Life Cycle Data Management

FT-11 Topic Summary
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This overview document contains the definitions and steps that were necessary to test the implementation of a “plug-and-play” digital data exchange of a pump (Use Case 1) according to ISO 15926 between the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and the owner/operator. In a follow-up (Use Case 2), the data exchange between the EPC and a manufacturer automation contractor (MAC) is documented. There is detailed information provided on the information to be exchanged, the methodology to do conformance and validity testing and the lessons learned during the study (E9-4 & E9-5).

E9-6 and E9-7 describe precisely the software coding used for the optimal data exchange for Use Case 1 and use Case 2. For effective use of resources, tools and to reduce waste in complex projects, the owner/operator should be able to access the relevant accurate data and it should be useful and easy to handle. Data sharing and integration of plant data is globally recognized by ISO 15926 for effective data interoperability. The main goal of the EDRC initiative is to create a “plug-and-play” environment for the cooperation between owner/operator, EPC, and MAC so they can push data back and forth without extensive need for technology maintenance or troubleshooting (E9-6 & 9-7).

Life cycle data management (LCDM) focuses on the key players – owner-operators, EPC companies, and technology suppliers – going through every step of data handling during both the construction and the maintenance/operation phases identifying all the requirements and necessary drivers (19 chapters). It contains a chronologically listed summary of the forums frequent meetings from 1999–2000, and the follow-up task force activities and result of this combined multi-company effort to modernize and improve data management according to the technological possibilities, identifying the necessary conditions and issues that have to be resolved for successful implementation (E9-10).

In summary, this research provides examples of approaches and ideology in the implementation of data integration and data automation within the LCDM process and how that process can result in substantial engineering labor savings with fewer low-value/high-cost engineering hours. Automated data transfer/translation between functions can also result in less time and effort spent in data conversion and checking with lower management/administrative overhead.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Information Exchange Process for Interoperability

Information is exchanged by several exchange formats. The current consensus within the ISO 15926 community is to use a Resource Description Framework (RDF) format (ISO 15926 Part 8) that could also be published via a web-based RDF triple store using the standard methods.

Email exchanges containing the information package in RDF format were used instead of web-based triple stores (E9-4).

2 : EDRC Core Expectations

Core expectations for equipment data requirements using ISO 15926 and assessing conformance (EDRC) (E9-4):

  • Procedures for data exchange within agreed participants using ISO 15926 for interoperability and to help define better communication
  • Procedures for specifying and assessing NIST Report Conformance of ISO 15926 software/tool used for implementations
  • Summary of challenges and recommendations for improvements to ISO 15926 documentation, development process and tools

3 : Successful End Condition in Field Instrumentation

  • Final specifications data from EPC
  • Model number(s) and sizing calculations of field instruments by the vendor
  • Clarifications/deviations from the vendor price
  • Commercial terms and conditions for control system
  • System architecture, bill of material
  • Compliance and deviations, execution and quality plan, schedule
  • Tech solution document or I/O summary (E9-4)

4 : EDRC Feedback Adds Capabilities to ISO 15926

In ISO 15926, public reference data libraries (RDLs), methodologies, and tools are there to support implementation in real data. Reference data is the key for making information exchange possible (E9-4).

Fiatech project “Accelerating RDL Adoption” and “Datasheet Definitions” already have established an RDL for continuous improvement. A responsive community helps resolve issues.

Requirements for testing implementation conformance to ISO 15926 requirements:

  • Compliance with all levels of technical solution and with the higher levels of technical requirements is preferred.
  • Standardized test cases must be used to implement the requirements.
  • Test cases may include standardized “shortcut” solutions, such as the use of templates approved by the MMT project.

5 : Information Integration Process

To achieve information integration, a process has evolved through this project and for the future (E9-10):

  • Owners define their needs based on business drivers. The Forum believes that at least a 2% improvement on operating return on net assets (ORONA) is possible if automation can address key business areas.
  • The owners’ role is to communicate to technology suppliers requirements that will meet owner needs. Owners will not dictate to the technology suppliers what future solutions should look like.
  • For technology suppliers, the objective is to find technologies and business areas that will produce the greatest return. The Forum will help identify the top areas for improvement and encourage new developments
  • The Forum will encourage the use of standards that will help everyone succeed when put into practice. Suppliers will define the best protocols (such as XML, STEP, and Cape) and determine other technologies that meet owner requirements. Suppliers will incorporate identified technologies into real products.

Key Performance Indicators

information handling, technology, efficiency, safety, reliability, total installed cost

Related Resources

Capturing Equipment Data Requirements Using ISO 15926 and Assessing Conformance (EDRC) (E9-4)

Publication Date: 10/2015 Resource Type: Fiatech Publication Source: FT-11

EDRC Companion Report: Specifying and Assessing Conformance of ISO 15926 Implementations (E9-5)

Publication Date: 01/2015 Resource Type: Fiatech Publication Source: FT-11

EDRC Use Case 1 (E9-6)

Publication Date: 01/2015 Resource Type: Fiatech Publication Source: FT-11

EDRC Use Case 2 (E9-7)

Publication Date: 01/2015 Resource Type: Fiatech Publication Source: FT-11

Guidelines & Drivers for Achieving Plant Lifecycle Data Management (E9-10)

Publication Date: 01/2001 Resource Type: Fiatech Publication Source: FT-11