Woodside deploys high tech on NW Shelf

Aveva, Autodesk and Halliburton to build state of the art engineering IT solution for TWWA.

Woodside Energy, through the Transfield Worley Woodside Alliance (TWWA) is to deploy a state of the art engineering IT solution on the North West Shelf Venture – Australia’s largest energy project. TWWA comprises several huge gas and condensate fields. To optimize engineering productivity, minimize project handover issues and support post-project operations and maintenance, the company plans to invest approximately AUD $10 million in information and design technology over the next five years.


Kicking off the IT project, Woodside has awarded a AUD $ 4.5 million contract, spread over 18 months to supply a range of engineering IT solutions, the majority from its VANTAGE solution suite. Edward Benfield, Engineering Data Management (EDM) project manager, said, ‘Following the successful execution of a pilot EDM project last year, we are going for full implementation of the EDM Project across the North West Shelf Venture.‘


Aveva’s Vantage plant lifecycle suite supports plant design, data and project management and integration with third party software for procurement and ERP systems. Vantage differs from conventional 3D approaches by not requiring a drawing engine, but producing graphics directly from a single, coherent data model of the entire plant.


Aveva recently teamed with Autodesk, Inc. to demonstrate integration of Vantage with Autodesk’s AutoCAD at the International Symposium for Engineering IT in Houston. The alliance was formed to open the exchange of information between Autodesk and Aveva’s solutions. Vantage Plant Engineering features a portable schematic drawing solution that can be used off-line by anyone familiar with AutoCAD and then synchronized with the master project database.


Woodside also recently contracted with Halliburton’s Energy Services Group for the provision of production optimization services consisting of completion products and services, sand control, and tubing conveyed perforating services and products for Australasia and Mauritania. The contract has an estimated ‘value opportunity’ of USD $58 million.


John Lau, Halliburton’s country manager said, ‘This is a long-term partnership between our companies and will be a foundation for Halliburton to service Woodside globally in the future. We are honored with the confidence that Woodside has shown in our ability to deliver value and service quality.’

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