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    How to develop workflow automation Mobile Apps for Industrial & Field Environment?

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Prat Gupta posted in Mail & Packaging, Field Service Management, Industrial, B2B Mobile Applications, Field Mobility, Mail Sorting, Oil and Gas

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    It used to be very difficult to find any rugged scanner / mobile device that could host a real mobile application and works as a scanner on an industrial floor.  Most of the scanners came with Windows CE / windows mobile with complex toolkits to code for them.  Or, the option was to write HTML based pages for Windows CE Internet Explorer with lots of limitations. Most of these options were available at a very high cost and bulky devices.

    In the present world of mobility, it is important to be able to develop mobile applications that can be deployed across different kind of mobile devices including BYOD (bring your own device) such as smart phones or when on the industrial floor, be able to use ruggedized fast scanners.  The main requirements for modern architecture:

    1. A mobile device that is rugged and can handle drops and rough use in industrial environment

    2. A device that has a fast scanner for handling both 1D and 2D barcode scanning

    3. A device that has a standard OS such as Android or iOS

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    4 Roles in an integrated process plant layout workflow.

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2017 5:40:53 PM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Basic Engineering - Layout

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    Process plant layout is a critical aspect in the plant operations. Process plant accidents are caused due to technical errors, human errors (which includes improper training), lack of information, manufacturing defects and organizational errors. For the scope of this article, let’s just consider the technical error as a cause for accidents. There are many other technical errors such as incorrect manuals referred by workers, engineers, site supervisors, incorrect sizing, fabrications/construction errors, construction material, improper coatings on components, incompatibility. Majority of times, process plant accidents are caused due to design error. The most common design error is the bad layout. Adding to the list of worries, the knowledge of process plant layout resides in the heads of engineers who are on the verge of retirement and this knowledge is not taught in detail in undergraduate / graduate schools.

    Layout design mainly includes 4 roles as mentioned below who can determine the equipment & it’s supporting structure needed in the process and their connection to pipes, ducts, and other moving equipment’s / vehicles. Layout design also defines the needs of that particular plant / unit which will be constructed.

    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Mechanical Designer
    • Piping designer
    • Pipe Stress Engineer 

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    Process Engineers role in Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) Projects

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 6:20:18 PM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) Projects

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    An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) organization is awarded with a contract to provide front end engineering and design (FEED) services for a project when your EPC aligns with the business objectives of the owner operator who is committed to contribute economic growth of the region. Often, we read this type of news in the business journals, online news journals etc. There is a complex mix of science, engineering, construction and project management to accomplish this challenging task for individuals & their teams. Process Engineers are at the forefront to get the job done.

    Process Engineer challenges:

    • Determine and analyze stream in detail.
    • Review feasibility case studies for the process.
    • Using preferred engineering design application.
    • Utilize the engineering standards and guidelines, production, site requirements.
    • Adequately determine steam balance on the equipment.
    • Heat, mass balance for equipment, pipes using process simulation.
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    4 benefits in handover process using data management tools & big data analytics for EPC’s, Owner Operators and its contractors

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 12:54:18 PM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Integrated Engineering and Design

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    The costs, resources, and time required for handover are considerable for engineering, procurement and fabrication organizations, owner operators and for their respective contractors. The handover process is constantly done throughout the lifecycle of the project and it is met with numerous challenges in every phase. The process adopted for handover, people involved in handover and the technology that will be utilized for handover has always been critical to the organizations as far as receiving and transferring data/documents is concerned. Every new project getting bigger and complex in nature than the previous. In that case, process, people and technology have to pull up their sleeves and prepare themselves for the challenges and meet them to ensure success at their respective levels. Especially, nowadays due to complex nature of the projects it is becoming increasingly important to manage data-documents and the analytics that are needed before/after in the handover process. May be this has led to increase in adoption of data and document management systems based systems by engineering contractors (EPCs) and owner operators (O/O’s). Alongside data and document management systems, big data analytics will also play a bigger role in the handover process. Let us review these in detail.

