Man and Machine offers responsive and efficient applications for design and engineering solutions, helping the oil and gas industry deliver project results quickly in an industry facing falling demand and rising pressure. It also provides state-of-the-art solutions and managing software for plant-factory creation and system management.
The UK offshore oil and gas industry remains the country's largest industrial investor, paying more tax than any other corporate sector. This is a time of extraordinary global economic and political turbulence, and the oil and gas industry is facing some fundamental challenges. Historically, the focus in this industry has been on locating resources and meeting rising energy demands. Today, however, the picture is more complex.
The fall in demand for fuel, particularly for transportation and manufacturing, has significantly hit overall demand, and evolving regulatory pressures are squeezing already tight margins. Moving into an era in which technology provides the competitive edge and companies look to add value rather than volume, businesses in the sector need to seek out forward-thinking advice and practical strategies from professionals who understand the businesses and challenges.
As the rapidly growing and developing global population sparks a higher demand for energy, design and engineering teams in the oil and gas industry are under immense pressure to deliver project results quickly. They must be more responsive, more efficient and more competitive than ever before, and finding efficient and cost-effective ways to manage projects' life cycles is vital.
Man and Machine provides applications and services that underpin equipment creation, operation and maintenance, as well as providing 2D/3D solutions for plant-factory creation, simulation and visualisation. Alongside the Autodesk portfolio of oil and gas engineering software, this can help clients speed up design cycles, collaborate and communicate more effectively, and better understand real-world project performance.
The industry trends facing the plant industry include ageing facilities and infrastructure, emerging economies, shorter project timelines, retiring expertise, acquisitions, and retention of talent and knowledge. These factors suggest there is a higher need for systems that work efficiently and effectively. This can be helped by using software that not only manages systems, but also keeps them up to date. Autodesk offers Plant 3D (P3D) software, which enables piping designers to more quickly lay out steel structures, model equipment and route piping design using AutoCAD commands.
"We made the switch to P3D when we started our new company," says James Cope, managing partner at D3 Design Solutions. "Being long-time AutoPlant users, we were off and running in a matter of days. Our designers were productive within the first week of use."
Man and Machine offers the BlueCielo Asset Information Management solution to provide a single point of truth for asset-related information, so that accurate data is quickly accessible and available to the right teams at the right time. Integration with SAP plant maintenance and IBM Maximo solutions means that users can easily locate documents using asset identifiers (tags and/or functional locations), link them to the appropriate assets and access related documentation.
BlueCielo offers flexible revision management and workflow support for projects and documents in a secure, 'vaulted' environment. The solution supports internal and external web-based collaboration and allows database choice from Hypertrieve to Microsoft SQL and Oracle. The key capabilities of the system include CAD application integration, audit trail, reporting and content viewing without the need for non-CAD users.