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AVEVA World Magazine 2013 #2

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Continued from previous page... 'As members of our design team gained experience with the product, I quickly came to appreciate the competitive advantages that AVEVA Instrumentation could offer MIPAC in both productivity and credibility.' Having decided to replace their in-house system with AVEVA Instrumentation, MIPAC cautiously minimised business risk by deploying it initially on just one project, an innovative gold production facility in Armenia. Implementation proved straightforward. User training was provided by the local AVEVA team, who also helped MIPAC's designers to create templates and populate the database. A senior MIPAC draughtsman helped to create AutoCAD drawing templates in the correct project format. Covering motor control as well as instrumentation, this first live project proved very successful, with the first design completion milestone being reached within five months, ahead of schedule. It was also well within budget, having required a small team of only two engineers. 'Such rapid success on a technically pioneering project really convinced us of the advantages of AVEVA Instrumentation,' commented Jon. 'It gave us the confidence to deploy it across all our projects and retire our old home-grown system, with no regrets.' Jon went on to describe some of the benefits that MIPAC had gained. The biggest of these was the ability to deliver high-quality instrumentation design, to the company's standards, with around only half the number of engineers. 'The design cost savings alone are considerable,' he explained, 'but other savings arise from the reduction in checking effort. The database-driven approach eliminates duplication and a lot of human errors. We've also removed a great deal of double-handling of information; for example, we can export I/O allocation lists in Excel format for direct import into Distributed Control Systems (DCS).' Unexpected benefits were also found. For example, procurement tracking reports can be created from the system, eliminating more double-handling between designers and buyers. This led MIPAC to identify still more ways to use the AVEVA Instrumentation database to support procurement or project planning tasks. We asked Jon Burton whether the new capabilities had changed MIPAC's methods of working with its customers. 'Not yet,' he replied. 'At present, we concentrate on design and commissioning on new-build projects, for which our clients require documentation deliverables. Although we can offer the ability to deliver database content directly, this has not yet been required. But I'm sure it will come; AVEVA Instrumentation would be ideal for operators to maintain their plants with. 'What we have certainly found is that winning new business is easier. We can tender more competitively and our high-quality deliverables and on-schedule completion are helping to secure more repeat business and client recommendations. AVEVA Instrumentation is a key platform for our specialist services.' About MIPAC Based in Brisbane, MIPAC is a privately owned provider of business-critical process control, instrumentation and electrical engineering solutions for the plant and mining industries. It has an impressive track record in projects around the world in the minerals and metals, oil & gas, food and beverage and pulp & paper sectors. Sustained success has brought awards and industry recognition and, in 2012, the company opened an office in Vancouver. To find out more visit www.mipac.com.au. AVEVA World Magazine 2013 | Issue 2

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