A Trip Down Memory Lane: Empresarios Agrupados at HxGN LIVE 2015

Patrick Holcomb, Executive Vice President Intergraph PP&M congratulating Juan García Rendón, Project Manager at Empresarios Agrupados during HxGN LIVE 2015.

As HxGN LIVE 2016 is quickly approaching, GetSmart Blog spoke with Juan García Rendón, project manager at Empresarios Agrupados (EA), regarding his company's attendance at HxGN LIVE 2015.

GetSmart Blog (GSB): Could you tell us a little bit about your SmartPlant P&ID presentation during HxGN LIVE 2015?

SmartPlant P&ID is the first SmartPlant Enterprise Suite solution that EA started to use, back in 2009. At the time, we customized it so that it would meet our requirements by adding new functionalities whilst improving its integration with SmartPlant Foundation.

As time went by, we kept on customizing the software to respond better to the market and the needs of users of our tools, eventually obtaining an environment that was totally integrated with SmartPlant Enterprise and our documentation management system. This was the tool we presented at the HxGN LIVE event last year.

GSB: Why did you decide to present on this topic?

We wanted to share our overall experience after all these years of successfully using it and to present some of the new, recently added functionalities of the system.

GSB: Could you describe the project in a little more detail?

Our project featuring SmartPlant P&ID focused on two main features:

  • The capacity to navigate directly, clicking on one component in the graphic interface of the P&ID to view all its related documentation, for example, manufacturer drawings, which are stored in the EA document management system
  • The possibility to view the information, displayed in pop-up windows, each component in a specific report, all fields included, without having to generate the report itself again if changes were made. Our in-house users really needed an easy way to access the up-to-date information and to make sure that no changes were lost.

GSB: How was your experience presenting at HxGN LIVE 2015?

It was a great experience, an impressive location, and we had to present in front of a big audience! They all appeared very enthusiastic, asking many questions at the end of the presentation. We received a lot of interesting takeaways from it.

GSB: How would you describe your overall experience of attending HxGN LIVE 2015?

During HxGN LIVE, almost 3,000 people gather together, many of them from the power, process and marine industries, which are our own core industries. It was a great opportunity to see how these solutions are used in projects all around the world. It also allowed us to show our own capacity to other companies and future clients.

We also attended the Technical User Forum Meetings (TUFs), because they provide the latest information on upcoming features, improvements, and long-term development of the solutions. It is also the best time for us to share our own experiences, needs, and questions about the solutions with the product owners. On top of this, the event allows a lot of networking possibilities.

GSB: Will you be attending HxGN LIVE 2016 in Anaheim? If yes, what would you describe as the key benefits for attending the event?

Yes, we will be attending HxGN LIVE 2016 in Anaheim. We hope to be able to present our experiences again, this time focusing on our latest advances in the area of non-typical pipe supports in Intergraph Smart 3D.

Empresarios Agrupados is an architect-engineering organization of international standing and diversified activity, operating mainly in the area of power generation. The company provides engineering and consulting services in more than 37 countries. For more information, please visit: empresariosagrupados.es

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