Yokogawa launches OpreX Data Model Broker

DMBYokogawa Electric Corporation has launched the OpreX Data Model Broker, a plant data transformation platform in the OpreX Connected Intelligence line-up, that promotes the utilisation of data throughout the plant life cycle

OpreX Data Model Broker automatically verifies the consistency of data in different plant designs and instrumentation systems, and enables their inter-utilisation through the application of ontology, an AI technique in database operation and management. 

Design Data Validation, the first component to be released by Yokogawa for this platform, assists in the complicated and time-consuming task of systematically identifying and confirming inconsistencies between piping and instrument diagrams (P&ID) and 3D piping diagrams.

By identifying inconsistencies in massive volumes of data, this component enhances work efficiency, and reduces the number of man-hours required for such work.

Development Background

With the increase in plant sizes and sophistication over the years, the facilities installed in these plants have grown even more complex. When a plant is built or expanded, the departments responsible for each area of work use different design tools. The same is true with systems, for which there are not just designs and specification documents, but also diagrams, from device and equipment vendors, and engineering data from different system suites. 

In many cases, time-consuming manual checks must be performed to ensure complete consistency in all data. While 3D piping diagrams usually number in a few thousands, there can be 10,000 or more of these documents in a large-scale project, where all of this data is checked manually. This creates a strong demand for a system that uses digital technology to increase data interoperability and ensures its reliability.

The following consistencies are automatically verified by Design Data Validation in the OpreX Data Model Broker.

Piping attribute information: Cross-checks the piping attribute information in P&ID and 3D piping diagrams.

Piping component attribute information and sequences: Validates attribute information for each piping component as well as the sequences of them.

Flange specifications: If a change to a piping specification is designated for a valve end in a P&ID, it validates the piping specifications for the relevant valve and associated flange in the 3D piping diagram.

Flow direction for piping components: Makes sure that the flow direction for each piping component in the 3D piping diagram matches the process flow direction in the P&ID.

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