M A G A Z I N E
Also featured in this issue:
EDC’s use of AVEVA Bocad™ for structural steelwork
DSME’s migration from Tribon to AVEVA Marine™
Two years on: AVEVA Engineering™ in practice
UPEC leads the way in Russian power project engineering
Integrated shipbuilding at Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard
North Sea Success
The story of the Gudrun platform
Welcome 3 AVEVA infographic 22 AVEVA honoured at two prestigious award ceremonies 35 Focus on your industry 35 AVEVA World Summit 2013 38
Structural Growth: AVEVA Bocad 8 What’s new with the Future of Plant Design 20 An overview of AVEVA Engineering in practice 24
Cover story: Aibel’s global operations deliver success 4 EDC: Daring to be Great 12 DSME’s migration from Tribon to AVEVA Marine 16 Urals Power Engineering Company 28 SEDIN Engineering: Strategic collaboration in China 32 L&T-Chiyoda: Raising one’s game 36 MIPAC – Instruments of Change 40 Integrated Shipbuilding at Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard 42
The Gudrun topsides. Photograph courtesy of Aibel and Statoil.
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Editor – Magnus Feldt, Senior Marketing Specialist, AVEVA
In biology, it is common to encounter completely
unrelated species – often on widely separated
continents – that have so successfully solved
the same survival challenges as to have become
physically almost indistinguishable. It’s called
convergent evolution. A corresponding convergence
is also taking place in the engineering world,
as sectors and disciplines that once considered
themselves unique progressively adopt common
solutions to what are, in essence, common
The obvious difference of course is the speed of the convergence, which is driven as much by the rapid advances in enabling technologies as by the relentless growth of global demand. AVEVA has played a central role in this, perhaps most conspicuously in integrating plant design and construction technologies with those of shipbuilding to support the booming offshore industry. We continue to drive convergence in other areas, towards a vision of efficient, seamless engineering in a seamless AVEVA technology environment.
This issue features some good examples of this. We have made strong progress in integrating best-in-class structural steel design with plant and outfitting design, while AVEVA Engineering™ is rapidly bringing down barriers between engineering and design disciplines. Traditional boundaries between asset creation and asset operation are also eroding as Owner Operators come to appreciate the considerable economic benefits of sharing information with their EPCs from the earliest stages of a project. And this is not just one-way pressure; UPEC, one of our progressive Russian EPC customers, is actively promoting this collaborative way of working to its Owner Operator clients.
The big breakthroughs we described in the last issue are now being followed up with consolidation as we bring planned incremental developments and technology integration to market. So while last year may have been the most exciting ever for AVEVA, I think many of our customers are finding this year just as exciting. At our early adopters of AVEVA Everything3D™ we find their engineers tremendously enthusiastic about its new capabilities.
As you turn these pages you will find success after success as we and our global customers advance together. As they have used AVEVA technology to grow in efficiency and capability, so AVEVA has continued to grow in turnover and global presence. Together we are converging on a shared vision.
Richard Longdon Chief Executive AVEVA Group plc
‘While last year may have been the
most exciting ever for AVEVA, I think
many of our customers are finding
this year just as exciting. At our early
adopters of AVEVA Everything3D we
find their engineers tremendously
enthusiastic about its new
Aibel’s global operations
deliver North Sea success
The story of the
The newly built Gudrun platform
has been a very successful and
challenging project for the
Norwegian company, Aibel.
AVEVA’s Plant portfolio has
played an important role in this
complex, collaborative project,
executed by Aibel’s engineering
offices in Haugesund, Oslo and
Singapore, and its fabrication
yards in Haugesund and in Laem
Chabang, Thailand. We visited
Aibel in Haugesund, on the island
of Risøy on the west coast of
Norway, only a few days after the
enormous, 10,600 tonne topsides
was moved out of the North Sea
This demanding project for Statoil was rapidly approaching its
conclusion. Only testing, finishing work and transfer of systems remained before the platform was to be towed into position over the Gudrun oil & gas field in the North Sea in July this year. Production start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2014. At the recently completed office building, we met Knut O. Storsveen, Lead Advisor, CAD Systems, and Bengt A. Morken, Engineering Manager, to learn more about this project.
The oil and gas reservoirs of the Gudrun field are from the Jurassic era and lie at a depth of 4,200–4,700 metres. Creating a suitable production platform has been a complex and exciting project showing Aibel’s ability to work interactively between their engineering offices and their fabrication sites. The Gudrun platform comprises a fixed processing platform supported by a steel jacket resting on the seabed. Its topsides include a facility for preliminary processing of the oil and gas which will then be sent to the Sleipner A platform and the Kårstø processing plant, for further treatment.
FEED and detail design contracts
In 2009, Statoil awarded Aibel the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for the Gudrun topsides development. The scope of work also included living quarters with 42 cabins, and the jacket interface. The engineering work encompassed structural and piping design, specifications and 3D modelling of the topsides in AVEVA PDMS™. Then, in July 2010, Statoil awarded Aibel the contract to build the topsides for the platform. This involved engineering, procurement, and construction of the platform deck and processing facility, and mating with the steel jacket. Aibel won the contract because it had proved to Statoil that its design concept enabled it to modify the design in order to reduce the total weight of the topsides. This was critical; it would otherwise not have been possible in a single lift to mount the topsides aboard the jacket already placed in the North Sea.
Modifications prior to detail design
In spite of the modifications, Aibel convinced Statoil that the platform would be delivered on time, within budget and with no reduction in the original high quality. Aibel altered the layout of the platform to reduce the required amount of structural steel, pipework, cabling and so on. The structural design was also modified to further optimise weight.
Aibel achieved this impressive design revision by drawing on their experience from previous engineering work on the Kvitebjørn platform for Statoil, and with the help of their in-house developed project system, built on top of AVEVA PDMS.
An experienced user of AVEVA PDMS
Aibel used PDMS throughout this project, from FEED to the completion of detail design, as it does in all its projects. The structure, equipment, piping, pipe supports, cable trays and ductwork were all built in the PDMS model, which was used to generate arrangements, piping isometrics, material take offs (MTOs), spool drawings, cable tray routings and ductwork layouts.
