Aug 11, 2020

ABB: Making Operations And Asset Optimisation Easy

Jack Grimshaw
2 min
ABB: Making Operations And Asset Optimisation Easy
ABB was recently recognised as a crucial partner in our profile of McDermott International. We’re taking a closer look at how and why here...

In the increasingly testing and trying modern business environment, every angle must be covered by companies as they look to address and tackle challenges head-on. Improving the use and implementation of data is essential to dealing with these challenges with more efficiency and speed - the only difficult part is deciding which data is important and usable.

As an industry leader and front-runner of the companies delivering digital technologies to their customers who are seeking improved operations, ABB has developed and provides the ABB Ability Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite.

The suite gathers data from distributed control systems and devices, and then combines this with insights and data from other systems to provide multi-dimensional analytics, capable of assisting in increased production, the optimisation of assets, and the streamlining of business operations and processes.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, businesses can implement the Genix platform and create both predictive and prescriptive actions, which can be used to improve processes. With applications that are easy to use and adopt, the ABB Genix service is readily available and capable of transforming the way a business solves the challenges it faces.

The mutual strategic business relationship between ABB and McDermott has been crucial to success for the companies both individually, and working together. The combination of an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) with a leading technology provider has created a great opportunity for both companies as they look to support customers.

To complete a digitisation journey in partnership with another company, there needs to be a great amount of trust. This is what ABB and McDermott have. With noticeably similar outlooks and values, paired with a mutual understanding of the importance of what each company brings to the collaboration, ABB and McDermott create the perfect partnership and project, capable of delivering great value to one another and to clients.

The future is looking promising for the partnership, with an active process in place to improve how the companies build solutions together. These improved solutions will actively drive better lifecycle value for customers, from the design stage right through to roll-out of operations and the continuous maintenance and improvement of the solutions.

The current state of the industry, with disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak impacting all business, means that collaborative work is more important than ever. By working so well together, ABB and McDermott are leading by example, creating more sustainable, safer, and smarter operations for customers around the globe.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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