At Aucotec, our main goal is to help engineers do their jobs better. We believe that one of the best ways to do that is by bringing engineers — and engineering processes — together into a collaborative environment.
This isn’t just an abstract idea. It’s a fundamental concept that forms the basis of the Engineering Base platform. In this article and the accompanying video, you’ll learn how connecting the logical and physical views of a plant in parallel creates synergy among engineering disciplines.
The example in the video is a circumstance familiar to all plant designers — the need for water. Every plant constructed has at least one requirement for water supply.
To the engineers designing this plant, that means creating a function that supplies water. This function is associated with two elements:
- A tank with two valves — Located in the tank farm
- A pump — Located in the pump station
The engineers also have to think about how to control the level of the tank. Doing that requires a new sub-function, which is also associated with two elements:
- A sensor on the tank
- A terminal in the control room
The equipment (tank, pump, etc.) exists in the physical world, while the functions (level control, sub-functions) exist in the logical world. Both of these worlds come together in the engineering drawings.
Creating this connection among different engineering design processes is a perfect analogy for creating synergy among different engineering disciplines.
Engineers don’t work in a vacuum, and they shouldn’t work in a silo. The ultimate success of engineering projects depends on collaboration among engineers working at different levels of a design, as illustrated in the table below.
|Process engineers||Instrumentation engineers||Electrical engineers|
|High-level structure and design in both the physical and logical worlds||Medium-detail level||Deep-detail level|
Just like Engineering Base brings together the physical and logical worlds, it also brings together the various engineering teams. Rather than working alone using separate software applications and having to import and export data, all of the engineers can work in the same project simultaneously.
Engineering Base bridges the gap between processes and people. That means your engineers can do their jobs better, which helps your organization succeed and compete.