Managed multi-site (Global) Engineering
- PDMS has the best 3D plant design environment for Multi-location/Global working. Project work and data can be dynamically shared between many sites working online in parallel. This means that projects can make use of high value centres such as India for project work and at the same time not have to move the expert designers or construction personnel around the world with all the personnel and cost problems this brings. Unlike other approaches, the Aveva approach delivers:-
- Fast, performance- virtually band-width independent. Designers at all locations work at local office speeds – irrespective of the band width between locations.
- Extreme flexibility. Work-share allocations can be revised in line with the organizations overall work-load as the project progresses. New locations can easily be brought on line- or existing locations removed- as and when required.
- High levels of productivity. Your designers can carry on working even when the communication links between sites have failed or are over-loaded.
- Control. If your project team includes locations with whom you don’t want to share all the data
-then you don’t have to. Maybe you are designing a power plant- and you don’t want the
location designing the turbine hall to have access to the details of the boiler island. No problem. Maybe, however, you still want to see the whole project at one location. We can do that too
(and at the same time).
- The access control and authority rights for working in a global way can be set up to exactly reflect the contract terms between the various parties working on the contract. This ensures that only the personnel with the correct authority can change and update the data. PDS does not have such a capability. PDS users are just moving forward and backwards MicroStation files and need to check differences manually.
Very low administration effort
• Overall the administration effort to set up and run a PDMS project is much less than a PDS project. In addition the powerful administration tools of PDMS allow the work breakdown of the project to be modified during the project if needed. PDS does not have such a capability.
- This is a big plus point for AVEVA. AutoCAD is the number 1 drafting system in the world – and is a format frequently specified by many owner operators. We have a relationship with Autodesk- and the Final Designer product has been designed specifically to link the 30 design world of PDMS with the 20 world of AutoCAD. This must be a better overall solution for anyone needing to produce AutoCAD deliverables- or who does a significant proportion of their work in2D (e.g. HVAC detailing, structural detailing etc etc).
Automatic drawing extraction
- PDMS can be configured to generate fully automatic production of drawings from the model with automatic labelling and dimensioning. Also when a change is made to the model and the drawing produced again the system can automatically highlight on the drawing the changed parts. PDS does not have such a capability.
- On large projects the enormous numbers of drawings are generated. There might be 40,000 support drawings alone. The cost, time and quality savings achieved via automating such drawing production processes can be phenomenal.
One programming language for all disciplines
PDMS is delivered with a built in with an extremely powerful programming language as standard. It’s available to everyone -and is consistent across all disciplines and all functions. You can use it to customize your PDMS applications, to automate design or deliverable production tasks etc. You can create multi-disciplinary applications
Just like our data, it’s upwards compatible between releases too.
Because it’s standard – and because PDMS is everywhere- you can buy in programming experts only if and when you need them.
This also means customization developers can easily move from one discipline to another. Also productivity improvement customizations can be developed once and then available for all disciplines immediately. Overall there is less need for developer training.
Compare this to PDS. A PDS administrator needs to know EDEN (Piping, EQP, RWAY, HVAC), FPL (Structural}, MDL (MicroStation) and APL(Piping)- and you may find you need to buy a whole load of new licences as well (I think APL is separately chargeable). Try finding a team of APL developers- or writing an application that carries out multi-disciplinary data validation checks and then generates a report.
… on the subject of reports – yes of course the PDMS PML language can be used to create any form of report or interface you want.