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New Intergraph software version for EPCs

Oilfield Technology,

Intergraph has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its solution for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organise, link and visualise large volumes of information through a simple web portal.

Trustworthy engineering data and documentation is essential to effective project delivery and safe, efficient operations. However, EPCs and owner/operators struggle to manage large volumes of unstructured, unmanaged information, documents, drawings, models, lists and datasheets that exist in multiple formats and locations. This lack of control can lead to duplication, fragmentation and degradation of information integrity, and even its outright loss.

SmartPlant Fusion

SmartPlant Fusion 2014 delivers several significant functionality enhancements for addressing those problems, including exponentially faster document loading; improved user experience and navigation; a reporting and charting engine with a number of out of the box reports for document lists, tag lists, document status, tag document relationships and more; improved integration with Leica TruView™ laser scans for more intuitive navigation; and multi site capability. SmartPlant Fusion also provides interoperability with Intergraph’s template solutions for EPCs and owner/operators. SmartPlant Fusion users can incrementally promote documents with their related tags into fully managed environment within SmartPlant Enterprise or SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO) with integrated tools, automated work processes, check in/out, electronic sign off, transmittals, management of change, and much more.

Owner/operator challenges

TechValidate carried out a recent survey of process industry professionals. The survey was in cooperation with Intergraph and highlights the widespread challenges that owner/operators and EPCs face when it comes to managing unstructured information. Key findings included:

  • A high percentage of unstructured information exists in most organisations. Nearly half of the respondents said unstructured information represents at least 40% of their total facility information.
  • A vast amount of plant personnel time is spent finding and validating information. 52% of the respondents said they spend at least 20% of their total time searching for information. 7% said they spend 60 – 80% of their time looking for information.
  • A significant majority of respondents said they lack confidence in their ability to find information to support emergency response, which impacts safety. Just 39% said they are completely confident they would be able to find information in a timely manner to support emergency response.

Full results of the report can be found here.

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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