AutoPLANT/PIDA/eDM System for Engineering and Maintenance Purposes
Belgium based-Tessenderlo Group consists of
more than 100 branches with approximately 8100
employees in 21 countries. The goal of its project
was to centralize and connect all plant information from several sites across several countries,
making the information available throughout the
group and eliminating redundant data. It also
involved capturing existing information and documents produced by an earlier CAD system. This
resulted in enormous time savings.
The operations sites are constantly undergoing engineering modifications in which precise data and
documentation are required, and that results in
the generation and updating of many project documents. The central database enables engineers
to automatically generate design views, generate
isometric drawings, and create material lists and
their associated documentation.
cise and accurate information that is useful at revamps
and for maintenance work.
The database also contains
thousands of technical data
files required for other parts
of Tessenderlo Group.
The database contains close to 9000 equipment
records, in more than 15,000 pipeline records,
and 22,000 valve and instrumentation records
connected to design information. The group has
developed standard data sheets containing pre-
AutoPLANT is used to create
all of the group's 2D and 3D
graphical data. Tessenderlo
Group developed an interface called PIDA on top
of its AutoPLANT database to create bidirectional
links among design drawings, data, and project
documents. Information originating from the previ-
ous CAD system is systematically converted with
AutoPLANT's conversion toolkit.
The graphical user interface makes it very easy to
retrieve information. By querying any piece of
equipment or instrument in the 3D AutoPLANT
design review model, all technical data and documents of the component are displayed. Knowing
the unique tag number of a component enables
the user to retrieve a history of all revisions about
the component as well as all project documents.
Via PIDA, AutoPLANT also is connected to the
group's existing electronic document manage-ment system provided by Océ. The new electronic document management system, via PIDA, will
support several uses for maintenance and operations staff. ;