    • Big Data Analytics.
    • Data/Document Management Tools.
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    4 Benefits of Integrated  Engineering & Design

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 12:43:45 AM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Integrated Engineering and Design

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    Integrated engineering and design solutions is primarily focusing on oil & gas, power, chemical, process, marine and utilities industries. These projects are very complex and costs billions of dollars for successful execution to the owner operators. Design of complex onshore and offshore structures is constantly changing and there are numerous iterations across multiple disciplines to ensure design conformity. For example, structure, piping, electrical, mechanical and instrumentation disciplines communicate and manage changes that occur during the design phase of the projects. However, meeting the project deadline is of utmost importance. Nowadays, the teams are working across the globe in different countries. This adds to resource flexibility but also involves local and global regulations in project execution. It adds new challenges such as efficient collaboration between teams. Not all disciplines are integrated which increases risks in projects and monitoring/traceability becomes difficult. All these situations lead to project delays and increase in cost. We will discuss 4 benefits of integrating engineering and design that will overcome the challenges.

    • Processes driven by requirements
    • Integrated configuration
    • Integration with multi-CAD systems
    • Systems integration
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    4 Advantages of Hiring BIM Services for Fabricators in Construction Projects

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2016 12:39:34 AM / by Rahul Shinde posted in BIM services for fabricators

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    Conventional process of fabricating structural steel always raised serious issues such as oversight, miscalculations and design inconsistencies. This severely hampered the project cost and project deadlines. Especially, when there is no inter-dependency between structural engineer’s design drawings and the steel detailers who produce erection drawings. BOM is created manually and there is absolutely no correlation with the drawings. Data fed to the CNC machines is also manually programmed.

    Let us review the advantages of hiring value add BIM services as compared to conventional process:

    • 5D BIM
    • Interoperability
    • Visualization
    • Management
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    4 Business Benefits of Laser Scanning Brownfield Projects for EPC's and Owner Operators

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2016 10:21:26 AM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Brownfield Projects

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    Laser scanning is a highly accessible tool that enables engineers and designers to think, design and evaluate the brownfield facility that addresses unique challenges after capturing data. Laser scanning devices essentially are non-contact devices. Laser scan data produces “point cloud” that consists of millions of points and it’s extremely accurate in providing information to the engineers and designers. We know that digitizing brownfield assets is significantly important and we also discussed the value propositions related to it. Based on the 4 value propositions, now that precise and “As is” data is instantly available, it’s important to leverage the 3d laser scanning data which will be of value for designers/ engineers working on CAPEX and OPEX projects at engineering, procurement and construction (EPC’s) firms and owner operators (O/O’s). 3D laser scanning services plays an important role in brownfield projects.

    Laser scan data can be used for:

    • 3D Modeling and As-built data.
    • Monitoring data.
    • Checking data.
    • Verification of data.
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    Digitizing Brownfield Assets: 4 Ways to Improve Efficiency & Cost Savings.

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2016 1:37:31 PM / by Rahul Shinde posted in Brownfield Projects

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    Digitization of brownfield assets is significantly important as it addresses the industry problems in the modification and expansion of existing plants/units/sub-units and areas (brownfield projects) within the plant. 

    Most of the times we hear news about owner operators taking the initiative to build a new refinery and EPC’s being awarded with those projects which are in multi-billion-dollar budget. Not undermining the brownfield projects, as often these projects are big in size and they hold high dollar value. 

    • Especially for plant designers, as digitization helps them address unique challenges such as capturing data when facility is functioning, hazardous conditions.
    • Many times, brownfield projects don’t have data in digital format. This results in many hundred hours of review and analyzing of existing detailed engineering work and it’s also prone to errors.
    Now, that we have addressed the problem, let’s review the solutions that addresses the problems.
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