Insider Blog had a chat with Tony Paulin from Paulin Research Group, who has been touring Europe for the past weeks and visiting clients during our Intergraph Analysis Events EMIA Tour.
Hi Tony! How are your travels so far, where did you visit?
Tony: I have been in Germany and Benelux, and I have visited England and Spain as well.
What have been the key discussion topics during the events?
Tony: One thing that became clear is that everybody’s interested in the fact that stress intensifications have been updated. We’ve known for some time that there were a few reoccurring errors but now we finally have ASME code guidance on how to make corrections efficiently.
Previously it was up to the user to make decisions and figure it out by themselves, but now we have documentation, clear methodology and recommendations available. This makes it much more clear what needs to be done and how it needs to be done.
Are there any other key trends that arise from your discussions with the users?
Tony: Another interesting trend is the use of laser scanning for analytical purposes. Users are starting to see how much you can do with a real model of the plant – it is so much more than just a picture! In the United States, we use laser scanning a lot for security purposes, but e.g. in Spain the solar companies have a long history of utilizing laser scan data for brownfield projects.
With the help of laser scanning, for the first time ever, we have the possibility to check in real life if the theoretical calculations are true. For example, CAESAR II uses a perfectly theoretical calculation for friction, but in reality friction testing is actually very difficult to replicate. How can we really know how the pipe will behave? With laser scanning, we can scan the pipe first immediately after installation to ensure that it has been fitted properly. After this, when the plant is operational, scans can be executed every 5 years or so to ensure that the friction, rotation and movement of the pipe are in accordance with the estimations from the theoretical analysis.
How do you see the value of User Community in general?
Tony:I believe it’s a question of 1+1 equaling 5…you always get even more than you would expect! When you talk to clients, traveling through Europe is especially helpful as you can see so many different approaches to the same problems in a small area. French, British, Dutch, German, Italians…everyone is unique and all the engineers in the different regions have a slightly different problems and approaches on how to solve them.
In other words, you receive a lot of knowledgeable opinions in a small area, and when combined with our feedback from users in the US, this helps us to produce products that answer to needs of both the industry and our clients. I am always happy to travel together with our Intergraph colleagues to visit our clients – it is a great community consisting of driven and enthusiastic people!