IBERDROLA Reduces Design Times with Intergraph®

Spanish engineering and construction company becomes more competitive in global energy projects using SmartPlant® solutions for instrumentation and data requirements.

The Challenge

Heavily involved in large nuclear and renewable energy projects, IBERDROLA services also include project management, engineering, supply, construction and commissioning, turnkey projects, and operational support.

Determining that the time was right for expanding into new markets, IBERDOLA was eyeing international energy engineering projects well beyond its Spanish borders. The challenge was to do this while saving time and money in spite of the distance and global distribution of its customers.

The Solution

To access the international markets, IBERDROLA knew it must be more competitive. And, to be more competitive, they focused on one goal – integration. It understood the success of an EPC project depended in large part on the integration of all the components in the project. In effect, this meant coordination between all the disciplines involved in the life cycle of a power plant, from engineering to commissioning.

Within each of its EPC projects, subcontractors, engineering, procurement, logistics, construction, and commissioning were involved. Managing the data flow and information was critical in this environment. All team members have access to view and edit data, and with the SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions, the workflow operates smoothly and seamlessly. The firm was able to avoid conflicts of information between disciplines, preventing duplication of data and guaranteeing modifications were done in real-time and received across the entire workshare.

"We chose the Intergraph® solutions because, as a company, it has provided us a secure implementation with excellent technical support," said Fernando Torres, System Manager of IBERDROLA. "Intergraph has helped us evolve our functionality toward a more user-friendly environment, and we have experienced great performance in our engineering and 3D design efforts. We specifically chose SmartPlant 3D because of its powerful global workshare and automation capabilities."

For initial implementation, IBERDROLA chose Intergraph’s PDS, Support Modeler, SmartPlant P&ID, and SmartPlant Instrumentation for its design and engineering functions. SmartPlant Review and SmartPlant Explorer were used to access information for visualization purposes. By implementing SmartPlant 3D, IBERDROLA experienced increased functionality, design speed, and better performance on power plant design projects.

IBERDOLA has secured projects in more than 25 countries, and it has subsidiaries and branches in another 22 countries.