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How to build a 'digital asset' by AVEVA

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Having a 'digital asset' - or an electronic visualisation system and database describing your physical asset - will help you maintain plant uptime. AVEVA's Harald Gunnerød explained how to build one.

Having a 'digital asset' - or an electronic visualisation system and database describing your physical asset - will help you maintain plant uptime. AVEVA's Harald Gunnerød explained how to build one.

The 'digital asset' concept is taking together all the information about design, build, operations, maintenance and decommissioning of your plant, said Harald Gunnerød, senior account manager with AVEVA Solutions, speaking at Digital Energy Journal's Stavanger conference on December 9 2014, 'People and Offshore Engineering Data'.

A 'digital asset' should be a useful tool to help you work out how to reduce plant downtime and operator invention, and reduce the likelihood of accidents, he said.

It should help you 'take operational decisions on asset performance, maintenance, planning, turnarounds,' he said.

The information is aggregated together, and continually evolves along with the plant the information is describing.

The information is then presented in a way that you can use to monitor what is happening - for example spot trends over time.

The best sort of 'digital asset' will give you direct access to the core company databases, rather than a replicated copy of it, he said.

A common problem is that, when building a 'digital asset', companies focus too much on putting together all the valuable data, rather than creating a useful tool that will provide the most needed information quickly.

To combat this problem, one AVEVA client, a major oil and gas operator, decided that it wants staff in its facilities engineering group to be able to access all the information they need to do a maintenance task in three minutes from a single portal, he said.

What data you need

When building a digital asset, you first need to figure out what data you are going to capture and how.

You have to assess what you already have for the plant, find out how to capture the remaining information, and then repurpose it for operational use.

You don't need everything. The majority of customers just need a subset of their data, as a priority such as process safety registers and information around asset integrity.

You have to establish what data you are going to manage, how to store it, and make sure it is accurate, and secondly how you will make the information available as a single source for people who want to know about the operated condition of the plant.

'We need to create a trusted operational master database. That leads to the importance of having the class library defined, such that we can assess the quality of these master data that we are basing these decisions upon.'

You need to make sure that all of the information is good quality and complete, and follows the tags in your class library, he said.

The processes of developing the digital asset needs to be pragmatic, non-intrusive, managed within OPEX projects and demonstrating value at each stage, he said.

'Clearly this isn't just a software solution, it requires processes and governance in these processes and the commitments to budget,' he said.

Often a further required step is developing data standards. 'This then becomes the minimum tier for new information that's been added to the asset,' he said.



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