The major part of the engineering was performed at Aibel’s engineering offices in Oslo and Singapore. The Singapore office was opened in 2007 and continues to expand; Aibel plans to employ more than 500 people there soon. The company also has a small engineering office in Thailand, to support fabrication work at the yard.
Early start of fabrication
To be able to deliver the platform to Statoil on time, fabrication had to start well before the detail design was complete. The powerful data management capabilities of PDMS were a key factor for Aibel in being able to manage this effectively. Aibel’s designers were able to ensure that the design work was completed in the order required by the fabrication plan and validate the completeness and integrity of the relevant parts of the design work at each and every stage. Designers completing the remainder of the design work were always aware of the work that had already been committed to fabrication, ensuring that their work was carried out without necessitating rework at the yard.
Construction of the topsides, including the accommodation and processing facility, started in May 2011 at Aibel’s facilities in Thailand and Haugesund. The topsides arrived for final assembly at Haugesund in November 2012, after a month-long voyage from Thailand. The jacket was manufactured at Aker Verdal, while Apply Leirvik manufactured the living quarters and fitted the helicopter deck, which had been fabricated in China. The entire platform was assembled at Aibel’s fabrication yard in Haugesund. In August 2011, the steel jacket was lifted into place on the Gudrun field by the Saipem 7000 crane ship, the world’s second-largest crane vessel. This completed the first phase of the extensive installation work being carried out there.
Work shared dynamically
AVEVA Global™, AVEVA’s solution for multi-site concurrent working, enabled Aibel to share work dynamically across four of their design and fabrication sites, and with Statoil, as the project progressed. This saved time and cost by enabling continuous working across the different time zones and by optimum assignment of tasks to the most suitable locations. Statoil understands the value of the huge amount of information contained in the PDMS 3D models of its oil & gas facilities.
To help in organising ongoing maintenance and plant upgrades, Statoil maintains up-to-date PDMS model data throughout the entire lifecycle of each asset. It issues detailed requirements to its contractors of what to include in the models, and how the models should be structured. Aibel’s work processes are fully compatible with Statoil’s own PDMS/Global implementation.
Review meetings a key component
Design review meetings by video between the engineering and fabrication teams in Norway, Singapore and Thailand have been a key component in the success of this project. The 3D PDMS model of the platform enabled the engineers to perform ‘virtual walk-throughs’ of the whole facility, quickly detecting and resolving potential design problems before the actual fabrication started.
Maintenance and modification projects
Aibel is also a major player in asset maintenance on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The company’s activities involve a significant number of platforms and floating production installations, and important assignments at several onshore installations. Aibel is currently present on 30 of the 70 platforms on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and on four of the six onshore facilities in Norway.
From left, Bengt A. Morken, Engineering Manager, and Knut O. Storsveen, Lead Advisor, CAD Systems. Photograph courtesy of Aibel.
The town of Haugesund is situated on Karmsund, a strait which used to be strategically important, as ships could pass through it to avoid crossing heavy seas. The coastal waters off Haugesund used to be a rich source of herring, and the town grew in consequence. In recent decades, the town has been turning towards the petroleum industry, and the herring are long gone. Haugesund has a coastline on the North Sea, but the island of Karmøy and the Røvær archipelago shelter most of the city from the rough waters of the ocean.
Moving the Gudrun topsides out of the huge Haugesund fabrication hall has made room for some important modification projects. Fabrication work for Norske Shell’s Draugen platform and the Gullfaks C platform for Statoil is now occupying the hall space. Troll TPC34 is also a major part of the work in the yard these days. Aibel is carrying out the modifications using AVEVA Plant™.
Draugen started production in 1993 and the platform will undergo major upgrading to significantly extend its service life. The project involves adapting the platform’s existing structure to provide a new accommodation module and four new lifeboats.
Renewable energy projects
A promising new business area for Aibel is the wind energy industry. Aibel’s first wind platform, DolWin Beta, is taking shape at Drydocks World in Dubai and has also been designed with AVEVA Plant. DolWin Beta is a submersible floating platform with a helipad, two lifting cranes and separate living quarters for 24 people.
The platform is a collaborative project between Aibel and ABB. Aibel is designing and building the platform, whilst ABB has overall project responsibility and is supplying cables and the conversion equipment. Work in Dubai will be complete by mid-December and the platform will then be shipped to Haugesund for outfitting. In mid 2014, DolWin Beta will be towed out and placed on the seabed in the DolWin field, a large wind-farm cluster in the German sector of the North Sea, where it will receive alternating current from wind farms, and convert it into direct current before sending it onshore via subsea cables.
Aibel may not be unique in operating globally collaborative workflows, but it certainly provides an example to others of how effective these can be in delivering challenging projects to demanding cost and timescale requirements. Aibel’s experiences clearly show that augmenting engineering skill with enabling technology in this way increases the capabilities and efficiency of all project participants.
Aibel is a leading service company within the oil & gas industry and is also established in the renewable energy field. The company has close to 6,000 employees in Norway and abroad, engaged onshore and offshore. With headquarters in Stavanger in Norway, Aibel has eight engineering offices in Norway, in addition to four international engineering offices in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Singapore and Thailand. The company also has two fabrication yards, in Haugesund, Norway and Laem Chabang, Thailand. Visit www.aibel.com for more information.
Top: Aibel’s first wind platform, DolWin Beta, is taking shape at Drydocks World in Dubai. Below: An artist’s impression of the platform in its operating position. Photograph and illustration courtesy of Aibel.
‘To be able to deliver
the platform to Statoil on
time, fabrication had to
start well before the detail
design was complete.
The powerful data
of PDMS were a key factor
for Aibel in being able to
manage this effectively...’
3D image of the Gudrun topsides. Image courtesy of Aibel.
How AVEVA’s acquisition of bocad
is delivering new capabilities
A great deal has been achieved in integrating bocad and its products into the AVEVA family.
Here, we take a look at the benefits this is already delivering for our customers.
Most engineering companies use a variety of different applications for different tasks, but incompatibilities between them often create discontinuities in what should be a seamless, collaborative workflow. The acquisition of bocad was an important step in AVEVA’s continuing strategy to remove such obstacles to sharing information. It brings best-in-class, highly automated structural steel detailing within the AVEVA environment.
