One of the major challenges of managing capital projects today is the timely execution of project completion activities. Completion generally ends up getting less time and budget than requested, but there is an immense potential to enable savings through better planning, tools and people in early stages of projects - failing which we see a spurt in commissioning expenses that become essential to complete the project in time.
Completion is plagued by absence of best practices, non-adoption of mobile platforms and missing real-time progress status, largely manual processes, disconnected from design systems - which means more time and effort to do activities like checklists, systemizing P&IDs, etc.
To address these challenges project professionals have expressed a desire for a robust completions system that can be integrated with design tools, so that it can streamline loading, Management of Change and relay feedback to engineering design ecosystems with as-found or as-installed status. Furthermore, completions planners need a system that would handle multiple projects thus significantly reducing efforts to setup and develop work packages for a project and adopting best practices.
Mobility has touched all aspects of our modern-day life, with more and more people across the globe using smartphone and tablets to connect and communicate. Mobility can offer great benefits with improved efficiency and productivity within Completion processes and offer value by going paperless, facilitate real-time reporting and simplify compilation of work packages for field personnel.
Hexagon PPM has always been ahead of the curve for providing outcome-based solutions to its customers, has a very powerful solution for completions to address these challenges and meet the expectations of the Completion planners – Intergraph Smart Completions.
Smart Completions helps plan field activities with automatically generating Job Card sheets showing planned hours, resources, materials, exhibits and status. It further enables automatic check sheet assignment based on business rules and facilitates Mobile Execution – both online and offline, improving efficiency and increasing productivity. Advanced reporting capabilities ensure there are graphical reports reflecting true status of the report for all stakeholders.
Close integration with Hexagon PPM’s data-centric and rule-driven SmartPlant P&ID (SPID) means dynamic and Integrated scoping of commissioning systems between SPID & Smart Completions and early definition of commissioning systems. This highly configurable system can manage multiple projects.
Industry has long struggled with the problems of largely manual and disconnected completion methodology affecting projects. Smart Completions ensures reduction of capex and ready for operations through full life cycle support, automated package building, mobility and advanced reporting capabilities and is a proven solution being deployed for some of the largest oil & gas assets on multi-billion-dollar projects with millions of tags.
Anant Sadekar has 25+ years’ experience working in the process industries, and he’s the executive manager for Owner Operator Business Development for Hexagon PPM's EMIA region. This blog is a brief summary of Anant’s presentation "Beyond Design: Smart Completions” at EPC in Oil & Gas Conference 2019 (EPC 2019) that took place at Taj Lands End in Mumbai in August 2019, with the theme “Addressing challenges to deliver improved performance.”