Capital Construction: IT Investments Pay Off Handsomely

By Elena Zhuk, February 19, 2014

advanced information technologies. At the conference, Siemens PLM Software, a Siemens subsidiary, unveiled Teamcenter, one of the most efficient products for engineering projects management. Teamcenter is used as part of PLM’s concept of integrated approach to managing information about the structure/facility at all stages of their lifecycle, from initial concept, through design and construction, to use and decommissioning. Teamcenter enables users to find required documents in the complex and growing flow of regulations, provides options to adjust budgets and timing of project milestones when changes occur, as well as shortcuts for dealing with other similar operational issues. In parallel to seamless integration with a different CAD-systems and MS Office, the product also offers rich visualization capabilities for unified presentation of data from various contractors, suppliers, vendors, design companies, as well as optional creation of tasks for project members involved in project procedures. The data received by Teamcenter can be converted using JT, a standard specifically designed by Siemens for three-dimensional systems.

Optimum placement of documents can help companies save substantial funds. Capital construction expenses reach €1-2 million per day – and workflow optimization can cut costs by 29 percent, according to figures cited at the conference by OpenText principal solution consultant Marcus Zelezny. In particular, for creating a Project Design Document Management System (PDDMS) for LUKOIL Overseas, Parma-Telecom (ITPS Group) used such OpenText solutions as an Integrated Workflow System based on the OpenText Content Server 10.0, OpenText Transmittal Management, Brava for OpenText Content Server. At the conference, the system was presented by Azat Valeyev, head of electronic document flow at Parma-Telecom (ITPS Group). According to Valeyev, the client needed the system due to a broad geographical span of his activities, hundreds of thousands of documents in storage, the difference between business processes in different branches located in different countries; the client also wanted better order and straight sequence for documentation approval. The system development began in 2012. Since then, the software helped create the search engine for documents with over 40 classifying parameters, automatic checks for completion of document sets, and the mechanism for reviewing project documents. The system is already operating at West Qurna 2 field in Iraq and in Yamamah and Mishrif projects – users have been trained, and accumulated documentation was fully loaded into the system. 

Modeling solutions provide invaluable assistance in executing oil and gas industry projects. At the heart of the solution proposed by Petroleum Experts lies an integrated model that can be used by engineers, even without programming skills, for calculations, various kinds of interpretation and visualization. We are talking about digital field technology currently implemented by the company. The integrated model enables experts to reproduce the field’s behavior via understanding its physical processes, to boost production, to predict the behavior under different operating conditions. Currently the Petroleum Experts software serves more than 200 digital fields. Many clients even integrate the requirement to use the Petroleum Experts software into their corporate standards, noted Petroleum Experts engineer Nikolai Kostromin. 

Standardization Helps Save Data 

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