In the plant or offshore industries, designers create structural steelwork along with all the other piping and equipment layout. But it has been customary to export the data to a specialist contractor who would use third-party software to complete the detail design and fabricate the parts. This export takes place early in the programme, because steelwork must progress to construction in advance of the rest of the project. From the moment of export, of course, the steelwork design diverged from the rest of the layout, which continued to evolve, creating the very real risk of undetectable clashes causing serious problems in construction. The business case was clear. It was already possible to exchange data with bocad’s solution, which was recognised as the leader in its market and was popular with many AVEVA customers. Closer integration would avoid the design divergence problem and increase productivity.
The expanded AVEVA team has already created optimised solutions for specific markets and simplified the product range, making it easier for customers to acquire, and benefit from, this powerful technology. With the recent release of two new products, the AVEVA portfolio now includes:
z AVEVA Bocad Steel™
z AVEVA Bocad Offshore™ (add on)
z AVEVA Bocad Onshore™ (add on)
z AVEVA Bocad Tower™
z AVEVA Bocad Roof and Wall™ Solutions for the plant industries…
Here, the core solution is AVEVA Bocad Steel. This provides best-in-class design automation capabilities in general steel detailing and fabrication. Integrated with both AVEVA PDMS™ and the new AVEVA Everything3D™ (AVEVA E3D™) it enables effective collaboration between the plant layout designer and the steel detailer, overcoming the ‘diverging designs’ problem.
The steel detailer can periodically return the structural steel model into the PDMS / AVEVA E3D environment where the plant designer can use the Compare & Update capability to review changes and accept them into the master project model, or reject them. This makes it easy to keep steelwork and plant layout in step as the overall design is developed. Status highlighting can be applied to distinguish areas that have been released to fabrication from those still subject to change. The business value this brings in eliminating sources of construction problems is considerable.
Product Business Manager, AVEVA
Product Strategy Manager, AVEVA
‘The expanded AVEVA team has
already created optimised solutions
for specific markets and simplified
the product range...’
The AVEVA Bocad Onshore add-on pack provides further productivity-enhancing features for the plant industries, making it quicker and easier to define structures such as pipe racks and towers. This not only saves valuable man-hours, it also increases design quality because all the essential features of a particular element are predefined and parametric, configuring themselves automatically in accordance with rules (which are themselves configurable).
…and ideal for marine and offshore, too
AVEVA Bocad Steel also integrates with AVEVA Outfitting™, offering similar productivity gains for shipbuilders. To meet the specialist needs of the offshore industry, which has evolved design principles and practices not encountered elsewhere, AVEVA Bocad Steel can be augmented with the AVEVA Bocad Offshore add-on pack. This extends the built-in catalogue with a range of industry-specific templates that make it easier and quicker to create features such as complex, compound-angle joints, mudmats (used on the bottom of platform legs), helidecks and flare booms. With the oil & gas industry moving into deeper waters, many of these features will be of value to shipbuilders collaborating on floating exploration and production facilities.
Removing business barriers
AVEVA customers’ projects rarely exist in isolation, so removing barriers to related areas of engineering is a valuable business enabler. Bocad technology has enabled us to offer two more complementary products. AVEVA Bocad Tower is optimised for the power distribution and similar industries. It comes with an extensive library of parameterised tower structures, such as the familiar three- and four-leg pylons or tubular communications towers. In use, the tower designer has only to define key dimensions, add necessary elements such as ladders and decks, and specify the materials to be used, and the application will create fully detailed fabrication and construction deliverables.
within the AVEVA
Finally, AVEVA Bocad Roof and Wall serves the needs of many of bocad’s long-standing customers in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. It will be of particular interest to AVEVA customers in the power industry, enabling them to execute both plant and building design in a common 3D environment.
The AVEVA Bocad applications are elements of AVEVA Plant™ and AVEVA Marine™, enabling structural steelwork to integrate effectively with all the other disciplines in a seamless, multi-discipline AVEVA 3D environment.
The AVEVA Bocad advantage
Like the rest of the AVEVA portfolio, the new AVEVA Bocad applications integrate 3D model data with 2D deliverables. Any approved change to the model is immediately reflected and highlighted in the affected drawings and, indeed, vice versa. Many experienced engineers find it easier or more convenient to create design changes on a drawing; this two-way 2D/3D integration enables efficient working in either direction. But the feature that puts AVEVA Bocad technology demonstrably ahead of its competition is the completeness of its shop-ready 2D drawing output. Using other steelwork solutions, manually editing and completing drawings for issue to fabricators can absorb some 30–40% of design office man-hours, even on simple projects. In the majority of cases, AVEVA Bocad drawings need no, or very little, extra work. This high level of drawing automation also reduces the effort in making subsequent design changes, and further eliminates sources of error.
Importantly, this supports Just In Time fabrication, another element in Lean Construction. Drawings can be released at the last moment, incorporating all necessary updates and minimising the risk of a late change being overlooked between drawing production and steel manufacture. AVEVA Bocad deliverables are fully detailed for accurate, least-cost fabrication and construction, while direct output to CNC cutting, forming and welding machines saves time and ensures accuracy. AVEVA Bocad is efficient for complex design.
Specific connection libraries are available, shown here for onshore applications.
Detailed general arrangements and fabrication deliverables can be quickly and easily produced.
Examples of ‘off the shelf’ macros specifically designed for the offshore industry.
‘With AVEVA Bocad, there are effectively
no limits to design creativity; if you can
model it, AVEVA Bocad will generate all
the high-quality deliverables required to
Structural integrity is not negotiable. It must be verified during construction and maintained throughout the asset lifecycle. To support this, the AVEVA Bocad products uniquely treat welds as intelligent tagged items, not just arbitrary symbols on a drawing. This ensures that callouts on a drawing exactly represent the welds defined on the model, eliminating one obvious source of error. Welds can also have attribute data associated with them, enabling efficient project tasks such as weld material provisioning and certification tracking. In asset operations, every weld can be individually referenced in work packs or inspection procedures and its entire history recorded.
