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Information Management Impact Alert

Industry Standard Datasheet Definitions (ISDD) Project

The Industry Standard Datasheet Definition (ISDD) Project is a pending project jointly sponsored by Fiatech and MIMOSA. In Fiatech we have forwarded the project to the approval process and expect to be endorsed shortly. The project requires some additional funding and we are finding Owners from Fiatech and MIMOSA that are sponsoring the initial proof of concept scope.

The ISSDD Project will provide the methodology to capture existing Industry Standard Datasheets (ISDs) as machine interpretable business objects which are fully re-usable, mappable and extensible. The effort will capture high-value properties from existing, high-value, ISDs published by the credible industry associations including ISA, API, PIDEX, IEC and ISO. It will also seek to incorporate the material item codes developed and published by the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) in a manner which will bemutually acceptable and aligned with ISO 8000 (Data Quality) and ISO 22745 (Open technical dictionaries and their application to master data).

As Industry Standard Datasheet (ISD) documents were developed by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in Working Groups in various Industry Associations, they used a variety of differing conventions for both document structure and content definitions. While some of the ISDs are available in the form of spreadsheets, the spreadsheets were almost never developed in a manner that would enable direct machine interpretability of the information they contain. This makes it very difficult to directly reuse the ISDs, without clear guidance from these same or similar SMEs, who are very familiar with all of the associated meta knowledge. The existing process for using the ISD’s is labor intensive, redundant, error prone and incomplete. This has a particularly negative impact on the Operations and Maintenance of the associated long lived physical assets, because the information needed to properly Provision, Integrate, Operate and Maintain them is not readily available in a directly reusable, supplier-neutral, machine interpretable fashion. This results in both direct costs and opportunity costs on a recurring basis over the entire life-cycle of those assets, long after the end of the capital project.  

The team has already held a series of workshops and gone through Proof of Concept work. This project stage will be a paid pilot, producing 3 ISDDs and taking them from a draft stage through a 1.0 stage, including a review and feedback loop from the sponsors. Afterwards, additional sets of ISDDs will be proposed to be developed and published, following the same procedure and requesting further funding for those sets.

ISO 15926 P&ID/3D Information Models and Proteus Schema Mappings (IIMM-P&ID)

 ISO 15926 P&ID/3D Information Models and Proteus Schema Mappings (IIMM-P&ID)is approaching completion with a final report in progress to be issued this summer. Fiatech and the Members of the Project Team express their appreciation to the DEXPI (Data Exchange in the Process Industry) Group for their collaboration and strong contributions to this project.

Fiatech’s Members have completed many projects focused on advancing implementation of ISO 15926 data exchange. This project, the IIMM-P&ID Project (ISO 15926 P&ID/3D Information Models and Proteus Schema Mappings), was commissioned by Fiatechmembers to advance information exchange within the capital projects industry for industrial process systems in conformance with ISO 15926. The key objective for the IIMM-P&ID Project is to extend the Information model and Proteus XML schema to support the requirements of complete P&ID exchange. The Proteus XML Schema, developed from XMPlant, was developed to operate with ISO 15926 Parts 2 & 4. TheIIMM Project is developing Interoperability between Proteus Schema and ISO15926 Part 8. The Focus for the current phase of the project has been to develop the Instrumentation capabilities. The project has also addressed handling of piping components.

The IIMM Project includes a Proteus schema release 4.0.1 for instrumentation. Thisschema release covers the DEXPI approach for instrumentation.

The IIM Project provide vendor to vendor exchange of P&IDs to improve efficiency for design, procurement and construction exchange. This exchange will save major costs and time on data and handover exchange processes. Additionally, it will provide improved handover that benefits operations & maintenance.

Managing Piping Systems Through ISO 15926, Project Information Flow (PIF)

The PIF project is approaching the completion of process data phase with a final report in progress to be issued in the next several weeks.

The Piping Management PIF Project expanded the PCF (Piping Component File), piping data exchange tools to establish an ISO 15926 SuperPCF that provides achieve smooth piping data flow from design to construction, and ultimately to owner/operator handover. In the typical capital project lifecycle, piping files get createdmultiple times through the project delivery and lifecycle due to inadequate and improper information exchanges and procedures. Delays in generating fabrication drawings are due to the “balloon like” delivery of information from the designer. Delays in fabrication happen due to late delivery of material and fabrication drawings. Delays during piping installation happen frequently due to late delivery of fabricated spools. Most material “look-a-heads” are only accurate after fabrication drawing generation.

