Framework for Information Technology Integration in Process Plant and Related Industries.
Framework for Information Technology Integration in
Process Plant and Related Industries.
Beazley, W. G.; Chapman, J. B.
NIST GCR 94-657; 74 p. July 1994.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB94-219086
industrial plants; industries; building design; building
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.