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Instrumentation Design Software Databases

Today, on small and large projects an Instrument Design Software tool is an essential part of completion of the design documentation. There are several companies which have developed these systems. They include:


AVEVA Instrumentation

The following papers and information is from AVEVA Instrumentation

AVEVA Instrumentation is an intuitive, feature-rich Engineering & Design system enabling efficient management of Engineering & Design data for the rapid production of high-quality deliverables in an intuitive environment. The four integrated program modules support the entire Instrumentation and Control system lifecycle from engineering and design, through installation, maintenance and modification. Select a module or here to find out more about it.


AVEVA Instrumentation features:

  • An advanced graphical user interface
  • Extensive use of design rules and catalogues
  • Maximum workflow flexibility
  • Extensive multiple language support
  • A common multi-user database
  • Assured data integrity
  • Ease of customisation by users
  • Fully customisable report creation, with change highlighting
  • Interfaces to AVEVA NET and document management systems
  • Work Pack creation


Instrument Engineer Design Module Features

This is enables index data entry, change tracking, and the creation and management of documentation. Features include:


KKS and ECS tagging support:

  • Includes pull-down lists of values


Instrument Datasheets

  • Document management functions
  • Familiar spreadsheet functions
  • Robust, auditable revision control


Instrument List

  • Create and maintain list data
  • Data import from Excel and P&IDs


Instrument Calculations

  • Flow Element Sizing
  • Control Valve Sizing
  • Relief Valve Sizing
  • Thermowell Vibrations
  • Gas Compressibility Factor


Loop List

  • Easy creation and editing of loops
  • Automatic generation of Wiring Manager data
  • Loop Wiring Check reports in pdf format



  • Extensive user-definable report printing and export


Instrument Designer Design Module Features

This module enables automatic generation and revision of CAD drawings from the database. Features include:


Drawing List Management

  • Manual and batch mode functions
  • Add drawings automatically from the Instrument Engineer and Wiring Manager modules
  • Manage drawing revisions
  • Link drawing text fields to database fields


Loop Diagram Generation

  • User-definable templates
  • Automatic updating from Wiring Manager and Instrument Engineer modules
  • Full revision history


Termination Diagram Generation

  • Automated drawing creation
  • Automatic updating from Wiring Manager


Hookup/Installation Drawings

  • Automated, user-definable AutoCAD drawings
  • User-definable catalogue, with over 3000 items
  • BoM reports by area or total project


Change Management

  • Log and report all drawing changes


Wiring Manager Design Module Features

A powerful module for detailed cable, wiring and termination design, including Fieldbus. Data can be output as pdf documents, or by drawing creation by the Instrument Designer module. Features include:


Equipment Functions

  • Graphical representation and manipulation of items
  • Supports DIN rails with multiple devices
  • Rule-based creation of terminations


Cable Functions

  • Creation by catalogue or copying existing cables
  • Cable merge and split functions
  • Automatic cable schedules and gland BoM reports
  • Automatic cable drumming for minimum wastage



  • Drag & Drop wire termination and I/O allocation
  • Automatic, editable Block Diagrams
  • Automatic, rule-based numbering
  • Graphical reports in pdf format



  • Cable Schedules, Cable and Gland Bill of Materials
  • Cable Drum Schedule
  • Wire/Ferrule Number Schedules
  • I/O Allocations


Process Engineer Design Module Features


View and Edit Data for Multiple Instruments

  • Grid format, for rapid data entry
  • Copy and paste functionality
  • View instrument data by type
  • Gaps or inconsistencies in data are easy to see


Enables Process Engineers to Enter their Own Data


Powerful Reporting

  • Identical features to the other modules
  • Enables process data to be included with instrumentation data on all documentation


Other Features of AVEVA Instrumentation


Increased Instrument Design Productivity

  • Intuitive drag & drop interface
  • Rule-based design automation
  • Easy to learn and configure to your workflows
  • Automatically generates drawings and reports
  • Eliminates unnecessary data re-entry
  • Integrates Instrumentation & Control data into an AVEVA Plant or AVEVA Marine project


