EPC Solutions Consolidating Data and Simulations

Editor: Ahlam Rais

At Achema Pulse, Aucotec will be showcasing new solutions that primarily target the engineering challenges faced by EPCs in process plant engineering. To this end, the software provider has expanded its Engineering Base (EB) cooperation platform with automatically generated cross-discipline datasheets that significantly improve consistent communication with clients and subcontractors.

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Automatically generated data sheet from a heat & material balance calculation: This way EB saves manual work and transmission errors.
Automatically generated data sheet from a heat & material balance calculation: This way EB saves manual work and transmission errors.
(Source: Aucotec)

A greatly simplified, standardized data exchange ensures faster integration of simulations, calculations and other data from complementary tools. EPCs suffer especially from time pressure, lack of resources and gigantic amount of work involved in changes. The company has developed new solutions which are hands on with customers and now want to attract more EPCs for EB's data-centric approach.

The decisive basis for the innovations is the platform’s versatile data model, on which all core engineering disciplines work centrally, jointly and in parallel. Since in this way all data on all devices and objects of a plant are consolidated across disciplines in a single source of truth, the platform ‘understands’ the directly imported simulation results of the various calculation tools immediately and flags up possible discrepancies straight away. This also consolidates the various calculation results in EB, eliminating manual data transfers and time-consuming comparisons. For EPCs juggling numerous tools, this data bundling pays off especially well, mentions the company.

A new open standard has been created for fast import into EB's data model. The XML-based EBML format ‘funnels’ even highly complex data into the platform in the shortest possible time – no programming work or special system knowledge is required, adds the firm.

The results of calculations, for example of different load conditions of a process reactor, usually have to be entered into so-called datasheets. They serve as a decision-making basis for the engineers for the final design of the reactor. Datasheets also go to customers for approval or to subcontractors for execution. They are one of the most important means of communication, so they require appropriate attention and input. With the platform, these data sheets are automatically generated from the model. Templates, in which the calculation results consolidated by EB ‘land’ immediately and without transmission errors, can be configured for this purpose, opines the company.

At the last attendance at Achema, Aucotec had presented the versatile data model and the considerable bandwidth extension of EB for the first time.

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