A secure future
In just one year, AVEVA has:
z met customer demand for more fully automated structural detailing
z optimised a range of best-in-class products for the plant, mining, power distribution, shipbuilding, offshore and construction industries
z provided effective integration between the most advanced solutions for structural steel, plant and marine outfitting design
z established a clear roadmap for continuing technology development and integration.
Another example of Continual Progression in action!
Above: AVEVA Bocad Steel provides best-in-class design automation capabilities in general steel detailing and fabrication.
Left: To meet the specialist needs of the offshore industry, AVEVA Bocad Steel can be augmented with the AVEVA Bocad Offshore add-on pack. Image courtesy of Dragados Offshore. Right: AVEVA Bocad
Steel is capable of producing projects with extremely complex model geometry.
How AVEVA Bocad™ technology enabled an
innovative Australian start-up to become
the most capable business in its sector
AVEVA acquired bocad because we could see that its
considerable technological leadership matched and
complemented our own. But even our enthusiasm for it
pales compared with that of EDC Consultants, its leading
exponent in the Australian structural engineering sector.
When we asked EDC’s Managing Director, Chris Velovski, if
he would share his experiences of the Bocad technology,
we almost had to hold him down!
Like many start-ups, the company was formed out of trauma. ABB had purchased the Allco Steel Corporation, then one of the biggest steel fabricators on the east coast of Australia, and a number of experienced engineering and design staff found themselves surplus to requirements. This proved to be a blessing in disguise; Chris and a colleague, Mark Bajorek, set up the Enterprise Drafting Company Pty Ltd in 1992 and have never looked back since.
The team had a lot of high-quality experience behind them, having worked on some of Australia’s most prestigious building and plant
projects, so success and growth came quickly. By 2008, the company had grown far beyond being just a supplier of drafting
services, and renamed itself EDC Consultants Pty Ltd. A key factor in this growth was the adoption, in 2001, of
BoCAD (as it was then called) software for structural steel design. Chris Velovski explained, ‘We’d had some very bad experiences with general-purpose 3D modelling systems. They were claimed to be able to do anything, but we quickly discovered how drastically they would fail when pushed. I had had some experience with an early version of BoCAD when working with Allco Steel, and I learned that it had since moved on from being a rather unwieldy programming language to being a full visual modeller. So I made a point of attending a
demonstration advertised in the Australian Steel Institute’s magazine.’
For some time, Chris and his team had been evaluating other structural steel solutions and they had been disappointed to find that these still had many of the shortcomings of the general-purpose systems. The BoCAD demonstration was impressive and further investigation indicated that EDC had at last found a solution that could support their long-term development. BoCAD-3D was purchased and, after a brief training period, put to work on a live project.
Zoran Markovski, BoCAD Coordinator / BIM Coordinator, explained, ‘This decision changed the course of the company. We increased our productivity and were able to integrate our project delivery faster than I would ever have thought possible. The ability to model intuitively in 3D, and to move freely around the model without continually resetting coordinates was exhilarating!’
EDC Directors Mark Bajorek and Chris Velovski. Photo courtesy of EDC.
Above: An isometric view of the buffer bin assembly for the Newcastle Coal Export Terminal. The facility handles 30Mtpa of coal. Image courtesy of EDC.
Director and Operations Manager Mark Bajorek, added, ‘At that time we were committed to heading down the true CAD/CAM path, so we needed software which could accurately reflect the design intent and generate CNC data for automated production machines, without requiring costly and error-prone fixes and workarounds. BoCAD clearly met this need.’ Twelve years on, EDC has achieved some astonishing results with its BoCAD system. Chris Velovski explained that one important driver was being able to compete on technical ability against overseas competitors who could afford to throw huge amounts of low-cost labour at a project. ‘I tell our clients that we use our smarts,’ he went on. ‘With the combination of our imagination and the power of the software we can overcome any challenge. And I do mean any challenge!’
To illustrate what he meant by ‘smarts’, Chris showed us an impressive model of a conveyor gallery structure, used in the minerals processing industry. Any designer would feel pleased at having created so complex a model in a few days but, using Bocad, EDC can create it in just ten minutes, with all the welds, stiffeners and connections fully defined. This certainly isn’t out-of-the-box functionality, so how do they do it? Zoran told us that they began using Bocad’s macro language, COPL, almost from the outset to streamline and automate a growing range of design tasks. ‘These macros are quick and easy to create,’ he explained. ‘They save time and provide a designer with more options. We can implement parameterised connections quickly, in multiple locations, and if a change is needed it will update every instance right across the model.’
Experience and success with COPL macros led EDC to wonder how much further they could push design automation with Bocad. Zoran became expert in the use of FFEIN, a deeper-level programming language that enabled the development of larger and more complex macros, such as that used to create the gallery model.
‘With the combination of our imagination
and the power of the software we can overcome
any challenge. And I do mean any challenge!’Above: An overview of the structure for the massive Rouse Hill retail development. Image courtesy of EDC. Two 57m galleries installed at Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s shiploading facility. Bocad software enabled accurate planning of the lifting arrangements for safe and rapid installation. Photo courtesy of EDC.
A conveyor gallery module, automatically generated and detailed by one of EDC’s sophisticated Bocad macros. Image courtesy of EDC.
‘This shows why we are so committed to the Bocad technology,’ continued Chris. ‘Out of the box it is way ahead of any comparable solution; the automatically generated deliverables, for example, are in a class of their own. But, for companies like us, who are prepared to invest in developing more advanced capabilities with its use, Bocad gives us so much competitive advantage that we would not be the business we are today without it. No other solution could do this, and the support we have had from the local Bocad team has been outstanding.’
With such deep reliance on the technology, we wondered whether EDC were concerned at AVEVA’s acquisition of bocad. ‘Quite the opposite,’ Chris and Mark assured us. ‘Although we don’t use AVEVA PDMS™ ourselves, we work with companies who do and we know the reputation AVEVA has in the industry. Closer integration between plant layout and structural/mechanical design detailing has to happen and AVEVA is clearly the company who can achieve it. We can see endless possibilities for EDC as a result of this.’