Reuse Legacy Data

  • Import previous or third-party P&ID instrumentation data


Increased Design Quality

  • Single database ensures data consistency
  • Accurate and complete deliverables
  • Easy design checking and verification


Efficient Lifecycle Support

  • Manage, maintain and upgrade Instrumentation & Control systems throughout the asset lifecycle
  • Capture and integrate legacy design data into a powerful system for operations support


AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link running within AutoCAD

AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link is an add-in application that enables intelligent, automatic import and checking of instrumentation data from AutoCAD P&ID drawing files.

Key features include:

  • Two-way functionality with AutoCAD 2008 & 2009
  • User-definable reports
  • Data export to Excel
  • Close integration with AVEVA Instrumentation
  • Integration with AVEVA Plant and AVEVA Marine

For more information, download the following AVEVA product literature: (You will need to register to obtain this information)

  • AVEVA Instrumentation brochure - AVEVA Instrumentation is a proven, feature-rich software suite for Instrumentation and Control engineering. Its advanced graphical user interfaces, extensive use of design rules and catalogues for data creation, and maximum workflow flexibility make AVEVA Instrumentation the preferred choice for projects of all sizes. Stand-alone or fully integrated, AVEVA Instrumentation is functionally rich, both for the Engineering Contractors in design and for the Owner Operator in everyday plant operations. When used as part of an integrated AVEVA software deployment, it adds instrumentation data into the complete project information model, exposing it to the full range of AVEVA’s design, engineering, collaboration and lifecycle management technology.
  • AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link Brochure - AVEVA Instrumentation Intelli-Link is a complementary program to AVEVA Instrumentation. It enables the automatic processing of P&ID drawing files created in AutoCAD to extract instrumentation data for checking against, or importing into, the project Instrument Index.
  • AVEVA Instrumentation - Delivering on Promises - Engineering Design or Plant Operations? AVEVA Instrumentation suits both - AVEVA Instrumentation has always focused closely on meeting the requirements of engineers - the need for intuitive, simple-to-use solutions that suit their working methods and make their jobs easier. This end-user focus has made AVEVA Instrumentation a hit with both Owner Operators and EPCs, across the full lifecycle of instrument information. Control systems play a vital role in all aspects of modern living, from helping us drive our cars, to safely running large petrochemical complexes and power stations. The largest area of spending in new plants is control and instrumentation, and the largest area of spending for operating plants is the day-to-day management and maintenance of this instrumentation. With an average shutdown cost of $8 million, the savings that can be made by properly managing instrumentation and therefore preventing downtime are persuasive, to say the least.
  • AVEVA Instrumentation Saves Time and Money - After discovering AVEVA Instrumentation, and witnessing its design and reporting capabilities at a product launch event, Carlos Cercas, manager of TECHNOEDIF’s Department of Instrumentation and Control, implemented a pilot project to evaluate the software using existing data, and found significant advantages over other instrumentation alternatives including;

    - Time saving through quicker access to data and increased consistency of documentation.

    - Faster and simpler incorporation of amendments, and effective change management.

    - Reduction in the cost of data verification due to object relationships.

    - Integration with other critical operational information such as P&IDs.

    - Rule-based engineering and cabling, allowing engineers and designers to work effectively within company procedures.

