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AVEVA World Magazine 2013 #2

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Justifying the reputation How Russian engineering skills and AVEVA technology combine to make the Urals a leading centre of power project engineering Russian engineers have a well-deserved reputation for skill and resourcefulness. Within Russia, the Urals region, bridging the European and Asian cultures, is particularly noted for its people's energy and focus. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that its capital, Ekaterinburg, should be home to the Urals Power Engineering Company, UPEC, one of the country's leaders in the design and engineering of energy facilities. What is surprising to those not aware of this regional characteristic is that UPEC rose to its current pre-eminence in only 11 years. AVEVA technology has played a key role in this achievement, so we met with Mr Arkadiy A. Egorov, UPEC's General Director, to learn more. 'UPEC's history shows that a professional approach and a clear vision of one's goals can achieve extraordinary results in a very short period of time,' he explained. 'The company's philosophy has always been one of continual progression, so in this respect we have very much in common with AVEVA.' Challenges and opportunities The company was set up with the aim of being the most modern and innovative of its type, so the need for both advanced technologies and best-practice working methods was obvious. From the outset, UPEC developed a very successful internal quality management system, which is still in use today. 'For Russian design enterprises, the 1990s were tough times,' continued Mr Egorov, 'and we saw many fundamental changes in the markets and in the challenges and opportunities that emerged. We could see then that technology would be key to our future, so in 2008 we began our successful collaboration with AVEVA, with our first seats of AVEVA PDMS™.' Pavel V. Glukhovtsev, Head of the IT department at UPEC, takes up the story. 'Our first PDMS project was for the production of design documentation for the new compressor station at the 410 MW GRES Power Plant at Sredneuralskaya. This was a pilot project, during which we upgraded from PDMS 11.6 to 12.0. It involved all project disciplines and was accomplished within eight months.' Olga E. Gerulaytis, Head of the CAD department, added, 'One of the key requirements that we needed AVEVA to demonstrate during the pilot project was the ability to connect objects with all their associated data. For instance, we could associate the P&ID with the 3D model in PDMS and run fully automatic consistency checks. The system enabled us to eliminate even the slightest risk of clashes and errors.' AVEVA World Magazine 2013 | Issue 2

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