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Framework for Information Technology Integration in Process Plant and Related Industries.


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Beazley, W. G.; Chapman, J. B.

NIST GCR 94-657; 74 p. July 1994.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB94-219086

Keywords:

industrial plants; industries; building design; building construction

Abstract:

The benefits of developing re-usable, integrated data during the design and construction of process plants have been difficult to quantify and achieve. Although Engineering and Construction (E&C) firms are generally willing to develop such data and owner/operators are receptive to the benefits of re-usable data, the clear justification of the additional costs and process changes needed to use such added value information has proved difficult. The main problem lies in assessing the impact of re-usable information on the support of the entire plant life cycle. This problem is solved by introducing a constraint framework capable of capturing all requirements placed on the plant during its life cycle. The root constraints on the process plant are attributed to the business case, external and agent-specific constraints applied to the plant constructed during its entire life cycle. The business case includes processes that produce the plant, such as work performed by E&C firms. In most cases, when concurrent and downstream (during a later phase) constraints are addressed early during E&C work, costs are avoided in later work. Many of these constraints call for data elements, relationships, and work processes that are similar to or derived from those produced during earlier E&C work processes.