SmartPlant Foundation will help Emal manage the vast amount of engineering data that is needed for such a large project. Emal will organize its plant data using SmartPlant Foundation and integrate it with existing maintenance systems to optimize operations and efficiency over the life cycle of the smelter. By preserving the integrity of the data, Emal will avoid redundancy and save valuable time and money.
Emal chose SmartPlant Foundation because of its superior technical and data integration capabilities, widespread industry adoption and ability to scale for large projects.
Intergraph’s local distributor, ATHEEB Intergraph Middle East LLC, was instrumental in Emal standardizing on SmartPlant Foundation and will be providing support services for this and future projects.
SmartPlant Foundation is the ISO15926-compliant document and data management solution within Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise. Its life cycle data management enables a smoother handover for engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) to owner operators and for owner operators to more easily maintain, modify or expand their plants. The solution permits electronic management of all project and plant engineering information, integrating data on the physical asset, work processes, and regulatory and safety imperatives to facilitate enhanced global decision support capabilities.
“We’re using SmartPlant Foundation (SPF) because it allows us to easily transfer data throughout the systems in phase one of the Emal Smelter,” said Salman Abdulla, Emal Vice President, Operations. “SPF provides a complete solution for sharing engineering data and integrates document management with engineering tools. Local support from Intergraph’s Abu Dhabi office will help us to achieve a well managed and integrated electronic data/document management system.”
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “SmartPlant Foundation is the industry standard solution for managing tremendous amounts of data over the lifetime of a project and is well-suited for the most challenging capital projects, such as the world’s biggest aluminum smelter.”
The Taweelah smelter project consists of two phases. Phase one started production in December 2009 and once finished Emal will produce 750,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum and 1.5 million tonnes annually at the end of phase two.
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.
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