Engineering information is not just complex – it is constantly in change.
The trend towards outsourcing leads to increasingly extended contractor and supplier networks. Global teams of externals and internals working together on a project require role-based access to data in an isolated work area. This is necessary in order to maintain master data integrity and standardized naming and numbering conventions, including any changes to metadata.
Owner operators working with globally dispersed EPCMs require an additional functionality from their EIM system: they need a full transmittal management system that will track when documents were sent and received, who sent them and what the data quality was.
This becomes even harder when the engineering information is used in multiple projects simultaneously. A solution is needed to manage the creation, approval, distribution and tracking of documents in concurrent projects, ensuring that asset information can be maintained as-built through multiple plant changes and is always available for use.