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Plant engineering software helps improve interoperability in power system engineering

16 December 2014

Plant engineering software is helping ENERGOPROJEKT Katowice SA (EPK), a power system engineering specialist, to optimise engineering workflows and offer shorter times to market.

The engineering focus of the company has been on planning and designing diverse power generation units, combined heat and power plants and heating stations and EPK prides itself on delivering complex solutions and consulting services for conventional power units and complex and innovative subsystems, such as dense fly ash slurry disposal plants.

The company’s portfolio includes complete project management – from drafting the concept up to final execution and commissioning, with intermediate steps including planning and financial engineering, design and delivery.

The object-oriented platform of COMOS plant engineering software from Siemens has enabled the company to develop a coherent data exchange between different departments so that they are always able to access up-to-date data. COMOS supports end-to-end plant asset management across the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant.

All EPK departments can work in parallel on the same project at the same time. This creates a common virtual space to coordinate all process-related branches, and it also ensures the conformance of interconnected components. In addition, processes that in the past would have been executed serially can be converted into concurrent processes. In addition to this, change management has been made easier and more transparent for the relevant personnel.

International standards and transparency
COMOS contains the library catalogues, and allows for the creation of schemes in accordance with PN-EN ISO standards, so that all of the prepared documentation uses a single coherent and standardised terminology. COMOS, as a global data hub, allows the documentation history and of all the scheme versions with corresponding sheets to be archived after every engineering stage. These are subsequently used to prepare different types of reports. 

Commenting on the company’s experience with COMOS software, Lukasz Grela, technical director of EPK, said: “COMOS has been used and satisfies our needs in different areas such as process, I&C and electrical engineering.”  The company is currently looking at further implementation and integration of the software with  its process simulation tool and calculation worksheets in order to streamline project management and communication.

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