Complex processes with no collaborationThere are the typical activities involved in creating a basic engineering package. The simulation data form the basis of all downstream activities like deliverables creation, design rules application and quality checks. Project participants like process engineers, draftsmen, mechanical designers and project managers typically work in their silos, where information is usually manually re-entered. Apart from the challenge in finding the right piece of information, this results in a lot of duplicate manual inputs, and consequently a lot of errors, manual quality checks and re-work – finally putting the project to risk.
Oil & Gas projects are especially challenging
Process industries, such as Oil & Gas, use an extensive range of processes. The path from first design to end product is generally very complex – and extremely time-consuming.
Any error in design or operations can have inestimable outcomes, such as huge unexpected costs or, in worst case scenarios, accidents.
Additionally, in the current reality where low oil prices are the new norm, EPCs and operators can not afford disconnected environment forcing manual rework and limit world wide collaboration.
In order to guarantee the performance, quality and safety of a project, companies need to pay attention to:
- Reduce manual work: the use of software technologies to standardize process will guarantee project efficiency, data reliability and allow you to reuse information
- Reliable data management: a common data model for the complete lifecycle will guarantee an uninterrupted flow of information and increase collaboration
- Efficient management of changes: unmanaged change causes errors, failures and rework. With a reliable and efficient management of changes, project performance increase and safety is ensured.
- Precise cost calculation since very beginning of a project: this will prevent cost uncertainties from emerging as the project progresses
Smarter and unified Front-End Engineering Design with COMOS FEED
COMOS is the world’s unique software solution that lets you integrate engineering and operation on a single database. The open system architecture relies on maximum flexibility and integration for data import and export, and serves at the same time as a uniform basis for systems to use – a “single source of truth.” Among other things, COMOS enables an efficient Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) as a basis for the initial cost estimate. Block-flow diagrams clearly depict entire processes and serve as the basis for efficiently creating process flow diagrams (PFDs). By integrating and managing simulation data, COMOS enables the integrated management of run cases and variants. The knowledge base in COMOS FEED lets you create end-to-end rules to generate error-free process flow charts. These can then be easily and consistently converted into piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID).
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Information handover is a major part of any big capital project. Unfortunately, it’s often inconsistent, inefficient, and slow. CFIHOS (Capital Facilities Information Handover Specification) is an initiative which Siemens is happy to contribute to. CFIHOS is a standard that adds value across the supply chain, by facilitating information handover. It leads to time and money savings and supports reliability and safety throughout the lifecycle of a facility.
Still ongoing, CFIHOS project began in 2012, managed by Industry group USPI, and transferred to IOGP in 2020. The Joint Industry Programme (JIP36) is creating a practical standardized specification for information handover that works for everyone in the information supply chain - operators, contractors, and equipment manufacturers and suppliers. It ensures that information needed to operate, maintain and decommission a facility is easily shared with other users or systems, and easily accessible.
Siemens is actively engaged in the project and COMOS is compliant with all the defined standards and specifications for CFIHOS, as well as for ISO 15926 and 10628, DEXPI and Proteus. Our COMOS P&ID module, per example, comes out-of-the-box with a Proteus export and import feature, including all necessary mappings, where CFIHOS could work in a similar way.
Your benefits in process design with COMOS:
Fewer engineering applications, parallel operationsAs an integrated software solution for comprehensive plant asset management, COMOS significantly reduces the number of software tools needed for engineering. All the disciplines involved in engineering oil and gas industry plants can work in parallel using a uniform database.
For EPCs, using COMOS means that you can be confident that project handovers are efficient and fully documented. COMOS allows both shared and distributed work on the same plant object – in real time and with no loss of data. This standardized data platform ensures a comprehensive flow of project-relevant data across all phases of the project and at all company levels. A central status report for the plant (including part-tasks) can be accessed at any time. The ideal planning support for both engineering and operation that this provides makes it possible to prepare a ballpark calculation of costs in the very early planning stages. The quality of plant data is enhanced, and the task of extracting, processing, and distributing crude oil or natural gas products is faster as a result. You face fewer risks and your compliance is improved.
Thanks to our innovative engineering concept and the COMOS software, we can run work processes simultaneously and with improved data quality,Stein Schjerve, engineering department CIO at Aker Solutions
Digitalized and intelligent data generated by COMOS is used to create a digital twin. The digital twin is the epitome of the plant digitalization – a virtual copy of an asset (or collection of assets) that’s designed to help organizations better understand the lifecycle of their equipment and facilities. The digital twin is the source of ongoing and substantial advantages for companies in the oil and gas industry. It can be used to perform process and automation tests and operational training sessions and to examine “what if” scenarios. The intelligent 3D view offered for design, P&IDs, and maintenance planning ensures an ideal overview and makes plant data transparent at all times. The use of digital twins will reduce project costs, drive efficiency and it’s the ideal foundation for the digital transformation in the Oil & Gas industry. Opting for COMOS helps you create or develop the digital twin of your project and ensures that your systems will be truly future-proofed.