The PIF Piping Project went beyond being a simple piping information standardization as it provided a platform in which vendors, owners, contractors, designer and supplier meet and agree to produce the standard that address the pain points of the industry. As a by-product of PIF the use of piping data instead of hard copy isometric as an official information exchange is a revolution in the industry similar to the beginning of CAD. Further, the change management will transform the piping industry as data is much easier to compare and track than hard copies. The stake holders will know the full status of their piping in a timely fashion and be able to compare with any revision.

The Piping Management PIF Project is defining the requirements of piping data from design to construction (with handover as the ultimate goal) - including addressing piping specifications, geometry standards, material standards, and drafting rules and symbols. The project developed a “super PCF” with the extensions needed that will include these added attributes. The Super PCF is publicly hosted in its current beta version while it is being tested by the Piping PIF Project Team.

The Piping Management PIF Project has defined the new workflow to deliver projects in this enhanced more efficient and higher quality approach. The process definitions include identifying the data transfer nodes, defining the required properties and agreeing on the means of transfer.

The project success is dependent on the following implementation elements:

•             The interest of the stake holders

•             The readiness of IIP project.

•             Support of software vendors.

The PIF project recommendation is for the stake holders to engage in Fiatech to provide motivation for software vendor to issue and adopt the superPCF.

If would like to know more about the Piping Management PIF Project, please contact Chehade Kassouf, CCT, Project Lead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Crossrail Data Interoperability Proof of Concept to Support Information Handover

Crossrail is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line under construction in the United Kingdom. It is due to begin full operation in 2018, serving London and its environs by providing a new east-west route across Greater London. Crossrail is among the most significant infrastructure projects undertaken in the UK. It is also currently Europe’s largest public sector construction project (£14.8 billion).

To support commissioning and handover of assets, Crossrail will need to provide asset information and documentation to two Infrastructure Managers. Additionally, due to the nature of the boundary between these Infrastructure Managers, a number of information deliverables are shared. If this data were to be handed over ‘conventionally’ then this would immediately duplicate data which would almost certainly diverge and would then present increased safety risks and increasing challenges if ever the data had to be brought back into a single data store. Also, the UK Government is advocating new industry standard approaches to be adopted for the handover of project information to allow ongoing asset management activities to take place. It specifies the use of new data environments which allow the more efficient sharing of data and information. Crossrail, is committed to exploring innovative advanced practices that have the opportunity to approaches to increase safety, improve delivery and operations, and lower cost to deliver a ‘world class’ railway.

This project was a proof of concept that tested and successfully demonstrated a potential technical solution based on the ISO15926 standard used in the Nuclear, Oil, Gas and Process Industries. This enables data integration, sharing, exchange, and hand-over between disparate computer systems Crossrail ran a market assessment which selected a potential technical solution called AIRE, that is based on the ISO15926 standard, followed by this three month, October to December 2014, Proof of Concept study. The project participants were Crossrail, the Solution Providers (AREVA, Bentley Systems, IBM and EAMS) and ‘Observers’ from Transport for London (TfL). Fiatech provided an Advisory Panel of Fiatech Members to review and provide feedback on the project scope and the intermediate and final deliverables.

A set of requirements, together with a plan and testing methodology was agreed based around realistic scenarios (or Use Cases) that reflect the multiple exchange processes required during handover between Crossrail and the Infrastructure Maintainers. Three use cases were evaluated and successfully demonstrated. The report includes an assessment of benefits, priority and feasibility. A business value exercise was run alongside the testing to ascertain efficiency comparing existing processes supported by the Crossrail Six Sigma project team. The Six Sigma analysis results demonstrated significant potential savings by using the proposed new method for document handover packages.

The Proof of Concept Study concluded that the principles of ISO15926 and the AIRE interoperability tool could be practically applied within Crossrail to support information handover and within the Infrastructure Maintainers for operations and maintenance. The testing has demonstrated this approach would save cost and effort. Challenges for implementing the proposed approach were also described in the report including complexity of multiple stakeholders and many different systems involved; the implement and operate the solution; mapping of asset classes and filling RDL “gaps”; time to implement and engagement of all stakeholders in the solution.

