Improving Engineering Data Quality


Dimitri van Dingenen, Reliability Engineer at Hydrogenics EuropeHaving up-to-date, insightful and actionable engineering information is becoming key for operational success for many owner operators in the process power & marine industries. GetSmart Blog interviewed Dimitri van Dingenen from Hydrogenics Europe (pictured right) to discuss how Hydrogenics improved their engineering data quality with the help of Intergraph SmartPlant P&ID.

GetSmart Blog (GSB): What were the main challenges you were facing?

Dimitri van Dingenen (DVD): One of the main challenges we were looking to mitigate was the complexity and increasing scope expansion of our project deliveries and the effect of it on the quality of engineering information. We needed a way to organize engineering information in a manner that would enable us to communicate with our customers in a standardized manner, making sure that all the necessary information was up-to-date and available for all the departments.

GSB: How did you decide to proceed?

DVD: We were already using IFS as our ERP-system, so we needed a solution to integrate with it. The key idea was to have a solution that would both bring information together from different departments, and make it available to all relevant parties.

GSB: What were the next project steps?

DVD: After the first introduction to SmartPlant P&ID, we were convinced that the solution would easily mitigate their challenges and that the customization would be only a matter of mapping properties and basic data.

After this, Intergraph built a customized interface between the ERP system and SmartPlant P&ID, enabling us to capture all engineering data entered in SmartPlant P&ID, such as process specifications and instrument data, and to store it in the existing ERP system. This made the information available to all departments and the bidirectional interface removed the need to manually touch data, eliminating human error.

Ultimately, the project was finalized after a testing and debugging period where we worked together with Intergraph to share feedback and finalize the interface. Currently, the interface migrates process parameters, functional relations, pipe system relations, part relations of all items on the project P&IDs, which include 600+ items and another 6000+ properties on average.

GSB: What were the main benefits you’ve witnessed?

DVD: The centralized access and storage of engineering information enhanced efficiency, as the field service engineers have no trouble accessing the correct information and require less support from the engineering department to perform their daily tasks.

You can read more about Hydrogenics’ success on the case study, or press release. For more information about Intergraph Process, Power & Marine information management solutions, please visit our product family page.