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Putting Cloud Technology to the Test

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As global energy use increases, the oil and gas industry is under pressure to keep up. Analysts forecast that nearly US$40 trillion in capital investment will be directed into energy projects over the next 20 years to meet consumer demands.

The size, complexity and expense of mega projects require contractors and companies to pool their resources and combine efforts. Outdated project methodologies that may have been suitable for smaller, local projects are no longer effective. Every year, roughly 40 percent of projects fail to meet schedule. Access to information and the ability to share it efficiently between multiple stakeholders are usually cited as major factors for these delays.

Most energy companies do not have the required infrastructure in place to manage the vast amounts of data to which they have access. It’s imperative for them to harness this data in order to automate and optimize future performance and systems, and Cloud technology is the platform they need to achieve this.

Cloud technology had not been tested comprehensively on an active energy project until 2015, when Intergraph conducted a series of tests to establish the viability of its SmartPlant Cloud for use on a US$10 billion global energy project.

We are proud of the results and eager to share them with you. You can read our comprehensive report, “The Intergraph Cloud Stress Test,” here.

Helping pave the way for the energy industry to embrace Cloud technology…that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,
Kevin Holmes
Intergraph Vice President and Global Director of Cloud Services

 

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EcoSys and Intergraph PP&M: Complementary Software and Poised for Growth

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EcoSys was acquired by Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) earlier this month. EcoSys will operate as an independent business unit, but we are excited by the collaborative possibilities for our combined software portfolio as well as for international business growth.

First, a little background on EcoSys. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado – just outside of Denver. Our flagship software product, EcoSys Enterprise Planning & Controls (EPC), is the industry standard for project controls software. Project controls is a multi-phased discipline with the goal to improve project delivery and cost performance. EcoSys EPC aids this mission through (1) standardising project controls best practices for functions like budgeting, forecasting, change management, capital planning, workforce planning and earned value management; (2) project data integration from other software systems, such as scheduling, accounting/ERP and timesheets; and (3) built-in business Intelligence-style reporting for real-time information to guide decision-making. In short, EcoSys EPC helps organisations plan and manage project portfolios, control project costs and improve project performance.

EcoSys EPC is entirely Web-based, and therefore available as an on-premise, hosted or SaaS solution. We recently announced a suite of mobile applications that will further support our mission to make easy-to-use software that improves productivity and delivers accurate, actionable information.

And customers are responding! EcoSys has experienced tremendous growth, with software license revenue increasing 165% in 2014. Fueled by Hexagon and Intergraph PP&M’s worldwide capabilities, we expect strong growth to continue in markets across the globe. We already share many customers in industries, such as engineering and construction and oil and gas and believe that the EcoSys brand will benefit from association with Intergraph PP&M, the leading global provider of engineering software.

This leads to one of the other key areas of strength for this acquisition – together, the Intergraph and EcoSys software solutions will power 5D building information modelling (BIM), an exciting field in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. EcoSys EPC is a natural solution to enable 5D BIM, as it adds project scheduling integration (4D) and robust cost management capabilities (5D) with Intergraph PP&M’s 3D design and construction solutions.

Becoming a part of Hexagon’s global network of brands and contributing to Hexagon’s goals is an exciting step for everyone at EcoSys. We look forward to continued collaboration and solidifying an even stronger position in the marketplace.

Coming together to improve project delivery for our customers around the world – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,
Javier Sloninsky
Chief Executive Officer
EcoSys

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Javier is CEO of EcoSys, provider of powerful, easy-to-use enterprise project controls software. Through EcoSys’ flagship software solution, Javier has helped Global 1000 companies and government agencies address some of the fundamental challenges facing project-driven organisations: how to measure, forecast and improve project performance. Javier has more than 18 years of leadership and hands-on experience in the commercial software industry and has advised organisations on project management and cost controls best practices in industries, such as engineering, construction, energy, utilities, government and IT. Before co-founding EcoSys, Javier helped develop the project scheduling software now known as Primavera P6.

