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11 April 2013

Intergraph® Releases SmartPlant® Fusion for Rapid Capture and Organisation of Information

Intergraph® has released SmartPlant® Fusion to specifically tackle the challenges faced by plant operators and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies in accessing, organising and managing unstructured legacy engineering information of an operating plant.

Concurrent engineering projects, turnarounds, equipment changes and even plant acquisitions flood operators with information in multiple formats, often distributed around the organisation, potentially duplicated and inaccessible to support critical decisions.

SmartPlant Fusion crawls through all these information formats and locations, automatically reads and extracts meaningful content and assembles a highly organised plant record that can be simply navigated via an intuitive photo-realistic web portal. This ‘as-is’ repository can be purged of duplicates, thus highlighting the true master information. Inconsistent tag naming and numbering, often the result of different engineering projects, can be ‘aliased’ and harmonised.

SmartPlant Fusion captures high definition surveying (HDS) – combined laser scan point clouds and digital photography – and integrates it with the as-is documentation to present a digital and physical record of the ‘as-exists’ plant. This can be used for maintenance and safety planning, remote engineering design using integrated point cloud and 3D, as well as operating configuration capture where the true ‘as-built’ state of the plant is demanded.

Patrick Holcomb, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine’s executive vice president of Global Business Development and Marketing, said, "SmartPlant Fusion marks Intergraph’s first foray into brownfield legacy information acquisition and also extends our information management capabilities for greenfield projects. This new solution leverages technology from Intergraph’s SmartPlant Foundation and Leica Geosystems’ TruView™ Integrator for SmartPlant Enterpriseto provide owner operators with a unique direct comparison between the ‘as-is’ information and ‘as-exists’ condition of a plant.

"It provides a quick and easy starting point of the evolution of unstructured content, enabling owner operators and engineers to extract tremendous value from legacy information, and allowing them to verify the operating configuration of the plant, at a much lower cost than ever before possible."

Rick Standish, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine’s vice president of Information Management and Integration, said, "Developed in partnership with our key owner operator partners, SmartPlant Fusion is a proven solution to organise and contextualise the information in an operating asset to allow our clients to quickly realise the true value of the information locked away in disparate data stores."

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