Here at Ei, we’re always looking for a better way – it’s our driving force to improve how we execute projects. That’s why we love implementing new technology and practices in traditional industries, like oil, gas, and energy. There’s just so much room for improvement – and specifically, great opportunities to enhance LDAR efficiency, implement cost-savings, and set our clients up for sustainable compliance.
We know you’re looking for a better way, too, so we started this blog to share insights into the how, why, and what of our ways. For the next 8 weeks, we’ll take you step-by-step through our latest project – providing Turn-Key LDAR inventory support for an oil refinery in Louisiana – so we can find the better way together. Buckle up. This is going to be fun.
Our first priority was getting rid of the things we don’t need. What are we talking about? Sharpies. It’s not that we have anything against them, it’s just that they’re just so … well … permanent. And projects, life, they’re just not like that. Things change – like when tanks and equipment get reclassified – and we’ve got to be ready to be efficient when that happens.
So we’ve come up with a process using intelligent P&IDs to do just that. And you know what? We predict a 30% - 50% improvement in field efficiency (compared to traditional methods) by implementing this process. WHAT?!?! Yes, we said it. So be sure to check this blog weekly (every Tuesday for the next 8 weeks) to see how we’re doing on that. We’ll of course be tracking ourselves and posting our progress.
Here’s how we set ourselves up for success. We started our retagging project by converting traditional P&IDs to intelligent P&IDs (iP&IDs). Intelligent P&IDs store data in ways standard files don’t, and the data is dynamic, so it can be associated with multiple attributes that relate to other data fields stored in CAD. That means it saves a lot of time in the long run. Before intelligent P&IDs, when life happened (i.e., something in the project changed and had to be reclassified) changes had to be made across many platforms, which wasted time and opened the door for mistakes.
Not with intelligent P&IDs. First we requested our client’s standard P&ID files in electronic format (AutoCAD DWG is preferred; Adobe PDF is OK, too). Then, we utilized our dedicated team of CAD professionals to convert the P&IDs into AutoCAD® P&ID™ software. The result: Intelligent P&IDs, searchable, dynamic, and ready to make the project more efficient.
We used the new P&IDs next when our chemical engineering team marked up process flow diagrams (PFDs) after performing a stream speciation. The marked-up PFDs were reviewed with the process unit engineer at the facility, along with a list of any questions. With the intelligent P&IDs, our changes from the meeting showed in the mark-ups immediately and were ready to load into our tablets for field use next week (that’s right, no highlighter pens then either).
With our field tablets loaded, we’re ready for next week. Check back to see how we fared our first field week in Louisiana performing LDAR flagging alongside gators and snake friends. Oh, and if you want to know more about how intelligent P&IDs can set the stage for your project and how we can help convert your files, visit pidconversion.com or contact Eric here. He loves talking to people about throwing highlighter pens away.