One of EDC’s core business values is ‘Dare To Be Great.’ Having seen the team’s culture and its extraordinary expertise at first hand, we could think of no better title for this article.
About EDC Consultants Pty Ltd
Based in Newcastle, New South Wales, EDC employs a team of 12 engineers locally and 25 designers in its Newcastle and Sydney offices, supported by a team of over 200 engineering and design staff in Bangalore, India. It provides a wide range of design, engineering and project management services to industries including petrochemicals, mining, minerals processing and building construction.
Among its more impressive projects have been:
z The Newcastle Coal Export Terminal, NSW. This multi-phase project was designed collaboratively by a team of designers and included two conveyor galleries feeding massive buffer bins. The complex bin and supporting structure design required only 25 days modelling time and 35 days of document processing to generate over 2,500 fitting drawings and 1,160 marking plans and assemblies.
z The Rouse Hill town centre redevelopment project, creating 65,000m2
of retail space in a development described by its programme director as ‘integrating architecture and environmental engineering to a level never before seen in a retail development in Australia.’
z A 20,000m2 manufacturing facility for BlueScope Steel in Western
z The Geelong & Clyde petrochemical processing plant. For more information, visit www.edcgroup.com.au.
The lower section of the buffer bin being lifted into position. Photo courtesy of EDC. Left: A buffer bin for
NCIG’s shiploading facility, showing Bocad’s ability to handle complex platework structure. Image courtesy of EDC.
Commencing construction of a refinery module. Bocad technology generated accurate and fully detailed fabrication deliverables. Photo courtesy of EDC.
DSME’s migration from
Tribon to AVEVA Marine
Five key reasons for making the move
Senior Marketing Specialist, AVEVA Korea
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME), located at Okpo Bay in South Korea, is one of the world’s most productive shipbuilders. This famous shipyard has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the world’s most complex commercial and naval vessels, as well as offshore structures. DSME has recently migrated from AVEVA’s legacy Tribon shipbuilding system to the new AVEVA Marine™. This article examines why this premier shipbuilder chose to move to AVEVA Marine for their next generation of projects, by exploring the five main reasons for its decision.
Five key reasons for making the move
‘AVEVA Marine will
be popular in the
structure industry.’The Tribon shipbuilding system had justifiably been second to none in
marine 3D solutions since 1974. However, technology is changing fast, and projects are becoming ever more complex. At the same time, the depressed marine market is seeking new opportunities, and shipyards have to become more competitive if they are to be successful. The time had come for DSME to bid a grateful farewell to Tribon and prepare to welcome AVEVA Marine, the most innovative 3D design software suite for the shipbuilding and offshore industries.
AVEVA Marine is helping shipyards around the world maximise productivity and capability throughout the design and construction processes, while minimising costs and timescales for various types of projects. This is particularly true for very large scale and highly complex new-build projects.
DSME, faced with a range of challenges in recent years, recognised the need for a new solution to meet the complex requirements of the market. Specifications were changing frequently and project sizes were increasing considerably, and there were limits to Tribon’s ability to meet these new demands. After a thorough evaluation of various engineering and design systems, DSME chose AVEVA Marine.
The history of Tribon and DSME goes back to the 1980s. Before AVEVA acquired Tribon Solutions in 2004, DSME had already implemented Tribon, and was breaking shipbuilding industry records year on year. Over the last 25 years, an estimated 1,000 ships were designed and produced using the Tribon software.
DSME, always a pioneer, was moving on to the next phase in its business growth and the company now states that the migration to AVEVA Marine is playing a key role in its ongoing success.
Mr Heung-Won Suh, Director of DSME’s Information Technology Team identified the five main reasons driving its migration to AVEVA Marine. Full support from AVEVA
He told us, ‘Adopting new tools is always risky. To minimise the risks, DSME was clear about the need for close and seamless cooperation with the software vendors. One of the advantages of AVEVA Marine for us is that it still incorporates Tribon’s 40 years of shipbuilding expertise. Over the last 25 years we’ve built very strong relationships and this means that we could be confident AVEVA will support us well after the implementation of the new tools.
‘After the first pilot test,’ Heung-Won Suh continued, ‘we carefully tested the AVEVA Marine version 12.0 environment and migration toolkits and, to improve the testing process, DSME worked closely with the development team at AVEVA. At DSME’s suggestion, functional testing in a single-user environment was executed before the application was tested in a multiple-user simulation. After that, we deployed the testing in a real production environment. Working in this way allowed us to save man-hours in both the testing and migration phases of the project.
‘One of the key factors in the success of our migration was the commitment of the local AVEVA engineers to solving the software problems, no matter what the issue. The AVEVA development team were keen to further improve the quality of AVEVA Marine and provided us with software updates and new releases.’
‘It was particularly helpful that local engineers were located close to us. We had regular meetings with AVEVA to review the status of the project and to exchange information. Migration was a complex process, but AVEVA’s support team worked hard to enable a smooth and effective implementation process,’ Mr Suh added.
‘In addition, the AVEVA Marine Technology Service Centre (MTSC) in Busan, Korea, completed a collaboration project with us at the end of February 2013. This long-term partnership will beneficially affect not only DSME, but also other AVEVA Marine users, since we have been continuously providing realistic feedback to assist with product development. AVEVA and DSME are both looking forward to further collaboration on future product development, which will provide considerable improvements for the shipbuilding and offshore industries.’
Heung-Won Suh, Director of the Information Technology Team, DSME. Photo courtesy of DSME.
Data consistency after migration
‘When implementing AVEVA Marine,’ Mr Suh went on, ‘we had two concerns about consistency.
‘One concern was related to the consistency of legacy data moving from Tribon to AVEVA Marine. As a long-term user of Tribon, we had an enormous volume of design data. Moreover, ongoing projects needed to continue as normal. Since data was changing every day, it had to be kept consistent at all times. We are pleased that AVEVA Marine facilitates the collection and continuing management of a consistent set of whole data that can be used to support all aspects of ongoing projects.
‘The other concern was about how well in-house systems could be implemented in the AVEVA Marine environment. While we were using Tribon, we developed a number of in-house systems: a modelling program, a drawing program, a Bills of Material (BOM) system and a visualisation program. The migration of in-house systems began in 2011, and they are maintained in AVEVA Marine just as they were operating before.
