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Fiatech Produces Interoperability Vision for Capital Projects Industry

Austin, TX, February 15, 2012 — Fiatech is pleased to announce that it has released an "Interoperability Vision Paper" for the capital projects industry. The paper, which was recently circulated to Fiatech membership for review and input is available now for all industry sectors (including process plant, building, and infrastructure) at http://fiatech.org/projects/project-deliverables. The Vision Paper presents an overview of current activities for advancing interoperability, and puts forward building blocks with calls for action to accelerate advancement of interoperability to achieve step change value gains in the industry. We welcome input and feedback from the industry on the Vision Paper and see the document as a dynamic guide for the industry which Fiatech will up-date periodically based on industry feedback, new advancements and industry progress in achieving value gains from Interoperability.

Advancing interoperability is a recognized global opportunity. Achieving interoperability will enable significant savings and opportunities for step change improvements in work process efficiencies. Advancing interoperability would enable the delivery of information exchanges across functional, organizational, and life cycle phase boundaries. Exchanging models and other data between different software platforms remains one of the industry's biggest challenges. Fiatech Director Ray Topping said, "This paper highlights current progress in advancing interoperability and puts forward building blocks with calls for action to accelerate advancement of interoperability to drive huge value gains in the industry.  It has been a hands-on effort by an exceptional group of cross industry, global technical experts in the capital projects industry. We appreciate their efforts and we're pleased to issue their paper to the industry to provide focused recommendations for advancing interoperability."

The paper presents four building blocks necessary for the industry to achieve the vision of interoperability: (1) the business case, (2) information delivery processes, (3) information management, and (4) cultural changes. It also details industry "calls to action," specific undertakings that participants in the capital projects industry can take to help achieve the vision.

The paper provides insight into the challenges, the opportunities, and implementation methodology for advancing interoperability.