Study of the Life Cycle Requirements for an Information Model of the Components That Are Incorporated in Process Facilities.
Study of the Life Cycle Requirements for an Information
Model of the Components That Are Incorporated in Process
Arnold, J. A.; Teicholz, P.
NIST GCR 96-705; 122 p. March 1996.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-129589
research facilities; life cycle
This paper reports the results of research that explores
product modeling issues for components that are
incorporated in process plant facilities. This project
begins with an information requirements study that
identifies the industry stake holders, the business and
technical processes involved in component information
exchange, and the life-cycle information requirements of
a typical process plant component, the control valve.
The findings for the study are described through a
review of the business issues, and through a process
description of the 'life-cycle' of a valve within a
hypothetical project context. Through this case study,
the research attempts to identify data and engineering
knowledge that should be included in a component
information model to support and improve business
process. In the final phase of the project, an
information model and component selection test case for
one component type is developed. Based upon the results
of the information requirements study, the test case
explores the integration of an explicit description of
product data (including form, function, and behavior)
and a task based process in a component information
model. This model provides support for analysis and
evaluation of component selection in an intelligent
engineering application. It is proposed that the
integration of product and process description in a
component information model makes it possible to develop
information exchange technologies that can effectively
support and improve business process. This approach is
compared to other efforts that are being pursued within
the research community and industry, e.g., the
STEP/EXPRESS initiative and related efforts.