While driving my car to the office in snowy New England the other day, I had an “analogy epiphany”. I’d been wrestling with conceptual ideas to illustrate the process of data migration and transformation. The much-used “data-driven” concept led me to the idea of “driving data”—what is the vehicle, who is driving it and what is the fuel?
Just like a car, a power-generation plant is an assembly of complex set of design specifications with parts supplied by multiple vendors. Through the design and construction to the operation of the vehicle, the “fuel” powering the car is data. This data must be defined, refined, re-accessed, updated, tested and migrated. During this process, professional service consultants “drive” the car, guiding it on the right roads, and eventually handing it over to its ultimate driver: the Owner/Operator of the plant.
Data migration and transformation is critical during the design/build and handover & commissioning phases of energy plants as well as during the operation and maintenance of existing plants. Inconsistent, out-of-date, or irretrievable data creates a bottleneck and vulnerability in a system that relies on trusted data to make safe and dependable decisions. It is essential that the information is verified as to format, content, and structure in order to deliver tangible value for the operating life of a plant, which can be over a life span of 30 years or more. Industry analysts will tell you that the average loss due to poorly managed information handover can exceed 1% of the total capital project expenditure. So, for a $1 billion project, that could mean an avoidable loss of $10 million or more!
EMC consulting teams possess the driving skills and experience to facilitate data transformation that will deliver relevant and useful content to the operations and maintenance teams. They leverage industry best practices to ensure that owner-specified operations and maintenance information is organized for broad search and retrieval. And they manage the process according to key industry and regulatory standards, including those associated with the National Electric Reliability Council (NERC), Critical Infrastructure Protocols (CIP), ISO15926 for data interoperability, as well as health, safety, security and environmental regulations.
As EMC expands its solutions for managing operating plant information with the Documentum Asset Operations solution, it becomes clear that one key to a successful deployment is the delivery of comprehensive and correct data for the plant. As such, EMC has provided a Handover & Commissioning solution that provides both the transformation technology platform and the best practices to take information, from disparate multiple repositories and ensure this valuable data is ready for plant operations.
So next time you hop in your car, consider not only the design of your vehicle, but also the fuel and care that leads to its long operational life … especially if you live in New England in the winter!