The Dow Chemical Company, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is world’s second-largest chemical producer. The company combines science, technology, and creativity to develop innovative solutions, such as ensuring access to clean drinking water, generating renewable energy, and boosting agricultural yields. By combining technology and know-how, Dow’s 52,000 employees across 197 locations worldwide create more than 5,000 pioneering products for customers in about 160 countries.
To achieve their goals, Dow relies on pioneering tools and technologies. At three of their Germany locations, the company uses Aucotec’s integrated software system Engineering Base. Dow has used Aucotec software to document their projects for many years. Previously, they used Engineering Base’s predecessor, Aucoplan, to document their manufacturing plants for methyl cellulose as well as the steam boiler in their Stade, Germany, location. Today, Dow uses Engineering Base for these operations as well as for all new projects.
Centralized support throughout the project life cycle
Dow uses database-driven engineering platform Engineering Base to support the control of the project life cycle from specification and design to installation and operation.
Thorsten Meyers, Engineering Resource Leader in the Stade Engineering Solutions Department, assigns a particularly important role to the software’s information management capabilities. “An essential factor for the success of a project and economical operation is that the complete documentation of the electrical, measuring, and control technology is conducted in only one system,” he says. “In Engineering Base, all of the information is maintained centrally: all loops, terminal, or layout diagrams including imported package units with all documents such as manuals, certificates, and the like.“
These benefits are derived from Engineering Base’s multi-level system structure, which uses a central data source to ensure consistency across documents. The structure also supports the integration of all applications in upstream and downstream engineering, which greatly enhances efficiency. Meyers concludes: “With its far-reaching automation and the integration of standards, Engineering Base offers an enormous potential both for project documentation and later on for the life cycle of our plants.“