‘AVEVA Marine is currently being used for ten offshore projects and we are also going to adopt it for commercial ships, special ships and other offshore projects beginning in 2014. To carry out these projects, we have already trained about 1,500 employees to be expert users of AVEVA Marine and we aim to train an addition 500 people in 2013. We propose to build approximately 70 ships and offshore units per year with AVEVA Marine.’
Better performance than Tribon
‘Certainly,’ Mr Suh continued, ‘we reported some errors and incidents with the earlier versions of AVEVA Marine. However, it has been improved thanks to user feedback, and we recognised that the overall performance is better than Tribon. In addition, AVEVA Marine is now more robust, flexible and scalable than Tribon.’
‘Tribon with its long development history was regarded as very stable, but AVEVA Marine contains many more useful, up-to-date functions and modules that are not included in Tribon. Users can feel uncomfortable when they start to use the new tools, but eventually they find that AVEVA Marine is faster and more versatile than Tribon.
‘Thanks to its strong core technology, AVEVA Marine is more suitable for meeting the technical requirements of our new, complex upcoming projects. For me, the most significant feature in AVEVA Marine is its parametric functionality, which provides intelligent graphical design and effective design quality assurance.
‘Among AVEVA Marine’s new features and functions, it allows users to build template-based libraries, so they don’t have to waste time redesigning every item each time saving time and effort. AVEVA Marine also includes a sophisticated 3D graphical user interface enabling quick and intuitive modelling. The ability of various data input/output functions provides further user-friendly customised features. Designers can take advantage of Design Review features to check, not only for clashes, but also for any model parts they may need.’
‘DSME now has a vision for the next 50 years as a global top player in the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) business. To make this a reality, DSME values the importance of collaboration with major EPCs, not only locally but globally. AVEVA PDMS™ is a leading solution of choice for the world’s power and plant industries supporting projects of all sizes, from the smallest upgrade to new-build installations of unlimited complexity, and it offers valuable collaboration opportunities and an extensive pool of skilled users. Demonstrated interoperability between AVEVA Marine and PDMS enables effective collaboration between DSME and other EPCs.’
‘When our business area was focused only on shipbuilding, we could manage most projects solely in our shipyards. However, we now recognise the importance of cooperation and integration between EPCs for offshore projects. That’s why we chose AVEVA Marine as it enables precisely this sort of cooperation,’ said Mr Suh.
New business opportunities
‘DSME has enjoyed an outstanding reputation in commercial shipbuilding, but it has also moved into a succession of offshore projects, and is proud to have become the first company in the world’s shipbuilding industry to have achieved sales of USD 10 billion in the offshore arena. Indeed, DSME’s offshore contracts formed 82.5% of total new orders for 2012. DSME believes that AVEVA Marine will give it a competitive advantage for the offshore market as AVEVA Marine’s Outfitting module is derived from AVEVA PDMS, the leading 3D design software in use in the offshore industry.’
The company recently announced a new order from Statoil, a
multinational energy company, to build a fixed platform, with the option for an additional platform in the future. It will be installed at the Mariner oilfield on the UK’s North Sea continental shelf.
‘This platform will have a 31,000 ton scaled topside for oil production and will yield 31,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It will be designed with AVEVA Marine and constructed in the Okpo shipyard. Delivery will be at the end of 2016’, said Mr. Suh.
Since 1973, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) has played a key contractor’s role in the shipbuilding and offshore industry. The company has approximately 30,000 employees including its subsidiaries. Its leading technology, competitive on-time delivery, and reliable production management systems bring DSME to the top position worldwide in building various vessels, offshore platforms, drilling rigs, FPSO/FPUs, submarines and destroyers.
The shipyard, at Okpo Bay, Geoje Island in South Korea, covers an area of 4.3 million square metres, encompassing the world’s largest dock, with a million-ton capacity. It is optimised for building high-tech motor vessels using cutting-edge equipment, including a 900-ton Goliath crane. Please visit www.dsme.co.kr for further information.
First project with AVEVA Marine
At DSME, AVEVA Marine was initially used to design a fixed platform and FPSO for the P6046 Arkutin-Dagi project. For this project, named after the location of Arkutun-Dagi field, Sakhalin DSME and WorleyParsons set up a global work share which made possible parallel design and information sharing in real time between Okpo, Korea and Houston, USA. Thanks to AVEVA Marine’s integrated engineering and design approach, WorleyParsons and DSME were able to execute detailed design with AVEVA PDMS. The tighter links between AVEVA Marine and AVEVA PDMS gave them a wide choice of Engineering & Design tools for each stage of the complex project. Both companies were also using AVEVA Global™ for design sharing, as this product allowed them to work together simultaneously on detailed design projects from multiple sites. It controlled the release of data for production design on a weekly basis to each site. Data was copied from AVEVA Global and implemented in AVEVA Marine for block allocation and production data input. Production design was carried out with AVEVA Marine.
The end of last year was a very exciting
time for everyone at AVEVA as we
completed the launch of our new plant
design product, AVEVA Everything3D™
At the 2012 AVEVA World Summit in
Paris, AVEVA E3D took centre stage,
but behind the scenes we were also
introducing our new project to develop
mobile applications for plant design.
It was here that we shared the first
previews of our research prototype,
which allows for the visualisation of
AVEVA E3D models.
But why are we directing our efforts towards developing mobile applications? AVEVA recognises the following important industry changes:
z Mobile applications are being used for business to business requirements
The consumer market has produced millions of apps but very few business to business apps; this will change with the advent of the next generation of tablet using Windows 8.
z Project complexity means more staff are mobile and in different time zones
The trend is towards more subcontractors and more diverse joint ventures.
z Decision making must be streamlined
Under these more diverse engineering environments the process of decision making must not hinder project progress.
z Business processes must adapt to new opportunities Mobile technologies provide an opportunity to reassess the
current business processes and investigate new options.
z New engineers expect higher levels of availability and interactivity from their applications
Great user experience, easy-to-use systems and powerful functionality are all cornerstones of the new wave of mobile applications.