  • Top Ten Instrumentation Headaches - AVEVA spoke to instrumentation and control experts across the industry and identified no less than ten key areas where other vendors’ instrumentation design technologies fail to meet engineers and designers requirements. These are the top ten headaches that the engineers and designers face on a daily basis. The good news is that companies can avoid these headaches entirely by deploying the ‘visual engineering’ approach at the heart of AVEVA’s field-proven instrumentation solution.
  • Shocking Waste of Money - Eight Reasons Why Electrical Design Costs More Than it Should - Electrical engineering and design is one of the most complex and demanding challenges facing EPCs and shipbuilders, in new builds, in-plant projects, and marine refit. Recent capital expenditure on electrical engineering and design has been estimated to reach $3 billion in the hydrocarbon plant industry alone. But should we be shocked by this figure? Surely such a complex discipline necessarily comes with a high price tag? Expense is inevitable, certainly. But wastefulness is unforgivable. Unfortunately, the technology used to plan and design electrical systems, just like that used to design instrumentation and control systems, is often just that - wasteful. Because it has been developed with little regard for engineers and designers natural working methods, it results in cumbersome and error-prone methods of handling data, and prevents users from making effective technical use of the natural synergies that exist between many activities. AVEVA’s research, conducted with the help of electrical engineering experts from across the industry, indicates that these short comings have significant economic consequences. We have identified no less than eight key areas where currently available electrical engineering and design technologies fail to meet users requirements.
  • ARC View Report - The AVEVA Instrumentation suite provides a broad range of benefits for both the project engineering and operations stakeholders. There is a need for efficient and cost- effective engineering tools that can bridge the handover gap between project and operational phases of an asset’s lifecycle. This issue is becoming increasingly important as an enabler for efficient Asset Lifecycle Management for both the EPC and owner/operator.
  • Deloitte Report: AVEVA NET - Woodside Post-Implementation Review - Prior to 2004, Woodside was experiencing difficulty in managing and accessing the large amounts of data and drawings required for the development and maintenance of their facilities. Furthermore, much of Woodside’s plant information was maintained by third parties, leading to additional challenges in accessing and sharing their own engineering information. To address this issue, Woodside accepted tenders from engineering data management (EDM) providers to provide a solution to improve the management and delivery of Woodside’s engineering data. Through this selection process AVEVA NET was identified as having the best fit to Woodside’s needs. Deloitte was commissioned to conduct a post implementation review of AVEVA NET at Woodside Energy Limited (WEL); to identify the return on investment (ROI) achieved to date and forecasted through to 2014. This report shows actual dollar values for the savings and productivity boost experienced by Woodside Energy Ltd. as a result of their use of AVEVA NET, AVEVA’s information management solution - from Deloitte.
  • Make a Winning Business Case for Investing in Plant Safety - Experience has shown that the information issues in legacy plants increasingly hamper operational excellence or continuous improvement initiatives, as the critical processes involved are not supported with the information that is needed. Generally, this vital information is inaccessible (i.e. siloed, in different systems and in different data formats), is missing, is out of date, or worse still is incorrect. The quality of this legacy information having decayed over time, from the initial plant handover of incomplete or inaccurate information, and missing as-built mark-ups during commissioning. This, coupled with the constants changes that occur during operations, many of which precede engineering due to operational imperatives, means that key initiatives such as operational integrity management, risk based inspections and predictive maintenance are built on a foundation of ‘shifting sand’. The foundation of critical information needed to ensure successful implementation of these critical initiatives, is constantly changing and of dubious quality! Until recently, the costs of capturing, cleaning, verifying and correcting such legacy information were prohibitively high. But available technology can now automate a very large proportion of the work, using techniques like document scraping that intelligently extracts key information, and gateways that integrate different data formats and sources. This not only eliminates much tedious and costly work, it can automatically associated and cross-reference information and highlight inconsistent or missing information. It also frees up skilled staff to focus on resolving the genuinely deficient information the ‘inconsistencies’, a much smaller task. An exercise that would have been measured in man-years now takes just man-weeks.
  • AVEVA Instrumentation Instrument Designer User Guide - Instrument Designer manages all tasks typically handled by an Instrument Designer duringa project life cycle including CAD drawing generation, drawing list management, updating of revisions and printing of CAD files for loop diagrams, termination diagrams, Hookups etc. It will also manage all project drawings and drawing revisions, Generate loop drawings from templates automatically updating data from the AVEVA Instrumentation database.
  • Webinar - Ensuring Data Quality and Consistency with AVEVA P&ID - Join this webinar to find out how you can efficiently produce P&IDs whilst ensuring data quality and consistency within an integrated environment, using AVEVA P&ID. P&IDs play an important role in any plant and marine design project. By representing the functional definition of the process systems, they form the basis for all related Engineering & Design activities. In this webinar, Julien de Beer and Henrik Hultin explain how AVEVA P&ID can contribute to efficient work processes, where the value of the data-driven approach can extend beyond the teams directly drawing the P&IDs and reach other parts of the organisation and downstream activities. The integration with other applications and data sources is a focal point of this presentation.
  • Powering Up - AVEVA Electrical’s Essential Capabilities for Efficient Electrical Engineering and Design - Electrical engineering and design is one of the most complex and demanding aspects of new plant projects, plant revamps and shipbuilding. In the hydrocarbon industry alone, annual capital expenditure on electrical engineering and design has been estimated to reach $3 billion. Clearly, the electrical disciplines should have engineering and design tools as powerful as those used for 3D design in plant layout or ship design. Sadly, this is not the case. Even the most widely used electrical engineering software is regarded as difficult to use, poorly integrated with other important systems and only a partial solution. In practice, most engineers muddle along with a poorly controlled workflow using a combination of spreadsheets and 2D drafting programs. Using specialist electrical analysis software is hampered by the difficulty of exchanging data with it. Not surprisingly, the result is inefficient, error-prone and frustrating work, unnecessarily increasing project costs and the risks of rework, delays and quality problems. Recognising the need for a modern, efficient solution, AVEVA worked with electrical engineering specialists from the plant and marine industries to identify specific needs and challenges. From this work, nine key areas were identified where currently available electrical engineering and design technologies failed to meet users requirements. The result was the creation of AVEVA Electrical, a uniquely powerful, productive and intuitive solution which unlocks engineers skills and creativity to dramatically reduce the pressures on project schedules and budgets.


SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools®

The following papers and information is from SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools®

SmartPlant® Instrumentation Powered by INtools® - Intergraph SmartPlant Instrumentation provides a single source of instrumentation information that you can easily access and update, and ensures consistency across the different instrument tasks and deliverables.

Why Choose SmartPlant Instrumentation - This white paper highlights the features.

Next Step in Control System Design Productivity and Quality - A joint development by Intergraph and E+H now makes it possible for SmartPlant Instrumentation to automate a large part of this process by exchanging the specification sheets electronically. This reduces engineering time because once a device has been selected, the supplier’s system automatically populates the specification sheet and attaches all of the respective technical documentation and sizing calculations. This eliminates the need for manual entry, reduces data transfer errors, and can save an estimated more than one hour of engineering time per device. In a plant with 5,000 instruments, this can quickly bring huge savings in engineering time.

What's New in SmartPlant Instrumentation - SmartPlant® Instrumentation enables you to perform instrument design in both engineering as well as operations to meet your business needs. The software surpasses other instrument design tools that are limited to only a few workflows. The latest release of SmartPlant Instrumentation offers additional capabilities to the solid and robust solution to increase your design quality and productivity.

Smartplant® Instrumentation Telecom Design - Define and manage telecommunication equipment objects, their connections, and internal configurations with SmartPlant® Instrumentation telecom design functionality. You can create telecommunication devices and equipment, hubs, routers, multiplexers, and switches. In addition, you can generate telecom tag reports and load reports. SmartPlant Instrumentation is your solution for: • CCTV equipment - Telephones, speakers, and IP cameras. • Network equipment - Hubs, switches, and routers. • Audio equipment - Amplifier cards.


Dynamic Asset Documentation (DAD)

The following papers are from Dynamic Asset Documentation and I+E Systems:

Documentation Errors in Instrumentation and Electrical Systems - Prof. Peter ED Love and Dr. Jingyang Zhou - Documentation errors have been identified as a significant problem within the construction and engineering industry. Errors contained with contract documents can contribute to loss of profit, reduced productivity, cost and time overruns as well as contractual disputes. Research has identified that as much as 60% of variations in construction and engineering projects are a result of errors and omissions contained within poor quality documentation. This paper uses a case study to show the benefits of a Design Database.

