The Potential of Modular Automation and Open Process Automation (OPA) Solutions

On September 5th, 2018, CEO Brandon William will be speaking at ENGenious in Aberdeen.

There will be a few different speakers throughout the session, with Brandon opening at 13:45 to speak about, “Best in Breed Automation Components for Profitable Production during the Entire Life Cycle of a Plant.”

Following Brandon will be Simon McEntree speaking about, “Modularisation Risk Reduction through Standardisation,” and following Simon will be Stan DeVries speaking about, “Digital Twins Transform Work.”

Session Title: The Potential of Modular Automation and Open Process Automation (OPA) Solutions for Lower Cost CAPEX Projects Helping Also To Maintain Flexibility and Productivity during the Full Life Cycle

1345-1415: Best in Breed Automation Components for Profitable Production during the Entire Life Cycle of a Plant

Brandon Williams, OPAF Open Automation Forum

1415-1445: Modularisation Risk Reduction through Standardisation

Simon McEntee, EMEA O&G Lead, Rockwell Automation

Abstract: Integrating packages on modular projects is complicated and time consuming during commissioning. Issues are communication protocols / media, graphics data mapping, network security, safety interlocks and alarming, due to the variants of package vendors with multiple specifications. This extract addresses the risk reduction of schedule / cost overruns by applying standardisation across the package level.


Traditional Greenfield Oil & Gas Automation projects are typically a small proportion of the overall project spend (on average 3 to 5%). The execution model is normally that the automation is bid as part of a package after the high value, globally resourced long delivery infrastructure elements. This usually results in a proprietary DCS and OPC gateways to specialist packaged vendors. Integrating these packages can be complicated. Giving issues with communication protocols / media, data mapping for graphics, network security, safety interlocks and alarming. This approach pre-determines and therefore compromises the design and potential benefits that the automation package can provide. Such as compatibility of technology, operability functionality and potential misdirection in the management of the package vendors within loose specifications. Through standardization of controllers and software throughout the entire system architecture we can benefit from a common network protocol, common alarm strategy and common HMI security and visualisation from field to cloud level the ring-fenced project schedule and costs can be vastly improved. Furthermore upon project completion, the operability and maintenance of the plant continues to benefit from a seamless operability perspective and reducing running costs through lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) due to added reliability, common maintenance application codes and open licensing for future expansion / modification. Effectively futureproofing the asset in a digital age.

1445-1515: Digital Twins Transform Work

Stanley DeVries, Senior Director Digital Transformation Consulting, AVEVA


The Digital Twin is an enabler for Digital Transformation, which is a change in how people work. The Digital Twin helps control room workers and field workers to perform tasks better – safer, more accurately. The Digital Twin must be maintained, otherwise it can’t be trusted, and there is technology to make this maintenance practical.

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