The feedback from everyone in Paris was very positive and further consultations with many of our customers soon set us on the right path to turn this prototype into a real product. Since then our development team has been working tirelessly to realise the vision of mobile apps which support the process of plant design. So here is a sneak preview from behind the scenes to see what has been happening.
Future of Plant Design
Our new project team has been operational for over six months and has made excellent progress towards completing the product. Our close partnership with Microsoft has helped to provide more insight into the technologies and developments behind Windows 8, which is our chosen platform for application developments at this stage. Windows 8 provides a robust platform for developing our new mobile application.
We are focusing this new application on the design leaders and management team who are not always available in the design office, but who are key decision makers and active members of the review and approval teams across the design. We have concentrated on a number of key areas in order to help them drive designs forward and streamline the approval process.
Important feedback from our customers includes the desire to be able to see and interact with the live design model, not a static snapshot. Engineers need to see the latest available information and its current known status. Access to the live information helps a multi-disciplinary and multi-regional team work off the same understanding of the design progress.
The ability to visualise and to easily manipulate the 3D model with zoom, pan and rotate functions is essential in highlighting design areas of interest and seeing them in the context of nearby objects.
In order to make decisions regarding the validity of designs, the engineer must be able to assess the design situation. This means seeing the design in 3D model space, measuring distances, identifying potential clashes and querying the attributes of 3D objects. All of these help to create a picture of the design for proper assessment. Notes and comments for the design must also be easy to append and share with collaborating parties for quick problem resolution.
The most important part of streamlining the approval process is enabled by allowing mobile authorised workers to approve designs in progress. Being away from the office need no longer hold up the process of design approval. Mobile users should be able to change the status of the design directly on the design model and indicate their approval.
User experience (UX)
The availability of a lightweight application development framework and gesture technologies through Windows 8 has allowed us to direct our product design effort to creating a simple and efficient user interface. The introduction of gestures for selecting functions and manipulating the 3D model help to make the experience very intuitive. Taking advantage of the new 3D design graphics within AVEVA E3D makes the operation of the app very tactile and highly productive when combined with our new pop-up AVEVA PowerWheel™.
Developments are still under way for the new product, which will be launched at the AVEVA World Summit in Boston at the end of October 2013. For more information on this exciting new application, simply sign up to the new alerts from our Future of Plant Design website:
‘We are focusing this new application on the
design leaders and management team who are not
always available in the design office, but who are
key decision makers and active members of the
review and approval teams across the design...’
Right: These images are from a development version of the software; the final version may differ.
Our sustained investment in product development and ever-closer customer support teams
makes AVEVA the key technology partner of the world’s most successful engineering companies
Global growth – global success
During the past five years, AVEVA has invested almost
£150 million in innovation
AVEVA serves more than
customers in the plant and marine industries
Oil & Gas
Launch of AVEVA
Global Majic for
bocad for steelwork
Annual revenue in £ million
Our sustained investment in product development and ever-closer customer support teams
makes AVEVA the key technology partner of the world’s most successful engineering companies
Global growth – global success
During the past five years, AVEVA has invested almost
£150 million in innovation
AVEVA serves more than
customers in the plant and marine industries
Oil & Gas
Launch of AVEVA
Global Majic for
bocad for steelwork
Annual revenue in £ million
Two Years On
An overview of AVEVA Engineering in practice
AVEVA Engineering™ was released in
October 2011, so two years on seems
like a good opportunity to take stock of
its development since then and of its
impact on the engineering industries.
AVEVA Engineering’s importance can be summed up in one word: control. Engineering projects create and manipulate huge amounts of disparate types of information, through a process of continual change. Historically, this required the different disciplines to work with many mutually incompatible applications and any number of home-grown spreadsheet documents. Chemical Engineering Magazine1 once observed that
‘...engineers working with stand-alone computer programs spend 50–80% of their time moving and organizing data between programs.’
That was quite a startling statistic. It implied that many engineers were only fully productive for one or two days a week; for the rest of the time they were creating opportunities for errors to creep in, which is frustrating for the engineers and bad for business.
Julien de Beer
Head of Product Business Management,
Engineering & Schematics, AVEVA
An overview of AVEVA Engineering in practice
Even with subsequent technology advances, effort that could be more productively applied is still absorbed in checking, correcting and rechecking every individual change across every business process that consumes it. Inevitably, some errors can remain undetected until the construction stage, leading to costly rework and project delays.
So AVEVA’s strategy has long been clear; bring information under control by integrating it on a common project database, and provide benchmark-quality functionalities to enable it to be created, changed and shared under robust control. It is easy to see that, just by eliminating much of the 50–80% of working time spent shuffling information, engineering productivity can shoot up, reducing costs and timescales. Equally important, by also eliminating sources of error, less checking effort is needed and a better quality project can be delivered. AVEVA Engineering achieves all this.
AVEVA Engineering enables the management of the status of every tagged item on a project, from its initial creation as an item on a P&ID, through its progress through successive changes and levels of maturity. But rarely, if ever, is a tagged item of interest to only a single discipline; it is the subject of collaboration between Process, Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation and other disciplines. These various participants work at different rates through different phases of the project. Each contributes or updates information concerning the tagged item at different times. It is essential, not only that the item’s various attributes remain under the control of the responsible disciplines, but that every discipline can always see the item’s true current status in order to keep their own part of the overall design up to date.
Many leading EPCs have already embedded AVEVA Engineering into their engineering and design management processes and have achieved significant productivity gains as a result. But companies to whom it is unfamiliar may understandably need to be convinced of its value in their particular situation. AVEVA therefore created an interactive Business Value Calculator (BVC) that enables a prospective user to create a profile of their current performance in creating the principal types of engineering deliverable on a representative size of project. Once this has been done, the BVC calculates the savings likely to be achieved, in cost and time, based on data compiled from testing on real-world data and feedback from customers.
Show and tell
Your AVEVA Account Manager or local sales team will be pleased to help you use the BVC to illustrate how AVEVA Engineering would perform in your particular situation.
‘AVEVA’s strategy has long been clear; bring information
under control by integrating it on a common project database, and
provide benchmark-quality functionalities to enable it to be
created, changed and shared under robust control...’
