Daqing Oilfield Construction Design and Research Institute (DOD) - the leading such institute in China's bustling petroleum industry - was ready to tackle two projects: providing engineering, procurement and construction services for a natural gas treatment plant and a natural gas processing plant. The institute is a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, as well as one of the world's major oilfield service providers and a globally reputable contractor in engineering construction.
In these projects, the Chinese design institute wanted to improve its current materials management process and reduce the associated risks with procurement. DOD needed to:
- Establish integrated materials management system across all EPC processes
- Improve procurement efficiency and reduce project risks and costs
DOD determined that Intergraph Smart® Materials, which would enable the company to manage the materials required across all engineering disciplines, such as piping, structure, equipment, electrical, and instrumentation.
The institute implemented Smart Materials as its centralized materials management system, establishing the relevant material codes for its projects in the Smart Reference Data database. This database can then be applied in other SmartPlant Enterprise tools, such as Intergraph Smart 3D, Smart Instrumentation, PDS®, and other solutions. Hexagon PPM provided DOD with dedicated support and technical guidance throughout the implementation process.
With clearly defined commodity and material codes, along with the associated rules, DOD had access to consistent, accurate, high-quality data, which helped improve procurement efficiency for reduced risks and lower project costs. Using Smart Materials, the Chinese design institute was able to establish an effective materials management system, ensuring the company delivered its projects on time and within budget.
DOD will continue to use Smart Materials and further enhance its materials management system. The company will also integrate Smart Materials with other SmartPlant Enterprise solutions for a single interface across the project life cycle. This will help to facilitate the overall construction phase of its projects and enable DOD to execute projects successfully.