Intergraph Releases SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO)

Rapid Implementation Solutions Increase Productivity, Operations and Maintenance Efficiency and Interoperability Over Plant Life Cycle

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., January 28, 2008 – Intergraph Corp. has released SmartPlant® Enterprise for Owner Operators (SPO), a solution dedicated to owner operators. SPO is a new member of Intergraph's widely adopted and proven SmartPlant Enterprise family of products.

Designed as an out-of-the-box configuration with predefined integrated work processes, SPO enables owner operators to manage their plant engineering design basis and synchronize it with operations and maintenance needs to increase interoperability throughout the plant life cycle and ensures fast-track implementation.

SPO supports leading integration technologies like SAP® NetWeaver and Microsoft® SharePoint. It is positioned to leverage the plant engineering design basis for enterprise asset management (EAM) systems such as SAP, reliability management systems such as Meridium, plant maintenance systems such as Maximo, distribution control systems (DCS) and enterprise content management (ECM) systems. SPO's integration with SAP has been awarded "Powered by NetWeaver®" certification status by SAP.

Accessing and managing cross-functional and cross-organizational engineering information via one common, role-based Web portal allows the various owner operators teams (management, engineering, operations, and maintenance) to collaborate seamlessly and to substantially reduce data discovery time while benefiting from significantly improved information quality and consistency. Pre-configured work processes and a powerful workflow engine ensure that processes are undertaken consistently and provide auditable traceability to demonstrate regulatory compliance.

The SPO portfolio is made up of three solutions - SPO Core, SPO Operating Plant and SPO Capital Project Execution. SPO solutions can be implemented enterprise-wide or on specific projects or plants and provide the following functionality:

  • SPO Core solution - covers common core work processes such as maintenance of engineering data including central tag and document allocation, viewing and navigation of current and past engineering data, conceptual engineering, plant breakdown structure management, document management, vendor data capture and data loading during all plant life cycle phases.
  • SPO Operating Plant solution - builds on top of the Core solution and provides work processes for the operations phase of the plant life cycle, such as bi-directional synchronization of data between SmartPlant Foundation and plant maintenance systems, workflow processing of change requests, and a secure, role-based, common Web portal for plant management, operations, maintenance and engineering personnel.
  • SPO Capital Project Execution solution - also builds on top of the Core solution and supports greenfield and brownfield projects, providing business packages addressing work processes that are critical to coordinating activities during capital projects. These include Management of Change, Non-Conformity Management, Technical Query Management and managing interfaces between contractors as well as managing the evolving engineering design basis. This creates an effective, efficient handover process, shorter project times and reduced CAPEX. Standard interfaces will facilitate the seamless exchange of data and hand-off of work processes across the project value chain.

SPO includes business packages that offer preconfigured work processes that are expected to be a 60-80-percent fit for most owner operators and can be easily and rapidly adjusted to meet the needs of any customer. These solutions will help with challenges related to delivering projects within budget and time with finite resources and ensure predictable production at the lowest sustainable cost.

Sid Snitkin, Ph.D., an industry analyst and vice president for ARC Advisory Group, said, "Research has shown that poor interoperability can result in a continual, ongoing penalty of up to 2.8 percent on return on asset (ROA) performance to owner operators. Better coordination and teamwork throughout the complex maze of partners, suppliers and internal departments involved in asset life cycle management can improve plant performance in both functional and financial terms."

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "Many companies have strong operational results with Intergraph's powerful solutions. Now, we're extending that success to give owner operators a multi-discipline solution to optimize their ROA, increasing interoperability between engineering firms and their own company's maintenance and business process systems."

For more information, please visit for ARC Group's white paper "Improve the Functional and Financial Performance of Your Plant through Better Plan Asset Management Information Management" by Sid Snitkin and Intergraph's technical white paper on SPO.


About Intergraph

Intergraph Corp. 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


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