Webinar: The Digital Transformation of Process Engineering

Article by Adam Duckett

ON 28 October, The Chemical Engineer hosted a webinar to discuss the digital transformation of process engineering.

Engineers working across sectors were invited to join chemical engineers Roy Calder and Chloe Smith from Aveva to discuss how the company’s process simulation tools enable better collaboration across the lifecycle of projects.

Aveva says digital transformation marks a major rethink in how organisations use technology, people and processes. While other engineering disciplines have embraced collaboration and agile workflows, process engineering is often stuck in siloed workflows with a different software tool to answer every question.

Calder, who is Senior Director of Technical Solutions at Aveva says: “The industry has changed tremendously since Covid-19. This has meant that people have to be more efficient and have to be more integrated as a team.”

“Basically, what we’re putting forward is the vision that simulation is a building block, one of the foundational building blocks to the overall engineering lifecycle you have on a project,” Calder says. “The data you generate from a simulation has to be used in other tools and other disciplines from mechanical, civil, electrical, instrumentation etc. So the vision we’re moving towards is an integrated environment where all those individual tools and individuals within the company can interchange that information and ensure that it is right at the time when they do their calculations and move onto the next stage of design.”

Smith, who is a Technical Sales Consultant at Aveva, and provided a demonstration of the software during the webinar, says: “The way that industry is changing it is difficult to accommodate these new needs in old software, so Aveva’s next-generation simulation platform is really focussed on these new needs and it provides all the different building blocks that next-generation users need. It’s a lot more intuitive to use; there are gains in efficiencies and time spent on doing the projects and the reuse of models.”

Calder adds: “We will be looking to share a very brief insight into where engineering is going to go in the future and how simulation is going to be fundamental to that. Obviously, it is going to address a lot of the issues we’re seeing under Covid-19, including remote working and digitalisation.”

This event has now taken place. To watch a recording visit: https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/cpd/webinars/the-digital-transformation-of-process-engineering-sponsored-by-aveva/

Article by Adam Duckett

Editor, The Chemical Engineer

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