Addressing industry challenges at the 2015 Fiatech technology showcase and conference, held earlier this year in Boca Raton, Florida, Mark Brunton unveiled BP’s engineering data interoperability proof of concept (PoC). The BP PoC sets out to assure the integrity of asset information across operations systems. The PoC seeks to achieve a ‘four-way match’ across physical assets, work orders, engineering drawings and permits. Engineering information, work management and control of work systems must be aligned with physical assets. This is to be achieved by managing tag and equipment data in a system of record, along with processes for change management and data synchronization with secondary systems.
Brunton observed that while reference data à la ISO 15926 is critical, it does not deliver interoperability without connectors to software tools. Here, commercially available solutions depend on ‘fragile, expensive and proprietary integration.’ The PoC is based on the Mimosa open industrial interoperability ecosystem (OIIE), an attempt to ‘clarify’ how standards including ISO 15926 and the Open O&M initiative can be used together. BP is funding project management while software vendors are funding the development of standard adaptors for their solutions. These include IBM Maximo, Bentley eB Insight, OSIsoft PI System and SAP.
Pending OIIE clarification, the ‘glue’ that binds these solutions is a combination of the IOM-OG equipment register from Assetricity and SAP Netweaver Process Integration. Assetricity provides out-of-the-box support for project information handover and the OIIE use cases. BP recognizes that aligning brownfield systems is complex and expensive. But today, at a minimum, all greenfield projects, and IT&S deployments should deliver systematic, automated control of the integrity of engineering information.
Testing of the solution is ongoing as vendors complete the adaptor development. BP considers that the concept has already been proved, but collaboration with other stakeholders is required to deliver benefits at industrial scale. Meanwhile BP is to leverage the program’s results in its systems and tools strategy. Lessons learned will be shared through the Standards Leadership Council (SLC) and the Fiatech Owner operator advisory panel. BP hopes that the reference data libraries can be standardized across owner operators. More from Fiatech and on page 7 of this issue.
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