 

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Intergraph Process, Power, & Marine at HxGN LIVE

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If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Industrialist Henry Ford

In just a few days our international user conference, HxGN LIVE 2015, gets underway at the MGM Grand. This is always an exciting time as we at Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) look forward to gathering with members of the process, power and marine industries to discuss and demonstrate how our industry-leading, next-generation solutions will help increase their safety, quality, productivity and interoperability.

Declining crude oil prices and reduced capital expenditures have created significant market challenges for companies since we last convened in Las Vegas. Our customers are seeking new and innovative ways to reduce construction and operational costs by leveraging Intergraph technology, and we know attendees will take back key learnings from their time at the conference.

“Innovating Together” is the theme of this year’s PP&M keynote address on Tuesday, June 2. You will see and hear first-hand how PP&M’s global customers are innovating to successfully overcome market challenges by utilizing the broadest solutions portfolio in the industry.

We have another exciting PP&M track planned, kicking off with our annual Technical User Forum (TUF) meetings on Sunday, May 31. This is a great opportunity to interact with fellow users and Intergraph experts to discuss your favorite solutions.

TUF meetings will cover a wide array of topics:

  • 3D and visualization
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Process design and engineering
  • Information management and SmartPlant Enterprise for owner operators
  • Materials management
  • Marine
  • SmartPlant Construction

Be sure to download the TUF meetings agenda for more details. And make sure you join our TUF LinkedIn Groups to start networking before HxGN LIVE!

Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis University 2015 is part of HxGN LIVE again and starts Monday, June 1, with the welcome keynote address by Rick Allen, president of Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions. CAU2015@HxGN LIVE features advanced plant design and engineering instruction for current and future users of CADWorx, CAESAR II, PV Elite and GT STRUDL.

Don’t miss The Zone, which is located in the Marquee Ballroom and showcases 50,000 square feet of technologies. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to experience hands-on, one-on-one demonstrations of PP&M solutions from our global product experts.

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas and sharing how better technology is the answer to increasing productivity and reducing costs to overcome current market challenges. Please find more detail in the PP&M track brochure and the schedule of PP&M sessions.

Regards,

Gerhard Sallinger
President
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

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How Does Hexagon Measure Up in an Ever-Changing World?

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Every day, we read about the advent of a new technology or advancements of existing technologies. Just 10 years ago, smartphones were almost unheard of, but today, nearly 2 billion people worldwide own one. The resulting app ecosystem has grown manifold and changed livelihoods. Smart technology is everywhere, and every business wants to take advantage of this trend to improve workflows and thereby improve efficiency.

When considering the smart ecosystem, name an emerging technology trend and it’s very likely a Hexagon brand is associated with it. Around the world, Hexagon is seen as a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Talk about 3D laser scanning and BIM, and Leica Geosystems is a leader. When it comes to precision measurement, one can’t beat Hexagon Metrology.

Another positive aspect of Hexagon is its large network of companies that develop solutions that complement offerings across the entire Hexagon technologies portfolio. Through a well-developed strategy, this is enabling synergy and ensures that customers are able to produce bigger output than the sum of the original parts.

Cloud/client computing and drones and the internet of things within the consumer space are often termed as the next big things in technology. In engineering, we have SmartPlant Cloud, and in the geospatial industry, Aibotix is becoming one of the most sought after intelligent autonomous vehicles.

Intergraph SG&I has been supporting utilities  and defence for years now. Solutions like Mobile Alert are aiding governments worldwide in smart governance. At the same time, food safety for the world populace can’t be ignored. One of Hexagon’s newest brands, Hexagon Agriculture, addresses this issue.

To support all the above, Hexagon leadership has embraced social media in a big way. The CEO and divisional presidents are active twitter users. This helps them keep their ears to the ground. In addition, Hexagon brands have their own social identities, which helps in understanding customer needs and spreading key messages.

Being at the forefront of innovation to make a positive impact on an ever-changing world – that’s shaping smart change.

Excited about the possibility of bringing change to your place? Join us at HxGN LIVE in Las Vegas to learn more. Take advantage of the Act Fast Rate through April 20 and save!

