Invensys joins Intergraph SmartPlant Alliance

10 June 2009

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has joined Intergraph’s SmartPlant Alliance, integrating its software with SmartPlant Enterprise engineering solutions. IPS claims this will enable highly automated project execution and improve the transfer of data from engineering procurement and construction companies to plant owner operators.

‘Aligning with SmartPlant Enterprise will help IPS meet our objective of changing how control system engineering is approached,’ said Neil Holden, IPS vice president of global processes and systems. ‘By compressing design and build schedules to make critical data available whenever it is needed, we can help improve our clients overall manufacturing, installation, construction, commission and training operations.’

As a SmartPlant Alliance technology member, IPS has developed complementary interfaces between Intergraph's SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, and SmartPlant Foundation with IPS' industrial automation solutions. These include Foxboro field devices and control systems, Triconex critical safety systems, SimSci-Esscor simulation software, Avantis enterprise asset management software and InFusion.

Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated suite of solutions for EPCs and owner operators to design, construct, safely operate and maintain a plant throughout its entire life cycle. The interfaced IPS and Intergraph solutions will aim to help all parties to work with a common engineering solution to better manage plant information for enhanced plant safety and efficiency from design through decommissioning. The two solutions are suitable for ongoing maintenance operations, as plants and assets are continually changing and being revised after handover to the owner operator.

‘Many of our customers have standardised on SmartPlant Instrumentation and SmartPlant P&ID as their single environments for managing field instrumentation and process layout,’ Holden said. ‘The combination of IPS technology and SmartPlant Enterprise offers a unique and powerful solution, and SmartPlant's intelligent, rule-based design capabilities make project execution much faster and efficient. This complementary interface enables our clients to access valuable information quickly and easily, helping them to reduce downtime, optimise operations and improve their overall return on plant assets.’

Patrick Holcomb, executive vice-president, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, said: ‘We are pleased to welcome IPS to the SmartPlant Alliance and to offer our customers new and innovative solutions that improve their productivity and competitive edge. This alliance will significantly shorten the engineering cycle, provide consistent data and enable owner operators to execute plant control modernisation projects faster and with less risk.’

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