Shell has sold the intellectual property rights to its in-house developed engineering design database and related software EDD and PDMSi to Cambridge, UK-based Aveva*. Aveva’s software portfolio can also now be used by EPCs on Shell capital and operational projects and across the Shell Project Vantage platform. In 2015, Project Vantage was said to provide Shell, its partners and contractors with a ‘single and continuously updated version of data’ throughout the project and asset lifecycle.’ At the time Vantage represented a shift from a pure-play standards-based solution to a product-based, pragmatic approach to standardization.
EDD and PDMSi functionality will be integrated with Aveva’s software portfolio and will be available to third parties. Aveva’s Steen Lomholt-Thomsen said, ‘Most of Shell’s upstream offshore and downstream operating assets were designed using AVEVA technology.’ Shell reports that PDMSi ‘has reduced drawing production time by up to 85% on deepwater projects.
* Aveva is currently being acquired by France’s Schneider Electric Software, assuming that the deal (the third attempt since 2015) works this time!
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