The Crossrail Data Interoperability Proof of Concept to Support Information Handover Project was presented at the Fiatech Annual Conference in April, this year (2015). That presentation is posted with the Conference Program on the Fiatech web site. A final version of the Project Report will also be posted on the Fiatech Member web site. 


Structural Steel Interoperability for the Building and Process Plant Industries (SSI)

Fiatech’s 2012 Interoperability Vision Paper put forward four building blocks needed to advance interoperability: business case, information delivery processes, information management, and cultural changes. Calls for action for each building block were identified to accelerate advancement of interoperability to achieve step change value gains in the industry.

One of the calls to action for information management was to create initial mappings moving towards harmonizing between ISO 15926 and BIM-IFCs (Industrial Foundation Classes, ISO/PAS 16739) to benefit both process facilities and buildings.
The SSI project benefits both the building and the process industries by clarifying the information exchanges needed in structural steel design and fabrication.
The final report will be posted on the Fiatech Member web site, if you are a Fiatech Member interested in participating in the Structural Steel Interoperability for the Building and Process Plant Industries. 


Exploring Piping Management through Project Information Flow (PIF)

The Piping Management PIF Project is defining the requirements of piping data from design to construction (with handover as the ultimate goal) - including addressing piping specifications, geometry standards, material standards, and drafting rules and symbols.
“A world without isometrics is the objective of this project"said Cheahde Kassouf of CCT.
The project is defining the new workflow to deliver projects in this enhanced more efficient and higher quality approach. The Super PCF is being publicly hosted in its current beta version while it is being tested by the Piping PIF Project Team.
If you are interested in participating in the Piping Management PIF Project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Equipment Performance Management and the Use of ISO 15926

The objective of the Harmonizing Industry Standards to Exchange Equipment Data (HEED) project was to evaluate the use of electronic data exchange to integrate and support the processes and software applications used for performance management and margin management in mechanical systems. Phase 1 of the HEED project addressed these tasks:

  1. Identify, characterize, and analyze the types of margins (e.g., including both functional and physical specifications) introduced during the life cycle (design, purchasing, commissioning, and operation) of mechanical equipment;
  2. Evaluate the requirements that the use of these margins place on the software applications used;
  3. Identify specific data relevant to margin management with reference to a representative Closed loop, Heat transfer, Liquid circulating (CHL) mechanical system. This task considered the equipment data exchange specifications: Automating Equipment Information Exchange (AEX) incorporated within the Hydraulic Institute (HI) standard HI 50.7, Electronic Data Exchange for Pumping Equipment, and ISO 15926, Industrial automation systems and integration – Integration of life-cycle data for process plants including oil and gas production facilities; and
  4. Recommend strategies for mapping equipment performance and margin management data to ISO 15926 data structures and provide examples.

An additional objective developed as the project progressed: to assess the sufficiency and ease of use of the current ISO 15926 processes, methods, mappings, and documentation to complete domain information analyses and data mappings, including ISO 15926 template creation and/or selection. Follow-on work addressing some of the identified problems and limitations are included in the current work plan for the Fiatech “Capturing Equipment Data Requirements Using ISO 15926 and Assessing Conformance” (EDRC) project. The EDRC project is working with software vendors to develop specifications and implementations of the ISO 15926 mappings for selected transactions and to resolve some of the identified challenges.

This report summarizes the process, methods, challenges, and results from the HEED team’s research into equipment margin management and performance management, including the software tools used in these activities. Information was collected from experts and stakeholders from the process and power industries and the suppliers to these industries. A key finding of the team was that the methods and tools used for equipment margin management and performance management vary greatly depending upon the industry sector, sophistication of equipment performance monitoring within the participating enterprises, and the contractual and information management tools used.
This project was an introductory investigation considering the complexity, ambiguity, traceability risks, and performance improvement opportunities of equipment margin management practices in the process and power industries. Even within a single mechanical equipment domain such as pumping systems, there was no initial consensus among stakeholders on a common margin management vocabulary.

