Engineering Information Lifecycle for Complex Engineering

IBM’s experience tells us that Engineering Information Management (EIM) for complex engineering initiatives is fundamentally an information challenge that often ultimately manifests as a business challenge. In IBM’s experience up to 70% of information is reusable across the MCP lifecycle, from design, through build, into operate. The diverse nature of engineering data in complex undertakings however prevents the “all-in-the-box” processes, data models and systems modules commonly found in integrated domains such as asset management and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

EIM at many of organisations involved in implementing and operating complex engineering assets therefore consists of a patchwork of processes and technologies that in turn do not integrate or align effectively to business operations, resulting in information that is duplicated and often of poor quality. Preventing or tackling this common problem has led IBM to create its Engineering Information Lifecycle for Complex Engineering, drawn from our project experience with a breadth of clients across many industries including chemicals and petroleum, mining, and utilities. Our focus is to define a specific set of operating models, multi-level business processes, information architectures and systems integration approaches to provide a controlled and consistent operating environment for large organisations.

IBM’s Engineering Information Lifecycle for Complex Engineering offers the ability to accelerate the deployment of well managed engineering information for major capital projects, being integrated, aligned and usable. This fast-track approach benefits not only through the asset design and construct phase, but right through the decades-long operations phase of the asset as minor engineering changes can be made much more quickly.
To realise the value inherent in our Engineering Information Lifecycle for Complex Engineering requires IBM’s experience gained globally through helping our clients tackle their largest information challenges, whilst drawing on innovations and insights from our research areas and our work in other industries.
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