is to improve the information handover, reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

Operator led, the standard has substantial backing from the likes of Shell, Chevron, BP, Total, Exxon and RIL, INPEX; EPC contractors such as AmecFW, Technip, Petrofac and L&T as well the key technology providers such as Aveva, Intergraph, Datum360 and Kraken IM. Attended by over 70 information professionals from all over the world the two-day event saw substantial progress on making the information requirements the same for every project. Project Leader Paul van Exel, Director of USPI, said “It is fantastic to feel the motivation of the participants of the CFIHOS event and see what great potential CFIHOS offers to them”.

The next steps for CFIHOS are to increase awareness to equipment suppliers and vendors to increase engagement as well as feed existing feedback into a new version of the standard.

Benefits offered by CFIHOS will be felt by every stakeholder in the plant supply chain:

  • Improved data integrity for all stakeholders.
  • Reduced effort and cost for owner operators in specifying information requirements for their supply chain.
  • Reduced cost for Contractors through a standardised set of requirements for data handover on every project.
  • Standardised & repeatable information requirements for Equipment Suppliers.
  • Common definitions for all software suppliers.

The USPI Mission: To develop, maintain and promote the use of international information standards and best practices for product and plant life cycle information. As well as to achieve quality engineering information required in the delivery of products and installations that are safe, reliable and environmentally friendly. With shorter project delivery time, lower costs and support innovation.

The organisation of the CFIHOS project is a global initiative in coordination with ENAA, the Japanese consortium for EPC contractors.

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