Intergraph Solutions for Growing Trends in the Process Industry

Adrian Park, Michael Buss, and Tom Szoka look at trends in the process industry and how Intergraph solutions can help in sectors such as water, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

Both owner operators and EPCs are seeing similar industry trends: the requirement to do more with less, pressures on productivity, accomplishing more in fewer hours, collaboration, and reuse of data.

Park discusses the new Smart Access tool and its capabilities for owner operators. New industry trends include owners operating plants longer than initially anticipated. The new Intergraph solution allows more work to be done on the owner's behalf. Smart Access is a packaging of solutions and services so that third party documentation (from owners, 2D CAD files, Excel files, databases) can be assimilated, structured, and made available on the cloud. This cloud-based offering reduces the hurdle of access, allowing owners to take advantage of our solutions.

Doing more with less can be accomplished through presenting information to users in the context of where they are working. Most owner operator personnel don’t work in engineering systems; they work in maintenance systems, control of work systems, inspection systems, etc. What we have developed allows the third party system to access our information and provide relevant data to the users in the systems. People don’t have to log into our system to access engineering documentation and information.

As noted by Tom Szoka, the EPC world still faces the pressures of productivity, more design in fewer hours, and reuse of previous efforts. Rather than look at a design on paper, users can take the data and the relationships established with these modern tools and reuse them.

As projects are getting bigger and more complex, EPCs are bringing in more contractors to spread that risk. The need to collaborate is greater than ever before. Being on the web is critical to sharing that information. Data must be shared, but the intellectual property must be kept secure. Intergraph tools are a market leader in this realm.

Here are the Intergraph tools that address these trends:

Cloud computing is central, and there are many advantages, such as avoiding handovers between different phases of the project. The cost of handing over data is eliminated totally if everyone is working in the cloud, and it handles everyone working in different standards. Working “in the cloud” doesn’t make a difference to users because they are working on a web front end. The response is the same, if not better!

Cloud is not simply for tabular data, and as Szoka points out, Smart 3D is running successfully on very large projects in the cloud. The cloud is scalable; you just pay for the resources you are using.

The process industry is going the way of the cloud. With the cloud there is a zero footprint. You can collaborate during the design cycle as well as during operations and management.