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Intergraph’s enterprise engineering software enables smarter design and operation of plants

Intergraph’s enterprise engineering software enables smarter design and operation of plants

Intergraph PP&M provides smarter engineering solutions

Intergraph’s enterprise engineering software enables smarter design and operation of plants

Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company is one of the world’s leading provider of integrated design, construction and operation solutions for the petrochemical, offshore, and oil and gas industries

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (Intergraph PP&M) has a long track record in developing and offering integrated design, construction and operation solutions for the petrochemical, offshore, and oil and gas industries.

Its SmartPlant Enterprise is a comprehensive product suite offering increasing value from IT in order to improve project execution, handover, and plant operational efficiency, says Khaja Mukarramudin, branch manager at Intergraph Atheeb.

'SmartPlant Enterprise solution offers a powerful portfolio of best-in-class applications, which may be deployed individually or as a flexible, integrated enterprise solution – allowing an organisation to successfully unleash the untapped value that is often restricted by silo-centric communication and execution,' Mukarramudin says.

At the centre of SmartPlant Enterprise software is Intergraph Smart 3D. It provides a fully integrated 3D design and manufacturing environment to support the design of plants, marine, and materials handling facilities. Smart 3D can handle the dense and complex structural and outfitting designs required in modern design projects, he explains.


Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise solutions are delivered with out-of-the-box integrated architectures that seamlessly integrate the flow of information between them. Data and design parameters are entered only once into the authoring disciplines and reused downstream. The out-of-the-box integration is a change management environment that facilitates publishing, retrieving, reviewing and comparing data and documents electronically between disciplines.


All enterprise applications, including Smart 3D, deliver global work-sharing capabilities, allowing companies to electronically share work internally or externally in real time. In addition to the schedule benefit of leveraging other offices, Intergraph’s work-sharing capabilities improve quality by electronically enforcing all project or company standards around the globe and maintaining interface points within an application and between different discipline applications.


Intergraph Smart 3D is the most advanced and productive 3D design solution that effectively enables optimised design, increasing quality, interoperability and productivity, while shortening project schedules, Mukarramudin says.

Smart 3D enables more efficient design, providing better quality and design integrity. In addition, Model Data Reuse (MDR) capabilities enable efficient reuse of design that is not possible in any other 3D computer aided design (CAD) application. Users can reuse Front end engineering design (Feed) or old designs with different catalogues and specifications by leveraging Smart 3D’s unique rule reuse, tag renaming and specification interchange. Also, enhanced 3D interoperability capabilities enable the use of 3D data from multiple foreign CAD systems in conjunction with native Smart 3D models. Smart 3D is the only system in the world that allows interoperability with both graphics and data of foreign CAD models, making it an ideal solution for revamp and joint venture projects.


'Yasref has implemented SmartPlant Foundation as main depository system to hold all the engineering data and documents for a mega-sized refinery project in Saudi Arabia. Having the deliverables from all EPCs in SmartPlant format, Yasref is able to uphold the utmost integrity of the information on hand, and ensure the availability of the data to all Yasref personnel in the right format at the right time,' testifies Yasref’s Abdulannan M Karim while sharing his experience with SmartPlant software.

Likewise, Terje Ørbeck, SmartPlant Team Group lead at Agility Group in Norway says: 'Agility Group has used Smart 3D, SmartPlant P&ID and SmartPlant Materials in a number of relevant projects in the offshore oil and gas market, experiencing improved productivity and lowered operating costs, thanks to improved project management.'

'Intergraph Smart 3D is currently being used in topside modifications on the Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen platform in cooperation with Statoil, Samsung Heavy Industries, BP and Chevron. Intergraph solutions are also facilitating the building of a deep water drilling vessel with STX Offshore and Shipbuilding in Korea,' Ørbeck adds. Some of the other Intergraph customers include companies such as Bechtel, Clough, Samsung, PT Saipem and CB&I.


Intergraph solutions’ planning environment reduces the overall project schedule by allowing companies to define physical boundaries and construction packages for the different modules / blocks at early stages of the project. These dynamic, multi-discipline definitions define the objects belonging to each block and the total volume, weight and centre of gravity for the module.

The modules are further broken down into assemblies and sub-assemblies, containing detailed assembly orientations, installation sequences and work-center assignments. The definitions are made across a database and are not constrained by files or the plant breakdown structure, which enables them to embody at any time to reflect fabrication / installation methodology changes.


According to Mukarramudin, companies can reduce their capital expenditure (capex) and improve their return on capital employed (Roce) with Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO). The solution is designed to help owner operators address the issue of interoperability by providing pre-packaged solutions that can be rapidly deployed, incorporating customer-specific requirements at low risk. SPO is built on the Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise suite. By choosing SPO, companies can: enjoy higher quality data, leading to less rework during design and in the field; reduce the risk of loss of critical asset intelligence due to a retiring workforce; keep their maintenance data updated for auditability and ensure correct procurement of replacement parts; realise significant savings on design time and costs and improve facility safety with better configuration management and ensured data consistency.

To further showcase its next generation engineering software, Intergraph and Atheeb Intergraph Saudi Arabia (a local distributor of Intergraph) are holding a roadshow – Intergraph PP&M Middle East Roadshow – in Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 27 and in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia on October 29.

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