Regards,

Chethan Srikrishna
Senior Software Analyst
Hexagon Geospatial

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chethan_sChethan has been with Hexagon since 2011. Passionate about geospatial technology and telecommunications, he keeps a close watch on industry trends and admires the way Hexagon synergises different technologies.

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Bringing Innovative Solutions to the Yard

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Innovation is a key focus for us at Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. We are always excited to see how our new technologies are embraced by customers. One of our latest solutions, Intergraph Smart Yard, brings together engineering, procurement, project planning, fabrication, construction and completions within a single, collaborative knowledge management environment.

OceanMight has embarked on a project to integrate its construction/fabrication yard management with its activities and project execution. After an extensive evaluation exercise, the company chose Smart Yard to provide and implement the project architecture.

We are proud OceanMight has trusted us to provide the sophisticated technologies that underpin its latest fabrication yard and has chosen us as a key partner in the fulfilment of its clients’ obligations and growth strategies. OceanMight’s selection of Intergraph Smart Yard to implement this key project recognises our commitment to the marketplace, the breadth of our expertise and the fit of our solution in this sector.

Thanks to Smart Yard’s streamlined processes, OceanMight expects an early return on investment through improved transparency between the different disciplines and trades. This provides access to accurate, real time information and allows for more efficient change management.

We are grateful to customers like OceanMight for choosing Intergraph, and look forward to partnering with our customers for even greater success in years to come.

Regards,

Gerhard Sallinger
President
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

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A Night of New Traditions

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There are many incredible aspects of my role as CEO. One that I enjoy the most is traveling to our different offices and meeting new people within the Hexagon family.

Last night’s 45th anniversary and grand unveiling of Intergraph’s new headquarters in Madison, AL, USA, was an extraordinary moment – not only in the history of Intergraph, but also in Hexagon’s history. Less than four years ago, Intergraph joined the Hexagon family – a fundamental move in Hexagon’s growth strategy. The building marks another new chapter for Intergraph, symbolizing our willingness to go to new places together.

At Hexagon, we’ve always valued collaboration because we understand the strength and the growth potential it offers. The architects and interior designers were challenged to create a space where creative energy could thrive. They succeeded in creating a beautiful yet functional environment where employees can gather and promote ideas.

I believe amazing things will come from this new facility and I feel honored to have been able to participate in its dedication. Exciting times lie ahead!

New collaboration, new learning and new traditions – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Ola Rollén
President and CEO
Hexagon

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Training, Technology and Dialogue at HxGN LIVE

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This year’s conference started strong with great user attendance at the Global LTUFs Intergraph PP&M hosted on Sunday followed by the specific tool-track TUF that afternoon. The agenda was well organized, sharing general tools information and polling the Intergraph customers and experts, prompting them to share constructive thoughts about on Intergraph’s future development needs.

Monday’s scheduled paid trainings were VERY effective in offering hands-on exposure to multiple subjects and introduced a beta version of at least one new software upgrade. I eagerly attended that course and many other sessions that were available with the purpose of sharing best practices, enhancements, and etc. on other tools. There was a particular SPI training, “Introduction to the powerful new Query Builder and Engineering Data Editor,” that I enjoyed immensely. It too was well structured, providing attendees with an electronic tutorial guide that we could take home and access via Intergraph memory strips. This paid session not only shared advice and tips on the new interface from the leader of SPI Support, but also enabled customers to make wish-list requests to potentially aid IISDC developers in polishing the tool before its November release. Even more so, the course allowed healthy debate on Intergraph’s business-critical requirements leading to a reverberation of the topic throughout other sessions and within the conference as a whole. I believe our constructive feedback will motivate Intergraph to provide even MORE Monday training options at the future conferences, ideally presenting two sessions per software introduction.

On a less technical note, the decision to move the keynote series premiere to Monday night, followed by the welcome reception, was an exceptional idea. The Hexagon-driven presentation to the various attendees likely helped individual business leaders develop marketing and management-level pitches for their track directions. The food provided at the MGM Grand Pool, while attendees mingled and settled in to Vegas’s outdoor environment, was bountiful.

I look forward to seeing the vendors in The Zone, their demos and the dozens of available sessions through the week. I happily welcome more hands-on opportunities with multiple tools as well as chances to network and share perspectives with others in the global community of Intergraph application users.

Regards,

Andrew Kunev

Americas/Global Field SPI (INtools) Discipline Leader

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andrewkunevAndrew Kunev is the Americas/Global Field SPI (INtools) Discipline Leaderworks for Honeywell Processing Solutions. He assists with SPI linkage requirements and technology direction for Experion DCS/SIS with Development Engineering & Marketing, maintaining global SPI specialist support, and sustaining diverse multi-office project execution to satisfy diverse customer contracted requests.  He has over two decades of experience in the Petro-Chemical (Oil & Gas) Industry.

 

 

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Beyond Boundaries at HxGN LIVE

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Change is constant, and our international conference June 2-5 in Las Vegas presents a unique opportunity to keep up with an ever-shifting environment. Intergraph solutions are helping our customers to go beyond boundaries by surpassing previous limitations.

The Process, Power & Marine track features business sessions covering a variety of topics for:

  • Owner/operators
  • Procurement, fabrication and construction
  • Project execution – design, engineering and enterprise solution
  • Power industry

You and your team will leave HxGN LIVE with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices. We will specifically highlight key challenges facing your industries, along with Intergraph’s solutions to solve them.

You’ll hear compelling success stories from customers around the world including:

  • Air Liquide
  • Bechtel
  • CB&I
  • Chiyoda
  • Clough
  • GASCO
  • Technip
  • WorleyParsons

Learn about emerging trends and new solutions to help you maintain a competitive edge. For example, we will spotlight SmartPlant Fusion, the fastest and smartest way to make your documents and drawings available for decision support.

Register to attend the paid training class “Using Smart Plant Fusion” (session 1501) on Monday, June 2. This is your opportunity to use SmartPlant Fusion to search for and display captured sets of documents, drawings and tags. See how to configure and capture an additional set of unstructured engineering data.

This session also sets the stage for two complementary hands-on workshops. In session 2352, “Fusion Link: Promoting Fusion Documents and Data to SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO),” see the data and documents that were captured in the fusion session transferred into a fully functional SPO system. In session 2350, “Using SPO Handover to Feed SmartPlant Construction (SPC),” explore the data and documents in SPO transferred to SPC to be used in workface planning.

We will also feature CAU2014@HxGN LIVE for our CADWorx®, CAESAR II®, and PV Elite® users, along with welcoming our newest addition to the PP&M family at the GT STRUDL User Group Meeting.

Go in-depth on your favorite solutions with fellow users and Intergraph experts at our Technical User Forum (TUF) meetings on Sunday, June 1. Take a sneak peek at solution roadmaps and explore ways to achieve better workflows. Read the PP&M TUF Agenda and join our TUF LinkedIn Groups to start networking now.

HxGN LIVE is the perfect time and place to take an up-close look at our expansive portfolio of products. Receive hands-on instruction from experts through interactive training opportunities on Monday, June 2. Check out the Hands-On Training Agenda.

Please see this video from Vicki Hutson, SmartPlant Instrumentation administrative support at Jacobs Engineering, as she explains conference highlights, from the opening session and technical sessions to networking events.

For more information, please read the PP&M track brochure and review the latest list of PP&M sessions. Be sure to register soon. I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

Regards,

Gerhard Sallinger
President
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

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Santos: Shaping Change in Facilities with SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators

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If you are involved in maintaining or operating large industrial facilities, you know how critical engineering information change management is to safe, compliant and efficient operations.

Today, Intergraph is helping facility owners and operators to better manage change of engineering information in large industrial facilities.

The growing size and complexity of industrial facilities combined with constantly increasing pressure from regulatory authorities make managing change a daunting task.   In response, owner/operators need to not only increase the quality and completeness of engineering information, but also make it readily accessible to all facility personnel.

