In Europe, operators usually want their plants to be designed end-to-end by only one source. For plant construction companies, this means that in addition to automation, they must also deliver complete instrumentation including cabling. This requires creating and managing a gigantic amount of data. Different subcontractors and incompatible data multiply the costs of these products, and the enormous safety requirements make central project planning necessary.
Emerson Process Management’s Power & Water Solutions division met these requirements by partnering with Aucotec.
Emerson is the market leader for developing automation solutions for the power generation, water treatment, and wastewater industries. Aucotec makes Engineering Base, a software system for complete process automation. In the power plant sector, the bandwidth of Engineering Base extends from the flow diagram via the documentation to the complete automation engineering job.
Under the partnership, Engineering Base has been integrated with Emerson’s control system, Ovation, to form a new product called Ovation Documentation Builder. This means that in addition to control and automation technology, Emerson can offer a service package including electrical engineering that extends down to the wiring information for the cabinets. The two companies have an agreement to develop and distribute the product.
Step by step consistent
The combination of Engineering Base and Ovation results in enormous time savings. It eliminates duplicate maintenance of up to 20,000 I/Os. In addition, it synchronizes the DCS database and the project documentation generated by Ovation Documentation Builder.
The new Emerson workflow is subdivided into six steps, with the two systems supplementing each other. It starts with field instrumentation in Ovation Documentation Builder and a simultaneous definition of the plant concept in Ovation. It then goes via loop generation with typicals and easy cabinet configuration down to the assignment statistics and the final documentation.
Cooperation results in major contracts
The combination of a leading hardware system supplier and engineering service provider creates a strong force in the global market. The cooperative solution is already being implemented in several major projects, including supercritical units and a very large hydroelectric complex.