The CHL system used in the HEED project is a multi-component mechanical system that includes centrifugal pumps, heat exchangers, valves, and ancillary piping and instrumentation. The NIST Collaborative Requirements Engineering project developed this example by working with representatives of the power and process industries to identify types of systems which are: 1) common and critical to many types of facilities and plants and 2) included examples of the information representation and management challenges in requirements engineering and transitioning to model-based systems engineering. Component cooling systems are prevalent in most facilities and plants. To broaden the applicability and generalize this system type, the CRE project defined the general class of systems: Closed loop, Heat transfer, Liquid circulating system as an initial system type for developing use cases, validating data representation structures, and testing software interfaces.

Collaborating with domain experts, the HEED team focused on identifying a core set of data elements (e.g., Rated Flow) essential to margin management of mechanical equipment. The team selected a representative set of 85 data elements which play a role in margin management for a centrifugal pump, derived from industry standard data set contained within the HI-EDE 50.7 standard. The project also investigated margin management for other types of mechanical equipment, such as motor operated valves and heat exchangers. The detailed analyses, examples, and mappings reported here are focused on centrifugal pumps.
The project referenced a Closed loop, Heat transfer, Liquid circulating (CHL) system to provide a realistic context for use cases and sample values in this study. The example CHL system was developed by the Collaborative Requirements Engineering (CRE) project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2013 in collaboration with representatives of the power and process industries as representative of types of system common and critical to many types of facilities and plants.

Within the capital projects industry many have recognized the need for software tools and systems to effectively capture, manage, and communicate data relating to equipment margin management (or performance based management). Equipment is designed, then procured, installed, and commissioned and finally operated maintained by many different disciplines, organizations and individuals throughout its lifecycle. This demands a methodology for representing and transferring information through an effective electronic data handover process. Achieving this transition and handover of information will provide significant productivity, efficiency and quality benefits.


Capturing Equipment Data Requirements Using ISO 15926 and Assessing Conformance (EDRC)
The EDRC project was created to establish a common foundation for representing, exchanging, and sharing equipment data using ISO 15926, and to demonstrate via use cases how to assess software implementations conformance. For example:

Use Case 1, where an EPC delivers the “as installed” data set for a replacement pump to an owner/operator; this was demonstrated successfully at the Fiatech 2014 Technology Showcase & Conference.

Use Case 2, in which the supplier of a master  control system and an EPC exchange specifications  and proposals for completing procurement;  procurement of instruments was demonstrated  successfully at the Fiatech 2014 Members Meeting

EDRC seeks to establish a common understanding across industry projects of how to use ISO 15926, in addition to assessing software conformance to specified ISO 15926 data structures and capabilities. EDRC results will include improved methods and documentation for conformance specification and testing, leading software vendors to offer conforming implementations that will enable the industry to achieve “plug and play” interoperability—resulting in major cost and time savings for capital projects.

The EDRC team will develop test cases from EDRC use cases to document software capabilities and documenting principles and methods for conformance testing. The team also will investigate different testing deployment models (e.g., self-assessment, public testing services, and portals) to add to EDRC conformance documents. The testing deployment models will be discussed with software vendors and implementers. The EDRC team will contribute to draft new work item proposal for ISO 15926, Part 10, based on EDRC conformance work. 


Joint Operational Reference Data (JORD) Project Issues Final Report
Current Status: The JORD final report was issued to the JORD Steering Committee/Funding, a three-year, two-phase effort, was completed on time and under budget, working jointly with PCA (Posc Caesar Association). The final report, posted on the Fiatech website, describes the progress made toward achieving a scalable and sustainable PCA RDS (Reference Data Service) operation through delivery of quality-managed reference data and providing ISO 15926 compliance validation of user products, content and interfaces.
Relevance to the Industry: The JORD project team produced 20 deliverables: a JORD TSP specification for a set of basic template patterns; a JORD ID specification for new and existing reference data; a technical infrastructure scoped and aligned with publishing process needs, procedures and methodology for validating RDL content; a training program design document; training program Course 1, Module 1 presentation, business model and progress; and the final report.
What’s on the Horizon: Approaches to the next activities for advancement of the Reference Data Service are being developed. There will be a pre-meeting workshop on Monday morning at the Fiatech Member Meeting on “Accelerating Industry Adoption of Reference Data Libraries.” The workshop will include development of next activities to build on the progress made on the JORD Project.
Fiatech members that led the engagement throughout the project were Black & Veatch, CCC, Dow Chemical, and Emerson Systems. Fiatech member Bechtel was a participant through PCA.