SHANGHAI, China, July 12, 2005 – Intergraph Corporation
For plant owners, SmartPlant Process Safety enables engineers to keep HAZOP results and actions up to date as well as run test cases for proposed process changes and plant modifications in advance. With complete and readily auditable HAZOP reports, plant administrators are more prepared to work with government safety, health and environmental regulators.
For engineering and construction firms, the software tracks safety effects of design changes and can considerably reduce HAZOP impact on the project schedule. The consistency and repeatability of SmartPlant Process Safety increases confidence in HAZOP actions and helps firms provide better quality service to clients. Safety analysis becomes part of engineering, helping prevent costly design changes and delays in the project schedule.
“Through SmartPlant Process Safety, application of verified process flow diagrams and piping and instrument data against a proven safety knowledge base represents a step-change improvement in HAZOP thinking and practice. The SmartPlant approach provides clear productivity advantage over the traditional, manual, time-consuming process of arriving at risk reduction decisions,” said Patrick Holcomb, senior vice president, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine.
SmartPlant Process Safety reduces time and cost by replacing manual guideword application and consequence tracing with rule-driven analysis and knowledge-base creation. The software displays results graphically within Intergraph SmartPlant P&ID, the intelligent piping and instrumentation diagram tool, for visualization of fault-consequence information to support the analysis process. SmartPlant P&ID loads process system and related data in SmartPlant Process Safety and sets the HAZOP scope. SmartPlant Process Safety drives repeatable, high-quality comparison reporting which is otherwise virtually impossible to achieve in the traditional, manual approach. The integrated application reduces data entry requirements, since nearly all information from the process flow diagram is propagated into SmartPlant P&ID.
Under an exclusive development and marketing alliance with Intergraph, UK-based Hazid Technologies Ltd. is supplying the software engine for SmartPlant Process Safety. Hazid Technologies’ HAZID engine provides the safety modeling, methodology, hazard identification, report data, change management and other key process safety functions. The engine represents more than a decade of plant safety knowledge, industry guidance, real-world validation and engineering research conducted by some of the world’s leading HAZOP experts.
Russ Novak, research director, ARC Advisory Group, said, “Process safety, as supported by sound HAZOP analysis and remediation practices, is absolutely crucial to plant operational excellence. The Intergraph software is positioned to help companies more proactively address the business case of process safety. Health, safety and environmental aspects of operational excellence have a direct impact on plant uptime and regulatory compliance.”
Intergraph made the announcement at its APEX Shanghai international conference, where SmartPlant Process Safety is featured in client presentations, demonstrations and workshops through July 13.
Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company's spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships, and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
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