But large industrial facilities are undergoing change continuously. Changes include day-to-day modifications and repairs, revamps, turnarounds and expansions.  Multiple change requests for the same equipment may be under consideration at the same time, which may contain conflicts or synergies. Reviewers and approvers need access to trustworthy engineering information to conduct proper impact analysis.  And, of course, all changes have to be scrutinized in light of budgetary constraints, operational standards and regulatory requirements.  So the challenges associated with keeping the related engineering information up-to-date and easily accessible are significant.

Doing this in a commercially viable manner requires Owner Operators to evolve from a document- centric approach towards an information management model that focuses on the engineering content itself, related work processes and associated changes. Doing so ensures consistent evaluation and approval of all changes according to the company’s approved process, and provides auditable traceability of all changes throughout the facility life cycle.

Santos has been an energy pioneer since 1954 and is one of Australia’s leading gas producers, supplying Australian and Asian customers. Santos has been providing natural gas from the remote outback for more than 40 years, and today is one of the largest producers of natural gas for the Australian domestic market.

Santos is now using Intergraph’s SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO) to automate and enhance its change management process. Switching to this electronic vs. paper-based system the resulting benefits were huge, namely:

  • Data accuracy, security and availability.
  • Cycle time, especially for remote locations.
  • Visibility of progress through the system.
  • System reminders for overdue items, expiration of temporary approvals, etc.
  • Process improvements.
  • Auditable traceability.

Intergraph remains committed to empowering mission-critical industries with the actionable information necessary to maintain leadership in terms of health, safety and commercial competitiveness.

Enabling consistent and company-wide business practices that support the safe and efficient operations of large industrial assets – that’s shaping change.

Regards,

Mirko Stock
Senior Vice President, Solutions & Strategic Alliances
Global Business Development, Process, Power & Marine
Intergraph Corporation
@MirkoStock

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Finally! A low-cost way to capture, maintain and distribute technical information for existing facilities

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If you are like me, you’ve probably looked at the problem faced by existing facilities to capture, confirm and manage their technical asset information and wondered if there was an easier way.

In the past, we’ve seen many efforts, but the fact remains that most facilities today have multiple paper copies of control documents onsite, and they simply tolerate the financial risk of inconsistencies and the financial cost of poor accessibility. It’s just been too expensive and time-consuming to fix for many facilities.

However, our Intergraph development groups have recently come up with a rather unique technology approach to this problem. This new method reduces costs dramatically and provides a basic, easy-to-use alternative with a much lower price point than previously possible.

It all started when we realized the unique photorealistic capabilities of Leica’s TruView technology, coupled with the increasingly affordable costs of facility laser scans. We first worked with Woodside on a recently acquired floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to integrate TruView technology with some very basic document management technology, and the result is a photorealistic front-end on a system that correlates and searches all associated facility documentation for easy global access.

SmartPlant® Fusion is the latest solution developed by Intergraph to rapidly capture, organize, and make available large volumes of previously unstructured information through a simple web portal interface. The types of unstructured information include documents, drawings, lists and sheets, 3D models, and even link to High Definition Surveying (HDS) laser scans. It marks Intergraph’s first foray into brownfield legacy information acquisition and also extends our information management capabilities for greenfield projects.

This ‘as-exists’ information asset is a vital but often undervalued representation of a plant or project. SmartPlant Fusion enables intuitive navigation with an accurate representation of the way things are really connected, making unintelligent information smart.

Join our sessions at HxGN LIVE and learn more:

Tuesday, 4 June, 3:30: Introduction to SmartPlant Fusion

Wednesday, 5 June, 1:30: Woodside and Saipem: Significant Value from Smart Assets

Wednesday, 5 June, 4:30: 3D Laser Scanning of the Vincent FPSO for Integration with SmartPlant Fusion at MAPS

 

If you would like to learn more about this exciting innovation, you can read more here

I would love to hear about your thoughts and reactions. Feel free to comment here, or send me a note on LinkedIn.

 

SmartPlant Fusion: Making unintelligent information smart – that’s shaping change.

Regards,

Regards,

Patrick Holcomb
EVP Global Business Development
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine  ( PP&M)
@Intergraph

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