As plant engineering becomes more competitive and globalization forces design departments to speed the process and find efficiencies in all places, the next obvious step in the evolution of these processes is adoption of an intelligent and integrated plant information modeling process that uses objects in a single centralized database where design data is stored in a structured way – as “intelligent objects” filled with information and properties that can be shared and worked on collaboratively by all disciplines across a single object model.
If design and engineering companies apply some of the modern CAD tools, the design process results in a database that includes information about the plant geometry (3D), materials, P&IDs and control paths, power supply schematics, equipment lists, suppliers of materials and equipment.
A truly modern Plant Information Modeling System would consist of an object-based system with a single centralized database where design data is stored in a structured way – as “intelligent objects” filled with information and properties. Such a system would also have built-in capabilities of revision control, administration tools, cost estimator, project coordination, catalog creation & control system, a good & easy report generation capability, integration between various disciplines including change management, ability to identify clashes and the ability to interface with various complementary information systems like ERP, Analysis, etc.
i2 PIM (intelligent & integrated ‘Plant Information Modeling) creates more than just digital 2D and 3D models. It uses object models that have intelligence, graphics and engineering data unified into a single version shared across all disciplines. This approach and integration of all disciplines enables real-time collaboration between all disciplines resulting in less effort, less errors and less rework for completion of a project. i2 PIM impacts the entire plant design and engineering process from the proposal or project appropriation (budgeting) stage to the construction stage it provides insights that help in better planning and more accurate engineering throughout the project lifecycle. An added advantage is that work completed at any every stage of the project lifecycle is applies to future stages, creating additional efficiencies and freeing up staff time for more strategic work. Organizations that use i2 PIM processes are transforming how they engineer plants, utilities and plant equipment, resulting in a workflow advantage, competitive advantage and shortened project cycles. In fact, achieving 50+% improvements in plant engineering efficiencies, 30+% cost reductions and 90+% reductions in documentation efforts compared to AutoCAD alone are now possible with i2 PIM processes and technologies.
Advantages of i2 PIM: