Insider blog met with Mario Anić from Numikon to discuss how EPC companies can help owner operators to improve the safety and operations of their facilities by providing access to better asset information.
Insider blog: Could you tell us a little bit about your company and some of the latest projects you have executed with Intergraph solutions?
Mario Anić: Numikon is a Croatian engineering company specializing in the calculation and analysis of mechanical, power and process equipment and components, project engineering of process and power plants, pipe stress analysis, pressure vessel design, as well as laser scanning and laser surveying.
A rather nice example to share would be a refinery project we did for INA-Industrija nafte d.d., a leading oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company in Croatia. INA was looking for an efficient solution to create as-built information for their Sisak refinery and we were hired to execute a laser scanning survey and create as-built models.
IB: What were the biggest challenges you met during the project?
MA: The laser survey had to be undertaken while the refinery was operating, and some of the piping was difficult to access because of its location above ground, or because it was insulated. We also had a tight deadline to meet.
IB: What were your main project steps?
MA: First we analyzed INA’s drawing specifications and configured the Isogen component of CADWorx Plant Professional to ensure that all the deliverables met the company’s drawing standards, and completely fulfilled the customer’s requirements. We also entered details of the equipment used at the refinery in a database to support day-to-day plant operations and maintenance activities.
We surveyed our part of Sisak refinery in only 49 days. Using the laser surveyed data we created all deliverables required by INA, including:
• 3D models
• Piping isometrics
• Details of piping components (valves, pressure regulators, flanges, supports, etc.)
• Tag and nameplate details
• Details of the equipment and connected piping
• Pipe stress analysis results (including required test pressure) and pipe data (wall thickness, material properties, etc.)
We were very happy with this, as these deliverables enabled the owner operator to operate the plant safely and efficiently and comply with all regulatory requirements. The detailed as-built data would also greatly facilitate maintenance and plant expansion and modification.
IB: What would you say were the biggest benefits you experienced during the project?
MA: When we first started using the Leica total station and Intergraph software the two companies trained our staff. It took our staff about ten days to get up to speed and start on their first project. Overall, we estimate that our productivity has gone up by as much as 640% (six times)! This productivity gain means that we can minimize the on-site project time and maximize efficiency, offering our customers a very attractive package.
You can find the whole case study, including pictures from the project, here.
About Mario Anić
With background in economics and a degree in Trade, Mario has more than 20+ years of experience in B2B selling, and has been working at Numikon Crotia for the past 3 years as a Sales Manager.