Intelligent Solutions for the Process Industries - Data Flow & Business Process Modeling For Manufacturing Operations Management - This paper presents the means to generate dynamic models, through use of the Dynamic Asset Documentation system (DAD), while ensuring integrity between the data interchanged between the various Level 3 Systems, as well integrity in the use of the data and work flows by specific users and in specific user scenarios.

Assessing the Impact Of Request For Information (RFI) in Electrical and Instrumentation - Peter E.D. Love, Jingyang Zhou, Chun-pong Sing and Jeong-Tai Kim - Using a case study, errors, omissions and information redundancy contained in the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) ‘As-built’ drawings for a Stacker Conveyor were examined. A total of 449 errors and omissions were identified within 42 documents. In addition, 231 cables and components appeared once among the 42 documents; 86 cables and components appeared twice and 12 cables and components appeared thrice. As a result of the errors, omissions and redundancy, requests for information (RFIs) were required. Retrospective analysis indicates that the indirect cost of raising the RFIs to the contractor was estimated to be approximately 9% of the cost of the E&I contract. To address the problems of errors, omissions and redundancy, it is suggested that there is a need to adopt an object orientated system information model (SIM) for E&I engineering design and documentation. It is demonstrated in the case study that the use of a SIM could bring significant improvements in productivity and reduce the cost of engineering design.

A Systems Information Model for Managing Electrical, Control, and Instrumentation Assets - Peter E.D. Love, Jingyang Zhou, Jane Matthews, Chun-Pong Sing and Brad Carey - The purpose of this paper is to present a systems information model (SIM) that is akin to a building information model (BIM) and can be used by asset managers and staff to make more informed and quicker decisions about maintenance. Design/methodology/approach - The problems associated with managing assets are examined alongside recent international efforts to standardize methods of data collection for meeting the objectives of owners. A case study in the domain of electrical, control and instrumentation (ECI) documentation is examined in detail, with particular reference to the amelioration of errors and omissions in “as built” drawings in order to provide the underlying foundation to support effective asset management (AM).

Object-Oriented Model for Life Cycle Management of Electrical Instrumentation Control Projects - J. Zhou , P.E.D. Love, J. Matthews , B. Carey , C.P. Sing- Electrical instrumentation and control (EIC) systems can account for as much as 60% of maintainable items as well as being critical to safe and efficient operations. Thus, it is imperative that as-built documentation is error-free and reflects precisely what has been installed. Yet EIC as-built drawings that are produced often contain errors and omissions. This paper reflects the benefits of utilising a design database.

Toward Productivity Improvement in Electrical Engineering Documentation - J. Zhou, P. E.D. Love, J. Matthews, B. Carey, C.P. Sing and D.J. Edwards - The purpose of this paper is to determine the unproductive time and additional cost to re-engineer a safety control system for a Floating Production Storage Offloading vessel that was originally engineered and documented in computer-aided design (CAD).

Systems Information Modelling: From File Exchanges to Model Sharing for Electrical Instrumentation and Control Systems - Peter E.D Love, Jingyang Zhou and Jane Matthews - The mining industry in Australia is in a period of intense introspection as it seeks to improve its productivity and competitiveness in global markets. With mining projects experiencing increasing overruns on capital expenditure, there is a need to re-examine existing business practices to address the prevailing productivity crisis that the industry is experiencing. In addressing this issue, within the context of electrical instrumentation and control systems (EICS), a case study that examines the development of a systems information model (SIM) to improve productivity during the engineering, construction, maintenance and operations processes of a magnetite iron ore processing plant is presented and discussed.

DAD Application Notes - These Application Notes discuss particular ways in which DAD can be applied. You will see that it can improve a very wide range of work processes. They use the standard DAD System Information Model and Portals.

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