To enable this, AVEVA Engineering is database-driven. Each tagged item behaves as a unique data object, with many attributes that describe it from the perspectives of the various disciplines and the applications they use. This approach inherently eliminates the problems of sharing and reconciling information between different applications. The various discipline-specific views, such as line lists, P&IDs and the 3D model, each present the relevant attributes of the individual data objects.
This is shown in the example screenshots. According to need, an item may be viewed as an intelligent object in a P&ID, in the 3D model, or even in both at once. Selecting it in one view automatically highlights it in the other views, making it easy to understand both its context and its various attributes.
This has one obvious benefit: a change to an item is immediately highlighted in all its views, making it easy for other disciplines to see and respond to the change. Importantly, however, they do not necessarily have to reflect the impact of the change immediately. It remains highlighted but does not prevent the other disciplines from continuing to work at their own pace and schedule. A 3D-layout designer, for example, may choose to ‘batch up’ a number of minor changes that affect existing layout for later updating after a higher priority task is completed.
Tools for the job
Database technology is, however, only half the story; it would be of little value if the tools used to work with the data were inadequate. AVEVA Engineering therefore provides intuitive and powerful functions that correspond to the types of tool in common use.
Arguably the most popular engineer’s tool is Excel; almost every engineer uses it and a spreadsheet is ideal for working with tabular data such as line lists. AVEVA Engineering’s users immediately find themselves at home with its Excel-compatible interfaces.
Engineering information is used for a variety of business purposes, so it is essential to be able to reliably ‘round-trip’ data to and from other formats. Users can not only create new data within AVEVA Engineering, they can also import data from existing spreadsheet documents, securing the value of a company’s accumulated data assets. Information can be exported in either Excel or pdf formats for use in third-party applications or for aggregation into reports; and it can also be published to AVEVA NET™ for enterprise-wide use.
From the outset, AVEVA Engineering has had a clear roadmap for long-term development to increase its business value. The new release delivers two important new productivity-enhancing capabilities: Datasheets and Project Breakdown Structure.
New capability: Datasheets
At its first release, AVEVA Engineering could generate datasheets based on the Reporting tool. However, once generated, the data on such datasheets could not be modified and, being only reports, they could not be used for data entry.
Above: Reports can include charts and graphics.
Above: Example report showing completeness of attributes in a line list.
We see the database approach for building
intelligent and managed data as a very
positive point compared with Excel. And
AVEVA Engineering provides this level of
This has now been addressed, enabling engineering data to be entered using either the grid view or a datasheet. This is similar to the way that data can be entered in AVEVA Instrumentation™ and AVEVA Electrical™. Either method automatically stores data in the database, from where it is automatically visible in both the grid and the datasheet.
AVEVA Engineering now ships with a built-in range of standard datasheet templates but, if none of these match a customer’s particular requirements, it is easy to import a suitable Excel-format datasheet and map it to the database fields. An automapping function will handle all existing fields and can create new fields if desired.
The user benefits are significant. Data entry is exactly like using a spreadsheet, requiring little, if any, additional training, but it puts the data directly under database control and makes it available for use without further definition. A range of standard features are provided, including radio buttons, check boxes, picture files, calculation fields, units of measure, units of measure conversions and reference data. Free text fields enable the addition of comments (normally unmapped fields, as comments are not usually controlled data). All can be configured easily and enable powerful control of data.
A particularly powerful feature is the ability to link multiple datasheet templates to a single equipment item. For example, one can create datasheets in multiple languages, enabling data to be entered in an English template but issued in, say, Korean. Or one could use a company standard template but issue datasheets in API, Norsok or a client’s own standard format.
Powerful and configurable datasheet revision control is provided, while ‘round-tripping’ is supported for purposes such as vendor completion, by selectively locking data fields while leaving others as read/write for the vendor to populate. Colour highlighting and accept/reject capabilities enable effective change control. And, as an integrated member of the AVEVA Plant™ and AVEVA Marine™ portfolios, data handled by AVEVA Engineering can be readily shared across multiple work sites via AVEVA Global™.
New feature: Product Breakdown Structure
The new release also brings improved ways in which to view and use the data. Project Breakdown Structure (PBS) enables stored data to be viewed in a variety of ways based on configurable hierarchies; for example by system, area, building, level, commissioning system, and so on. Such configuration of task-optimised views enables different users to navigate engineering information for their own particular needs in an intuitive manner.
Navigation and selection of data are determined only by the configuration of the view itself; they are not affected by the organisation of the database.
The PBS can be regarded as a sophisticated explorer for easy and intuitive navigation to any project item through a structure that is easily recognisable by the end-user. Any PBS node is automatically populated with new objects as soon as they meet the defined criteria for that particular node. Together, these features make AVEVA Engineering particularly valuable for occasional users, who will require no specialist skills or training to be able to find data efficiently when they need it. Delivering results
Some of AVEVA‘s lead customers generously agreed to evaluate AVEVA Engineering’s performance on representative data and contributed valuable feedback on its ease of use. As a result, when it was released, it was already proven in the field. Customer response was enthusiastic and further feedback from its early adopters helped AVEVA to refine the roadmap for its continuing development to provide the kinds of functionality described above.
Today, AVEVA Engineering is in use across all of AVEVA’s key markets: oil & gas, chemical, power (thermal and nuclear), marine, biochemical, metals and mining, water treatment and pulp and paper. Its versatility and ease of use support a wide variety of use cases. Some customers create all engineering items within AVEVA Engineering before using the data in other applications, while others create data in other applications such as AVEVA P&ID™ and transfer it into AVEVA Engineering.
Specific uses include:
z creating process and mechanical information for equipment, lines and components
z engineering system design
z producing data sheets, lists and schedules
z aggregating imported data, for use in AVEVA PDMS™, AVEVA Everything3D™ (AVEVA E3D™) or AVEVA Diagrams™
z tag registration
z catalogue management
z tracking of modifications
z controlling P&ID drafting
z piping component supplier evaluation
z piping MTO production.
Clearly, AVEVA Engineering is playing an important role in project engineering, saving time and money through better control of key information and more efficient business processes.